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MommyCon Atlanta 2017 Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement


MommyCon Atlanta 2017 Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement

All events on this schedule for MommyCon Atlanta will take place at the Infinite Energy Forum (6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097). This is a preview schedule and exhibitor list. Additional sessions and exhibitors may be added and will be announced approximately 30 days before the event.

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


Friday VIP Schedule – October 27, 2017

3:00PM  VIP Registration opens

3:30PM-4:30PM MommyCon Atlanta VIP – Toddler Parent Support Group
Speakers: Niki Hughes and Xza Higgins
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. Tickets are $50.00. VIP tickets are on sale now!


Saturday Session Schedule – October 28, 2017

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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 I’m a Stay at Home Parent. Now What?
Speaker: Bryttany Hyde
A session geared towards the real deal nitty gritty that is the SAHM/D. Wanna talk real life and how to stay sane when you are singing cartoon songs at brunch, then this is the session for you! An interactive session sharing experiences and coping methods.

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  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 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 meh dai, 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-11:25AM 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-11:25AM Kid Friendly Herbs 
Speaker: Mary Bove
Herbs can be a safe and effective option for parents looking for therapeutic choices for their children. Join in to a discussion on the traditional use of plant medicines along with current research for the safety and efficiency of herbal medicines for childhood health concerns such as insomnia, restlessness, ADHD, generalized anxiety, immune support during cold and flu season, ear infection, and more. Featured herbs include Black Elderberry, Echinacea, Ginger, Lemon Balm, and Chamomile Flowers.

10:30AM-11:25AM 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.

10:30AM-11:25AM 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.

10:30AM-11:25PM Wrapping 101 presented by Tekhni Wovens and Moby
Speaker: 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.

10:30AM-11:25AM 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.

10:30AM-11:25AM 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 +. 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.


11:25AM-12:25PM Lunch Break


12:25PM-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.

12:25PM-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.

12:25PM-1:20PM Groovaroo
Speaker: Ami Kay
In GroovaRoo Dance™ classes, we hope to create a safe, sacred and soulful dance experience for you and your baby. Learn about benefits of dancing with your family, babywearing safely while dancing, and caregiver-child bonding. Please join Groovaroo™ with Ami for a fun babywearing dance class!

12:25PM-1:20PM Let’s Grow Your Passion Into Your Profession! 
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!

12:25PM-1:20PM 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.

12:25PM-1:20PM The Fun Factor: Exploring Birth Options through Interactive Play
Speaker: Betsy Schwartz
This is the Fun Factor. People get to play the board game Down the Canal, and have an experience of fun while learning about birthing options. The guys can get involved in the action. We can have several small groups playing teams. Birth can be scary, and it can be amazing. Knowing all options, and learning about what to expect can ease the mind and better prepare a woman and her partner and family for birth. And while having fun information is retained for later use. People don’t always want to read the books, and surfing the web can be a daunting task. Playing a game saves time, and creates connection among the players. It is a win win!!!

12:25PM-1:20PM 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.


1:30PM-2:15PM 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.

1:30PM-2:15PM How to Get Away with Going Green
Speaker: Phnewfula Frederiksen
In #HTGAWGG you will learn how to make eco friendly changes for your household in ten easy steps. Cloth diapering, breastfeeding, green cleaning, and homemade babyfood are all on the syllabus. We will cross examine BPA, Phalates, and GMOs. Who will win the mommy greenest trophy?

1:30PM-2:15PM Romp Around with Ms. Ashley
Speaker: Ashley Jefferson
A fun, interactive play class that focuses on gross motor play, story time and music. Formatted in a “grownup and me” style, adults and children alike will have a blast playing and learning together!

1:30PM-2:15PM Water Safety for Infants and Toddlers
Speaker: Goldfish Swim School
During this session, Goldfish Swim School will discuss how parents can safely introduce their kids  (both infants and toddler) to the water and practice swim safety on their own outside of lessons.  Topics will include wall safety skills, getting comfortable in the water, and basic drowning awareness and prevention skills.

1:30PM-2:15PM Fall in Love with the Meh Dai presented by Moby
Speaker: Jess Mann
Learn the history of the Meh Dai, ways to teach the Meh Dai and further understand the knowledge surrounding this age-old and wildly popular carrier.

1:30PM-2:15PM 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.


