If you’ve been following me for a little while, then you know how much I love MommyCon. If you’re new here, you’ll learn quickly that it is an event I love and forward to all year. But maybe you’ve been wondering
“What is this MommyCon all about?” or “Should I go to MommyCon, is it an even for ME?”
The answer is YES!!
So what is MommyCon?
“MommyCon is a boutique style convention dedicated to bringing modern parents and mothers-to-be together. Our focus is on natural and organic parenting methods and timeless tidbits as we journey through parenthood together. Seminars and workshops include; babywearing, birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, carseat safety, natural health and medicine, baby gear, childproofing and so much more!” via MommyCon
I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, so you have to be one of those crunchy moms to enjoy this event?”
MommyCon literally has something for everyone! It is a judgement free-zone and supportive of all types of parenting. And there is always something new to learn, from the sessions, vendors, or even other parents you may meet. I decided to try cloth diapering and found my absolute favorite nipple cream, thanks to my first MommyCon event.
And lets talk about the sessions….whew!
This is really the heart of the event. With topics like birth and breastfeeding, self-care, and potty training, reusable menstrual products, picky eaters, involving dads, babywearing, growing social media…literally something for everyone
I have learned so much. I have been reassured that my decisions as a mother matter and that I AM doing a good job. If you are a big fan of social media, you may even get to meet a some of your favorite parenting Influencers. At past events, Jessica of The Leaky Boob, Matt York of That Dad Matt, and Jennifer Labit of Cottonbabies have all presented and shared their love of the industry, as well as their best advice and tips for parents with those attending.
My favorite session last year was titled “Learning to Love Yourself”. We discussed why we don’t trust ourselves or feel secure in our choices as people and especially mothers. We also talked about and celebrated the great things we do and that it is OKAY to be proud of yourself. I felt so refreshed and assured, knowing that I was no the only one struggling and that celebrating my success is so much more important than dwelling on the things I may dislike.
At the very end of the day, the final session is a HUGE giveaway.
All the baby and parenting gear that you can imagine.
Carseats, strollers, portable cribs, diapers, carriers… is given at random to attendees. It is the most fun session of the day! I cross all my fingers and toes, but I haven’t won anything yet.
This is a peek of the schedule from the 2017 Chicago event
Still not convinced?? How about some awesome shopping?!
With over 100 vendors, you are sure to find something to take home! From baby carriers, to feeding supplies, to fashionable nursing-wear and children’s clothing, there is something for everyone! Retailers have done reveals or have had exclusive prints or products specific for MommyCon attendees.
And I don’t know about you, but I think it is always fun to have something no one else does or to be the first of my friends to discover a new product. Some of my favorite vendors at past events have been RePlay, JuJube, Rumina Nursingwear, and Babyganics.
And my last reason, but most definitely not least, is for the connections that are made at MommyCon. I have created lasting bonds and friendships with the other parents that I have met in sessions or while both shopping at a booth. I have also been able to connect with the speakers, who are often experts in their field, and gotten their advice, reassurance and suggestions for the issues or questions I have. Some amazing and healing conversation happens in the sessions and hallways of these events.
These events have really helped to shape my journey of motherhood, and lead me to find many products and parenting techniques that work for our family.
You can buy your tickets on the MommyCon website and please use my code CREAMANDSUGAR18 at checkout, for 10% off your ticket to any of the 2018 events.
See you in Chicago!!