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MommyCon & DaddyCon Orlando 2019, presented by Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans

MommyCon & DaddyCon Orlando 2019, presented by Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans, will return to the Royale Caribe for the fourth year on August 31, 2019.

Join thousands of families who have attended MommyCon & DaddyCon for a weekend of fun for new and expectant parents. We bridge education and learning with an interactive exhibitor hall, countless sessions and a hands-on approach to testing new products. You will meet leading experts who focus on subjects specific to parenting. Meet with one of our resident educators to try on baby carriers in-person.

Our mission is to create a community of support, acceptance, and non-judgment for parents journeying through parenthood. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Join our MommyCon Orlando discussion group on Facebook to connect and learn more!

Event Hours

Friday, August 30, 2019:

VIP & 2-Day ticket registration opens: 1:00pm

VIP & 2-Day ticket session hours: 2:00pm-4:45pm

 

Saturday, August 31, 2019:

Registration opens:  8:30am

Exhibitor hall hours: 9:00am-3:00pm

Session hours: 10:00am-3:45pm

Ticket Options

Who needs a ticket?

All adults need to buy a ticket. Children 16 and under are FREE, but require a Child Admission ticket. As an adult, select from one of the following options.

VIP Admission: VIP admission is the best of MommyCon. This ticket provides the ultimate MommyCon experience! This ticket includes two-day admission (Friday and Saturday) and will give you access to all sessions (including a special VIP only session on Friday and DaddyCon sessions), event elements, and the exhibitor hall on Saturday. All VIP attendees will receive an upgraded VIP gift bag. Price: $150.00

Two Day Premium Admission – Baby: Premium admission includes two-day admission and will give you access to sessions (including DaddyCon sessions), event elements, and exhibitor hall. Premium admission attendees will receive a premium admission gift bag perfect for those who are expecting or with children up to 18 months of age. Price: $75.00.

Two Day Premium Admission – Toddler: Premium admission includes two-day admission and will give you access to sessions (including DaddyCon sessions), event elements, and exhibitor hall. Premium admission attendees will receive a premium admission gift bag perfect for those with children age 18 months or older. Price: $75.00.

Premium Admission – Baby: Premium admission includes Saturday admission and will give you access to sessions (including DaddyCon sessions), event elements, and exhibitor hall. Premium admission attendees will receive a premium admission gift bag perfect for those who are expecting or with children up to 18 months of age. Price: $50.00.

Premium Admission – Toddler: Premium admission includes Saturday admission and will give you access to sessions (including DaddyCon sessions), event elements, and exhibitor hall. Premium admission attendees will receive a premium admission gift bag perfect for those with children age 18 months or older. Price: $50.00.

General Admission: General admission includes Saturday admission and will give you access to sessions (including DaddyCon sessions), event elements, and exhibitor hall. This ticket does not include a gift bag. Price: $25.00.

DaddyCon General Admission: DaddyCon General Admission is perfect for Dad and includes single day admission on Saturday. This ticket will give you access to all of that day’s DaddyCon and MommyCon sessions, event elements, and the exhibitor hall.  This ticket does not include a gift bag. Price: $25.00.

Child Admission: This ticket is for children 16 and under and helps us identify how many children will be attending the event. Price: FREE.

Are you or a family member in the military? Check out our Military Ticket  Program.

Would you like to attend but need a discounted ticket? Please learn about our Complimentary Scholarship Ticket Program.

Location and Directions

Caribe Royale Convention Center
8101 World Center Dr.
Orlando, FL 32821
Find on Google Maps

Hotel Information

Our hotel block is at the Caribe Royale Orlando. The block always sells out, so we recommend booking your room as soon as possible.

Parking Information

Parking at Caribe Royale will be $10.00/day. No in and out privileges.

Rental Car Discount

MommyCon is proud to team up with Advantage Rental Car! Renters will receive 10% off and no charge for additional drivers. Renters are also eligible to use our counter-bypass service which means no more standing in line! This is such a great perk, especially when traveling with kids. Use discount code MOMMYCON to start saving today.

Schedule

Friday Saturday Print

1:00 p.m.

Registration

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration Hours
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VIP, 2-Day Premium Admission, Media, and Speaker ticket holders may register on Friday. Saturday Premium Admission, DaddyCon General Admission, and MommyCon General Admission ticket holders can check in on Saturday only.
Speaker(s)
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2:00 p.m.

Room 1

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
How Onbuhimos Inspired Naked Panda Designs & Giveaway!
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Description
Join Amanda, creator of Naked Panda Designs, to learn how the traditional East Asian Onbuhimo inspired Naked Panda Designs’ Onbuhimo, which is adapted for birth through preschool wearing and has tandem capabilities, as well. Amanda will dive into the carrier’s design and function, perfect for your growing baby and family. She will finish the session off with a giveaway!
Speaker(s)
Amanda Macatol
Mother of 3, wife of a service member and owner/creator at Naked Panda Designs. Enjoys face timing with friends, snap filters and chocolate.

