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MommyCon Austin Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement

MommyCon Austin VIP – Friday, June 2, 2017

All events on this schedule will take place at the Austin Convention Center (500 E. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701). You must have a general admission ticket (or equivalent) in order to upgrade with the VIP session. You may purchase one VIP session upgrade per general admission ticket you hold. If you have any questions, please email

1:00PM Registration Opens

1:00PM-5:00PM MommyCon Shoppe ONLY – Exhibitor Hall opens on Saturday at 9:00AM

1:30PM-2:30PM Branding 101
Speaker: Xza Higgins
Whether you are your brand, or your brand needs a facelift, this session will delve into the keys to branding a business or person at any stage. We will touch on social media, content creation and relaying a consistent image. Much of this session will be Q&A based so come prepared with questions or listen in on what your fellow attendees are curious about. Xza Higgins is most notably the founder & CEO of MommyCon, and brings a dozen years of branding and identity experience to the table as she previously developed and implemented branding plans for female small businesses in Chicago. Prior to that she worked in the hospitality industry on launching a new hotel brand in the Chicago area. Pre-Registration is required. Registration is full.

2:30PM-3:30PM Toddler Parent Support Group
Speaker: Niki Hughes
Is your toddler driving you up the wall? Do you desperately need adult interaction? Join us for an hour of chit chat where we can commiserate over the toddlerhood adventure. If you BYOB we won’t judge you… really, we will just want to be your friend. Pre-Registration is required. Registration is full.

3:30PM-4:30PM Not Your Momma’s Baby Shower VIP
Speaker: Jessica Martin-Weber
Please join Jessica Martin-Weber from The Leaky Boob & Ameda for a VIP event for everyone! Though the theme is “Not Your Momma’s Baby Shower”, it is not just for expecting moms. Be there or be square, this event is for all the hip, cool cat moms and moms-to-be! Think 1950’s ice cream parlor with food, games, prizes, along with some fun surprises! The event will be live on Facebook and we will have Ameda Aunties available to help with your littles. Vintage style threads are optional; prizes will be awarded! Sold out!

4:30PM-5:30PM Introduction to Back Wrapping
Speaker: Alisa DeMarco
Alisa DeMarco is the creator of Tekhni Wovens and is a Certified Babywearing Consultant with the Center for Babywearing Studies. She will be teaching attendees how to back carry using woven wraps. Experience wrapping is required to attend the class. Having a baby at the class is not required, however all babies being back wrapped must be at least six months old. The wearer must have mastered at least one front carry in a woven wrap. This is not a 101 class. Pre-Registration is required. Registration is full.

MommyCon Austin – Saturday, June 3, 2017

All events on this schedule will take place at the Austin Convention Center (500 E. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701). This is a preview schedule and exhibitor list. Additional sessions and exhibitors may be added and will be announced 30 days before the event.

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

MommyCon Austin 2017 Schedule

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8:30AM Registration Opens

9:00AM-3:00PM Exhibitor Hours

9:30AM-10:15AM Nurturing the Development of Your Baby’s Brain Through Movement and Exploration
Speaker: Dr. Shannon Davis PT, DPT
As a mother and pediatric physical therapist, Shannon has learned a lot about the development of babies. This class provides an introduction to the development of a baby’s nerves, muscles and brain beginning in utero to age 3. Parents will understand and learn the importance of gross motor activities in the development of the early brain. We will also look at how much a baby needs to move each day to ensure optimal brain development.

9:30AM-10:15AM Natural Remedies for Common Childhood Ailments
Speaker: Dr. Scott Ihrig
Colic, reflux, sleep problems, ear infections, and more! Learn how to prevent these issues without having to rely on drugs or surgery! Dr. Scott Ihrig’s personal story of healing from a debilitation disease called Ulcerative Colitis has empowerd him to share his knowledge of health with his community. He has teamed up with his wife, Dr. Morgan, to provide the best in prenatal and pediatric wellness and preventative care.

9:30AM-10:15AM Social Media: Building an Audience
Speaker: Xza Higgins
Xza will share how she built a social media community in 2012 and how it has evolved and changed over the years. With over 80,000 fans, Xza has learned a thing or two about creating quality content and keeping your message engaging and authentic. She will share some tips to consider and what there is to know about venturing into paid advertising on social media.

