MommyCon :: San Diego

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MommyCon San Diego 2019 will take place on November 23, 2019 for the second year at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. After a sold-out event in 2018, we just new we had to return to this amazing city!

Join thousands of families who have attended MommyCon 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 SoCal discussion group on Facebook to connect and learn more!

Event Hours

Friday, November 22, 2019:

VIP registration opens: 2:30pm

VIP session hours: 4:00pm-4:45pm

 

Saturday, November 23, 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 very special VIP only session on Friday), event elements, and the exhibitor hall on Saturday. All VIP attendees will receive an upgraded VIP gift bag. Price: $150.00

Premium Admission – Baby: Premium admission includes single day admission and will give you access to 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 single day admission and will give you access to 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 single day admission and will give you access to that sessions, event elements, and 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

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Dr.
San Diego, CA 92108
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Hotel Information

Our room block will be at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Rates start at $139/night.  The block always sells out, so we recommend booking your room as soon as possible.

Parking Information

Parking is available at the hotel center for $14.00/day.

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

2:30 p.m.

Registration

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VIP Registration
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3:00 p.m.

Room 1

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
How Onbuhimos Inspired Naked Panda Designs & Giveaway! ***VIP Session***
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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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4:00 p.m.

Room 1

4:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
The Parenting Letdown ***VIP Session***
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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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9:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Hall

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Hall Hours
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10:00 a.m.

Room 1

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Potty Training: Answers to When? Why? and How?
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Potty training can be a challenging journey...but it doesn't have to be misery. Michelle, founder of The Potty School, will help you navigate through what the options are and how to choose the best plan for your child, and family. NO MORE feelings of "I have no idea where to start, how to start or what to do." Get your Potty Training and Elimination Communication questions answered during the Q&A time.
Speaker(s)
Michelle Swaney
Michelle is a mama of three, wife, and the CEO of The Potty School. Grab a copy of her recently released book, The Complete Guide to Potty Training Your Child. Also, she can be booked as a Potty Training Consultant, Speaker, and Teacher. She supports families worldwide, from diapers to flush via online, phone/video chat and in-person help

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Room 2

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
How to Start Solids Safely (babies 4 months to 2 years) presented by ezpz
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Description
In this class, Ms. Dawn will teach you how to start solids using the puree method as well as the Baby Led Weaning (BLW) method. She will show you practical feeding solutions to keep babies 4 months to 2 years safe during mealtime. There will be a Q&A at the end of the session to ask Ms. Dawn any questions related to feeding.
Speaker(s)
Dawn Winkelmann
Dawn Winkelmann
Dawn is a Speech Language Pathologist, Pediatric Feeding Specialist and co-author of MAKING MEALTIME EZPZ. She works for ezpz designing their feeding products and providing feeding advice for families. Ms. Dawn has a private practice, Spectrum Speech & Feeding, where she teaches her Baby Led Weaning (BLW) courses and provides feeding therapy for infants, toddlers and school age children.

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Room 3

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Managing the Motherload
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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.
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Julie Cole
Julie Cole
Julie Cole is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless entrepreneur awards. Cole is a regular television contributor, a sought after speaker and emcee and a digital influencer and blogger.

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Sleep Consultations

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Sleep Consultation: 0-12 months
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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.
Speaker(s)
Rebecca Michi
Rebecca is a gentle sleep consultant who truly believes that some children need a feed during the night until they are 12 months old, a fan of bedsharing and attachment parenting. Not one to judge you on your parenting choices, instead she supports you as you help your child learn to sleep more independently.

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11:15 a.m.

Room 1

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
How To Intentionally Overcome The Top 3 Obstacles To Building Your Relationship With Your Children
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Being honest with your children is so key to building a strong trust relationship with our children. As each day goes by, they being more and more exposed to ideas and concepts through various media outlets, as well as within their local environments. However, they are not being given opportunities at the same rate to learn how to process the world around them. This session will encourage you as well as provide you with practical “how-to’s” on how to successfully overcome the top 3 reasons that prevent parents from being honest with their children so that you can successfully provide the opportunities you and your child need to have honest and potentially difficult, but necessary conversations.
Speaker(s)
Andrea Ormsby
Originally from Canada and raised with Jamaican heritage, Andrea Ormsby serves moms who want to enjoy more of their day and stress-less with a service that understands her, encourages her and supports her without judgement so that she can mother from a place of strength and courage instead of from a place of fear. She is married and has three boys, two of which are twins. She provides various coaching services, trainings, and is a dynamic speaker and trainer throughout the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

