MommyCon :: MommyCon Austin 2016 Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement!

MommyCon Austin 2016 Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement!

VIP Day – Friday, June 24, 2016

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All VIP sessions take place on Friday, June 24. You must have a general admission ticket (or equivalent) in order to upgrade with one or more VIP sessions. You may purchase up to one of each VIP session upgrade per general admission ticket you hold. Unless otherwise noted, sessions are at the Austin Convention Center 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX 78701. If you have any questions, please email

10:00AM-11:00AM Baby Safe Pool Party presented by Babyganics – at the British Swim School (1250 South A. W. Grimes Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664)
Join us as we takeover the British Swim School’s indoor pool for a morning of fun! We will be playing games, enjoying the pool and making new friends. This session is great for parents with babies 18m+ but younger babies are more than welcome, too. Products include Babyganics, Munchkin, Baby Banz and more! This will take place at the British Swim School, not the convention center, and there will be locker rooms available. 30 tickets available. $65.00.

12:00PM-1:00PM Cotton Babies VIP with CEO and Founder, Jenn Labit 
This small group session is hosted by Jenn Labit, Founder & CEO of Cotton Babies. This new session will help you create and better run a business as a woman entrepreneur with children. The gift bag includes products Jenn loves from some of her favorite brands. 30 tickets available. $50.00.

1:15PM-2:15PM Babywearing VIP presented by Beco Baby Carrier & Ergobaby 
Learn how to use a soft structured carrier and play games with your babywearing friends! Each attendee walks away with a Beco Baby Carrier or Ergobaby carrier which are given out at random during the session.  30 tickets available. $75.00.

2:30PM-3:30PM Tekhni VIP
Each attendee will learn how to wrap using a shorty woven wrap from Tekhni Wovens. We always have a special surprise added in so don’t miss out! At the end of the session you will walk away with a Tekhni of your very own! 25 tickets available. $100.00.

3:45PM-4:45PM Feed the Baby VIP with special guest The Leaky Boob presented by Earth Mama Angel Baby
Jessica Martin-Weber of The Leaky Boob joins our attendees for an afternoon of bonding, community building, and sharing our feeding journeys. 30 tickets available. $50.00.

5:00PM-6:00PM MommyCon After Dark presented by Maya & Max by MOBY
Join the MommyCon team for a night you won’t forget! We will have games and an adult themed gift bag. Please note that this session is for adults, but nurslings are more than welcome. Children over the age of 12 months are not permitted, and we unfortunately cannot make exceptions. The content is no-holds-barred so if your little one likes to repeat things, you may want to leave them at home. Men are also not permitted in this portion of the event due to the intimate nature of the conversation. 30 tickets available. $60.00.

MommyCon Austin 2016 – Saturday, June 25, 2016

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9:00AM-5:00PM Little Dippers Crafts + Coloring
An area focused on creativity and reading for little ones from early toddlerhood to preschool ages.

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 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!

9:30AM-10:30AM Preparing For Your Daughter’s First Period
Speaker: Leah Love
Discover how to create an empowering experience for your daughter free of shame.  Help her transition into womanhood and feel good about her body and understand the changes she’s going through.

9:45AM-10:15AM 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.

9:45AM-10:15AM 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 an assortment of carriers including the mei tai, soft structured carrier, woven wrap, stretch wrap, hybrid wrap, ring sling, wrap conversion, and custom carrier options.

9:45AM-10:15AM Baby Food Making with Sage Spoonfuls

10:30AM-11:15AM My Journey with Postpartum Depression and Exclusive Expressing with Chasity Boatman
Speaker: Chasity Boatman
Chasity Boatman is a mother, wife, business owner, and blog owner of Every Child is a Blessing. She will be speaking about her personal experience with recovering from postpartum depression as well as sharing therapy exercises and coping skills. She will also be speaking about her journey with exclusively pumping for 15 months, and sharing legal information and pumping tips to help other woman, particularly those in the workplace, meet their breastfeeding goals thorough pumping.

10:30AM-11:15AM Make Your Partner A Real Partner with Allyson Downey
Speaker: Allyson Downey
Having a baby doesn’t have to mean putting your career on hold.  Though pregnancy and childbirth can create tricky situations for moms in the workplace — ranging from avoiding the “mommy track” to managing childcare — it’s possible to balance a successful career with committed motherhood.  Drawing from her research for Here’s the Plan, this talk outlines practical, brass-tacks advice on keeping your career moving forward through the childbearing years.

10:45AM-11:45AM Scaredy Cat Potty Training presented by Super Undies
Speaker: Laura Wojciechowski
Super Undies will be presenting info on all things potty training, including why it’s so scary! Come learn what it takes to potty train, and leave empowered to get the job done.

10:45AM-11:45AM Positioning Babies and Toddlers for Healthy Hip, Spine, and Skull Growth and Development
Speaker: Allison Hall, PT, MPT, DPT
In this session, you will learn how infant and toddler bones and muscles are different from adults, how commonly used equipment, baby carriers, and baby gear can influence growth and development, and what to look for when positioning your baby for healthy alignment and active engagement in their environment.

10:45AM-11:45AM Toddlerwearing with Angelique Geehan
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.

10:45AM-11:45AM Bite Sized Snacktime with Mixed Pears
Enjoy a fresh fruit snack and use Bite Sizers from our friends at Mixed Pears.

11:00AM-11:45AM Sustaining Feminine Health
Speaker: Maleña Taylor
How feminine health affects our entire state of being, how to sustain feminine health, what can go wrong, and how to make it better.

