MommyCon Chicago + WEAR Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement

MommyCon Chicago + WEAR Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement

MommyCon Chicago + WEAR Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement

All events will take place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018). This is the final schedule and exhibitor list.

Tickets are available for purchase here and will not be sold at the door.

CBWS CEU tickets are available here.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

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11:30AM – Registration Opens


12:00PM-1:00PM Social Media Panel
Speakers: Laura Brown, Alisa DeMarco, Xza Higgins, Amy Rainbow
An open discussion about creating a social media story that is cohesive, inclusive and serves your unique community. We will touch on content that works, changing algorithms and how to build a following in an organic way.

12:00PM-1:00PM The Still-Face Paradigm: Evidence for Babywearing as a Tool to Promote Attachment
Speaker: Lela Williams
This presentation will use original research conducted in the community to provide evidence for babywearing practices as an effective intervention to improve mother-infant bonding in a sample of young mothers. Approved for one (1) CBWS CEU.

12:00PM-1:00PM Using Babywearing to Support Your Breastfeeding Relationship
Speaker: Jay McMillin
This presentation will use original research conducted in the community to provide evidence for babywearing practices as an effective intervention to improve mother-infant bonding in a sample of young mothers.


1:10PM-1:55PM How Businesses Can Work with NPO’s
Speakers: Kit Jenkins, Rebecca Morse, and Julia Walker
Moderated by Xza Higgins, Founder of MommyCon, Xza will bring Julia Walker, Rebecca Morse, and Kit Jenkins to the stage to discuss how businesses can work with NPO’s in a meaningful way that doesn’t just give back to the organizations, but gives back to the community as a whole.

1:10PM-1:55PM Babywearing as an Aid to Bonding and Attachment in Non-Traditional Families/Non-Gestational Parents
Speaker: Tiffany Johnson
This session will present scientific research, and personal experience (wearing during older infant adoption), highlighting the impacts of babywearing to specifically facilitate and foster bonding via biochemical reception and brain adaptation, both for infant and wearer, and how this increased bonding effects these relationships in the near and long-term. This is specifically relevant in “non-traditional” family situations such as: same-sex parents, adoption, foster, premature infants, postpartum depression situations, or any myriad of reasons for the infant to be mentally or physically separated from its biological parent. This session is of particular importance for “non-traditional” (and prospective) families, as well as educators and healthcare professionals. Approved for one (1) CBWS CEU.

1:10PM-1:55PM Running a Volunteer Based Babywearing Group
Speaker: Kathy Low
This session focuses on what is involved in starting a volunteer based Babywearing group including strategic planning, creating community, developing a library, developing bylaws, and recruiting volunteers and members.


1:30PM-2:45PM Chicago VIP
Speaker: Xza Higgins and Mat York
Advanced ticket purchase required. Join us for a Baby Shower that inspires, rejuvenates and provides hilarious take on parenthood. This session is geared for expectant and new parents. You are more than welcome to attend with your baby or toddler, but much of the content will be focused on the first year. Xza Higgins, MommyCon Founder, will interview Mat York of That Dad Mat, about products that are great, things you can pass on and how balancing work and kids is a head-spinning act. Each attendee will walk away with a gift bag with products from our sponsors. Attendees will have access to the MommyCon Shoppe and pampering such as complimentary henna. This session is sold out!


2:05PM-3:00PM Partnering with Healthcare Professionals
Speaker: Dr. LuAnne Wells
Who is most impacted by babywearing? The new parent. Where will a new parent go with their newborn? A healthcare provider’s office. Are most health professionals able to provide babywearing support? No. Attend this session to learn more about how to reach new parents by communicating and establishing connections with health professionals.

2:05PM-3:00PM Demystifying Woven Wraps
Speaker: Amy Rainbow and LaKeta Kemp
Let’s break down the stigmas that sometimes come with woven wraps and truly inspire wearers to try wrapping. My talk will of course go over the plethora of benefits to using woven wraps (not just babywearing in general but specifically what rocks about wovens), it will highlight ways to make wovens more accessible and address privilege (because it can be an expensive hobby – but doesn’t HAVE to be!), show that wovens are used by a diverse crowd (races, sizes, abilities, baby sizes and needs, etc.), and weave through wrapping tips, inspiration, and humor.