9:30AM-10:15AM 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!

9:30AM-10:15AM Babywearing 101 presented by Ergobaby
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 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!

10:30AM-11:30AM 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!

10:30AM-11:30AM 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.

10:30AM-11:30AM The Bump: From Baby Bump to Bumps in the Road. Parenting Through Your Journey with The Leaky Boob presented by Ameda
Speaker: Jessica Martin-Weber
Join Jessica Martin-Weber, the mother behind The Leaky Boob, and for The Bump: From Baby Bump to Bumps in the Road. You may dream of a perfect pregnancy, a beautiful home birth or breastfeeding being a breeze but sometimes life has other plans. Learn how to parent with joy through the ups and downs of your journey!

10:30AM-11:30AM A Safe, Developmentally Appropriate Home for a Toddler AND a Baby
Speaker: Dr. Allison Hall, PT, DPT
As a mother of three and an experienced pediatric physical therapist, Dr. Allison Hall, PT, MPT, DPT, appreciates the challenges of keeping multiple children under the age of five happy, safe, and developing appropriately. Dr. Hall is excited to have the opportunity to present at MommyCon Austin again and to offer ideas for fostering safe, natural development in households with multiple young children close in age. The presentation will include discussion of containing your baby without interfering with his/her natural musculoskeletal development; baby proofing; how to create safe play zones for siblings to co-exist; cognitive milestones that influence interactive play between siblings; and a Montessori-type approach to keeping your home organized so that the children can be independent, think clearly and respect their surroundings. Let’s discuss!

10:30AM-11:30AM 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.

10:30AM-11:30AM 21st Century Period Culture: A Fresh Take on Periods, Your Changing Body and New Developments in Cloth Pads and Leakproof Underwear presented by Lunapads
Speakers: 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.

10:30AM-11:30AM Sleep Consultation with Rebecca Michi: 0-12 months
Speaker: 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.

11:30AM-12:30PM Lunch

12:30PM-1:30PM 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.

12:30PM-1:30PM Breastfeeding & Pumping Q&A presented by Evenflo Feeding
Speakers: Jamie Grayson and Shari Criso
Join Jamie Grayson (TheBabyGuyNYC) and Shari Criso (RN, CNM, IBCLC) as they answer your questions LIVE!Same great live Q&A each month on Facebook – only better in person!

12:30PM-1:30PM 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.

12:30PM-1:30PM Peaceful/Mindful Parenting
Speaker: Lisa Howe
What if someone told you that parenting is 80% connection and 20% coaching? Have you been curious about what exactly Peaceful Parenting is and if it could work for your family? Join Lisa to learn what a peaceful parent is, how to practice self regulation, foster connection, and how to coach your child to gain cooperation. You’ll go home with tangible, practical ideas that you can apply in your family.

12:30PM-1:30PM Wrapping 101 presented by Tekhni Wovens
Speaker: Alisa DeMarco
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.

12:30PM-1:30PM Sleep Consultation with Rebecca Michi: 12-24 months
Speaker: 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.

1:45PM-2:45PM 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!

1:45PM-2:45PM Real Parenting Talk – Intimacy After Baby presented by Plum Organics
Speakers: 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!

1:45PM-2:45PM Celebrating Failure with our Children
Speaker: Christy Malone
No one likes to talk about their failures, but let’s be honest, they end up shaping the person that we are. As a business owner, I’ve failed, as a mom, I’ve failed, as a wife, I’ve failed. It’s what we do with our failures that will determine our eventual success.As a parent, our natural instinct is to shield our child from failure. We don’t want them to experience the emotional pain that we have felt due to our own epic fails. Unfortunately, we won’t always be there to protect them. At some point, they will feel the effects of failure. The question is, “will they know how to respond to it?” In this session, I’ll walk through the benefits of letting our children fail, even at an early age. I’ll discuss the ways to positively encourage your child so they realize that their self-worth is not tied to “what they are good at” or “what they aren’t good at”. Failure should never defeat us; it should only make us stronger. Give your child the tools to learn and grow from their failures, reducing the risk for anxiety and low self-esteem.