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Room 2

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
What to Eat When You’re Expecting, presented bythe Weston A. Price Foundation
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Nourishing your body during the prenatal period will create the foundation for your child’s health. Nutritionist Lindsea Willon will bust some common dietary myths and discuss how the principles of a Wise Traditions diet can help to assure optimal prenatal development. You will leave this talk with the knowledge of which foods nurture you and your future child best.
Speaker(s)
Lindsea Willon
Lindsea Willon. MS, NTP was influenced by the work of Dr. Weston A. Price from a young age and experienced the benefits of a Nourishing Traditions diet firsthand. She pursued a degree in nutritional sciences, earned her certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and began work on her master’s degree in exercise physiology with a focus on sports nutrition. After finishing graduate school, she began her own practice and has since joined the experienced team at Biodynamic Wellness in Solana Beach, California.

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Room 3

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Play-Based Learning for Infants
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Join Gymboree Play & Music for some play, connection, and community. Enjoy a Play & Learn class with your baby (ages 0-8mos) and learn about the benefits of play for your baby and for you! Activities include sensory exploration, tummy time, songs, bubbles and parachute.
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Sleep Consultations

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sleep Consultation: 12-24 months
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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.
Speaker(s)
Rebecca Michi
Rebecca is a gentle sleep consultant who truly believes that some children need a feed during the night until they are 12 months old, a fan of bedsharing and attachment parenting. Not one to judge you on your parenting choices, instead she supports you as you help your child learn to sleep more independently.

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ezpz Mealtime Lounge

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Feeding Milestones for Baby (babies 4 months- 2 years), presented by ezpz
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Description
Did you know that there are feeding and swallowing milestones for babies as young as 4 months of age? In this class, Ms. Dawn will help you learn the critical feeding milestones babies should achieve in order to avoid choking, gagging, picky eating, food refusal and speech delays. There will be a Q&A at the end of the session to ask Ms. Dawn any questions related to feeding.
Speaker(s)
Dawn Winkelmann
Dawn Winkelmann
Dawn is a Speech Language Pathologist, Pediatric Feeding Specialist and co-author of MAKING MEALTIME EZPZ. She works for ezpz designing their feeding products and providing feeding advice for families. Ms. Dawn has a private practice, Spectrum Speech & Feeding, where she teaches her Baby Led Weaning (BLW) courses and provides feeding therapy for infants, toddlers and school age children.

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12:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Hall

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break
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1:00 p.m.

Room 1

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Postpartum Revolution!
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Real talk about Postpartum Depression from a Mama who's been there and is back!
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Angelina Spicer
Angelina Spicer is a comedian, actress, social media influencer, wife and mother. A cum laude graduate of Howard University, Spicer has smartly delved deep for comedy that’s authentic, transparent, and relatable. By using her social media platform, she became an outspoken advocate for maternal mental health after she was admitted into a psychiatric facility for treatment of postpartum depression (PPD). It was then that her journey to remove the stigma from the shame and guilt associated with PPD began. She became the 2018 Spokeswoman for The Blue Dot Project, has lobbied on Capitol Hill, helped pass three new pieces of legislation for new moms in California and been featured in USA Today & Essence magazine.

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Room 2

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dental Ages Every Parent Must Know, presented by The Super Dentists
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What age should your child first see the dentist?. Kami Hoss, D.D.S, M.S., answers this question and shares key dental development milestones parents should be aware of from pregnancy throughout your child’s life. Dr. Hoss will also discuss oral habits that can wreak havoc on children's teeth and offer dental health tips.
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Kami Hoss D.D.S. M.S.
Dr. Kami Hoss is a CEO, business owner, author, consultant, inventor, speaker, and philanthropist. Twenty-three years ago, he co-founded The Super Dentists with his business partner and wife, Dr. Nazli Keri. Their practice, now with six locations, has become one of the most trusted, top-awarded and leading pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, and parent dentistry practices in San Diego. One out of every five children in San Diego County is a Super Dentists kid!

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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)
Niki Hughes
Niki Hughes is Buyer and Shoppe Manager for MommyCon. With a background in early childhood education, years in the trenches of the vintage and antiques business, and a passion for keeping ugly baby crap out of her small city house. She is the perfect woman to go to with rants about the trials and tribulations of parenthood, support for children with mental health issues, and advice on how to nap anywhere/anytime.

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Sleep Consultations

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sleep Consultation: 24 months +
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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.
Speaker(s)
Rebecca Michi
Rebecca is a gentle sleep consultant who truly believes that some children need a feed during the night until they are 12 months old, a fan of bedsharing and attachment parenting. Not one to judge you on your parenting choices, instead she supports you as you help your child learn to sleep more independently.