2:05PM-3:35PM Tandem Breastfeeding and Tandem Babywearing
Speaker: Rachel Gaston-Pifer
Breastfeeding can affect the wearer, the babies, and the carriers. In relationship to (tandem) breastfeeding and tandem Babywearing, we will explore which carries and carriers best support breastfeeding of singleton, mixed age tandem, and multiples tandem breastfeeding. I will discuss and demonstrate successful tandem Babywearing and breastfeeding options by babies’ gross motor skills levels for both multiples and mixed ages.


3:10PM-3:40PM Babywearing in a Medical World
Speaker: Kristen Byeke
Our world shifted when our oldest was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with neutropenia and an immune deficiency at 16 months old. Her body not only didn’t have the cells it needed to fight infections, it also couldn’t remember the vaccines or viruses it had seen before! This diagnosis opened up a whole world to us and we are still pursuing a true cause for her special medical needs.

3:10PM-3:40PM Beyond the SSC: Breaking Dads Out of their Babywearing Shell
Speaker: Mat York
CBWS Educator and Dad, Mat York, will talk about and teach the joys of a ring sling and how to become more comfortable with none SSC style carriers. This session will be great for educators and caregivers.


3:50PM-4:30PM Case Studies in Blogging with a Purpose
Speakers: Xza Higgins , Kit Jenkins, Natasha Nicholes, and Cynthia Soliz.
Blogging doesn’t always have to be about reviews, this discussion will share a sampling of ways you can work with brands in an authentic and meaningful way that doesn’t compromise the integrity of your message.

3:50PM-4:30PM Public Health Outreach for Baby Carrier Educators
Speaker: Rebecca Morse
We will discuss how to address babywearing with the public health audience and how this is different than working with other types of clients or on social media. We will also talk about how to deal with clients concerns about breastfeeding or wearing in regards to common worries addressed like “won’t my baby get spoiled or need ME too much?” We will talk about the “Babycarriers Provided” study at WIC Michigan and what it could mean for the future of WIC and Baby Carrier Sales Nationally as well as touch on some other public health organizations and outreach groups and how they are using baby carriers to support infant feeding and bonding with success. Approved for one (1) CBWS CEU.

3:50PM-4:30PM Like Finding the Perfect Pair of Jeans
Speaker: Ben Winton
Knowing and understanding that there is not a perfect one-size-fits-all soft structured carrier.


5:30PM-7:30PM WEAR Party presented by Abby’s Lane
Advance registration is required. RSVP’s are current sold out. Join us for noshing, cocktails, dancing and a panel that includes: Ula Tuszewicka, Christy Malone, Stephanie Daniels, Julie Clark and more! Special giveaways to be conducted with Mat York. It’s an evening you won’t want to miss.



Saturday, March 4, 2017

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8:30AM  Registration opens


9:00AM-3:00PM Exhibitor Hours


9:30AM-10:15AM How We Teach Boys Vs. Girls About Money
Speaker: Beth Kobliner
Beth Kobliner, author of MAKE YOUR KID A MONEY GENIUS (EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT), and expert on kids and money, calls attention to one of the biggest problems in financial literacy today: the money gap. Studies show that parents are more inclined to talk to boys more than girls about money. Furthermore, parents believe boys better understand the value of a dollar. Beth will explore the reasons for this gender disparity, address the effects it has on your child’s future finances, and offer practical ways to help parents teach both boys and girls how to develop good money skills.

9:30AM-10:15AM Dad The Other Three Letter Word for Mom with Mat York a.k.a. That Dad Mat and Tony Griffin a.k.a. CrunchyDadMom
Speakers: Mat York and Tony Griffin
Mat and Tony will talk about their journeys of fatherhood and the roles Dad’s play in the Village mentality. It’s 2017 and fathers are owning their roles in many new exciting ways, join this open discussion on topics like breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, baby-led-weaning, and much more.

9:30AM-10:15AM Infant Massage and Infant’s Brain Development: How Nurturing Touch forms the Foundation of Development
Speaker: Nat Vikitsreth
Let’s investigate the neuroscience and developmental psychology behind infant massage and nurturing touch. After a brief discussion, the speaker will lead the group to practice some massage strokes for legs and feet so that you leave the session feeling confident to try the massage at home.

