MommyCon Chicago 2018 Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement


All events on this schedule for MommyCon Chicago will take place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (map). 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 Schedule* Saturday Schedule*Sunday Schedule*

*Sip and Shop Exhibitor List*Full Exhibitor List*

Friday, March 2, 2018

In order to attend events on Friday, you must have either a VIP ticket or a 3-Day Premium Admission ticket.

12:30PM Registration Opens
Registration will be open for all VIP ticket and 3-Day Premium Admission ticket holders.


1:00PM-1:45PM 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!

1:00PM-1:45PM   Building Community Through Facebook Groups
Speaker: Xza Higgins
Facebook Groups are a free tool that allow like-minded people to get together and discuss their passions. Xza will share how a simple Facebook group changed her perception of parenthood and how it guided her in creating MommyCon.

1:00PM-1:45PM   Got 6 Minutes? Let’s Make Dinner!
Speaker: Karen Nochimowski
How easy is it to make dinner while holding a 4-year-old on your hip, calming a 7-year-old throwing a tantrum and helping a 12-year-old with his homework? Sound familiar? Well, I’ve mastered a way to prepare a delicious meal with little effort and few ingredients. And I share my creations on my blog, MommaChef.com. All my recipes are simple and tasty, contain no more than six ingredients and can be prepared in under six minutes.


2:00PM-2:45PM   Let’s Talk About Sex (After) Baby
Speaker: Carrie Koziol, PT
In this presentation, Carrie will discuss the 3 main reasons women either do not want to have intercourse, or do not enjoy intercourse, after having a baby: Pain, emotional factors, and the feeling of being “stretched out.” Carrie will discuss the causes of each and what can be done to overcome them and reconnect with the sexual goddess that lies beneath the tired mama.

2:00PM-2:45PM   ***VIP SESSION*** Pack Like a Pro presented by Smart Bottoms
Speaker: Christy Malone
Whether you are planning for a home birth or a hospital birth, having a well packed hospital bag will help you feel prepared for your big day. Christy Malone, a seasoned mom and leader in the baby industry, will share with you her must have list for every hospital bag. She’ll also discuss some of the things you’ll want to have on hand the weeks following birth. You’ll leave this session with a hospital bag checklist, a birth plan outline, and a list of essentials to make your labor, delivery, and recovery just a little bit easier.

2:00PM-2:45PM  Birth & Breastfeeding & Babywearing & Marriage
Speaker: Mat and Jordan York
This satirical and honest session with Mat and Jordan York will let you find out how this couple of 10 years has used parenting naturally as a way to manage their  relationship. From having 3 kids in 4 years to starting their own business, they’ve found the humor and a recipe for not killing each other even when times are tough.


3:00PM-3:45PM   Parent & Child Yoga
Speaker: City Yoga Chicago
Bring your little one and join us for this relaxing interactive yoga class.

3:00PM-3:45PM   Beyond the Mom: Pursuing Your Dreams After Baby
Speaker: Stephanie Daniel and Nicole Zezzo
Becoming a parent is is the most amazing experience, both fulfilling and exhausting, who could ask for more? But….what if you *do* want to ask for more? Come join us to discuss how to keep developing your passions and even turn them into a career WITH your little one. We will discuss the three hurdles that rear their ugly faces at every turn: Guilt, Self Doubt and Lack of Support, and ways to combat them and form a support system with your loved ones. An uplifting atmosphere welcomes all questions during the session, we look forward to meeting you!

3:00PM-3:45PM  Why Writing Your Birth Story Matters and How to Write It
Speaker: Jaime Fleres
In this workshop, Jaime Fleres, author of Birth Your Story: Why Writing About Your Birth Matters, will explore why writing is a tremendously powerful way to express our birth stories. We’ll look at the anatomy of birth stories–including their narrative structure, the three layers of a birth story, and how our stories change through time. We’ll also talk about concrete ways to get into your story, suggestions for writing, and what to do with your story when it is done. The philosophy of this workshop is that every birth story is valuable and worth telling. You will feel encouraged, supported and inspired to write your own story, no matter how long it’s been, what your birth looked like, or whether or not you consider yourself a writer. Workshop for expectant, new, and seasoned mothers and fathers.


