MommyCon :: MommyCon NYC 2018 Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement

MommyCon NYC 2018 Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement


All events on this schedule for MommyCon New York City take place at the Grand Hyatt New York (109 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017). 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. 

*Full Exhibitor List*

Friday, April 6, 2018

In order to attend events on Friday, you must have a VIP ticket.

12:30PM Registration Opens
Registration Registration will be open for all VIP tickets.


1:00PM-1:45PM   ***VIP SESSION***  Building Community through Facebook
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.


2:00PM-2:45PM  ***VIP SESSION***  Ask a Dad
Speaker: Mat York
Description to be announced.


3:00PM-3:45PM  ***VIP SESSION***  Mastering the Stylish Art of Breastfeeding
Speaker: Molly Ades
Learn the stylish art of breastfeeding, so you can feel as comfortable and confident as possible, and make the experience work for YOU! First, I’ll get you in the breastfeeding mindset, and teach you how to eliminate self-doubt so you can navigate this time with confidence and style. Second, we’ll discuss how to overcome fears about breastfeeding and nursing in public – get ready to bust some mommy myths and understand why YOU are your own best expert. Lastly, and for the fun part, learn how to design your perfect breastfeeding wardrobe for some seriously stylish breastfeeding success! Gain your freedom, identity as a new mom, and be able to fully enjoy the experience for yourself and your baby.


4:00PM-4:45PM  ***VIP SESSION***  Creating a Reader Friendly Home in the Digital Age
Speaker: Dr. Colleen Carroll
Parents will learn how to ensure their child grows up loving to read, even with all the digital distractions available to children in this modern world. I offer practical strategies and solutions to parents biggest challenges in setting boundaries around screen time and monitoring their child’s usage, while helping them choose appropriate screen time options. In addition, I give parents many ways they can help build their child’s love of books so they have a healthy alternative to screens. This session is packed with easy ideas, and fun things parents can do at home without spending money. I also tell stories and we have some laughs. The session ends with Q and A and this year I’d like to discuss giving away some copies of my new book to audience members as well as getting highlighted in your program


Saturday, April 7, 2018

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

8:30AM Registration Opens
Registration will be open for all ticket holders.


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


10:00AM-11:00AM   No Washer? No Problem! Cloth Diapering in the City by Diaperkind
Speaker: Liz Turrigiano
Curious about cloth diapering but overwhelmed by the options, the rumors, or the laundry? Come to our workshop and let us show you how simple, clean and (dare I say it..) fun! cloth diapering can be. New York City is home to a lot of eco-minded new parents who are interested in sustainable diaperingbut apartment living with no easy access to a washer/dryer leaves them stranded. Which is where a diaper service comes in. All the benefits of cloth diapering, without the laundry! If you’re interested in cloth diapering, join us. We’ll walk you through the process of using a diaper service. We’ll explain how cloth can lead to less diaper rash and earlier potty training. We’ll also cover the impact that choosing cloth has on the baby, the parents and the planet. And we’ll demonstrate how to use and care for cloth diapers and the accessories that go with them.We promise you’ll leave feeling confident, prepared and potentially even excited about diapering your baby! This workshop is taught by Liz Turrigiano, co-founder of Diaperkind. Diaperkind is a popular cloth diaper service and retail shop based in Brooklyn and servicing all of NYC and Hudson County.

10:00AM-11:00AM Picky Eating: Why Toddlers Fear New Foods presented by ezpz
Speaker: Dawn Winkelmann
In this session, parents will learn the reasons why toddlers fear new foods and solutions to overcome picky eating. In addition, Ms. Dawn will teach four common mistakes parents make that can cause food refusal and learn practical tips to help your child learn to try, eat and enjoy a variety of foods!

10:00AM-11:00AM  How To Say No
Speaker:Xza Higgins
Kids can say “no” so easily, as an adult I found it difficult to do the same thing. I constantly found myself in situations where I didn’t want to be. This is a session about how saying no can be like saying yes to yourself.

