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babytodd’s Bump, Baby & Toddler Show is returning to The South of England Showground on 9th March. We heard from the Show Organiser, Sarah O’Connell, who is super passionate about spreading word of the show and just how it all came about…


“We are a Sussex family who decided to take the bull by the horns after a reflective afternoon reminiscing about our parenthood journey. With 8-year-old twin girls, our experience had helped us realise and appreciate the need for offering a platform so that local families can meet their local and national suppliers and services. You don’t know what you don’t know, so by offering the show to Sussex and surrounding families they can become better informed about what is on offer to them and actually meet and connect with the people behind the businesses and websites. We now have some big names joining us too.

With so much on offer, the online options can be overwhelming. High Street store closures mean that families’ options for where they can see, touch and feel are limited when buying in Sussex. At such a special time in the family’s journey, we were keen to share everything under one roof and with a range to choose from. So, babytodd was born!

Life as parents can be really busy, we certainly didn’t come up for air, and we hadn’t appreciated just how much was available to us until much later into parenthood. We are super passionate about sharing an occasion where businesses, who are often otherwise based online, can engage with their customers and for everyone to understand the quality and passion that the exhibitors put into what they offer.”

What can people expect?
“A day, an occasion, an experience to enjoy with family and friends. 3 floors of everything for bump, baby, toddler and more. From prams to nappies, weaning to teethers, nursery & playroom furniture, slings to skincare, toys to classes and so much more. The show offers:

  • A unique blend of exhibitors sharing their products and services – Local & national suppliers
  • Show buggy park and sling library, so families can enjoy the show with their little ones
  • Informative workshops, including Paediatric First Aid and Sleep Support
  • Fun Taster Sessions for the little ones including Baby Yoga and Story Time
  • Fully stocked baby change facilities and quiet feeding area
  • Refreshment hub for a yummy lunch and treats
  • A Goodie Bag for the first 100 pre-registered families to check in on show day

A perfect excuse to hit the pause button, and enjoy a relaxing day where you can submerge yourself in your family and savour the special moment.”

What feedback have you had from previous shows?
“95%* of families attending would recommend the show and 100%* of the exhibitors taking part would do the same. Families loved the show’s blend and quality of local and national exhibitors. When asked at our Sept 18 show, families were very positive about what they saw and asked for ‘more’ of the same, so we are adding an extra floor and exhibitors are expanding their stand spaces.

The family friendly facilities are a big hit too! Workshops with insightful and important information sharing. Fully stocked baby changing areas throughout the venue are a great way to share exhibitor’s products. Families love sharing time in the Taster Sessions and activities for little ones.

As the Show Organiser, we live and learn with each show and develop the show every time to improve and cater for the needs of the families and exhibitors taking part. The show has grown each time and has therefore relocated with each show, but we are very pleased to have found a long-term home at The South of England Showground. We can’t wait to welcome the families back and meet new show visitors too.”

How can people book?
Simply visit our website to Pre-Register www.babytodd.co.uk/shows

  • Pre-Reg Price: £5
  • On the Door Price: £7.50
  • Under 16’s free

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*of those interviewed.



  • Do you have a baby aged 3 months?
  • Do you live in the Eastbourne area?
  • Are you interested in supporting medical research?
  • Would you like to earn shopping vouchers for your time?

If you answered yes to all of the above, then read on…

Great Foundations is an initiative being led by the Universities of Brighton and Salford. Over the next five years they will be carrying out research to understand parental views related to children’s’ foot health and investigate what health and industry professionals know and think about children’s feet.

Looking to discover how babies’ feet develop before they learn to walk, to how they change in shape, structure and function during crawling and then independent walking.  The research hopes to provide a major leap forward in the quality of knowledge and understanding of foot health.


Once selected, you will be asked to take part in four visits each time your baby achieves a milestone:

  1. when they find their feet for the first time and pull on them,
  2. when they pull themselves upright to stand balanced against furniture,
  3. when they take their first independent steps,
  4. when they are confidently walking more than 10 steps, whilst chatting and doing other tasks.