9:30AM-10:15AM Wrapping 101 presented by Tekhni Wovens and Moby
Speakers: Alisa DeMarco and Jessica Mann
Certified Babywearing Educators show you how to babywear using 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.

9:30AM-10:15AM A Guide to the Educator Package Ticket Options
Speaker: Xza Higgins
Join WEAR founder, Xza Higgins, in a session that goes over the carriers in the educator packages this year. We will share the unique features of each carrier while answering questions from the audience.

9:30AM-10:15AM Turning Red to Green – A Menstruation Workshop on Making the Switch to Reusables
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-11:00AM Baby Carriers as a Public Health Intervention
Speaker: Rebecca Morse
In this class we will learn about how baby carriers could effect public and private health outcomes. We will push the limits of what we think baby carriers are for in our culture, by exploring research and effects of policy in regards to kangaroo care and baby carrying in hospital and/or public health arenas. We will look at compelling statistics about infant abuse/Shaken Baby Syndrome, infant emergency room visits, as well as Breastfeeding initiation and duration rates and how the introduction of baby carriers as a public health intervention could effect those different statistics. The overall goal is to get babywearing educators to think outside the box of working with babywearers, and for nurses and public health workers to see the compelling statistics about why they want to get a babywearing education and bring it to their hospital/office.


10:20AM-11:20AM MommyCon • Cotton Babies Mob Party
Speaker: Jenn Labit
MommyCon and Cotton Babies are excited to announce the MommyCon • Cotton Babies Mob Party! If you are a cloth diaper expert, novice, or even just cloth diaper curious, don’t miss this event! Interested? Here are the party details! Every ticketed guest will receive a Cotton Babies Party Favor. Every ticketed guest will recieve a $50 coupon toward a cloth diaper starter kit. 10 BIG MYSTERY PRIZES will be included in the favors. These include a diaper from the Cotton Babies “Never Was” series, 24 cloth diapers, a $100 Cotton Babies gift certificate and more! Wear your Red Genius t-shirt to the party and get a free Alicia Wet Bag. Bring your baby in a bumGenius diaper for a little something special, too! Registration is required.

10:20AM-11:20AM Raising Multi-Racial Children in an Attached Parenting World
Speaker: Isreal Jean Holland
This session will not only center Natural and Attached Parenting but it will center children of multiple races. This topic will discuss the visibility of families of color who also practice attached parenting. This conversation will open the door for inclusiveness.

10:20PM-11:20PM So Much More Than Sensory!
Speaker: Angel Jones
Delve into the developmental benefits to childhood sensory play starting with infants and onto toddlerhood. Understand the cognitive and psychological achievements that occur when we raise “Free Range Kids” with multi-sensory activities. Experience sensory activities proven to benefit and manifest cognitive diversity with tools you can use or make at home! Workshop will also feature a “Sensory Play Table” featuring the Aroma Play Collection by The Whole Life Co. for attendees to discover their own inner-child!

10:20AM-11:20AM Shorties! 3, 2, 1!
Speaker: Karyn Tankersley
This session will help participants explore many different carries they can do with a short woven wrap. We will go into detail about slip knot tying. We will also explore different short back carries like reinforced rear rucksack, half jordan’s back carry, and a simple rucksack tied at shoulder. If there is time we can also add in sling ring variations.

10:20AM-11:20AM Beyond the Sacred Hour: Why We Should Talk About Kangaroo Care as Continued Care presented by Baby Tula
Speakers: Joanna McNeilly
Certified Babywearing Educators show you how to babywear using 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. Approved for one (1) CBWS CEU.

10:20AM-11:20AM Sleep Consultation with Rebecca Michi: 0-12 months
Speakers: Rebecca Michi
During this session, Rebecca will discuss what is normal when it comes to sleep for children ages 0-12 months. There will be time to ask Rebecca all of your questions related to normal sleep, gentle sleep training and ways to get the best possible night’s sleep.


10:30AM-11:00AM Regaining Intimacy
Speaker: Wendy Strgar
As a sex educator, author, and CEO of a successful intimacy product company, Wendy has worked with many couples to help them rethink intimate relations and reignite the spark in their relationship. Balancing the needs of baby and your primary adult relationship is critical to the health of the family. Carving out the time to connect and developing the skills to communicate and show up for one another during this stressful time is sometimes all that is needed to regain intimacy while growing a family.


