Does it sound like I'm being paid to advertise the store? I'm not, although I was invited to come visit their brand new and huge store in Lakeside. The hospitality was great, but I genuinely have to say I loved the store due to the range, prices and all the little touches they have to make you smile.
What I love about Kiddicare
1) It's huge. If you ever visited their massive store in Peterborough Lakeside is even bigger.
2) It's not scary. Walking in to a huge store could be intimidating, especially if you are pregnant with your first and aren't really sure what you want, but it's not for loads of reasons (see below).
3) The staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Before opening all new staff went through weeks of training (6 I think) to specialise in their bit of the store and get an overview of the rest. Kiddicare decided that wasn't enough though so while newly open they got experience staff from their Peterborough store to buddy up and help provide extra support.
4) If you want a little bit more help you can book their VIB (Very Important Baby) service; personal shopping in comfort. Book ahead if going at a peak time.
5) The range is fantastic, even at Baby Shows you are unlikely to see so many different makes and models. Unfortunately they don't have Bugaboo or iCandy pushchairs (currently) but with over 300 different models you wont miss them.
|Try before you buy on the buggy test track|
6) A dedicated car seat team will ensure your needs are met and will even take one out to make sure it fits in your car. After purchase you can get them to fit the seat and make sure it is safe.
|Just a selection of the car seats|
7) When you need a break there is a cafe with plenty of fabulous high chairs, large tables for groups, sofas and a play area to keep your little ones entertained while you have a coffee or cake.
|The cafe and feeding nest|
|The kids lunch box selection|
10) Lots of little touches: doors for your little person and for you to the changing room, 2 size toilets (in both the ladies and gents), plenty of places to rest your weary legs through out the store and a mirror to show you how many months pregnant you look (I'm about 5 months pregnant apparently).
|"Mum and me" toilets|
|Special changing room entrance for smaller customers|
|Nurse in comfort|
|If covers, breast pads and lanolin are your thing|
find them in one place
13) They have computers around the store where you can check stock for larger items and arrange home delivery if you want.
14) The 365 day return policy means you can buy in pregnancy and not have to worry about returning items that aren't used (eg if you discover your pink baby is actually blue).
15) If you are buying for a present why not wrap it before you leave the store with the easy to use and free gift wrapping area?
|That's a wrap|
There are so many more things I could add. It is a brilliant store with brilliant products and brilliant staff that are proud to be working there.
Kiddicare Lakeside opened in the old Best Buy store in December 2012. They are opening a number of new stores across the country: all huge, all fantastic. If you are pregnant, have young children or know someone who has it is definitely worth a visit. There is plenty of parking, baby changing and everything else you would expect (and a lot you wouldn't).
New Kiddicare stores opening soon in: Rotherham, Liverpool, Southampton, Enfield, Bristol, Croydon and Hayes.