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3:00 p.m.

Room 1

3:00 p.m. - 3: 45 p.m.
Pen To Paper: Write Your Own Birth Story
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Description
Expectant parents are led in a writing workshop that encourages them to put pen to paper in documenting the feelings associated with expecting, pregnancy, and childbirth. Through exploration and journaling, expectant parents are provided tools and resources to draft their very own birth stories before time and sleep deprivation cause them to forget the details. Using an active, fun, and integrative approach, session attendees are encouraged to participate in birth art (aka birth doodling), chanting, and pregnancy yoga as modalities to tap into their writer's voice and expression.
Speaker(s)
Brooklyn James
Author of Born in the Bed You Were Made: One Family's Journey from Cesarean to Home Birth, Brooklyn is passionate about empowering mothers and fathers to document their birth stories as a way to process and honor how those stories shape our existence. Wife and mother of two, she enjoys moonlighting as a singer/songwriter and a good glass of kombucha. She holds an M.A. in Communication and a B.S. in Nursing where she has worked in the specialty areas of Intensive Care and Postpartum.

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Room 2

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Furniture Safety: Tips for an Accident Free Home, presented by the Conner's Legacy Foundation
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Description
The purpose of this session will be to raise awareness on the hidden danger of furniture tip overs and to educate families on how to avoid thistragedy from happening in their homes. We will provide statistics of incidents of injury and deaths, what famileis can do to protect their children, where they can obtain proper ancoriing kits, and how they can get inivolved to support the mission of Conner's Legacy Foundation.
Speaker(s)
Meghan DeLong
Meghan DeLong is the mother of two beautiful little boys, Conner and Kaleb, whom she adopted through the Department of Children and Families in Polk County, FL. Both boys were placed in my care at infancy and were only 5 months apart in age. On Mother's day morning (May 14, 2017), Meghan's 2 year old son, Conner's, became trapped beneath his dresser when it tipped over on top of him and he died in her arms the next evening. Since his passing, Meghan has dedicated her time, knowledge, experience, and passion to educate our community and to push for stronger standards for furniture. The mission of Conner’s Legacy Foundation is to promote education, advocacy, and resources for the awareness of furniture tip-over prevention at the community level and the national level by sharing Conner’s story, providing community outreach and education, and encouraging mandatory regulation standards for furniture.

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4:00 p.m.

Room 1

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
The Parenting Letdown ***VIP Session***
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Description
Join MommyCon founder, Xza Higgins as she shares the letdowns of modern parenting. As the title suggests, we will discuss breastfeeding (the letdown, get it?), birth, babywearing, baby gear and everything in between. Xza will be giving away items from some of her favorite brands. These giveaways are exclusively available to VIP attendees taking part in the session.
Speaker(s)
Xza Higgins
Xza Higgins
Founder and CEO of MommyCon Xza Louise Higgins is the Founder and CEO of MommyCon, a babywearing educator and lover of healthy & happy babies. She is a former branding expert who spends her spare time with her two children, and enjoying all of the amazing restaurants the city has to offer.

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8:30 a.m.

Registration

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Registration Hours
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Description
Registration open for all ticket types.
Speaker(s)
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9:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Hall

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Hall Hours
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Description
Speaker(s)
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10:00 a.m.

Room 1

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The Only 4 Things You Need to Know to Breastfeed
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Description
What if we told you there were only four things you needed to know about breastfeeding to be successful? Join mom of three, and Certified Lactation Counselor and Certified Prenatal & Family Health Coach, Meagan, to cut through the all the confusion. Spend less time worrying about breastfeeding and more time enjoying your pregnancy.
Speaker(s)
Meagan Henao
As the founder/editor of Family Health Tips LLC, a Certified Lactation Counselor, Certified Prenatal & Family Health Coach, and mom of three, Meagan has always had a singular goal. To make health and wellness information accessible to everyone, and by creating Family Health Tips, she has done just that.Family Health Tips is a blog where moms learn to make breastfeeding and wellness work for them. So they can spend less time chasing healthy and more time enjoying life. She has a soft spot for volunteers and nonprofits, and writing is her jam. She survives with the help of fiction at the gym, large doses of magnesium, and a dark sense of humor. And she believes you can live a healthy lifestyle and still live. You can find her work at Natural Mother Magazine, Orlando Moms Blog, and of course, www.familyhealthtips.com. Connect with her on Instagram @familyhealthtips, Facebook @familyhealthtipsllc, or directly on the blog.