4:00PM-4:45PM  ***VIP Session*** Become a Badass Public Breastfeeder
Speaker: Abby Theuring
In this session we will identify and discuss common fears about nursing in public. We will work to gain confidence to freely breastfeed in public by sharing ideas about getting comfortable in our environment, breastfeeding while baby wearing, the law and family support. You must have a VIP ticket in order to attend this session. VIP tickets are available for purchase here.


4:45PM-5:00PM Groovaroo Dance Mob
Speakers: Meeshi and Amber Anjali
Celebrate the opening night of MommyCon Chicago with a babywearing dance flashmob led by GroovaRoo Dance founders Meeshi and Amber Anjali. Dance instruction will take place from 4:45-5:00p with our flashmob happening right in front of the Sip & Shop promptly at 5p. While we encourage everyone to wear their baby, you don’t need to have a baby to participate in the flashmob. All ages/kids are welcome.


5:00PM-7:00PM   Sip & Shop
Join us for a 2 hour preview of the exhibitor hall to make sure you get first dibs on all the hot items! Grab a drink, listen to the music provided by DJ Margot Rudy, and shop till you drop! You can also request a poem by Poems While You Wait. The cost is only $5.00 per poem the money all goes to Rose Metal Press, a 501(c) (3) literary non-profit to publish books.


Sip & Shop Exhibitor List

Confirmed as of 2/21/18.

828
Abby’s Lane
AppleCheeks
Baby K’tan
Baby Tula
Bijou Wear
Bumblito
Chunkabuns
College Nannies, Sitters, and Tutors
Crane
Crescent Moon Henna
Cybex
Didymos
DivaCup
Ethos Babywearing
Ergobaby
Evenflo Feeding
Feminist Inc.
Fertility Miracles
Fresh Apparel
Green Lil Bums
Grovia
Happy Family
Healthtest.info
Home Chef
Huggies
Jaime Fleres
Jublii Creations
Ju-Ju-Be
Just Thrive Probiotic
Kaans Designs
Kabrita
Kindercarry
Lalabu
Lehan Drugs
Lemon Vines
Lil Kickers
Lil Tulips
Lilla Barn Clothing
Little Balance Box
Living With the Magic Vacations
Lulujo
Mabel’s Labels
Mama Said Tees
Meeyoo Handwovens
Mielle Organics
Moby Wrap
Mom Daze
MommyCon Shoppe
Moms Clean Air Force
Passanante’s Home Food Services
Petunia Pickle Bottom
Plum Organics
Precious Milk Drops
Pretty Paisley
Purple Owl Boutique
Re-Play
Renzo’s Vitamins
River Babe Threads
Roo Coat and Nummy Beads
Rumina Nursingwear
RXBAR
Safari LTD
Shimlee
Smart Bottoms
Smarty Pants Vitamins
Sound of Sleep
Super Undies
Tekhni Wovens
Ubbi
Weston A Price
Wyndham Vacations
XOXO


Saturday, March 3, 2018

In order to attend events on Saturday, you must have a VIP, 3-Day Premium Admission, Saturday Premium Admission, or Saturday General Admission ticket.

 

8:30AM Registration Opens
Registration will be open for all VIP ticket and 3-Day Premium Admission ticket holders who did not check-in on Friday as well as all Saturday Premium Admission and General Admission ticket holders.


9:00AM-3:00PM Exhibitor Hall hours


10:00AM-11:00AM   Picky Eating: Why Toddlers Fear New Foods presented by 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.

10:00AM-11:00AM   Cloth Diapering 101 presented by Smart Bottoms
Speaker: Christy Malone
Curious about cloth diapers but not sure where to start? This is the session for you! Christy Malone, CEO of Smart Bottoms, will start with the basics, discussing the types of clothdiapers available, the benefits of cloth diapering, the biggest differences to expect between cloth and disposable diapers, and how to wash and care for your cloth diapers. We’ll end the session with an audience Q&A period. Find out if cloth diapering is right for your family.