Based at the University of Brighton on Darley Road in Eastbourne, the team will see you in their specialist baby space. As a show of their appreciation for your time and travel, all those who participate will receive a Love2Shop voucher.

Speaking about the project, Dr Stewart Morrison from the from Great Foundations team said “It’s such an important time in a children’s development, as almost everything that helps them achieve walking is coordinated around their feet. This is an exciting opportunity to take part in some novel research that will help better inform parents about children’s foot health and improve future clinical practice and services.”

To register your interest, please contact the team at the following email [email protected] or visit their website https://greatfoundations.org.uk/ or Facebook page https://en-gb.facebook.com/greatfoundationsfoothealth/ to learn more.

Don’t forget to share this exciting opportunity with your friends and family, who may also be interested?


Becoming a parent can be challenging, so the NSPCC has put together some advice to help you bond with your baby, cope with tantrums and help them sleep.


Crying is how your baby communicates. It might mean they’re too hot or cold, hungry, windy, have a full nappy or just need some attention.

If you don’t know the cause try and calm them by:
• Singing
• Baby massage
• Going for a walk


This is how toddlers test their boundaries. If you can’t find a reason, such as being hungry or tired, try:
• Distracting them with an activity
• Drawing their attention to something else
• Telling them you know how they feel if they’re angry


By three months babies are responsive to sleep cues so introduce them early with a short routine so your baby knows it’s time to sleep:
• Run a bath
• Read them a story
• Try separating the bedtime feed from your routine
• Put your baby to bed drowsy but not fully asleep – falling asleep on their own means they’re more likely to settle themselves in the night
• Keep daytime naps regular but from nine months avoid them late afternoon

Photography by Tom Hull. The children pictured are volunteers. Registered charity England and Wales 216401 Scotland SC037717

Who misses their old clubbing days, when life was all about going out till dawn and having fun! Now, just a trip to the 24 hour supermarket is about as close as many parents get to a night out!

But fear not as the answer is in sight!

Who’s up for a family friend rave?

For three hours this December, the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne will be transformed into a mini-festival for Mums, Dads and of course little ones, featuring credible live DJs, alongside a wealth of kids entertainment, including soft play, Lego, craft and games, with live visuals and of course a fully licensed bar… all set in a beautiful, contemporary art gallery in Eastbourne on a Sunday afternoon!

The Tot Rockin’ Beats concept was created by Dan Flanagan, who also runs Don’t Believe the Hype, (“the Magazine for Dads That Were the ‘70s and ‘80s Kids”) two years ago. 30 events later it’s proved a spectacular success story. Not only has it reignited many a tired parent’s love of a good night (afternoon!) out but, as a non-profit organisation, it’s committed to the idea of community.

As a mother of two this sounded like a great family activity, so we caught up Dan to find out more…

“It’s perfect for children of all ages! Instead of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ we have DJs spinning hip-hop, funk and soul classics, so Mums and dads can have a glass of wine or a beer, and then hit the dancefloor with their kids.”

The National Lottery and the Arts Council have also both recognised Tot Rockin’ Beats’ potential with recent successful funding grants.

“It’s raving with a social conscience,” says Dan “That’s what hip-hop was originally about when it started in the Bronx in the 1970s – music, art, dance, community – and we stick with that idea.”

It sounds like it has all the benefits of an amazing festival, except you don’t have to camp and you don’t need to worry about paying the babysitter or getting home for bedtime! That works for me!

If you don’t want to miss out on this unique event, make sure you book your tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/totrockinbeats-we-could-be-heroes-eastbourne-tickets-50690099452

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Sunday 9th December 2018, 2-5pm
Tickets from £6 – £11 (plus booking fee)

If you  are looking to see Father Christmas before he sets off on his Christmas Eve adventure, check out our special list of locations below….

