MommyCon :: MommyCon Chicago 2016 Schedule & Exhibitor Announcement!

MommyCon Chicago 2016 Schedule & Exhibitor Announcement!

MommyCon Chicago Schedule & Exhibitor List

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9:30AM-10:30AM Cloth Diapering 101 with Jenn Labit 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!

9:30AM-10:30AM How Physical, Mental and Chemical Stressors Affect the Health of Our Children
Speaker: Sarah Keuss, DC
This session aims to explore the neurological development of babies and toddlers. There will be discussion about the neurological importance of some milestones, ways to help your baby reach them, and what are possible red flags that parents may notice.

10:00AM-10:30AM Taking Care of Mama
Speaker: Kelley Kitley, LCSW
Where’d she go? Using a holistic approach to make sure you are getting YOUR needs met. Improve body image, sexuality, friendships, and self care.

10:00AM-10:45AM Move Baby Move!  It’s paramount to your baby’s development…and your sanity!
Speaker: Joanna McNeilly
Why do some babies like swings, or bouncy seat, or cars, or carriers? MOVEMENT, pretty simple really.  We will take a quick peek at WHY that is the case, why does lil Jr like that movement so much? Why does it calm, or excite?  Then we sift through your day to see when are there times of high energy and movement.  We will discuss, briefly, when spikes in development make a need for movement more important.  Plus some great ways to change up the movement in the household!

10:00AM-10:45AM Alternative Pathways to Motherhood: A Miracle No Matter How it Comes to You
Speaker: Ashley Gast
Infertility didn’t keep her from doing what she felt in her heart; becoming a mother. One day at a time Ashley navigates the journey to motherhood via alternative pathways. It’s not the word before parent that defines Ashley, but the love and dedication in her heart.

10:00AM-10:45AM Babywearing 101 with Beco Baby Carrier and Ergobaby
Speaker: Laura Brown
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.

10:45AM-11:15AM The Period Talk Unraveled
Speaker: Meg Eldridge
Model a life that shows your daughter her amazing uniqueness as a woman!  Learn how to give her (and yourself) the confidence to appreciate the process our bodies go through in puberty and beyond.

10:45AM-11:30AM Is Your Picky Eater Driving You Crazy? presented by YoBaby! by Stonyfield
Speaker: Sally Kuzemchak
Wondering what happened to that baby who would eat absolutely anything you put on his spoon? Picky eating is maddening—but totally normal. In this session, you’ll learn just whypicky eating happens, how long you can expect it to last, and important mealtime strategies to put in place NOW so it doesn’t last any longer.

10:45AM-11:30AM Breastfeeding Goddesses with Ivette Ivens
Speaker: Ivette Ivens
Ivette will discuss her book, ” Breastfeeding Goddesses “, from conception to birth, overcoming negative feedback, her adventures during this project, and her hopes for mothers. She truly feels all mothers should be viewed as Goddesses.

10:45AM-11:30AM Finding the Right Supplements for You
Speaker: Jasmine Jafferali
One of the fastest growing industries in the world is the nutritional supplement group. Producing about $32 billion in revenue for just nutritional supplements alone in 2012, it is projected to double that by topping $60 billion in 2021. Learn how to navigate the supplement aisle, what is synthetic vs bioavailable, and choose the best vitamins for you and your family.

11:00AM-11:45AM Miss Jamie From the Farm Musical Performance
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.

11:00AM-11:45AM Toddlerwearing 
Speaker: Angelique Geehan
Are you curious about toddlerwearing? Is it really time to size up your carrier? Learn all the facts about comfortable toddlerwearing in this interactive session. This will be hands-on and attendees will be able to try on various toddler carriers.

11:00AM-12:00PM Bite Sized Snacktime with Mixed Pears
Enjoy a fresh fruit snack and use Bite Sizers from our friends Mixed Pears.

11:30AM-12:00PM Enhancing Intimacy 
Speaker: Kelley Kitley, LCSW
Learn the 5 Love Languages as taught by national couples expert Dr. Gary Chapman and ways to implement them into your relationship. Get back to the basics and make sex a priority for you and your partner.

11:30AM-12:15PM Fall in Love With YOU with Angel Laketa Moore
Speaker: Angel Laketa Moore
This session is all about building our self-esteem as parents so we can help our children do the same. Value your unique identity, appreciate your self worth, and ultimately fall in love with you.