10:00AM-11:00AM When You Need a Modification: Finding the Easy, Simple, Fast Carrier For You presented by Cybex
Speaker: Joanna McNeilly
You are an individual with unique needs, and there is a carrier for that! Searching for a baby carrier to fit your specific needs: whether it’s due to a shoulder injury, a flexibility issue or any other concern may seem overwhelming. Let’s make it uncomplicated and have fun in the process. Finding a carrier you love, that you find easy to use, and one that is comfortable for you is not impossible!  This session explores both how to gauge your personal needs, communicate your needs, and match them to a carrier that will make your parenting journey a more enjoyable experience. There will be time for your questions..

10:00AM-11:00AM Wrapping 101 presented by Moby and Tekhni Wovens
Speaker: Jess Mann and Alisa DeMarco
Jess and Alisa, both Certified Babywearing Educators, will show you wrapping basics starting with stretchy wraps and then graduating to woven wraps. In this introductory interactive session, participants are shown how to do a front carry. Wraps and baby dolls are provided for demo purposes for use during this session.

10:00AM-11:00AM Turning Red to Green – A Menstruation Workshop on Making the Switch to Reusables presented by Diva Cup
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!

10:00AM-11:00AM DaddyCon – She Said She Wants a Home Birth… Three Dads Discuss Birth Choices
Speakers: David Garcia, Manuel GonzalezMaurice Vernon and Mat York
When it comes to discussing birth choices and making birth plans, dads can feel a little out of the loop! In this panel, experienced fathers will discuss birth choices from home birth to planned c-section and everything in between! They will also discuss ways to support your partner, no matter your birth plan or situation.

10:00AM-11:00AM Sleep Consultation: 0-12 months
Speaker: 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.


11:15AM-12:00PM From Weaning to Nursery School: The Nutrient-Dense Diet that Ensures Success in Life presented by Weston A. Price
Speaker: Sally Fallon Morrell
Description to be announced.

11:15AM-12:00PM 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.

11:15AM-12:00PM Managing the Motherload
Speaker: Julie Cole
With humour and practical advice, Julie Cole shares her tips and tricks for busy moms and how she has survived raising six babies while blogging and running a business.

11:15AM-12:00PM Babywearing Basics for New Caregivers 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.

11:15AM-12:00PM 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.

11:15AM-12:00PM DaddyCon – Fathers Raising Daughters
Speaker: Michael Redden
Lets talk about the blessings of being a dad raising four girls of different age groups. Each daughter has different interests and completely different personalities. The lessons, laughs and tears will be informative to say least.

11:15AM-12:00PM Sleep Conslutation: 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.

11:15AM-12:00PM Starting Solids: Mealtime Solutions (infants + babies 4 months to 2 years)
Speaker: Dawn Winkelmann
Description to be announced.


12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch Break

12:00PM-1:00PM City Dads Group Meet-Up


1:00PM-2:00PM Potty Training Through Parenting presented by Super Undies
Speaker: Laura Woj, The Scaredy Cat Potty Trainer
Potty training is more than memorization. It is more than teaching your child the ABCs. It is incorporated into every day life, in all families, everywhere. Come learn how to potty train, as well as what you could be doing to sabotage your own potty training efforts.

1:00PM-2:00PM Talk Birthy To Me
Speakers: Xza Higgins, Tiana Kubik, Kelly McKnight, and Jaime Fleres
Every birth story is unique. Join this panel of women as the share their birth experiences.

1:00PM-2:00PM   Braving Infertility & Loss Together presented by Fluff & Familia
Speaker: Brandi Garcia, Kristen Biehl, and Sarah Ivy
Join Brandi Garcia and Kristen Biehl from family boutique Fluff & Familia and Sarah Ivy from Braving Infertility Together as they discuss the stigma and isolation surrounding infertility and loss. Learn how infertility and loss can affect a family, tips on how to navigate infertility and loss, and how to provide empowering support for those on their journey so that no one has to brave it alone.

1:00PM-2:00PM  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.

1:00PM-2:00PM  Self Care in Motherhood: Its NOT a Myth!
Speaker: Amy Appleton and Ilana Grostern
As mothers, we often put ourselves last as we take care of everyone else. Amy and Ilana firmly believe that the family functions best when the mother’s needs are seen as exactly that: needs – that must be respected and met. It is up to us as women and mothers to prioritize those needs, including through a conscious and active practice of self-care. Come discuss with Amy and Ilana what self-care can look like and how it benefits the whole family unit and, indeed, society!