If you would like to submit a new location, please email us!



Santa at Knockhatch
8 – 23 December (selected dates)
Come and visit Santa in his special grotto at Knockhatch, Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham, BN27 3GD, 01323 442051

Santa’s Grotto at Drusillas Park
17 November – 23 December (selected dates)
Experience the winter magic first hand at Drusillas Park this year! Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS, 01323 874100

Santa’s Sweet Factory
24 November – 23 December (selected dates)
Visit Santa in his sweet factory and discover an enchanting land where imagination comes to life,
Paradise Park, Newhaven, BN9 0DH, 01273 512123

Santa Specials at Spa Valley Railway
Weekends from 1 – 24 December
Meet Santa and receive a gift, facepainting and spot the snowman competition, West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5QY, 01892 537715

Santa Specials at the Bluebell Railway
Weekends from 1 – 24 December
A Christmas visit to the Bluebell Railway is a magical experience, Sheffield Park Station, Uckfield, TN22 3QL, 01825 720801

Santa’s Grotto at Monkey Bizness
From 24 November (selected dates)
Unit 27 Cliffe Industrial Estate, Lewes, BN8 6JL, 01273 311566

Santa’s Grotto at the Enterprise Shopping Centre
1 – 24 December (selected dates)
Station Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 1BD

Magical Millbrook Grotto
24 November – 24 December (selected dates)
Visit Santa in the Magical Millbrook Grotto, Tubwell Lane, Jarvis Brook, TN6 3RJ. Outdoor Event.

Santa’s log cabin at Priory Meadow Shopping Centre
22 November – 24 December
Come and meet Santa in his log cabin, which will be situated in Queens Square, Hastings, TN34 1PJ 

Breakfast with Santa
15 & 22 December, 9am
Full English Breakfast, unlimited hot drinks and juices, a visit to Santa’s Grotto and a present for all children, The Holly Blue, Hailsham Road, BN24 5BU, 01323 763212

Breakfast with Santa, Mrs Claus and the Elves
1 – 24 December (selected dates)
Enterprise Shopping Centre, Station Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 1BD

Breakfast with Santa’s Elves
Thursday 20 December, 9.30am
Enjoy a pancake breakfast, plus use of soft play or watch a Christmas film. Treasure Island, Royal Parade,  Eastbourne, BN22 7AE, 01323 411077

Lunch with Santa
3 – 24 December (Mondays & Fridays), 10am- 12noon
Christmas themed buffett, face painting and a gift from the man himself! Monkey Bizness, Unit 27 Cliffe Industrial Estate, Lewes, BN8 6JL, 01273 311566

Teatime with Santa
23 December, 5pm
Come enjoy a visit from Santa before he sets off! The Holly Blue, Hailsham Road, BN24 5BU,
01323 763212

Early booking is advised as Santa is proving to be popular at all venues. Please contact the venue directly for prices and availability, before you travel.

Remember to visit our events pages for further updates on what is happening across our region

Remember if you would like to submit a new location, please email us!

List last updated 07.11.18.

As the summer school holidays come to an end, does anyone else feel like they need another holiday to get over it?

Well apparently we’re not alone as a study of over 2,000 mums in Britain has revealed that nearly 50% of mothers are taking time out for holidays with their girlfriends, in a bid to relax and recharge their batteries, and recover from their tiring family lives.

If your household is anything like mine, then filling the six week break with activities is a complex job of juggling work, holiday clubs and of course play-dates, so it’s not surprising that we are all frazzled by the end! So, in order to get those ever so special lie-ins, it also reveal that that mums are booking breaks without their children more regularly, as a way to reconnect with old friends.

One fifth said they used the break to do more grown-up activities like visiting museums and getting time to read a good book, whilst almost 70% considered the getaway a crucial experience for maintaining their sanity against the pressures of being a modern mum!

I think “mumshine” might be my new favourite word!