11:30AM-12:15PM Creating the Change Needed for Home Birth Choices in Illinois
Speakers: Illinois Friends of Midwives
The Illinois Friends of Midwives will bring a dynamic mix of lecture, panel discussion, and real life stories of home births from across the state of Illinois.  Participants will hear about the latest homebirth statistics and safe birthing practices. Participants will learn how to engage in action planning and promoting social awareness for home birth choices and to improve safe access to home birth options. Home birth experts will be available to answer questions and listen to parents share their home birth experience.

11:30AM-12:15PM Postpartum Rehabilitation: It’s About Function and Safety with Dr. Dara presented by Ergobaby
Speaker: Dr. Dara
What happens to our bodies during pregnancy and how we can regain physical strength postpartum. This is NOT about weight, but about increasing function, decreasing pain, and protecting ourselves from injuries while we love, guide, and grow with our children.

11:45AM-12:30PM Breastfeeding, Pumping, and Returning to Work with Shari Crisco, IBCLC, presented by Evenflo Feeding
Speaker: Shari Criso
One of the most challenging things for any new mom is continuing to breastfeed while returning back to work! We will discuss some of the most important information that you will need to make this transition as easy as possible.  Such as…preparing for your first day back, choosing and using your breast pump, how much milk do you need for you baby while you are gone, and so much more!

1:30PM-2:15PM Nurturing Early Relationships Through Infant Massage
Speaker: Nat Vikitsreth, DT, Ed.M, CEIM
Workshop participants will learn all about the research-based benefits of infant massage that are centered on neurobiology and mental health. Additionally, they will get some hands on experience learning and practicing massage strokes.

1:30PM-2:15PM Average Jo 
Speaker: Jo Elle Jaeger
Jo Elle Jaeger will discuss how she and her family have applied natural living concepts in their every day lives. She will share her story of how she and her family  have navigated pregnancy, birth and parenthood all while doing their best to make healthy choices along the way. Jo Elle will share tips on how every family can do the same without it feeling overwhelming far fetched. She will discuss how having a supportive partner along the way can make a huge difference.

1:30PM-2:15PM Wrapping 101 with MOBY and Tekhni Wovens
Speakers: Laney Kolker and Alisa DeMarco
Certified Babywearing Educators  Laney Kolker and Alisa DeMarco show you how to babywear using the MOBY 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.

1:30PM-2:15PM Awaken Your Pelvic Floor
Speaker: Erica Boland, D.C.
From incontinence to low back pain, the pelvic floor plays a key role in a woman’s health.  Learn how this crucial area can be a source of strength rather than a constant battle.

1:45PM-2:30PM Scaredy Cat Potty Training presented by Super Undies
Speaker: Laura Wojciechowski
Super Undies will be presenting info on all things potty training, including why its so scary! Come learn what it takes to potty train, and leave empowered to get the job done.

2:00PM-2:45PM #Freethenipple and The TaTa Top with Michelle and Robyn
Speaker: Michelle and Robyn
Description TBA

2:30PM-3:15PM Play, Play, Play Your Troubles Away
Speaker: Julianne Neely, MSW, LCSW
The importance of play and it’s impact on brain development.

2:30PM-3:15PM Parenting as a Survivor of Sexual Abuse
Speaker: Nikki Patrick
Parenting is a journey. We all bring our past life experiences with us when we become parents and some of these experiences shape the way we parent our children. Parenting as a survivor of sexual abuse or assault is a very unique journey. It brings with it a different type of anxiety, worry, and fear. It also brings a deep love and appreciation for the innocence of childhood.  Parenting as a survivor brought a new level of healing that was completely unexpected for me. Join me to hear my story, share my triumphs and struggles, and participate in whatever way you feel comfortable.

2:30PM-3:15PM Ring Slings 101 
Speaker: Angelique Geehan
Ring slings might look complicated, but Angelique will show you just how easy they are. This versatile carrier can be used from birth well into toddlerhood. Angelique will share techniques for making this your go-to, on-the-go carrier.

2:45PM-3:15PM Baby Led Weaning presented by Stonyfield YoBaby Yogurt
Speaker: Sally Kuzemchak
Learn about BLW aka Baby Led Weaning with Sally. She will share tips to get your infant feeding journey off on the right start.

2:45PM-3:30PM Cloth Diapering 101 with Jenn Labit 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!