1:00PM-1:45PM Finding Community: How to Build it When it Doesn’t Exist 
Speaker: Xza Higgins
Being a parent can be tough. Being a parent without a support team can be even tougher! This session will offer solutions to the dreaded mommy-brain loneliness and provide you with tools to creating your own mommunity!

1:00PM-1:45PM Sing and Dance with Music Forever Music Together
Speaker: Birgit Sund
Bring your little ones for a fun and interactive session that will include singing songs, dancing, and other musical activities!

1:00PM-1:45Pm 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.

1:15PM-2:00PM Building Babywearing Bridges
Laura Brown
Join Laura Brown to discuss ways to reach out to other communities, including using available resources and networks as a means of collaborating and building bridges.

1:15PM-2:00PM Baby Food Making with Sage Spoonfuls

1:15PM-2:00PM Sacred Sexuality and Conscious Love: How Tantra Can Change Your Life
Speaker: Leah Love
Having children doesn’t have to mean the end of intimacy.  Experience a more meaningful connection with your partner by learning Tantric techniques and cultivate conscious love both in and out of the bedroom.

2:00PM-2:45PM Why Toddlers Fear New Foods with Dawn Winkelmann of EZPZ
Speaker: Dawn Winkelmann
For both parents and professionals. We’ll explore seven reasons why toddlers fear new foods;  learn ways to decrease anxiety at the dinner table; learn when food neophobia starts and ends; learn four common mistakes parents make that can cause food refusal; learn tips to overcome food neophobia; and understand when to seek help or start feeding therapy.

2:00PM-2:45PM Comparison is the Thief of Joy: Finding Balance in Motherhood with Amy Appleton and iLana Grostern
Speakers: Amy Appleton & iLana Grostern
Amy and Ilana from AppleCheeks cloth diapers dive head first into the struggle to find balance in motherhood, inspiring session attendees to examine their lives and what happiness and “balance” can look like to them.  Expectations vs. reality, perceptions vs. choices: to what extent do we set ourselves up for disappointment and harsh self-criticism? How can we change our perspective on motherhood and what it means to us?

2:00PM-2:45PM 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.

2:15PM-3:0oPM What Love Tastes Like with The Leaky Boob presented by Earth Mama Angel Baby
Speaker: Jessica Martin-Weber
Feeding with love and the impact of infant feeding on long term parenting and the importance of telling our stories and how we do so.

2:15PM-3:00PM 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!

3:00PM-4:00PM Preparing for and Processing Your Birth Experience with the Birth Hour
Speaker: Bryn Huntpalmer
Since founding The Birth Hour podcast, Bryn Huntpalmer has heard a vast array of birth stories and recognizes that after the baby is born, a new mother needs to understand and process her birth experience. At MommyCon Austin she will discuss how you can go into your birth informed of your options and supported in your decisions. For those who have already given birth, she will share valuable exercises in processing the events of your birth. The sharing and recording of your birth story, and the feeling of being heard after one of the most transformational experiences of your life, is not only essential if you experienced a birth that resulted in trauma, it is also recognized as an important practice for moms that had a “normal,” healthy birth.

3:00PM-4:00PM Sex and the Breastfeeding Mom 
Speaker: Naya Weber
Postpartum intimacy is often a tricky road to navigate. Healing from birth, frequent breastfeeding, and adjusting to a new family member can be a perfect storm in the first several months postpartum. This frank but supportive discussion addresses common issues parents face with sex and intimacy postpartum.

3:00PM-4:00PM Introduction to the Mei Tai presented by Babyhawk
Speakers:Joanna McNeilly and Laney Kolker
Learn the history of the mei tai, ways to teach the mei tai and further understand knowledge surrounding this age-old carrier that is wildly popular carrier.

3:15PM-4:00PM Why Body Positive Images for Mothers 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.

3:15PM-4:00PM Breastfeeding and Pumping Q&A with Amy Peterson, IBCLC and Jamie Grayson, TheBabyGuyNYC presented by Evenflo Feeding
Speaker: Amy Peterson and Jamie Grayson
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!

4:15PM- 4:45PM Car Seat Safety with Mat York
Speaker: Mat York

4:15PM-4:45PM Social Media for Small Businesses with Jen Aprea
Speaker: Jen Aprea
Description TBD

4:45PM-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 two weeks prior to the event.

Exhibitor List as of 6/22/16:
5 Minute Recess
Austin Bounce House Rentals
Babies R Us
Baby Care Area with BabyComfyCare
Babywearing Lounge
Balm Baby
Bambino Brand
Beachfront Baby
Bibetts Baby Carriers
British Swim School
BWI of Greater Austin
Cat and Dogma
Cloth Diaper Resource Center with Dirty Diaper Laundry
Cotton Babies at the MommyCon Shoppe
Community Corner
Earth Mama Angel Baby
Enlightened Baby
Evenflo Feeding
Fabula Nebulae
Fresh Wave
From Meinhart to Yours
Gift Genie Express
Happy Family
Harebow Shop
Kiddy USA
Kind Snacks
Lalabye Baby
Lindsay Mac Photography
Mama Mermaid
MommyCon Shoppe
Mother’s Milk Bank
Owlet Baby Care
Parasol Co
Plum Organics
Project Pomona
Sasha G. Photography
Scout Family Equipment
Smart Bottoms
Stork Maternity Consulting
Super Undies
Tekhni Wovens at the MommyCon Shoppe
The Birth Hour
The Leaky Cookie
Tribute Medical Supply
Vagina Village
WAHM Corner
Wonderment Jewelry