Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to take a tour around the brand new Kiddicare store in Nottingham. As a local family home blogger I was intrigued (or nosey!) to see what the store looked like as I’d been driving past for several weeks watching the transformation.
Kiddicare Nottingham is only the second store, after Peterborough, launched after the purchase of 10 Best Buy sites across the UK. Over 33,000 sq.ft. the store is enormous stocking hundreds of buggies and car seats as well as everything else you need as a new parent or parent to be.
We started our tour along the Buggy Test Track, grab a buggy, test it out along the track and see how it feels. Grab one from stock, or ask for one from the warehouse. If it’s not in stock, there are stations around the store that allow you to order from the website and have it delivered free of charge to your home.
We saw the vast array of car seats, and marvelled at the brilliant idea of Kiddi Cinema. Let your children watch old black and white cartoons whilst you discuss your car seat needs with a member of staff. Genius. And then it was along to Loo Lane. Seriously this store has thought of everything.
Walking along to the loos, there are mirrors and height charts to keep your little ones entertained. A separate baby changing room equipped with everything you need is situated along the lane, and then you get to the loos themselves. As a parent of 2 older girls, I’ve experienced lots of loo dilemmas over the years. What to do with the buggy whilst you take your eldest to the loo? What if the older one goes on their own and locks themselves in? Your newly toilet trained toddler won’t ‘go’ on the enormous adult sized loo. Aah well Kiddicare have provided solutions to all of this. Huge cubicles big enough to wheel in your buggy, and not just the one, but all of the cubicles are like this. Then there are 2 loos in each – one for you and one for you little one. Furthermore, the locks are adorned with smiley and sad faces so you can talk your child through unlocking it themselves, “Just push it towards the smiley face!”. Another great idea.
The Kiddicare team were kind enough to treat us to lunch and show us around Kiddicafe. A large, well lit, inviting space, with loads of high chairs, a play area for the children, food heating stations and large tables specifically for ante and post natal groups to meet up. And they even don’t mind if you take in your own food for the littlies. The food was lovely, paninis and jacket potates plus salads and the usual array of hot drinks for us, and a great menu for children, hot and cold.
There are lots of others perks around the store. Pregnant pauses – seats for pregnant ladies to rest their weary legs, an events rooms – lots of baby related activities happening here, even book it free of charge for parties, Baby Gift List – plan and share the shopping of your new arrival, and Wonky Wheels – take in your broken buggy (any buggy!) to be fixed. You’ll even get a loan buggy whilst yours is being looked at.
This Saturday 6th October Kiddicare Nottingham has it’s official launch with lots of entertainment and goodies on offer for the whole family. Face painting, balloonists, petting zoo with taster sessions running in the Events Room all day. There’s stacks of competitions and prizes to be won, including a Butlins Break and Kiddicare vouchers. And to top that, the first 2000 customers get a Goody Bag!
So do pop along and see Kiddicare Nottingham for yourselves. Then come back and tell me what you think!