1:45PM-2:45PM Birth & Breastfeed & Babywear & Marriage
Speakers: Mat and Jordan York
Mat and Jordan York discuss the benefits that Natural Parenting have had on their marriage and how it helps them continue to grow as a unit. After three kids, 3 different births, 3 different breastfeeding journeys, and the growth of their babywearing knowledge their relationship has evolved and has helped them navigate parenting together.

1:45PM-2:45PM Ring Slings 101 presented by Moby
Speaker: Jess 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.

1:45PM-2:45PM The Belly Issue
Speaker: Carrie Harper
Two out of three pregnancies end in Diastasis Recti, the division of the rectus abdominus down the linea alba. Left untreated, the Diastasis will not necessarily heal itself, and with normal daily activity, could worsen, and could cause hernia. Symptoms include a protruding belly, oddly shaped navel, indigestion, and lower back pain. Carrie trains people in self diagnosis and self recovery for Diastasis Recti. The results are amazing when women learn to rehabilitate and recover, as well as just be in tune with the way the body wants to heal. This talk would cover diagnostics and the basics in healing and recovery, as well as do’s and dont’s of the injury.

3:00PM-3:45PM Car Seats 101 presented by Diono
Speaker: Allana Pinkerton
What’s the best car seat? What does extended rear facing mean? What’s the pinch test? Is LATCH safer than a seat belt install? So many questions to ask and get answered! Join Allana Pinkerton, Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor & Global Safety Advocate at Diono, for an informative session on Car Seats 101! Get all of your questions answered.

3:00Pm-3:45PM Movement is Life
Speaker: Lindsey Mathews
BIRTHFIT is an approach to birth. We challenge the status quo and ask the questions no one else asks. We read, research, experiment & consolidate all the common sense, time-honored wisdom & recent studies we can find and present that information to you through various education models. Our pillars are fitness, nutrition, chiropractic & mindset. We want to talk about about how all four pillars are connected and how we focus our training on birth.

3:00Pm-3:45PM Birth Story Circle
Speaker: Bryn Huntpalmer
Join Bryn of the The Birth Hour in an intimate experience of sharing our stories of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. This will be a safe, open, and judgement free space bringing women together to deepen our understanding of our own stories and honor the stories of others. We will connect and support one another in an honest and raw sharing of our journeys into motherhood

3:00Pm-3:45PM Bad Guys and Boogiemen: Protecting Your Children from Danger
Speaker: Rebecca Roberie
Watching the news can give you a panic attack, but how dangerous is the world really? The world might have changed in the last decades, but the answer might surprise you. The rise of the 24 hour news cycle has made our country statistically safer than any other time in history. This session attempts to educate parents on the reality of the world in which we live in and how to further protect their children without changing you life. By understanding what conditions need to be present for a crime to be committed, parents can prevent “bad guys” from encountering their children.

3:00PM-3:45PM 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.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Sleep Consultation with Rebecca Michi: 24 months +
Speaker: 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.

3:45PM-4:15PM End of Day Giveaways
Speakers: Xza Higgins and Mat York
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.

MommyCon Austin 2017 Exhibitor Map

Exhibitors and Event Elements:

Abby’s Lane
AlignLife of South Austin
Baby Tula
Baby Tula Babywearing Lounge
Balm Baby
Beachfront Baby
Bibetts Baby Carriers
BOB Gear
Bohemian Baby
BWI Austin
Changing Stations
Cloth Diaper Resource Center
Cotton Babies
Crane USA
Daydream Baby Boutique
Enlightened Baby
Evenflo Feeding
Evenflo Feeding Lounge
FastMed Urgent Care
Fresh Wave
Happy Family
Jun Jun Star
Kiddy USA
Legendairy Milk
Lil Tulips
Little Balance Box
Luna Pads
Maternity Bowls
MommyCon Shoppe
Naturepedic Sleep Consultation Room
NurturMe/Freed Foods
Once Upon a Farm
Partners in Parenthood
Plum Organics
Quiet Room
River Babe Threads
Serenity Kids Baby Food
Shea Moisture
Smart Bottoms
Snack Station
Super Undies
Tekhni Wovens
Texas Birth Networks
The Birth Hour
The Carrying On Project
The Nursie
The Whole Life Co
Toys R Us
Truly Charis
Weston A. Price Foundation
Vagina Village