MommyCon Charlotte 2018 Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement


All events on this schedule for MommyCon Charlotte take place at the Charlotte Convention Center (501 College St., Charlotte, NC 28202). 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, May 4, 2018

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

1:00PM Registration Opens
Registration Registration will be open for all VIP tickets.


2:00PM-2:45PM  ***VIP SESSION***  Ask a Dad with Mat York
Speaker: Mat York
Description coming soon.


3:00PM-3:45PM  ***VIP SESSION***  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!


4:00PM-4:45PM  ***VIP SESSION***  Pack Like a Pro with Christy Malone 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.


Saturday, May 5, 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 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 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   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.

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   Turning Red to Green – A Menstruation Workshop on Making the Switch to Reusables presented by DivaCup
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 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 Steps to Sustainability
Speaker: Yvonne Muse Brown
“Want to live more sustainably but don’t know where to start? Join suburban homesteader Yvonne Brown to discuss ways to start where you are to close the input/output circles in your home. No matter where you live – from a rented room in an apartment to a multi acre homestead – there are things you can do! Covered topics include reusable materials and cutting out disposables, composting, gardening, chickens and more!”

11:15AM-12:00PM Wrapping 101 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 Nothing Pink
Speaker: Kelly Kashmer
There’s NOTHING PINK about breast cancer: how a tiny insurance mistake saved my life. If you’re a woman or have a woman in your life who you care about, you won’t want to miss this.

11:15AM-12:00PM Starting Solids: Mealtime Solutions (infants + babies 4 months to 2 years)
Speaker: Dawn Winkelmann
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 Car Seat Safety 101 presented by Britax
Speaker: Britax
Description not available.

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 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.

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 5 Secrets for a Healthy Pregnancy, Birth, and Baby
Speaker: Dr. Grant Lisetor
Women are wanting to take more control over their birth and pregnancy, but often don’t know where to turn. During the talk Dr. Grant will be discussing 5 secrets your are not being told about having a healthy pregnancy, birth, and raising a baby in an unhealthy world.

1:00PM-2:00PM Picky Eaters: Mealtime Solutions (toddlers + preschoolers 2-5 years)
Speaker: Dawn Winkelmann
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 not available.

3:00PM-3:45PM Children’s Storytime with The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Speaker: To be announced.
Join the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for a entertaining and interactive story time.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Play the “Write” Way
Speaker: April Whitlock
This presentation will be a fun, interactive session focused on providing parents with the knowledge and tools they need to empower hands-on learning activities in the home. We will discuss the negative impact of technology and our “culture of convenience” on the crucial developmental milestones, especially fine motor skills, bi-lateral coordination, interpersonal interaction and visual perception. We will provide fun activities that parents can incorporate at home and on-the-go to encourage hands-on education. In addition, we will emphasize the importance of letter formation and handwriting practice in creating strong readers and setting the stage for long-term academic success.

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 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.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Special Needs: Mealtime Solutions (all ages)
Speaker: Dawn Winkelmann
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