11:20AM-12:20PM Lunch

11:20AM-12:20PM WEAR Awards Luncheon Hosted by Fluff & Familia
By invitation only for nominees and their guests.


12:20PM-1:20PM Becoming a Potty Training Maverick with Laura Wojciechowski the Scaredy Cat Potty Trainer
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.

12:20PM-1:20PM Fall in Love with YOU
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.

12:20AM-1:20AM Loss Mama Sanctuary
Speaker: Ambyr Amen-Ra
This session is dedicated to helping mamas work through the many emotions that come with the loss of a baby at various stages of pregnancy and childbirth. We will talk about creating a safe spiritual space, wherever mom is, that allows her to feel, work through, and move past her feelings of deep grief. We’ll incorporate deep breathing and movement that will open up the energy centers and allow positive energy to flow. We’ll go over some mantras that mamas can say whenever they feel stressed and will encourage peace and hope. We will discuss pregnancy, birth and parenting after loss. The goal is to offer mamas a space to talk about their experiences and walk away with tools to help them through the anxiety that often comes post loss. There may be some tears – but by the end – there should also be joy.

12:20PM-1:20PM Babywearing for Extended Size Caregivers
Speaker: Kathy Low
Tips for teaching skills to plus size caregivers including ways to be more inclusive, important items to include in your lending library, and tips for limited arm mobility, large busts, and carrier preferences.

12:20PM-1:20PM Babywearing and PTSD. When the Parent Comes Home
Speaker: Kit Jenkins
This session is about how to help parents with military-specific PTSD symptoms and triggers as they learn to babywear, with a focus on babywearing meetings and babywearing group events, including a segment on service animals and signs to watch for regarding anxiety or panic attacks. Approved for one (1) CBWS CEU.

12:20PM-1:20PM Crying Prevention and Soothing Practices
Speaker: Rebecca Morse
In this talk we will explore different reasons babies cry, what the different infant cries sound like and what they usually mean. We will discuss how to parent in a way as to reduce the potential for crying, and how to soothe fussy babies with specific methods. We will also talk about colic and how to cope with extreme fussiness.

12:20PM-1:20PM Keeping Your Vagina Happy
Speaker: Rita “Pixie” Ledbetter
The vagina is a marvelous womanly organ but it is also wet, dark, and moist. It is veritable rain forest in there. Like any rainforest -it must be kept in balance to flourish. Every woman who has suffered from the late night itchy vagina knows the misery an unhappy vagina can cause. Healthy practices for the vagina will be discussed with ample time for questions. After 22 years in women’s health care – there is not much I don’t know about the vagina!

12:20PM-1:20PM Sleep Consultation with Rebecca Michi: 12-24 months
Speakers: Rebecca Michi
During this session, Rebecca will discuss what is normal when it comes to sleep for children ages 12-24 months. There will be time to ask Rebecca all of your questions related to normal sleep, gentle sleep training and ways to get the best possible night’s sleep.


1:30PM-2:30PM 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!

1:30PM-2:30PM Tips on Starting a Non-Profit for Your Community
Speaker: Sabrina Azemar
Are you a mom, dad, or small organization that sees a need in your community and want to do more? This session will provide information on discovering your community need, creating your organization, getting the word out with social media, applying for donations, and setting goals. This course is for anyone who has a GREAT idea and needs help figuring out where to start.

1:30PM-2:30PM Redefining Motherhood with Amy Appleton and iLana Grostern
Speakers: Amy Appleton and iLana Grostern
Have you ever stopped to take inventory of your life, including the patterns you didn’t even realize you had developed. THAT takes serious mindfulness and conscious living. As mothers, we often don’t make time for ourselves or for our passions. WE are worth it!

1:30PM-2:30PM Toddlerwearing presented by Baby Tula
Speaker: Joanna McNeilly
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.

1:30PM-2:30PM Babywearing: It’s Not About the Carrier
Speaker: Kat Chaffin
This session will examine many facets of babywearing from a practice-foused perspective, delving into the act of wearing, independent of which carrier is used.

1:30PM-3:00PM Babywearing from an Ethical Standpoint
Speaker: Julia Walker
During this introductory session, Julia will address the many complicated issues surrounding cultural appropriation in the babywearing industry. She will discuss ways we can reject cultural appropriation as consumers through the power of our choices.


