MommyCon San Jose Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement
VIP Day – Friday, October 28, 2016
Purchase your MommyCon San Jose VIP tickets here!
All VIP sessions take place on Friday, October 28, 2016. 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. Sessions will take place at the San Jose Convention Center. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
12:00PM-1:00PM 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! ! Upgrade fee: $100.00.
1:00PM-2:00PM 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. Upgrade fee: $50.00.
2:15PM-3:15PM 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. Upgrade fee: $75.00.
3:30PM-4:30PM 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. Upgrade fee: $50.00.
4:45PM-5:45PM 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 18 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. Upgrade fee: $50.00.
MommyCon San Jose 2016 – Saturday, October 29, 2016
Purchase your MommyCon San Jose tickets here!
All events will take place at the San Jose Convention Center (150 W. San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113). This is a preliminary preview schedule and exhibitor list. Additional sessions and exhibitors may still being added and will be announced 30 days before the event.
To view a printable version of the schedule, click here.
9:30AM-10:15AM Natural Birth, Water Birth, Birthing Centers, What’s It All About? with Melissa Dean
Speaker: Melissa Dean
Is a birthing center right for you? What is the difference between a free standing birthing center, hospital birth and birth at home? Have you always wanted a water birth? Whats it all about? Is it possible to have a natural birth in a climate where so many have cesareans? Melissa Dean is a licensed midwife and has been serving pregnant families for 15 years in hospitals, home birth and birth centers. She will share with you her experiences in each of these settings to help you best choose the place for your birth.
9:30AM-10:15AM 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-10:15AM 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.
10:30AM-11:15AM Blowing the Lid Off Greenwashing with Jessica Iclisoy presented by California Baby
Speaker: Jessica Iclisoy
Learn why Greenwashing is a threat to your family’s health and why now, more than ever, you need to understand how to read labels. Jessica will point out the most commonly used and abused tricks by marketers looking to get a piece of your pocketbook by charging higher process for ‘natural’ products but giving you exactly the same ingredients found in cheaper conventional brands. Jessica blows the lid off and takes you behind the scenes to show you the format of a formulation and an ingredient label so you can spot what needs to be there, what has been left out or disguised, and the tools put it all together to become an even savvier green shopper. Jessica, tells you why she is a proponent of the Personal Care Safety Act and explains why more regulation in the personal care market is needed to keep the integrity in the natural care industry.
10:30AM-11:15AM Postpartum Rehabilitation: It’s About Function and Safety with Dr. Dara presented by Ergobaby
Speaker: Dr. Dara DaCunha
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.
10:30AM-11:15AM Introduction to the Mei Tai presented by Babyhawk
Speaker: Jess Mann
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.
11:30AM-12:15AM 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!
11:30AM-12:15PM Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World with Marie-Claire Arrieta, PhD
Speakers: Marie-Claire Arrieta, PhD
For years parents have been warned against the harmful effects bacteria can have on our children’s health. But recent studies show that excessive oversanitizing and avoidance of all things dirty can actually lead to an imbalance in a child’s gut-health, a factor in many chronic health conditions. Obesity, asthma , diabetes, intestinal diseases, and behavioral disorders–all of which are becoming more and more common in today’s world–are influenced by microbes. Dr. Arrieta, a mother and leading scientists in the world of microbe research, explains what microbes are, how they impact your baby from conception on, and how you can proactively protect your child’s gut-health.
11:30AM-12:15PM Mom Guilt: Why it Sucks and How to Give it the Middle Finger with Mary Boyden
Speaker: Mary Boyden
There is little in motherhood that we have control over. Our kids’ schedules can be unpredictable, the house never seems to stay clean, and our hormones seem to have our minds racing and hearts sinking and soaring all day long. We are often told to let go of control in motherhood to reduce stress, but there is one thing we would do well to regain control on: our positive perspective.
12:15PM-1:15PM Lunch Break
12:15PM-1:15PM Expectant Parent Session (Advanced Purchase Required)
***Bring your own lunch
1:15PM-2:00PM 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.
1:15PM-2:00PM 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.
1:15PM-2:00PM The Partnered Life: Intimacy After Baby with Jessica and Jeremy Martin-Weber presented by California Baby
Speakers: Jessica Martin-Weber and Jeremy Martin-Weber
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!
2:15PM-3:15PM Geek Parenting: Raising Kids on Comics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy with Valya Lupescu and Stephen H. Segal
Speaker: Valya Dudycz Lupescu and Stephen H. Segal
Ma and Pa Kent, trying to help their exceptional child figure out how to channel his great powers. Morticia Addams, showing her daughter by example that weird is wonderful. Benjamin Sisko, taking time away from running a space station to throw his son a baseball. What geek characters’ families help give tips and life lessons for YOUR family life—and which stories do you most like to share with your kids or your parents? Moderated by the author(s) of the new book “Geek Parenting.”
2:15PM-3:15PM 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-3:15PM Wrapping 101 with MOBY and Tekhni Wovens
Speaker: Jess Mann and Alisa DeMarco
Certified Babywearing Educator Alisa DeMarco shows 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.
3:30PM- 4:15PM Car Seat Safety with Mat York
Speaker: Mat York
3:30AM-4:15PM 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.
3:30AM-4:15PM 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.
4:15PM-4:45PM Costume Contest and Giveaways with Mat York
Speaker: Mat York
Since MommyCon San Jose is taking place over Halloween weekend, we’ve decided to get in on the spooky fun and have a Halloween Party and Costume Contest! There will be 3 costume categories: Babywearing, Family, and Individual (adult). You must be present to win. You can only enter one category, even if you fit into multiple. All participants in each category will be brought up on stage and the five finalists for each category will be chosen by MommyCon staff. The final winners in each category will then be chosen by audience applause. Each winner will walk away with an awesome prize! This session will also wrap 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 10/5/16:
Amara Baby Food
Babies R Us
Baby Care Area with BabyComfyCare
Baby Food Court presented by Stonyfield YoBaby
Babyganics Baby-Safe Play Space
Babywearing International Bay Area
Black Women Do Cloth Diaper
Bumble Brain Box
Casa Natal Birth Center
Cloth Diaper Resource Center with Dirty Diaper Laundry
Evenflo Feeding Lounge
Little Dippers Craft and Reading
Momma Bear Magazine
Once Upon a Farm
River Babe Threads
Sage Spoonfuls in the Baby Food Court
Tallulah Baby Designs
Tekhni Wovens at the MommyCon Shoppe
The Babywearing Lounge with Beco and Ergobaby
The Dairy Fairy
Tiny T Textiles
West of the 4th