1:00PM-2:00PM  Dacing for the 21st Century Dad
Speaker: Meeshi and Amber Anjali
From 1-1:30p, Meeshi & Amber Anjali, co-founders of GroovaRoo Dance will lead an interactive workshop on “Dancing for the 21st Century Dad”: an open discussion the history of the shifting role of fatherhood in America and how dancing can help create a more bonded relationship between fathers and their children. Then from 1:30-2:00p, GroovaRoo along with XOXO founder Alex Kaslowitz will lead a fun and easy “daddy dance” class for as many babywearing dads as possible. Let’s break the record!

1:00PM-2:00PM  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.

1:00PM-2:00PM Picky Eaters: Mealtime Solutions (toddlers + preschoolers 2-5 years)
Speaker: Dawn Winkelmann
Description to be announced.


2:00PM-3:00PM Shopping Break
Last chance to shop before the exhibitor hall closes at 3:00PM!


3:00PM-3:45PM  How to Choose the Right Child Development Program for You and Your Child
Speaker: Lil Kickers
In this session, we will explore what you should be looking for in a child development program.  We will look beyond cost and dive into what a great program needs to have for you and your child to get the most out of the experience.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Newborn Wearing presented by Moby
Speaker: Jess Mann
Description coming soon.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Crouching Mommas, Hidden Cameras: Tips for Capturing Print Worth Photos of Your Kids
Speaker: Erica Hafferty
Do you struggle to get share-worthy photos of your kids? If your answer is yes than this session is for you! Erica will teach you how to capture your child’s amazing personality and preserve those awesome memories, without having a fancy camera.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Intro to Soft Structured Carriers presented by Ergobaby
Speaker: Laura Brown
Buckle carrier fit is individual. Often compared to jeans, understanding their design as well as feature options will help you decide which carrier may be the right one for you, and how small adjustments can make a big difference.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Giving Back – Surrogacy Mothers!
Speaker: Karen Roeb and Hilary Borris
As mothers, so much of our identity is intertwined within our children; our greatest gifts. Have you ever thought about the opportunity to give the gift of life?  Come listen to surrogacy pioneer, Karen Roeb, discuss the surrogacy journey, as well as the emotional, financial and social benefits of helping others and yourself, give life..

3:00PM-3:45PM  DaddyCon – I’m A Stay At Home Dad, Now What?
Speakers: Chi Amen-Ra, Pat JacobsAlex Kaslowitz, and Manuel Gonzalez.
So you’ve decided to be a stay at home dad. What do you do now? Fathers being the stay at home parent is becoming increasingly common, but the support is still lacking. This panel discussion will go over what it is like being a stay at home dad and how to get the support you need!

3:00PM-4:00PM  Sleep Consultation with Rebecca Michi: All Ages Q&A
Speaker: Rebecca Michi
During this session, Rebecca will open the floor for all of your questions regarding is normal when it comes to sleep for children of all ages. 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.

1:00PM-2:00PM Special Needs: Mealtime Solutions (all ages)
Speaker: Dawn Winkelmann
Description to be announced.

 


Sunday, March 4, 2018

In order to attend events on Sunday, you must have a VIP, 3-Day Premium Admission, Sunday Premium Admission, or Sunday General Admission ticket.

8:30AM Registration Opens
Registration will be open for all VIP ticket and 3-Day Premium Admission ticket holders who did not check-in on Friday or Saturday as well as all Sunday Premium Admission and General Admission ticket holders.


9:00AM-3:00PM Exhibitor Hall hours


10:00AM-11:00AM   Picky Eating: Why Toddlers Fear New Foods presented by 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.

10:00AM-11:00AM   Cloth Diapering 101 presented by Smart Bottoms
Speaker: Christy Malone
Curious about cloth diapers but not sure where to start? This is the session for you! Christy Malone, CEO of Smart Bottoms, will start with the basics, discussing the types of clothdiapers available, the benefits of cloth diapering, the biggest differences to expect between cloth and disposable diapers, and how to wash and care for your cloth diapers. We’ll end the session with an audience Q&A period. Find out if cloth diapering is right for your family.