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DaddyCon

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The Year of the Dad: The Rise of the Nurturing Father
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Description
Dads, it’s our time to shine. We can raise our kids and support our parenting partners along the way. We have all the skills and knowledge accessible to us, and now it’s time to implement them. The parenting culture is changing for men, and you’re at the forefront. Get great practical lessons in being a dad and learn how to promote positive fatherhood everywhere you go!
Speaker(s)
Maurice Vernon
SuperDad is a proud father of four. He encourages all dads to be super by maintaining an active role in their kids' lives and working with their parenting partner to raise a happy, healthy family.

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11:15 a.m.

Room 1

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Growing Amazing and Healthy Children, presented by the Weston A. Price Foundation
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Description
Whether it's Boob Food or Table Food; keeping our kids healthy and robust today is easy with a few tricks. The Weston A. Price Foundation works behind the scenes for our food rights as parents while revealing the mysteries discovered by a 1900 world traveling dentist, Dr. Weston A. Price. This session aims to change your family future into something amazing!
Speaker(s)
Mandy Blume
Mandy Blume is a dedicated wife, mom, author, Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Traditional Foods Chef with a B.Sc.& Advanced Studies from Cal Poly. She is a Best Seller in Children's Health for "Real Food Recovery- The Busy Mom's Guide to Health & Healing with 92 Gluten Free, Casein Free (GFCF) Recipes". After finding and following the principals within the Weston A. Price Foundation, Mandy became the force behind the nonprofit website RealFoodRecovery.org, which encourages families to find health in their kitchen. Through these efforts, Blume can; supply, teach, and help Foster kids choose better foods. She is a voice for orphans and remains active as a volunteer and an occasional speaker throughout the country.

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Room 3

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pen To Paper: Write Your Own Birth Story
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Description
Expectant parents are led in a writing workshop that encourages them to put pen to paper in documenting the feelings associated with expecting, pregnancy, and childbirth. Through exploration and journaling, expectant parents are provided tools and resources to draft their very own birth stories before time and sleep deprivation cause them to forget the details. Using an active, fun, and integrative approach, session attendees are encouraged to participate in birth art (aka birth doodling), chanting, and pregnancy yoga as modalities to tap into their writer's voice and expression.
Speaker(s)
Brooklyn James
Author of Born in the Bed You Were Made: One Family's Journey from Cesarean to Home Birth, Brooklyn is passionate about empowering mothers and fathers to document their birth stories as a way to process and honor how those stories shape our existence. Wife and mother of two, she enjoys moonlighting as a singer/songwriter and a good glass of kombucha. She holds an M.A. in Communication and a B.S. in Nursing where she has worked in the specialty areas of Intensive Care and Postpartum.

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DaddyCon

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Baby Games, presented by Dyper
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Description
Are you ready? The Baby Games presented by Dyper will be the ultimate head to head challenge for all attendees to test their skills when it comes to diaper changing, diaper bag packing, stroller folding and baby carrier wearing.
Speaker(s)
Xza Higgins
Xza Higgins
Founder and CEO of MommyCon Xza Louise Higgins is the Founder and CEO of MommyCon, a babywearing educator and lover of healthy & happy babies. She is a former branding expert who spends her spare time with her two children, and enjoying all of the amazing restaurants the city has to offer.

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12:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Hall

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break
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Description
Grab a bite to eat or take a break from sessions to do some shopping!
Speaker(s)
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1:00 p.m.

Room 1

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Take the Fear Out of Being Healthy, presented by Rooted Apothecary
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Description
Have you ever experienced confusion about what to eat? What to do for your child's fever? Has that ever escalated to fear? In the age of too much information information, it's crucial to get the right information. Dr. Cade will help you gain confidence as a caregiver in taking care of not only your own health and wellness, but your family's as well, by combining science and philosophy.
Speaker(s)
Dr. Cade Copeland
Much of Dr. Copeland's drive to be a better doctor is to be a better father. When he thinks of the health problems that held him back when he was young, the last thing he wants is for his children to experience the same feelings. His passion is helping your family as much as his knowledge, training, and experience has helped his own.

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Room 3

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Babywearing 101: From SSC's to Wrapping, presented by Ergobaby
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Description
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.
Speaker(s)
Kristy Gill
With over ten years of babywearing experience, six years teaching, and with training from the Center for Babywearing Studies, Kristy Gill is an expert in her field. She aims to empower parents with the tool that made parenting her three children possible.

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DaddyCon

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fatherhood: Birth, Feeding, Wearing, & Beyond
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Description
Owning our roles as Dads in this parenting world in ways we never thought possible.
Speaker(s)
Mat York
Texas native, bearded travel addict, and wearer of babies and plaid. Mat has a genuine passion for guiding parents in this meaningful season of life and for fostering healthy, happy families through positive education, and honest, light-hearted speaking events. Mat's experience in retail, product training, as a Babywearing Educator through CBWS, and CPST (Child Passenger Safety Technician) have all fostered these passions.

