Every September I head off to Vegas for the All Baby and Child Expo, the largest juvenile trade show in North America. You name a baby brand and they are there – Graco, Maclaren, Baby Bjorn . It’s a massive show with almost one million square feet packed with 900+ exhibitors.
This is my 5th ABC. Last year I went in with eyes wide open as I was 6 months pregnant with the bug. I wasn’t really prepared and I completely overdid it (as my swollen feet and legs could attest) See the prep for the show – set-up, logistics, travel, booth lay-out etc – all falls under my jurisdiction. So when September is over…..I take a nap! 🙂
This year is my first show as a mom. And being that I’m going to be gone for an ENTIRE week, I’ve arranged for the hubs and G-ma (my mother) to fly out with the bug for a few days. A week is way too long without being with my baby! Plus, I know I have vendors and reps who want to meet the little guy.
So yes, this means the bug is getting on an airplane. Without me. I can feel my blood pressure rising. I know he’ll be totally fine, but being a HUGE planner (have you met me?) I am trying to do all my research and seek out travel tips for kids. I plan to have all the bags packed before I leave so all the hubs has to do is put it in the car — packed with extra puffs, extra pacis and two bottles (one for take-off and one for landing). I’m going to take the car seat with me a few days earlier so that’s one less thing the team has to worry about. It’s going to enough with the bug, the diaper bag, the stroller, etc.
Once we are there, I’ll have already run out to Target for diapers and baby food (and I can always steal the sample meals from our Babycook demos 🙂 Ha ha!) And instead of packing 4 million toys, I figure I’ll rent an exercauser from one of the local baby travel places (SO COOL!)and hope a few plastic cups and spoons satisfy for the most part. Plus, I am pretty sure walking around the show we’ll find something cool for him to play with.
Does anyone have any other tips for me? We didn’t buy him a seat on the plane, but I think between going back and forth between Daddy and G-ma, he’ll be ok (right? RIGHT? Fingers crossed.)
Good luck to my husband and mother. And if you’re flying to Vegas in a few weeks and there is a cranky infant on your flight, please have some sympathy and put your iPod back in your ears. Oh…and tell my husband I love him.