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NOW CLOSED: Pregnant or have a baby or toddler? Join the MN Mothercare Panel - products to be tested – including Mothercare’s new pushchair Xpedior & the colourful new high chair - MyHi

(58 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 11:59:43

Following on from the webchat with the Mothercare CEO Simon Calver we are pleased to announce we are now recruiting MNers to join a mini panel.

The team at Mothercare say "We've got together with Mumsnet to create a panel so we can listen to real mums at the start of their parenting journey. We are keen to hear your feedback on some of our new product arrivals and our new store concept. With over 50 years of experience, we know that we must continue to understand the highs and lows of parenting to make life easier for young families during this important time."

The MN Mothercare Panel will be invited to take part in a variety of activities over the next year or so - including

~ Visit to the flagship store at Edmonton, North London in April - this is a chance for MNers to experience Mothercare's new store concept - a "mumspace" with an assortment of scheduled activities for mums and babies, coffee shop, scanning room, huge ELC with play zones and expert advisors on hand.
Please note you don't have to be near Edmonton to join the panel
~ Take part in a survey - and have the chance to win a prize
~ Chance to take part in products test(s) for new pregnancy, baby or toddler products and to add feedback to a thread on Mumsnet
~ Hear about competitions and sponsored threads via email from MNHQ directly

We're looking for a variety of MNers to join the panel - this needs to include those who are currently pregnant, who have small babies now or who have a toddler - in short - the sort of people who would be in the market for the kind of items Mothercare sells grin.

As we do have the event at Edmonton we'd very much like folks who fit the bill in terms of pregnancy/ LO's and who are also within striking distance of this store to join.

It doesn't matter if you're a Mothercare regular, or if you aren't aware of them.

How the panel will work
~ We recruit MNers onto the panel now - everyone who completes the form linked to below will be on the panel.
~ Each time we have an activity which we think you're suitable for or would be interested in we will email you details and info on how you can take part
~ Not all panel members will necessarily take part in an activity - but there will be chances for everyone to contribute in some way
~ You can leave the panel at any time.

Please do sign up by adding your details here

We'll be in touch with panellists when the first activity happens.

Thanks MNHQ

Wigeon Fri 22-Mar-13 12:41:56

For anyone thinking "where's Edmonton", and who puts it into Google maps, and finds that Google maps appears to think it's in Canada, even if you put "Edmonton UK", so thought it would be helpful to post that the postcode of the Mothercare store there is N18 3HA.

FaceLikeAPickledOnion Fri 22-Mar-13 12:54:07

Ah drat! Too far for me then

Wincher Fri 22-Mar-13 13:20:28

Have signed up - the Edmonton store is my local and it's great, I highly recommend it! I didn't realise it was their flagship store till the webchat today.

AmandinePoulain Fri 22-Mar-13 13:25:08

Done, but I accidentally did it twice - once only half filled in though, can you ignore my first attempt please? blush

I really want to be involved in this (not just for the free stuff wink) because I hate shopping in my local shop but I really want to like it! I'm too far from North London but what they've done there sounds great, I'd love our store to be that nice. I'm not sure about the 'mumspace' thing though - what about dads?

firawla Fri 22-Mar-13 13:40:52

I would love to, keep meaning to go and have a look at the edmonton store - saw pics of it on fb when they first did it. Wish they would do all branches of mothercare like that! Will fill out the form now

FoofFighter Fri 22-Mar-13 13:46:30

I just bought an Xpedior, it's being delivered today!!

RubyrooUK Fri 22-Mar-13 13:46:53

Happy to be involved as I have a newborn baby, a toddler and can visit the Edmonton store. And I've got lots of opinions on Mothercare.

OohShinyChocolateHollowBunnies Fri 22-Mar-13 15:22:11

Is the trip to the new store optional? My first babies now 8 days overdue and don't think I would be up for a trip to London in April but would love to do the product testing etc whilst on ML.

OohShinyChocolateHollowBunnies Fri 22-Mar-13 15:28:56

blush just read the survey! Signed myself up. grin

PeachActiviaMinge Fri 22-Mar-13 15:38:15

Another London centered giveaway then. I'd like people to realize London is not the center of the bloody world already angry

RedKites Fri 22-Mar-13 15:39:59

I could do with a 'maybe' option on whether I could get to Edmonton. I could get there, but it is a bit of a drive so it would be very dependent on when it is and whether I can bribe DH to go as I'm a bit scared of the M25. Am I best to say 'yes' so that you send me the details nearer the time, or do you only want people who are somewhat more definite to select that?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 15:43:17

Wigeon - thank you!
Peach - sorry
RedKites - say yes and I won't hold you to it!