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2:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Hall

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shopping Break
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Description
Stop by the exhibitor hall to finish your shopping before the Hall closes at 3:00 p.m.
Speaker(s)
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Exhibitor Hall

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Ultimate Giveaway!
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Description
The Ultimate Giveaway includes items like baby gear, strollers, car seats, diaper bags and more! You can register to win by taking photos, posting them to Twitter or Instagram, and using #MommyConOrlando. Profiles must be public for us to validate giveaway entries. Stop by registration to show us your photo(s) before 1:30PM on Saturday. You will receive a raffle ticket for participating in our hashtag contest (one raffle ticket per person). These giveaways will be held in the Exhibitor Hall at 2:00PM on Saturday.
Speaker(s)
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Exhibitors

Updated as of 8/31/19 at 12:30AM EST

Booth Number Company Name
400 41 Genes
610 A Million Dreams Entertainment
513 Baby Buddha Products
508 Baby Mum-Mums
409 Baby Tula
509 Beachfront Baby LLC
512 Beau and Belle Littles
608 Bixbee
214 Bray + Co
200 Bundl
202 Busy Baby LLC
215 Cloth Diaper Resource Center
301 Conner’s Legacy Foundation
312 Event Element: BWL
402 Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans
FOYER 1 Fun Faces Balloon Creations
309 Happy Family
308 Heart 2 Heart Birth Center
612 Andrew Gray
310 iCandy
413 Ju Ju Be
311 Kabrita USA
100 King Rose and Friends
300 Lil Tulips
106 Little Kaboose
108 Lullaby Lane Sleep Consulting
109 Meet Your Miracle Today 4D
712 Microsoft
115 Mission Movin’ Moms
510 Momentum Solar
500 Naked Panda
511 Naturkind
708 Naz Kidz
101 Orchid Hearts Design
700 Orlando Magic
103 PH Plasticos Hoyos
501 Polyblox
600 Reading Nook
401 RePlay
315 River Babe Threads
110 River Blossom Jewelry
410 Rooted Apothecary
408 Seaworld Orlando Education
303 Shipt
111 SleepAlign (Free Life Apparel)
113 Soulments
313 Studio Tekhni
208 Swaddelini
211 Syki Products
212 The Natural Nipple
210 The Oxytocin Emporium
213 Union Institute and University
209 Weston A. Price Foundation

Cancelled Due to Hurricane Dorian – Updated as of 12:30AM CST.
ezpz
Hipsqueak
Kinderpack
Lighthouse Kids Company
Mother Loving Potions
Nanoscale
Renzo’s Vitamins
The Cloth Option
Safari Ltd
Smart Bottoms

FAQ

Food Options

The hotel will have food options available for purchase. There are also several dining options within a short drive of the hotel and convention center. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own food and snacks.

Registration

Show us your ticket on your phone, or as a print out, and we will get you your badge at registration. You can come and go as you please once you have your attendee badge. These badges have space on the front to write in your name and a little bit of info about yourself. We’ve found this is a great way to break the ice and meet other attendees.

Gift Bags

If you have a ticket type that includes a gift bag, you will be given a wrist band that you will then trade in when you pick up your bag.

Giveaways

So many chances to win! You will have the chance to win a minimum of four different ways:

Check the back of your badge! Attendee badges are randomly selected to be instant winners. If you have the winning sticker on the back of your badge, stop by registration after 1:30pm on Saturday to collect your prize.

Connect with exhibitors in our exhibitor hall. Many exhibitors offer giveaways directly at their booths.

Attend sessions! Many have awesome giveaways and free samples.

The Ultimate Giveaway includes items like baby gear, strollers, car seats, diaper bags and more! You can register to win by taking photos, posting them to Twitter or Instagram, and using #MommyConOrlando. Profiles must be public for us to validate giveaway entries. Stop by registration to show us your photo(s) before 1:30PM on Saturday. You will receive a raffle ticket for participating in our hashtag contest (one raffle ticket per person). These giveaways will be held in the Exhibitor Hall at 2:00PM on Saturday.

Who should attend

New and expectant parents and those that have toddlers. Our sessions focus on the first five years of a child’s life and advice for parents of every stage.

Stroller Policy

Strollers are welcome at the event. However, we will ask for strollers to be folded if crowding becomes an issue.

ASL Interpretation Services

If you are in need of ASL interpretation services or any other accessibility accommodations, please email info@mommycon.com with your ticket information 60 days prior to the event so we can discuss details with you.

Please remember that you will be receiving emails leading up to the event with more details and please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates! You can find us on Twitter, on Instagram, and on Facebook.

Tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred at any time by emailing your e-ticket to the new attendee.