10:00AM-11:00AM It all Begins with Nurturing the Heart
Speaker: DeLisa Boyd
The Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) is a relationship-focused methodology founded strategically in “The 3 Stands” for helping children (and adults) build Inner Wealth and use their intensity in successful ways. It has become a powerful way of awakening the inherent greatness in all children while facilitating parenting and classroom success. The essence of the NHA is a set of core methodologies originally developed for working with children.

10:00AM-11:00AM Wrapping 101 presented by Moby and Tekhni Wovens
Speaker: Jess Mann and Alisa DeMarco
Jess and Alisa, both Certified Babywearing Educators, will show you wrapping basics starting with stretchy wraps and then graduating to woven wraps. In this introductory interactive session, participants are shown how to do a front carry. Wraps and baby dolls are provided for demo purposes for use during this session.

10:00AM-11:00AM Turning Red to Green – A Menstruation Workshop on Making the Switch to Reusables presented by Diva Cup
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!

10:00AM-11:00AM DaddyCon – Acheiving #Superdad Status
Speaker: Maurice Vernon
Maurice will discuss the importance of a father’s influence on his family and children. How every dad can achieve #Superdadstatus, and that it doesn’t take as much effort as you’d think. Superdad’s goal is to encourage fathers to become active in the development of their children and to never count themselves out or take a backseat. He aims to encourage Dads to work with their wives, partners, and mothers of their children to support the healthy growth and development of the entire family unit.

10:00AM-11:00AM Sleep Consultation: 0-12 months
Speaker: 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.


11:15AM-12:00PM 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!

11:15AM-12:00PM Unlocking Your Babies Uniqueness: Understanding Your Baby’s’ Development in the First Year
Speakers: Nat Vikitsreth and Linda Horwitz
It is fascinating how fast and how much babies develop in the first year of their lives. In this presentation, you will learn about how your babies understand empathy (social and emotional development), communicate through gestures and words (language development), figure out how the world around them works (cognitive development), and use their bodies in the environment (motor development). As you are engaged in this interactive discussion around infant development, the speakers will support you in developing strategies that you can use at home to promote your babies’ development.. Additionally, you will explore your babies’ learning styles through the lens of sensory processing and temperament.

11:15AM-12:00PM Shaking the Shame of Single Motherhood
Speaker: Aria Craig
Society perceives single mothers as women who are either uneducated and poverty-stricken or bitter from the struggles of divorce. In both cases, incapable of making better decisions. Don’t let society dictate the mother that you should be and your destiny. The key is to build unshakable courage, confidence and resilience. Discover how to be victorious in your personal and professional life, and attract success.

11:15AM-12:00PM Newborn Wearing presented by Moby
Speaker: Jess Mann
Description coming soon.

10:00AM-11:00AM Period Positive: Building Shamefree Experiences of Our Bodies
Speaker: Suzanne Siemens
Reproductive health can be a discouraging experience. Often, people are not aware of the choices that they have for their bodies, whether menstruating, postpartum or dealing with bladder leakage. This often generates tense, shameful experiences of our bodies that not only negatively impact our health and self-esteem, but transmit shame to our children. In this lighthearted and empowering presentation Lunagal Suzanne Siemens will take you through 21st century period culture, catching listeners up on the latest in the menstrual movement. Learn how to make empowered choices about your body that help you practice period positive parenting.

11:15AM-12:00PM DaddyCon – Babywearing Basics for Dads presented by Ergobaby
Speaker: Laura and David Brown
Are there different Dad carriers? Do Dads need their own carrier? What are the most popular carriers for Dads? We’ll discuss considerations in choosing a carrier, as well as how the difference in how men interact with and teach their young may affect their choice in carrier.

11:15AM-12:00PM Sleep Conslutation: 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.

11:15AM-12:00PM Starting Solids: Mealtime Solutions (infants + babies 4 months to 2 years)
Speaker: Dawn Winkelmann
Description to be announced.


