MommyCon Chicago 2015 Schedule is Revealed!
We are pleased to bring an amazing line-up of speakers to MommyCon Chicago! The following schedule is for February 21, 2015 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
Registration will begin at 8:30AM on Saturday morning in the North Ballroom. Our exhibit hall will open at 9:00AM and our first session of the day will begin promptly at 9:30AM.
9:30AM-10:15AM Cloth Diapering 101 presented by Cotton Babies
Speaker: Jenn Labit
Join CEO and Founder Jenn Labit as she shares the Cotton Babies story and an introduction to cloth diapering products, wash routines, and accessories that will make your life easier as a parent. This session is a must-see for both cloth-curious attendees and those who are Cotton Babies fans!
11:15AM-12:00PM Boobs & Bottles: Epic Milk with The Leaky Boob presented by Ameda & Ergobaby
A humorous look at how from the first days of feeding our babies to wrangling toddlers, nourishing our children nourishes us.
12:45PM-1:45PM Nursing in Public with the Badass Breastfeeder presented by Milkin’ Cookies
Speaker: Abby Theuring
The Badass Breastfeeder is the pro-NIP (Nursing In Public) brainchild of breastfeeding advocate Abby Theuring. Abby’s session will dive deep into the struggles parents face, and brings encouragement to those seeking out support in their infant feeding journey. Abby will share her personal experiences in breastfeeding her two sons and hone in on your inner badass.
1:45PM-2:15PM Sex After Baby presented by Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper
Need to spark things up a bit? Is something missing from your sex life now that baby has arrived? Jessica and Jeremy Martin-Weber of The Leaky Boob share stories, words of encouragement, and give advice on how to make things a bit more interesting even after being together 18 years!
2:30PM-3:30PM Breastfeeding Myths with Shari Criso presented by Evenflo Feeding
Speaker: Shari Criso, IBCLC
Shari Criso has been a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and now she becomes a MommyCon Speaker with a session that will debunk breastfeeding myths! This informative session will leave you feeling empowered to succeed in your breastfeeding journey.
3:45PM-4:15PM Car Seat Safety with The Baby Guy NYC
Speaker: Jamie Grayson
Jamie Grayson doesn’t just know about strollers, breast pumps, and baby carriers; he also knows all about car seats. This incredibly informative topic gives you all the facts behind why rearfacing is important, when a booster should be used, and great seats for every budget. As a Child Passenger Safety Technician, Jamie will discuss the pros and cons of different car seats and answer all of your car seat safety questions.
4:15PM-4:45PM Giveaways with The Baby Guy NYC
Speaker: Jamie Grayson
Join Jamie Grayson as he gives all the amazing items you have seen at MommyCon away! You must be present to win so make sure you stay till the very end!
Workshop Room 21
9:30AM-10:15AM Mom Body Fitness
Speaker: Stephanie Lee
Fitness can be possible! In this 30 minute interactive demonstration, learn great ways to sneak fitness in to your life while playing with your newborn, infant, or toddler. Fitness professional, business owner, and mom of 2, Stephanie Lee will demonstrate important techniques for rebuilding pelvic floor and breathing muscles, and great exercises to boost endurance and weight loss.
10:30AM-11:15AM Babywearing 101 presented by Ergobaby and Beco Baby Carrier
Speaker: Angelique Geehan
Taught by a certified babywearing educator, Babywearing 101 is a comprehensive overview of baby carrier safety, and assortment of carriers including; the mei tai, soft structured carrier, woven wrap, stretch wrap, hybrid wrap, ring sling, wrap conversion, and custom carrier options.
11:15AM-12:00PM Wrapping 101 presented by Ergobaby and Tekhni
Certified Babywearing Educator, Laura Brown, and Alisa DeMarco show you how to babywear using the Ergobaby Stretch Hybric Wrap and Tekhni Woven Wraps! In this interactive session, participants are each shown how to use a wrap to front carry and back carry. Wraps and baby dolls are provided for demo purposes for use during this session.
1:00PM-1:45PM Miss Jamie’s Farm Music Show
Speaker: Miss Jamie
Perfect for pre-schoolers on up through age 8, Miss Jamie and her puppet friends from the farm take the audience on a magical barnyard adventure in a sing-along, dance-along show that’s fun for kids and grownups alike. The interactive performance features well-known farm songs as well as original tunes like “Happy Chickens Lay Yummy Eggs” and “Keepin’ it Pesticide Free,” and teaches healthy eating and responsible farming in a fun way that leaves everyone stompin’ their boots and hollerin’ for more.