10:00AM-11:00AM   Babywearing Basics for New Caregivers 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

10:00AM-11:00AM   Self Care in Motherhood: It’s NOT a Myth!
Speaker: Amy Appleton
As mothers, we often put ourselves last as we take care of everyone else. Amy firmly believes 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 what self-care can look like and how it benefits the whole family unit and, indeed, society!

10:00AM-11:00AM   Sleep Consultation: 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.


11:15AM-12:00PM Nurturing the Development of your Baby’s Brain through Movement and Exploration
Speaker: Shannon Davis
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 The Wisdom of the Ancients: Nutrition for a Healthy Family Generation after Generation by Weston A. Price
Speaker: Maureen Diaz
Cutting through the dogma and experimentation of recent decades, the wisdom of traditional cultures shows us that certain foods and nutrients are indeed necessary to build strong bodies with healthy immune systems, generation after generation. Find out what nutrients are needed and steps can be taken to give you and your children the best shot at achieving optimal health, and learn why current philosophies and dogma pertaining to diet are misguided at best, and dangerous at worse.

11:15AM-12:00PM Big City Babywearing: Choosing the Carrier That’s Right For Your City Lifestyle
Speaker: Joanna McNeilly
Description to be announced.

11:15AM-12:00PM 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.

11:15AM-12:00PM Put a Cup in It 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!

11:15AM-12:00PM Sleep Consultation 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: During this session, Dawn will show you practical mealtime solutions for infants + babies 4 months to 2 years. There will be time at the end of the session to ask Dawn any questions related to feeding, how to start Baby Led Weaning (BLW) and product recommendations.


12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch Break

12:00PM-1:00PM City Dads Group Meet Up and Lunch
A national community of fathers will be hosting a special lunchtime playgroup to connect and mix it up with other new and expecting dads that have questions, need advice, or want to bond with other dads.


1:00PM-2:00PM 5 Questions To Ask Your Care Provider BEFORE Your Birth
Speaker: Deb Flashenberg
As a prenatal yoga teacher and childbirth educator, I have heard this lament time and time again: “I received the name of my doctor from a friend, and if I had known what to ask, I probably would have switched doctors a long time ago. Now it’s too late to change!”

1:00PM-2:00PM Potty Training Through Parenting 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 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.

1:00PM-2:00PM Ring Sling 101 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.

1:00PM-2:00PM 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.

1:ooPM-2:00PM Sleep Consultation 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: During this session, Dawn will show you practical mealtime solutions for toddlers + preschoolers 2-5 years. There will be time at the end of the session to ask Dawn any questions related to picky eating and product recommendations.


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


3:00PM-3:45PM  Newborn Wearing by Moby
Speaker: Jess Mann
Description to be announced.

3:00PM-3:45PM Real “Baby Sign Language”
Speaker: Lora Heller
Learn American Sign Language through songs and play. Go home with new vocabulary and new tunes to enhance communication between you and your child! Whether you intend to incorporate sign language in your life for the long term or simply during this pre-verbal/developing verbal time, watch in awe as your child discovers the world of language. Gain an understanding of early childhood development and language acquisition. See the research come to life, as music and sign language both aid in the development of language and literacy. Baby Fingers programs incorporate the research supporting the benefits of sign language at all ages and stages, for children with and without special needs, and for bilingual families. Stories, songs, games, and movement to music are included in our teaching methods. Give the gift of communication and bond with your baby at Baby Fingers.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Parenting & Gender Equality in the Workplace
Speaker: Alexandra Charnas
Women take more time for their families. More than an instinct, it’s backed by statistics. Two more statistics: women get paid less than men for the same positions and fewer women hold leadership positions in the workplace.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Intro to Soft Structured Carriers 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

3:00PM-3:45PM 4th Trimester Fitness Do’s and Don’ts
Speaker: Roma van der Walt
In the Vagina Village room, Roma van der Walt, with Well Rounded NYC, will focus on talking about the 4th trimester lack of exercise support and how to help women get healthy again after baby.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Sleep Consultation: 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.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Special Needs: Mealtime Solutions (all ages)
Speaker: Dawn Winkelmann
Description: During this session, Dawn will show you practical mealtime solutions for infants and children with special needs. There will be time at the end of the session to ask Dawn any questions related to special needs and product recommendations.


Exhibitor List