2:40PM-3:20PM Navigating Your Car Seat Journey with That Dad Mat
Speaker: Mat York
Join CPST Mat York for a Q&A on how to navigate your child’s growth through the various types of car seats on the market. He will discuss how to decide what is best for you and your family, how to move forward from the place you are at, and answer your generally car seat safety questions including travel, ages and stages, belt and buckle installation and much more!

2:40PM-3:20PM Building Babywearing Bridges
Speaker: 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.

2:40PM-3:20PM Onbuhimo… It’s All About the Fit
Speakers: Olivia Agle and Lisa Reid
An educational session for babywearing educators, retailers & customers on the how to achieve a proper and comfortable fit with various onbuhimos that are found within the US market. The session will include demos and fittings followed with questions and answers on the material that was covered during the session.

2:40PM-3:20PM Ring Slings 101 presented by Moby
Speaker: Jessica Mann
Ring slings might look complicated, but we will show you just how easy they are. This versatile carrier can be used from birth well into toddlerhood. We will share techniques for making this your go-to, on-the-go carrier.

2:40PM-3:20PM What’s Happened to My Pelvic Floor? Q&A with Dr. Whitney
Speaker: Whitney Sippl
Bring your questions for this open Q&A regarding your pelvic floor during or after pregnancy. Painful sex? Difficulty achieving orgasm? Leaking urine, gas, or stool? Pelvic pressure or organ prolapse? Perineal or cesarean scar tissue discomfort? Dr. Whitney will address all of your questions and give you tips and tricks to solve some of these common complaints.

2:40PM-3:20PM  Sleep Consultation with Rebecca Michi: 24 months +
Speakers: Rebecca Michi
During this session, Rebecca will discuss what is normal when it comes to sleep for children ages 24 months and older. There will be time to ask Rebecca all of your questions related to normal sleep, gentle sleep training and ways to get the best possible night’s sleep.


3:30PM-4:00PM Giveaways
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.


5:30PM-7:30PM Baby Tula Surprise Party
You won’t want to miss Baby Tula’s biggest party of the year where they’re revealing a major surprise!
Expect lots of entertainment, giveaways, food and merriment as Baby Tula introduces a brand new lovable addition to their babywearing lineup. Attendees will be the first to see and get hands-on with the new product, all while having a great time with your favorite WEAR friends. Registration required. Casual Cocktail attire recommended.



Sunday, March 5, 2017

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8:30am Registration Opens


9:00AM-3:00PM Exhibitor Hours


9:30AM-10:15AM The Importance of Meeting Developmental Milestones and How to Help Your Baby Meet Them
Speaker: Dr. Sarah Keuss
This talk will guide prenatal and new parents through different milestones their baby should meet and why each of them are important in physical and neurological development. I will stress the reasons why crawling is such a significant milestone, how babywearing encourages baby to meet their milestones and demonstrate hands on activities to help achieve their milestones.

9:30AM-10:15AM Nutritional Impact on the Postpartum Window
Speaker: Gina Sirchio
Education addressing how nutrition can aid in Postpartum healing (tissue, hormonal levels, milk supply, mood and energy). What does ‘good nutrition’ even mean and how can new moms improve their nutritional quality without adding more to their exhausted new baby days.

9:30AM-10:15AM Social Media: Don’t Post That with Mat York and Xza Higgins
Speakers: Mat York and Xza Higgins
Not everything belongs on social media. Here are real examples of how businesses and individuals have learned how to reel it in while still maintaining an authentic message.

9:30AM-10:15AM Babywearing 101
Speaker: Laura Brown
Laura is a certified babywearing educator as well as an educator and community outreach specialist for Ergobaby.  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.

9:30AM-10:15AM Pouch Slings presented by Emmeline Textiles
Speaker: Jessica McNeill
Lets be honest. Pouch slings don’t have the best reputation, partly due to the fact that sizing can be tricky and when they are sized incorrectly, they are practically useless and the fact that they are given away for only the cost of shipping. In reality, they are a useful tool for both educators and caregivers, an asset to any outreach programs and also wonderful to store as a second carrier in a purse or bag. This session will highlight the origins of the pouch sling, focus on sizing procedures and tips, and review pouch sling carries such as cradle carry and upright tummy-to-tummy.

