MommyCon Pasadena 2018 Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement


All events on this schedule for MommyCon Pasadena take place at the Pasadena Convention Center (300 East Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101). 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, August 17, 2018

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

12:00PM  Registration Opens
Registration Registration will be open for all VIP tickets.


2:00PM-2:45PM  ***VIP SESSION***  Birth&Breastfeeding&Babywearing&Marriage, with Mat and Jordan York
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  ***VIP SESSION***  Finding Your Mom Community with Xza Higgins
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.


4:00PM-4:45PM  ***VIP SESSION***  The Parenting Trifecta – Self-Care, Children, Partner with Christy and Geoff Malone presented by Smart Bottoms
Speaker: Christy and Geoff Malone
As parents, it’s easy to focus all of your time and energy on your children, leaving little left to invest in yourself or your relationship with your partner. Geoff and Christy Malone are going to discuss how they’ve worked through common parenting pitfalls to create a healthy lifestyle (physical, mental, emotional, and relational) for their family. Married for over 15 years and parents to two pre-teen daughters, Geoff and Christy will share their personal experiences, encourage attendees to recognize when to ask for help, and provide suggestions on how to take small steps towards things like self-care and improving your relationship with your partner.


Saturday, August 18, 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  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!

10:00AM-11:00AM  Babywearing Basics for New Caregivers presented by Ergobaby
Speaker: To Be Announced
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!

10:00AM-11:00AM Maximizing The Witching Hour: Tips For Making the Most of Those After-Work Dad Hours
Speaker: Speaker: David Brown, Dr. Richard Kang, Noah Kirk, Matthew Seitman
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.

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  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 Self Massage for Pregnancy and Beyond presented by Roll Model Mama
Speaker: Jill Miller
To be announced.

11:15AM-12:00PM Social Media: Building an Audience
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.

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 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  She Said She Wants a Home Birth… Three Dads Discuss Birth Choices, with David Brown, Jason Levinson, Mat York
Speaker: David Brown, Jason Levinson, 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.

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
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
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 Understanding Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
Speaker: Megan Phillips
Pregnancy and childbirth can be an amazing and transformative experience for new moms. However, 1 in 7 women will experience the darker side of motherhood which can include postpartum depression and anxiety. This presentation will help moms discover the signs and symptoms of postpartum concerns, and it will provide the tools and resources to seek help if needed. It is facilitated by a maternal mental health professional who is also a mother and postpartum depression survivor, and her raw and funny style will help bring a little light and humor to this conversation too.

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  Managing the Motherload
Speaker: Julie Cole
With humor 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 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  Mama Care 101
Speaker: Dr. Jill Campbell
After baby arrives everyone focuses on taking care of baby, but who’s taking care of mama? How does Mom find balance in her new role?

1:00PM-2:00PM Raising Multicultural Families moderated by Dr. Richard Kang
Speaker: Dr. Richard Kang
To be announced.

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
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 presented by Moby
Speaker: Jess Mann
To be announced.

3:00PM-3:45PM Building Healthy, Happy Kids presented by Weston A. Price
Speaker: Lindsea Willon. MS, NTP
To be announced.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Peaceful 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.

3:00PM-3:45PM  Everything AND the Kitchen Sink
Speaker: Ira Green
Mother of three girls, and now, CEO & Founder of a global natural deodorant company, Ira knows how to juggle a thing or 6. It all started in her kitchen. The mad scientist at heart was determined to find a natural alternative to the standard, chemically induced, harmful deodorants we’re all familiar with. Especially because three of her closest friends were recently diagnosed with breast cancer and could only use natural products. The problem- nothing worked. Until Ira stirred up Freedom. From Kitchen to Canyon Ranch, Freedom Deodorant is the #1 natural luxury deodorant. And, it really works. Ira will share stories and tips on how to make sure being a mother while running a successful business doesn’t stink, (every pun intended), and so much more. Cheers to being healthy, not stinky!

3:00PM-3:45PM  Intro to Soft Structured Carriers presented by Ergobaby
Speaker: To Be Announced
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  Daddy Con – The Dad Games presented by Huggies: Stroller Folding Compeition, Diaper Changing Challenge and Pack N Play Collapse-A-Thon
Host: Xza Higgins
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.

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.

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