12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch Break


1:00PM-2:00PM Potty Training Through Parenting presented by Super Undies
Speaker: Laura Woj, The Scaredy Cat Potty Trainer
Potty training is more than memorization. It is more than teaching your child the ABCs. It is incorporated into every day life, in all families, everywhere. Come learn how to potty train, as well as what you could be doing to sabotage your own potty training efforts.

1:00PM-2:00PM Potty Training Through Parenting presented by Super Undies
Speaker: Laura Woj, The Scaredy Cat Potty Trainer
Potty training is more than memorization. It is more than teaching your child the ABCs. It is incorporated into every day life, in all families, everywhere. Come learn how to potty train, as well as what you could be doing to sabotage your own potty training efforts.

1:00PM-2:00PM I’d Strap That: Keeping Your Child Safe in the Car (Without Using Duct Tape)
Speaker: Stephanie Hopkins
Join Stephanie, CPST with Red Barn Basics, at an interactive car seat presentation. You will test your car seat knowledge with a fun game and leave with valuable information about keeping your child safer in the car birth through booster. There will be time for questions and answers. No Duct Tape will be used during this session.

1:00PM-2:00PM Baby Power: Every Baby Has The Power To Make Us Change The World presented by Moms Clean Air Force
Speaker: Trisha Sheehan
Baby Power: Giving Moms the inspiration to change the world. Baby power is a national campaign of Moms Clean Air Force. Our goal is to turn new or expecting mothers into forces for clean air. We celebrate the miracle of that first breath of air with a gift of warmth—and wisdom. We provide a simple toolkit for using that protective maternal instinct to engage on issues of air and climate pollution. Our goal is to inspire, inform and educate all mothers to protect every breath.

1:00PM-2:00PM  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.

1:00PM-2:00PM Thrive, Don’t Just Survive, Postpartum Depression or Anxiety
Speaker: Amy Kuhr
Amy will share her story of developing postpartum depression and anxiety following the birth of her twins as well as my tips and tricks for THRIVING, not just surviving, these challenges.

1:00PM-2:00PM  Daddy Con – The Dad Games presented by Huggies: Stroller Folding Compeition, Diaper Changing Challenge and Pack N Play Collapse-A-Thon
Host: Mat York
Dads, are you ready? The Dad Games presented by Huggies will be the ultimate head to head challenge for dads to test their skills when it comes to diaper changing, diaper bag packing, stroller folding and baby carrier wearing.

1:00PM-2:00PM  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.

1:00PM-2:00PM Picky Eaters: Mealtime Solutions (toddlers + preschoolers 2-5 years)
Speaker: Dawn Winkelmann
Description to be announced.


2:00PM-3:00PM Shopping Break
Last chance to shop before the exhibitor hall closes at 3:00PM!


3:00PM-3:45PM Craft Time
Speaker: Shannon Valko
Join Little Beans Cafe for a fun toddler craft sessions. The craft will be sock worms! Its a cute and easy project that is perfect for little ones!

3:00PM-3:45PM  Avoiding the Booby Traps-Tips on How to Achieve Your Breastfeeding Goals
Speaker: Dr. Amber Price
Two-thirds of mother’s fall short of reaching their own breastfeeding goals. Prenatal factors, the knowledge, attitude and beliefs of healthcare providers, socio-cultural influences, hospital and maternity care practices, and post natal factors all influence breastfeeding outcomes. In this session, Dr. Price, a pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist, will highlight some of these “booby-traps”, along with strategies to overcome them. The session will be interactive with a goal of empowering women through education and dialogue.

3:00PM-3:45PM  How Mommies Can Manage Their Start-Up Business and Full-Time Job
Speaker: Genesis Emery
Genesis will share insights and feedback on how busy mommypreneurs can effectively balance starting up their businesses, while still balancing a full time job, and being a Mom. She will discuss healthy balancing techniques, ways to stay on top of things and maintain organization, key insights on how to devote adequate time for both your start-up business and full time job, and how to maximize your time effectively so that you can be a successful mommypreneur and watch your business grow!

3:00PM-3:45PM  Intro to Soft Structured Carriers presented by Ergobaby
Speaker: Laura Brown
Buckle carrier fit is individual. Often compared to jeans, understanding their design as well as feature options will help you decide which carrier may be the right one for you, and how small adjustments can make a big difference.