9:30AM-10:15AM Sustaining Feminine Health
Speaker: Maleña Taylor
A healthy vagina makes a happy Mama & a happy everyone. How to sustain your feminine health to live a stress free, happy & healthy life.


10:00AM-11:30AM Let’s Grow Your Passion Into Your Profession! presented by Baby Tula
Speaker: Joanna McNeilly
Ready to step into a babywearing career, or add babywearing your current career? Join Joanna to explore how others are actively pursuing their dreams and making babywearing a core component of their career. You will walk away with a greater understanding of what the market is currently supporting and an eye to different opportunities that are currently being pursued. Additionally you will discover you unique entrepreneur personality! Growing strong businesses should be fun, able to fit your lifestyle, and profitable! Approved for one (1) CBWS CEU.


10:20AM-11:20AM 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!

10:20PM-11:20PM 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.

10:20AM-11:20AM Being the Support in a Breastfeeding Relationship
Speaker: Tony Griffin
Discover the 5-year continuous journey of a breastfeeding support partner through 3 children, toddler, pregnancy and tandem nursing and some of the important lessons learned along the way.

10:20AM-11:20AM SIDS, Position Asphyxiation, and Suffocation. How to Prevent the Preventable, Promote Optimal Safety, and Empower Parents to Reduce the Possibility of an Infant Incident.
Speaker: Rebecca Morse
In this class Becca will explain the differences between SIDS, Positional Asphyxiation and Suffocation. We will learn how to recognize the risk factors and dangers for each and the big parenting choices that we can talk to parents about that are instigators for each. We will also explore how to deal with common sleep reccomendations, analyze them and fully explore the work of Dr. James Mckenna at the Mother-Baby Sleep Research Labratory at Notre Dame. We will then cover how to teach parents empowering skills to know when a baby is breathing properly in any type of baby product, including but not exclusive to baby carriers, as well as how to know when a baby has a compromised airway and how to address it in an reassuring way. We will discuss skills and products you can teach about to help sooth parents fears on their journey, as well as how to talk about infant breathing and sleep concerns in a delicate but empowering way.

10:20AM-11:20AM 21st Century Period Culture: A Fresh Take on Periods, Your Changing Body and New Developments in Cloth Pads and Leakproof Underwear presented by Lunapads
Speaker: Suzanne Siemens and Madeleine Shaw
A companion workshop to “Turning Red to Green”, natural menstrual pioneers Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens of Lunapads present a lively, interactive workshop about the changing conversation about periods, body positive messaging for our kids, and why cloth pads and leakproof underwear are riding a crimson wave of popularity for periods and bladder leakage.

10:20AM-11:20AM Sleep Consultation with Rebecca Michi: 0-12 months
Speakers: Rebecca Michi
During this session, Rebecca will discuss what is normal when it comes to sleep for children ages 0-12 months. There will be time to ask Rebecca all of your questions related to normal sleep, gentle sleep training and ways to get the best possible night’s sleep.


11:20AM-12:20PM Lunch


12:20PM-1:20PM Becoming a Potty Training Maverick with Laura Wojciechowski the Scaredy Cat Potty Trainer
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.

12:20PM-1:20PM Your Toddler’s Brain on Music: A Musical Parenting Journey
Speaker: Jessica Solares
Parents will learn how music and movement affect their toddler’s brain development. We will cover musical routines and activities that parents can use with their child to develop inhibitory control, steady beat, and language development. Learn how music can help cut down on temper tantrums by adding a song to your routine, and how music helps toddlers learn to label emotions and be better able to communicate their needs. Parents will go home with musical parenting solutions that they can start using right away!

12:20PM-1:20PM Babies at the Barre
Speaker: Tori Levine
Babies at the Barre™ offers safe exercise for new moms that is done while wearing and bonding with baby. This mommy and me style class is a mix of basic ballet and pilates exercises completed at the ballet barre and on the floor. Exercises focus on rebuilding strength in the abdominals and pelvic floor as well as increasing flexibility, and toning arms, core, calves, and buns all while bonding with baby. No prior dance or pilates experience is required to participate in class. Classes offer a judgement free zone where new moms can exercise and share the joys and challenges of mommy-hood in a supportive community of other new moms.