RedKites Fri 22-Mar-13 16:01:13

grin Thanks for the quick reply!

clucky80 Fri 22-Mar-13 16:14:32

All signed up and local to me smile Love this Mothercare - it's like a day out going there now! (Just realised how dull that makes me sound!)

TaperJeanGirl Fri 22-Mar-13 16:31:47

Have signed up, I go there quite a bit and I have never come away disappointed, in face I can think of 2 occasions where staff there have been so ultra lovely and helpfulsmile

Kyrptonite Fri 22-Mar-13 18:01:52

Signed up. Never been able to afford mother care before but now with a full time job and DC3 due it would be nice to know what is worth the money.

maxicosifanjotutto Fri 22-Mar-13 19:05:31

shame as too far away for me but can i say mothercare salisbury have been brilliant! really nice & clean store. helpful and great customer service. smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 19:22:22

maxicosifanjotutto - you don't need to be near Edmonton to take part...that bit is only one part of the project

milktraylady Fri 22-Mar-13 19:56:07

Signed up!
Fingers crossed!
Liked the CEO on the webchat, not too patronising wink

maxicosifanjotutto Fri 22-Mar-13 20:11:07

Thanks Ann, I'v signed up!smile

FudgeyCookie Fri 22-Mar-13 20:17:06

Done grin

I think I ticked yes for Edmonton, but my pregnancy brain has been awful over the past few days (mostly involving burning food in the oven) blush

If I didn't tick it - I am able to go to Edmonton.

done! exciting <also has a sad life>

janey223 Fri 22-Mar-13 22:57:44

Bit of a trek for us but local closed down & it sounds like a nice wee day out!grin

Cakethrow Sat 23-Mar-13 05:09:37

Done!
I'm nowhere near Edmonton but it could be fun and an excuse for a trip down south

fuckwittery Sat 23-Mar-13 07:54:57

Just had a quick look at the Edmonton website, it's about 50 minute drive from me (but near my mums house) and the store looks great!

Love all the activities etc that you have going on in the store, but I dislike "mumspace" as well - what about all the Dads ? the puppet show looks great, might visit next time that's on a saturday.

EggMcDunnough Sat 23-Mar-13 14:46:42

Hooray! This is brilliant. I'd LOVE to do it. Sadly too far to get to Edmonton without a really, really good reason but I'd be happy to do anything and everything else. I love babycare products, I've no idea why. pram addict smile

islingtongirl Sat 23-Mar-13 16:59:38

I've signed up! Edmonton not toooooo far from me and am expecting baby no.1 in August so would be good for me I think!

ceeveebee Sat 23-Mar-13 21:21:37

Have put my name down, I think mothercare could improve a lot particularly customer service.

Funny how some posters don't like the term "mumspace" - we can hardly comment with a name like mumsnet!

EggMcDunnough Sun 24-Mar-13 08:22:40

D'you know, having now experienced the 'joys' of M&P I really rate Mothercare - their sales ethic and general set up seems a heck of a lot more honest and straightforward than M&P who I resent with a passion.

Mothercare might be old fashioned and a bit behind us in what we need but at least they don't think we're all blinded by fashion.

I could rant about M&P for a while so someone shove a biscuit in my mouth grin

NotSoNervous Sun 24-Mar-13 10:26:39

Done smile

How many testers are they looking for?

ScrambledSmegs Sun 24-Mar-13 13:11:29

Yeah, alright grin.

Mothercare frustrates me (have a very dingy high st store nearby) because in some ways it's good, but in a lot of ways it's awful, and it could/should be so much better. I remember the old big store in Brent X teeming with people when I was a child, because it was so good. Hope Edmonton is. Will make a trip soon.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 25-Mar-13 11:00:42

Hello - we've had a brilliant response to this!

Many of you have indicated you're able to come to the Edmonton store but I just wanted to make it clear this bit is only one part of the project, so you don't need to be near this store to join!

Nosonervous - no limit really but we have had a great response so far.

ScrambledSmegs Mon 25-Mar-13 12:02:24

Oh good. I won't bother then, it's a bit of a schlep grin

ScrambledSmegs Mon 25-Mar-13 12:04:58

<joking>

<worried now>

sparklekitty Mon 25-Mar-13 13:30:02

Done, sounds interesting smile

ceeveebee Mon 25-Mar-13 21:05:06

Not sure mothercare will thank me for this but if you download their iPhone app you get a code for £10 off your first app order of £50 or more,

nicolarae4 Tue 26-Mar-13 18:22:55

I would love to be invloved in this- we love Mothercare!

