I’ve finally made it to my FIRST mega baby shop! YAY! Hard to believe I know, but hubby and I tried to be sensible when in our preparation for Angelo. We didn’t have to buy much as we were last in the line of friends and colleagues to have our baby. Angelo received a lot of things second-hand. Then, there were gifts from grandparents and so on. In the end, hubby and I picked up last minute things while grocery shopping! I’m still using his ole knapsack as a baby changing bag, not cute.  Now, I feel I missed out on the excitement and celebration, the going crazing getting STUFF. Now that we’ve made the decision to stop at baby number 2, Valentina, I’m desperate to enjoy every little moment. It’s smart to be careful especially where money is concerned, but I do think the odd treat, along with the necessities is nice from time to time. So, it was with great pleasure I accepted the invitation to attend an exclusive blogger event at Kiddicare Croydon. I attended the blogger event at the 9thKiddicare shopping emporium with Valentina and we had a WONDERFUL time.

It has to be said, anyone can see from the first that a great deal of care and thought has been put into the layout, facilities and products at Kiddicare Croydon. Its 33 000 square feet so it would have to be to, to minimize shoppers’ frustration.  I’ve never been to any other branch but I’m assuming they will be pretty much the same. I’m a commuter and so I only go to places that are easily accessible for me and the kids (I roll with one in a buggy one in a sling). Getting to the Trafalgar Way Retail Park where Kiddicare is located was pretty straightforward once I got my bearings. It’s a hop skip and jump from Waddon Marsh tram stop on the number 3 tram to New Addington. Here are the things that stood out to me during our tour of the store:
  • Friendly staff
  • Attractive, functional, good quality products (all 3,600 of them!)
  • Free Kiddicare Baby Gift List service
  • Wide aisle which makes it easy to get around with pushchairs
  • Car seat booking and installation facility
  • Buggy Park and option to trial buggy of choice in the emporium’s car park
  • Lovely eye-catching baby changing area with suspended mobiles to keep little ones engaged
  • Nursing Nest feeding room is my personal favourite! (You can bottle feed and dad are allowed in the space) I’m shy to breast feed in public and I found that space a haven especially as Valentina gets distracted during feeds so this quite space keeps her focused and we can have a little cuddle in the process.
  • Playzone for little ones with plastic building blocks etc. It’s close to the Kiddicafe and Community Table. “Kiddicare ges beyond shopping- it’s a real social hub” says Nicholas the Branch Manager.
  • Events room where there will be daily sessions like: baby massage, baby yoga (just ask at the World Reception Desk)
  • Toy try-out spot (at least I call it that) it’s an area where there a few toys on display that little ones can test.
  • And last but no means least, especially if you’re looking just ran in for a last minute gift, there is free gift wrapping
And now for pics from our day out…



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Please note this is not a sponsored post, however Valentina and I were treated to lunch at the Kiddicafe and we received a very thoughtful goodie back on our departure.












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