The Lily and Llama pre-packed hospital bag founder Michelle Conarty took a field trip on August 15th to the Prego Expo in Dallas, Texas.
The Prego Expo is the nation’s largest event series for new and expectant parents. Whether you go in person or attend a virtual expo, you’ll see SO many of the best baby brands. There are parenting seminars and, our favorite, CONTESTS.
A SNEAK PEEK INTO PREGO EXPO VENDORS (NO PRE-PACKED HOSPITAL BAGS WERE SHOWING…YET!)
Michelle got to meet other boot-strapping start-up brands for pregnant mamas like Ezpz placements, and some long-established ones, too, like ergobaby. The exhibitors ran the pregnancy gamut from hospitals, birthing centers, and pediatricians to photographers, bakeries, and boutiques. Michelle got to chat with experts on pregnancy-specific topics like birth plans, personal health, and what to put on your registry (ahem, the Lily and Llama pre-packed hospital bag!).
SOME OF THE PERKS FROM THE PREGO EXPO
Speaking of bags, if you spring for the VIP ticket, you get a swag bag that, according to the expo, is worth over $200.
SHOULD I GO TO THE PREGO EXPO?
Mamas, if an expo is coming to your city, we highly recommend you check it out. It is affordable, with tickets starting at $16 for a general admission pre-sale ticket. Expect to pay $22 at the door. VIP Tickets are $60, and guarantee you a signature swag bag and double entry for the giveaway raffle. Got a coupla kids already? Kids four to 12 years old are $5; children under 4 are free.
WHAT IF THERE ISN’T A PREGO EXPO NEAR ME, OR I AM NOT READY TO BE IN A CROWD?
If the expo isn’t coming to your city, or you have concerns about COVID, there are virtual expos you can attend. The next expo will actually be a virtual one, held on September 13. Speaking of COVID, according to the Prego Expo website, the in-person expos have doubled in venue size and reduced attendee capacity. This means that exhibitors have more space to show and attendees have larger aisles and room to safely practice social distancing. All staff, exhibitors, and attendees are required to wear face coverings throughout the event.
OK! WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE NEXT PREGO EXPOS?
In case you are interested, here are the upcoming expos:
SEPTEMBER 13 – 15, 2021 – VIRTUAL, hosted through Hopin’ Virtual Expo. Open to all states.
OCTOBER 2, 2021 – DENVER, buybuy BABY in Aurora, CO
OCTOBER 17, 2021 – SAN DIEGO, Town and Country San Diego, CA
NOVEMBER 14, 2021 – TAMPA, Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fl
DECEMBER 6 – 8, 2021 – VIRTUAL, hosted through Hopin Virtual Expo. Open to all states.
Who knows, maybe you will see the Lily and Llama pre-packed hospital bag at a Prego Expo event near you!