12:20PM-1:20PM Fall in Love with the Meh Dai presented by Moby
Speaker: Jessica Mann
Learn the history of the Meh Dai, ways to teach the Meh Dai and further understand knowledge surrounding this age-old, wildly popular carrier.

12:20PM-1:20PM Journey From A Dad’s View
Speaker: Ben Winton
Unfortunately, many times when it comes to raising kids, it’s considered the mom’s job. Raising a child takes an enormous amount of time and energy as well as being physically and mentally draining. Being a supportive partner means sharing that load and supporting in ways that aren’t always instinctual. In this session, Ben will discuss things that non-gestational caregiver(s) can do to help mom out as well as what you can do to decompress when things get to be a little bit too much.

12:20PM-1:20PM Prepare to Push: What Your Pelvic Floor and Abdomen Want You to Know About Pregnancy and Birth
Speaker: Kim Vopni
This session will highlight points from my book of the same title. The pelvic floor and abdomen are two parts of the body that undergo significant change and often do not get the attention they deserve. Women need to get to know their pelvic floor and core on a whole new level and train their bodies for birth. Just like any physical event, birth is something that needs to be trained for and recovered from. The 6 week green light and mommy bootcamp classes are not serving new moms. Let’s prepare women to push and highlight the importance of recovery as well so they can have an empowered birth, a supported recovery and have core confidence for motherhood.

12:20PM-1:20PM Sleep Consultation with Rebecca Michi: 12-24 months
Speakers: Rebecca Michi
During this session, Rebecca will discuss what is normal when it comes to sleep for children ages 12-24 months. There will be time to ask Rebecca all of your questions related to normal sleep, gentle sleep training and ways to get the best possible night’s sleep.


12:30PM-2:00PM Priming Parents for Proximity
Speaker: Henrik Norholt
How we may support parents during pregnancy to gain an attachment to their unborn child, thus creating a desire for physical closeness, once the child has been born. Approved for one (1) CBWS CEU.


1:30PM-2:15PM 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!

1:30PM-2:15PM Real Parenting Talk – Intimacy After Baby presented by Plum Organics
Speaker: Jeremy Martin-Weber and Jessica 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 20 years!

1:30PM-2:15PM Miss Jamie’s Farm Kids Music Show
Speaker: Miss Jamie
Planting Seeds Through Song, Miss Jamie takes kids on a musical journey to her “farm” where they learn values like healthy eating and being kind to animals And each other. Young kids and their families will be stomping their boots to the music and hollering for more fruits & veggies!

1:30PM-2:15PM Wrapping 101 presented by Tekhni Wovens and Moby
Speakers: Alisa DeMarco and Jessica Mann
Certified Babywearing Educators show you how to babywear using 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 Safe and Secure Wearing for the Disabled or Physically Challenged Wearer
Speaker: Tiffany Johnson
How to approach wearers with physical challenges to create a safe and inclusive environment for education. Practical knowledge and examples of specific carriers and accommodations to address common, and not so common, wearing challenges. Perfect for anyone with any physical challenges or discomforts as well as educations who may encounter such situations in their practice.


2:20PM-3:20PM Creating a Heathy & Green Home for your Child
Speaker: Andi Rothfeld
In this workshop, we will discuss what you really need and what to avoid (chemicals and toxins) to provide the safest and healthiest place for your growing family.

2:20PM-3:20PM Baby Step Your Way to Health
Speaker: Lisa Druxman
How many times have you set the same healthor fitness goal only to be back to your old habits shortly after? You shouldn’t feel bad! Training a muscle is easy. Training your brain is hard. Lisa shares simple and realistic strategies that you can add in your life each day so that you will soon have new healthy habits. With baby steps, you can get anywhere!

2:20PM-3:20PM Identity and Branding
Speaker: Xza Higgins
Branding and identity are two of the most important factors in success. In today’s digital age, your businesses identity can truly make or break a company. Xza will share her tips for creating a cohesive message, beautiful branding and clear and concise ways to story tell without boring your audience.

2:20PM-3:20PM Baby Got Back: 20+ Ways to Load Baby on Back
Speaker: Rachel Gaston-Pifer
We will explore the many ways that you can load baby on back, the pros and cons of each major method, and how to get baby on back.