2:15PM-3:00PM Dedicated Shopping Break (Exhibitor Hall closes at 3:00PM)


3:00PM-4:00PM 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 Terrible Twos and Traumatic Threes: Feeding Your Toddler for a Lifetime of Happy Eating
Speaker: Agatha Achindu
It seems like just yesterday that getting your baby to eat pureed green beans was a piece of cake. But baby has quickly grown into a toddler, and now your sweet little angel has something to say about what’s on the plate. And what they usually say is “no” – the favorite word of toddlers. Just when their growing bodies really need nutrition, and eating habits are forming – feeding becomes a challenge. They don’t call it the Terrible Twos and the Traumatic Threes for nothing. Knowing that you have a very tiny window to get it right only adds to the stress. All at once, you must make sure your toddler gets proper nutrition, help your child to accept good food, and set down healthy eating habits, which remain for life. Agatha Achindu, Founder of Yummy Spoonfuls Organic Baby & Tots Fresh-Frozen Organic Food, is an expert in child nutrition and healthy cuisine, who built her own nationally-recognized organic baby food company, starting in her home kitchen. Her lively session will take the pain out of feeding your toddler. Agatha will teach you how to present nutritious meals your toddler will love, while setting up a lifetime of happy, healthy eating habits. Make mealtime fun again, even in the toddler years! Tips, tricks and plenty of recipes.

3:00PM-4:00PM Dadvolution
Speaker: Kevin Higgins
Kevin Higgins, Special Educator and spouse of MommyCon founder Xza, talks about the growth men undergo when moving from dude to dad. Kevin provides a sympathetic look on the clumsy process some guys undergo as they upack their role in the partnership of parenting. From the type of birth your wife wants, looking at strollers instead of hot rods, schooling questions, how does a dishwasher work and which parent will most likely explode during an IEP meeting this talk and symposium is open to all gender and partner models. His loving wife has prohibited the past practice of supplying beer and hot dogs, but there may be sports updates and there will definitely be some cool dad friendly giveaways. Hint: nipple cream is excellent for tattoos.

3:00PM-4:00PM Raising Multi-Racial Children in an Attached Parenting World
Speaker: Isreal Jean Holland
During this session, Isreal will discuss the history of attached parenting, the visibility of families of color who also practice it, cultural appropriation, and how to go through life with others not understanding your culture, lifestyle and family. This conversation will open the door for inclusiveness.

3:00PM-4:00PM 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.

3:00PM-4:00PM  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.


4:00PM-4:30PM Halloween Costume Contest and End of Day Giveaways
Speakers: Xza Higgins
Since MommyCon Atlanta 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). Please remember this is a family event with small children. Please don’t pick any scary costumes and keep them family appropriate. 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 our contest judges. 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.



 Exhibitors and Event Elements

(confirmed as of October 16, 2017)

Abby’s Lane
Baby Buddy
Baby Love Atlanta
Beech-Nut
Bets and Emy
Bijou Wear
Baby Tula
Baby Tula Babywearing Lounge
Birth in the Know
BIRTHFIT Atlanta
BOB Gear
Boba
Boob Food
Brilliant Baby Products
Britax
Changing Stations
Chicco
Chunkabuns
Cielito Baby LLC
Cloth Diaper Resource Center
Constructive Eating
Cotton Babies
Crane USA
Cutie Baby Diapers
Diono
Emmeline Textiles
Ergobaby
Evenflo Feeding
Evenflo Feeding Lounge
Fit 4 Mom
Fresh Wave
Gaia Herbs
Happy Family
Heartwood ALC
Honest Tea
Ju-Ju-Be
Keekaroo
Keenz
Kizingo Kids
Lako Family Chiropractic
Lalabu
Lighthouse Kids Company
Lil Tulips
Little Balance Box
Little Spoon
Luna Pads
Maternal Roots
MommyCon Shoppe
NumNum Inc
NurturMe/Freed Foods
Oasis Lactation Services
Oogaa
Play Enthusiasm
Plum Organics
Quiet Room
Renewal by Anderson
Renzo’s Vitamins
River Babe Threads
Safari Ltd.
Shea Moisture
Sincere Elephant
Smart Bottoms
Snack Station
Super Undies
Tata Toga
Tekhni Wovens
The Carrying On Project
The Natural Baby
The Nursie
The Stork’s Accomplice
Theralogix
The Whole Life Co
Toofeze
Toys R Us
Water Wipes
Weston A. Price Foundation
Vagina Village
XOXO