LexyMa Tue 26-Mar-13 18:46:54

done. have written total nonsense in the free-text bits though. no idea what I was waffling about.

Fuckwittery Tue 30-Apr-13 19:27:13

Just got the email inviting me to the Edmonton event. Bit disappointed its 5pm to 7pm which is a totally unfriendly time for most small children as it doesn't look like food will be provided! It's on a school night so I will have a hungry 6 year old with me and a tired toddler. Would have been happy to drive for 50 mins to a day time thing, and would have done some shopping and other stuff in the area but not too sure if I'll make this at ta and bedtime,.

Also, doesn't sound like much actually going on
At the event you'll be taken on a tour of the store and receive expert advice from Mothercare’s trained staff and parenting consultant. You’ll be able to see all the latest collections and meet some of our buyers and play with the toys in Early Learning Centre!

Just seems like a wander round a store really?! Nothing special to make the trip for! I don't mind going and giving feedback but sounds like I could just visit th store at a more convenient time. Anyone else going?

PseudoBadger Tue 30-Apr-13 22:49:28

I agree Fuckwittery - there's no way I can go on a Thursday early evening - they are a bit silly I think. Also, I'd much rather play with the ELC toys in my lovely branch of ELC at Brent Cross. Except I can't, as they've just closed it down, even though it was always busy sad

Wincher Tue 30-Apr-13 22:57:53

Yes, wot no freebies or nibbles or anything?

Fuckwittery Tue 30-Apr-13 23:06:27

I would go if there was food. Is anyone actually going to make it?
Disappointed as I thought there would be fun stuff to do, having looked at the site they have lots of activities on in the day, puppet shows and all sorts.
Go on mothercare, tempt us in with a freebie or summin......

Wincher Wed 01-May-13 09:09:16

I'm going anyway, it's only 5 mins drive from home and my son loves going there anyway!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-May-13 11:29:27

Thanks to those who have filled in my little form on the invite already...

Am sure it'll be a cool event - do come along f@@@wittery - you could meet me grin

AmandinePoulain Wed 01-May-13 12:14:45

I didn't tick that I could come to the event, but I'm on the panel and have a comment for any bigwigs that'll be there if you could show them please Ann?

I went in today for some travel bibs and whilst I was in there I wandered over to the car seats section for a browse (I'm looking into ERF seats for when dd2 outgrows her carrier). A member of staff came over to ask if I needed any help. I asked if there were any ERF seats in display and she looked very confused and asked if I meant combination seats. I said no, I mean seats that rear face until age 3/4. She pointed at the Britax First Class and said that I could buy that one and "keep it RF for as long as I want"...umm, no actually it only rear faces to 13kg. Luckily I know what I'm looking for but lots of people don't and will believe dangerous rubbish such as this! Please, please Mothercare, if you insist on not stocking ERF seats at least train your staff how to sell the ones you do sell!

Thanks, rant over grin

AmandinePoulain Wed 01-May-13 12:16:06

I should add that this happened in Swansea.

Fuckwittery Wed 01-May-13 12:58:02

Lol, that's tempting Ann! I can see there is a costa in the store, so I might come and feed my kids there. I would be soooo much happier with nibbles though <hint, hint, pass it on.....>

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-May-13 14:04:34

Ikea is right next door if they likada meatballs?! smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-May-13 14:04:49

Sorry Amandine - will pass on your feedback.

AmandinePoulain Wed 01-May-13 14:10:39

Thanks smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-May-13 19:31:28

Hi - just to let you know following feedback from some mners the event is now 2-5pm on the same day - folks who're on the panel are welcome to pop in any time during that slot....hope to see you all there! Have just emailed everyone on the Mothercare panel with new info.

Fuckwittery Wed 01-May-13 20:59:45

Brilliant thanks so much for sorting a better time Ann! You missed out on your post above the important CAKE info on your email too. I shall see you there <will go anywhere for cake>

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 02-May-13 11:26:02

Oh yes - cake!!!
Don't forget if you're coming to fill in the form....so I know who's coming.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 02-May-13 21:21:29

We still need some more folks for the event - it's now open to anyone interested - please check out the info and add your details here

Fuckwittery Thu 02-May-13 22:40:43

Oh I'm so embarrassed Ann, after all my fuss about the time and cake, I realise that's the week my aunts visiting from America. She's not staying with us but I don't know if I'm meeting her every day yet or not or what. As soon as I know I will RSVP..... Sorry! Hoping some more mns come, i will def try and come if I can.

KoreRenati Sat 04-May-13 13:22:26

I'm looking forward to this smile

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