The annual 'Best of Bump Club and Beyond' event was May 4th, and I'm finally coming up for air. The event is basically an entire day filled with the BEST education and information for parents-to-be, new parents and parents of toddlers. The BEST experts, the BEST resources, the BEST services, and the BEST baby brands in the industry all in one place. It was held at the Swissotel here in Chicago and it was bananas! Large and small brands alike were represented, such as Uppababy, Skip Hop, Chicco, and Nuna, as well as local brands like Monica + Andy, Latchpal, Vilahbloom, Mommagourmet, Stitch monograms + embroidery and so many more!
I had TONS of new monogrammed products to introduce, such as the new hooded towels, nursery pillows, swimsuits, and summer rompers. What I have loved about trade shows is being able to select monogram styles and colors with customers one on one. To make it easy, I had a monogram guide complete with stitched out examples, thread colors, and designs. It was a one-stop-shop personalization station if you will.
I had the opportunity to meet with parents to be, newly minted parents, and seasoned mamas alike. I also was able to scope out new products and companies. I attended tons of Bump Club events when I was expecting, and it was a lot of fun to be on the exhibitor side. There is one thing in particular that I did realize while I was there... I sure don't miss being pregnant! There is way too much to think about, worry about, coordinate, and stress about.
Throughout the day, there were seminars held geared towards parenting. Even though I didn't have a chance to listen in, I would've LOVED be at the panel of real Chicago moms. It was a one hour chat presented by The Chaotic Commute. Some of the panelists included Bump Club founder Lindsay Pinchuk, Natalie Monterestelli who founded Bubbles Academy, blogger Suzanne Warye of My Kind of Sweet and so many more. Some of the other seminars included a CPR training and the inside scoop on potty training (definitely could've benefitted from that one). All in all, it was a fantastic day filled with lots of energy, good people, and of course, hormones.