2:20PM-3:20PM Using Care and Baby Carriers to Support Nasal Gastric Feeding and Weight Gain in the NICU.
Speaker: Rebecca Morse
In this course we will cover how to use various kangaroo care devices and baby carriers to support weight gain and nasal gastric tube feeding in the NICU. We will discuss in depth how these practices can be used to help keep the window for breastmilk production and eventual breastfeeding open wider through skin to skin contact and engaged infant parenting and feeding practices.

2:20PM-3:20PM Babywearing and Liability Law: Knowing Your Risk and How to Mitigate It
Speaker: Cynthia Soliz
An overview of US-based liability law for non-profits and for-profit babywearers alike. Information regarding financial regulations, lending libraries, meeting spaces, injury law, insurance, and even blogging regulations. The last chunk of time is reserved for questions and answers, free legal advice and discussion. Approved for one (1) CBWS CEU.

2:20PM-3:20PM Minimizing and Healing Diastatis Recti
Speaker: Erica Ziel
Did you know that during pregnancy you can start healing diastasis recti and work on minimizing additional separation by improving your fascial connections through your body. Learning to strengthen your deep core properly, improve your posture, and move your body effectively you can improve not only your abdominals but how your body feels, both physically and emotionally = boosting your confidence and increasing your energy! Because yes, mama you CAN do something about diastasis recti {and surgery isn’t the answer}.

2:20PM-3:20PM Sleep Consultation with Rebecca Michi: 24 months +
Speakers: Rebecca Michi
During this session, Rebecca will discuss what is normal when it comes to sleep for children ages 24 months and older. There will be time to ask Rebecca all of your questions related to normal sleep, gentle sleep training and ways to get the best possible night’s sleep.


3:30PM-4:00PM Giveaways
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.


Exhibitors and Event Elements

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2Lambie, Abby’s Lane, Angry Baby, Applecheeks, Ashland Health RX, Babies at the Barre, Baby K’tan, Baby Tula, Baby Tula Babywearing Lounge, Babyganics, Babylonia, Baby Carriers Provided, Beachfront Baby, Bijou Wear, BOB GEAR, Boba, Bohemian Baby, Bumble Brain Box, Buzzidil Gmbh, Call Creative, Catbird Baby, Changing Stations, Chompy Chic Jewelry, Chunkabuns, Cloth Diaper Resource Center, College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program, Costco, Cotton Babies, Crane USA, Crescent Moon Henna, Cryo Cell International, Didymos, Diversey Health, Emmeline Textiles, Evenflo Feeding, Evenflo Feeding Lounge, EZPZ, Fertility Miracles, Fit 4 Mom, Flora, Inc., Four Winds Waldorf School, Foss Swim School, Fresh Apparel, Fresh Wave, From “U” University, Generation Me, Goldfish Swim School, Good Clean Love, Green Lil’ Bums, Grovia, Happy Family, Holistic Parent, Infant Massage USA, Jack N’ Jill Kids, Jublii Baby, Joy, Ju-Ju-Be, Keekaroo, Kindermusik, LatchPal, Laura Lynne Art, LCee Designs, Lehan’s Drugs, Lemon Vines, Lights, Camera, Fun, Lil Tulips, Little Bug Creations, Little Dippers Play Area, Logan and Lenora, Lulujo, Lunapads, Macaroni Kid Chicago, Meeyoo Handwovens, Moby, Molly Pop Boutique, MommyCon Etsy, MommyCon Shoppe, Mother Nurture, Mountain Marsupial,Naturepedic, North Shore API, Passanante’s Home Food Services, Pello, Plum Organics, Pretty Paisley Productions, Pedalheads, Postpartum Progress, Pump N Do, Purple Owl Boutique, Quiet Room, RePlay, River Babe Threads, Roxy & Lola, Rumina, Sage Spoonfuls, Shea Moisture, SiliKids, Sleep Consultation Room, Smart Bottoms, Snack Station, Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear, Snuggle Me Organic, Spand-Ice, Sprout San Francisco, Super Undies, Tallulah Baby Designs, Tekhni Wovens, The Birth Boutique, The Carrying On Project, The Fussy Baby Network , The Mommy Districts, The Whole Life Co., Time Snap Shop, TK Photography Chicago, Woolino, World On My Shoulders, X and Y Kidz, XOXO, Vagina Village, and Vija Design. Additional exhibitors TBA.