1:45PM-2:30PM Becoming a Babywearing Educator presented by Ergobaby
Speaker: Laura Brown
Have you ever wondered how to turn your passion for babywearing into a career? In this 45 minute session, Laura walks you through different opportunities to gain experience, how to decide if training or certification is right for you, getting started teaching private consultations and classes, as well as opportunities with retailers, manufacturers, and other babywearing related businesses and fields. She’ll also cover important aspects such as branding, advertising and building your business via social media and networking, as well as liability considerations.
2:30PM-3:30PM Turning Red to Green- A Menstruation Workshop on Making the Switch to Reusables presented by The DivaCup
Speaker: Kim Rosas
Check your skepticism at the door for this workshop on switching to reusable fem-care by self-proclaimed #vagangelist Kim Rosas. Whether you are cup or cloth curious you will find answers to your most TMI questions about what it’s really like to go green on your period. Kim will be giving a live demo of a menstrual cup insertion and removal using “Virginia,” a clear vagina-like tube. For cloth curious mamas she’ll go over the basics so you’ll be prepared to make the switch. There will be a Q+A at the end. Bring a good sense of humor plus an open mind and you may just become a #vagangelist too!
Workshop Room 22
10:30AM-11:15AM Books, Babies, and Toddlers: Sharing the Love of Reading with Your Baby
Speaker: Rebecca Ngyuen
We will take a look at the exploratory things that babies/toddlers do with books as part of discovering books, ways to share books in an intimate way, so you can share wonderful books together. We will discuss moving from “playing” with books, to looking at and discussing the pictures, to reading short stories about familiar things. Poetry and song will be included as part of learning about words and the meaning they carry.
12:30PM-1:00PM Papa’s Perspective: Navigating the Crunchy Mother
Speaker: Kevin Higgins
This “dude friendly” workshop will address everything from your wife telling you she wants an Igloo Birth to where to find the $40,000 car seat she picked out for less than the cost of a fishing cabin.
1:00PM-1:45PM Preparing for a Sibling presented by Sharp Mamas
Speakers: Dara Tarkowski and Kelley Farrell
The Sharp Mamas, Dara Tarkowski and Kelley Farrell, will give you some tips and tricks on how to prepare big brother and big sister for baby’s arrival. This session will dive into what behaviors your older children may exhibit and ways to prepare both of you for the new addition.
2:15PM-3:15PM Potty Training-1 of 99 Ways to Get It Done! with Potty Schmotty
Speaker: Tamica Oglesby
Tell the truth – potty training is the thing that made you become a parent!!! You couldn’t wait to deal with dirty diapers, wet clothes, and accidents – in public. If that doesn’t describe you, this workshop is for you. Potty Schmotty is a three-step potty training program – Prep, Shop, and Train! This adult supported, child led program is easy to follow and this workshop will leave participants ready to handle the wonderful task of potty training with skills and humor!
3:15-4:00PM Cloth Diapering 101 presented by Cotton Babies
Speaker: Jenn Labit
REPEAT SESSION FOR HALF-DAY TICKET HOLDERS: Join CEO and Founder Jenn Labit as she shares the Cotton Babies story and an introduction to cloth diapering products, wash routines, and accessories that will make your life easier as a parent. This session is a must-see for both cloth-curious attendees and those who are Cotton Babies fans!
Lullaby Earth Sleep Consultation Room
Advanced sign-up is required with the exception of the 1:00PM session which is open to all attendees. Sign-up for your sleep session two weeks prior to the event date, click here.
Each sleep consultation is focused on a certain age range and is a small group session with eight families.
9:15AM-9:45AM 0-3 Months Old
10:00AM-10:30AM 4-12 Months Old
10:45AM-11:15AM 1-2 1/2 Year Old
11:30AM-12:00PM 2 1/2 years +
1:00PM-2:00PM Moving Past Bed-Sharing: The Big Transition
2:00PM-2:30PM 4-12 Months Old
2:45PM-3:15PM 1-2 1/2 Year Old
3:30PM-4:00PM 2 1/2 Years +
Baby Guy Gear Area
Baby Gear Expert: The Baby Guy NYC – Jamie Grayson
Jamie Grayson will be stopping by the gear area for Q&A at 11:30AM-12:15PM and 2:00PM-2:45PM
Little Dippers Craft Corner
9:00AM-4:00PM Coloring & Chalk Drawing All Day
11:30-12:00PM Finger Painting with EzPz & Wee Can Too
Click each of the following to read more about our signature event elements: Evenflo Feeding Lounge, The Beco & Ergobaby Babywearing Lounge, and Cloth Diaper Resource Center with Dirty Diaper Laundry. Details about the Babyganics Clean Play Zone, Baby Care Area with Baby Comfy Care and more will be listed soon!