2:45PM-3:30PM Squeaky Clean: Shopping for Natural Products for the Family
Speaker: Jenny Duranski
A session that explores why natural products are important, what ingredients to look for, and where to shop. Attendees will leave with an understanding of buying natural on a budget, and the way they can DIY or DIBUY.

3:30PM-4:15PM Your Child’s Brain on Music with Bucktown Music
Speaker: Jessica Solares
Jessica Solares is a mama with a music degree and co-owns Bucktown Music with her husband, Luis.  Their Kindermusik classes are ranked among the top worldwide, and she is excited to share all of the benefits music has on your child’s developing brain!  She will share how babies react to their mother’s heartbeat and their father’s voice, and how to connect with your child through music, songs, and routines, and how music affects neural pathways, reading and math skills, and social-emotional development.  There will definitely be some singing and dancing going on!

3:30PM-4:15PM Turning Red to Green: A Menstruation Workshop on Making the Switch to Reusable’s 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!

3:30PM-4:15PM When a Lending Library Could be a Learning Library
Speaker: Laura Brown
Many groups feel the pressure to have a lending library when they don’t have the resources, or the model doesn’t actually work for them. Why a learning library might be something to consider as an alternative.

3:45PM -4:30PM Why Body Positive Images for Mother’s is Paramount presented by The Moby Wrap
Speaker: Jade Beall
Join the creator of A Beautiful Body Project as she tells stories of body love and why images without Photoshop matter. A further description will be added soon.

3:45PM-4:30PM Treating Common Illness in Children 
Speaker: Lindsay Simonetti, PharmD
Being a parent can be scary, especially when your child is sick. When should you see a doctor? When is it ok to treat your child with over the counter (OTC) medications? Do natural remedies work? This session will cover common illnesses and recommended treatments including non-pharmacological, OTC and natural remedies based on recent updates and industry changes. Parents will also learn safe medication practices and tips/tricks to administering medications to children.

4:30PM-5:15PM Giveaways + Gear for the Modern Parent with Mat York presented by Eyla’s
Speaker: Mat York
Join Mat York, CPST and babywearing enthusiast, as he discusses all things baby gear! This session wraps up our day with a crazy big giveaway, and attendees will walk away with an in depth look at all the products we feature at the event.

Sleep Consultations with Rebecca Michi presented by Naturpedic
Sign-up form will be posted here two weeks prior to the event.

MommyCon Chicago 2016 Exhibitors as of 2/12/2016

A Beautiful Bodies Project
Ashland Health Rx
Attachment Parenting International
Babies R Us
Baby Bjorn
Baby Care Area with BabyComfyCare
Baby Food Court with Stonyfield YoBaby
Babywearing Lounge with Beco & Ergobaby
Better Life
Bijou Wear
Bottle Bar
Bucktown School of Music
Catbird Baby
Center for Babywearing Studies
Chicago Pediatric Wellness and Therapy
Chompy Chic Chewelry
Cloth Diaper Resource Center with Dirty Diaper Laundry
Costco Warehouse
Cotton Babies at the MommyCon Shoppe
Crescent Moon Henna
Dr. Kelly Simms
Evenflo Feeding
FitBody Mommies
Foss Swim School
Free Soul Designs
Fresh Wave
Frida Baby
Generation Me
Goldfish Swim School
Happy Family
Happy Heiny
Infant Massage USA
iPlay Baby Wear
Ivette Ivans – Breastfeeding Goddesses
KIND Snacks
La Leche Legue
Latch Pal
Leche Libre
Lehan Drugs
Life’s Journey Jewelry Creations
Little Company of Mary Hospital
Little Standout
Lost Boy Goods
Love Grown Foods
Mama Said Tees
Miss Jamie’s Farm
Mixed Pears
Molly Pop Boutique
Momma Goose
MommyCon Shoppe
Moms Clean Airforce
Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes
Nicki’s Diapers
Peg Perego
Pink Lemonade Shop
River Babe Threads
RooCoat & Nummy Beads
Sacred Art Store
Sarah Keuss DC
Silverleaf Resorts
Simple and Natural Personal Care
Smart Bottoms
Snappy Greens
Snuggy Baby
Stonyfield YoBaby!
Super Undies
Sweet Baby Beanies
Tekhni Wovens at the MommyCon Shoppe
The HypnoBirthing Institute
Third Coast Birth Services
Vagina Village
Venta Airwasher
Vinted Kids
Whole Life & Services
Whole Love Organics
X and Y Kidz