3:00PM-3:45PM   Let’s Talk About Sex (After) Baby
Speaker: Carrie Koziol, PT
In this presentation, Carrie will discuss the 3 main reasons women either do not want to have intercourse, or do not enjoy intercourse, after having a baby: Pain, emotional factors, and the feeling of being “stretched out.” Carrie will discuss the causes of each and what can be done to overcome them and reconnect with the sexual goddess that lies beneath the tired mama.

3:00PM-3:45PM  DaddyCon – Maximizing The Witching Hour: Tips For Making the Most of Those After-Work Dad Hours
Speakers: Chi Amen-Ra, Eric Bennion, Alex Kaslowitz, and Michael Redden
Many fathers work a traditional work day outside of the home. Their schedules force them to come home just as their children are getting ready to go to bed. This panel of dads who have been there, done that, will discuss ways in which to maximize the short amount of time each day that they can spend one-on-one with their children.

3:00PM-4:00PM  Sleep Consultation with Rebecca Michi: All Ages Q&A
Speaker: Rebecca Michi
During this session, Rebecca will open the floor for all of your questions regarding is normal when it comes to sleep for children of all ages. 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.

1:00PM-2:00PM Special Needs: Mealtime Solutions (all ages)
Speaker: Dawn Winkelmann
Description to be announced.


Exhibitor List

Confirmed as of 2/21/18.

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A Hardy Party
Abby’s Lane
AppleCheeks
Aria Craig
Babierge
Baby K’tan
Baby Tula
Beachfront Baby
Beaming Amber Sun
Bijou Wear
Buckle Me Baby Coats
Bumblito
The Carrying on Project
Charlie Banana
Chicago Area Home Birth Association
Chicago Custom Cakes
Chicagoland CPR
Chompy Chic Chewlery
Chunkabuns
College Nannies, Sitters, and Tutors
Colson and Joe
Crane
Crescent Moon Henna
Cybex
Didymos
DivaCup
Ethos Babywearing
Ergobaby
Evenflo Feeding
Feminist Inc
Fertility Miracles
Fluff & Familia
Foss Swim School
Fresh Apparel
Fussy Baby Network
Genial Day
Gipe Holmes
Goldfish Swim School
Green Lil Bums
Grovia
Happy Family
Healthtest.info
Home Chef
Huggies
Innobaby
Jaime Fleres
JC Penny Portrait Studios
Jublii Creations
Ju-Ju-Be
Just Thrive Probiotic
Kaans Designs
Kabrita
Kindercarry
Komae
Lalabu
LatchPal
Lehan Drugs
Lemon Vines
Lil Kickers
Lilla Barn Clothing
Lil Tulips
Little Balance Box
Living With the Magic Vacations
Lori Sapio Photography
Lloyd Agencies
Lulujo
Luna Pads
Mabel’s Labels
Macaroni Kid Chicago Midtown
Mama Said Tees
Mamasuds
Matrescence Lactation Consulting
Medulla LLC (Chiro One Wellness Centers)
Meeyoo Handwovens
Mielle Organics
Moby Wrap
Molly Ades Maternity
Mom Daze
MommyCon Shoppe
Moms Clean Air Force
Naked Panda Designs
New York Life Insurance Company
Nina and Jack Babywearing
NurseMeMama
Passanante’s Home Food Services
Petunia Pickle Bottom
Picket Fence Creations
Pilates by Carrie
Plum Organics
Power Home Remodeling
Precious Milk Drops
Pretty Paisley
Prim Goods
Purple Owl Boutique
Re-Play
Renzo’s Vitamins
River Babe Threads
Robert George, Author
Roo Coat and Nummy Beads
Rumina Nursingwear
RXBAR
Safari LTD
Shimlee
Smart Bottoms
Smarty Pants Vitamins
Sound of Sleep
Spand Ice
Super Undies
Tekhni Wovens
The Badass Breastfeeder
The Twinniest Twins
Time Snap Shop
TK Photography
Top Golf
Ubbi
Water Wipes
Weston A Price
Willow Pediatrics and Lactation
Wyndham Vacations
X & Y Kidz
XOXO
Your Whole Baby

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