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ezpz Mealtime Lounge

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Got a Picky Eater? (babies 12 months-8years) presented by ezpz
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In this session, parents will learn 20 practical tips to decrease picky eating in a fun and humorous way that will empower them at mealtime! In addition, Ms. Dawn will teach four common mistakes parents make that can cause food refusal and teach tips to help your child learn to try, eat and enjoy a variety of foods! There will be a Q&A at the end of the session to ask Ms. Dawn any questions related to feeding.
Speaker(s)
Dawn Winkelmann
Dawn Winkelmann
Dawn is a Speech Language Pathologist, Pediatric Feeding Specialist and co-author of MAKING MEALTIME EZPZ. She works for ezpz designing their feeding products and providing feeding advice for families. Ms. Dawn has a private practice, Spectrum Speech & Feeding, where she teaches her Baby Led Weaning (BLW) courses and provides feeding therapy for infants, toddlers and school age children.

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2:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Hall

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shopping Break
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Make sure to head over to the Exhibitor Hall to snag all of those last minute goodies before the Hall closes at 3:00 p.m.!
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3:00 p.m.

Room 1

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Peaceful Parenting
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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.
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Lisa Howe MSW
Lisa Howe
Certified Peaceful Parenting Coach Lisa is a social worker and a mama. Using her knowledge, professional experience, and personal journey as a parent, she coaches other parents to develop happier, healthier, and more peaceful relationships with their children. Lisa trained with Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting and is a Certified Peaceful Parenting Coach.
Lisa will join us in Austin, Vancouver, and Orange County.

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Room 2

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
City Babywearing: Expectations vs Reality. Smoothing the Way for Easy Days, presented by Cybex
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Whether you live in a big city or visiting one, you will want babywearing to be a part of your routine. We will explore ways to make the most of your quick trips, all-day outings, or special events by preparing for the realities of bathrooms, diapering, feeding, temperature changes, carrier-sharing, and even avoiding muscle strain! Let's make the most of your experience!
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Joanna McNeilly
Joanna McNeilly
Joanna is a mom of two spritely children who are the fuel of her life. She is the founder of the Center for Babywearing Studies and the BOND Conference. She has spent the last 12 years dedicated to learning and sharing around her love and passion for babywearing, Kangaroo Care, the NBO and intentional positive interactions. She is an engaging, fun, and responsive speaker and teacher.

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Room 3

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Turning Red to Green – A Menstruation Workshop on Making the Switch to Reusables, presented by Diva Cup
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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!
Speaker(s)
Kim Rosas
Kim Rosas
It all started in 2009 with an idea to film modern cloth diapers to help educate confused parents. Today, Dirty Diaper Laundry is the leading cloth diaper resource! No longer changing diapers, Kim has added #vagangelist to her resume as she proselytizes and spreads the gospel of reusable menstrual products.

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Sleep Consultations

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Sleep Consultation: All Ages Q&A
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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.
Speaker(s)
Rebecca Michi
Rebecca is a gentle sleep consultant who truly believes that some children need a feed during the night until they are 12 months old, a fan of bedsharing and attachment parenting. Not one to judge you on your parenting choices, instead she supports you as you help your child learn to sleep more independently.

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ezpz Mealtime Lounge

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Feeding Tips for Children with Sensory Issues (babies 6 months- 8 years) presented by ezpz
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In this course, Ms. Dawn will provide practical strategies to help parents find sensory solutions for infants and children during mealtime. She will also discuss the five senses and how they relate to eating, plus the bonus two senses parents don’t know about that can cause mealtime battles! There will be a Q&A at the end of the session to ask Ms. Dawn any questions related to feeding."
Speaker(s)
Dawn Winkelmann
Dawn Winkelmann
Dawn is a Speech Language Pathologist, Pediatric Feeding Specialist and co-author of MAKING MEALTIME EZPZ. She works for ezpz designing their feeding products and providing feeding advice for families. Ms. Dawn has a private practice, Spectrum Speech & Feeding, where she teaches her Baby Led Weaning (BLW) courses and provides feeding therapy for infants, toddlers and school age children.

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Exhibitors

Exhibitor information will be released later in 2019.

FAQ

Food options

The convention center will have a variety of food options available for sale. Items include sandwiches, salads and hot food. 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

And let’s not forget the giveaways! Make sure to check the back of your attendee badge. If it says “You’re a Winner!” head back to registration later in the day to claim your prize.

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.