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: 3:00pm-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 convention center for $10.00 per day. You can pick up a parking voucher at registration.

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 3

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 3

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 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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Description
Speaker(s)
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10:00 a.m.

Room 1

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Nurturing the Development of your Baby’s Brain through Movement and Exploration
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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.
Speaker(s)
Shannon Davis
Dr. Shannon Davis PT DPT
Doctor/CEO/Inventor
Dr. Davis has both Doctorate and Masters degrees in Physical Therapy. She provides specialized services to children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She is the CEO of Inspiration Physical Therapy Inc. and Inspire Create LLC., the parent company of the Little Balance Box™.

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Room 2

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 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.
Speaker(s)
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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Description
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.
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 2

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Play-Based Learning for Infants
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Description
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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Room 3

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
What to Feed Your Baby, presented by Stonyfield Organic
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Dr. Tanya Altmann is a pediatrician with an emphasis on integrative medicine and nutrition. She is the author of What to Feed Your Baby: A Pediatrician's Guide to the 11 Essential Foods to Guarantee Veggie-Loving, No-Fuss, Healthy-Eating Kids. Join Dr. Tanya to learn about starting solids and feeding children proper nutrition for a lifetime of health and wellness.
Speaker(s)
Dr. Tanya Altmann
Dr. Tanya Altmann is a UCLA-trained pediatrician and working mom with a focus on healthy lifestyle and nutrition. She is the founder of Calabasas Pediatrics Wellness Center, a unique pediatric practice providing personalized pediatric health care. Dr. Tanya is also a best-selling author, network television parenting expert, and entertainment and child product industry consultant. From cohosting The Doctors, to her regular appearances on Today (NBC) and KTLA 5 Morning News (CW Los Angeles) Dr. Tanya has discussed breaking medical news stories and controversial parenting issues. She is the author of several best-selling parenting books including, Baby and Toddler Basics, What to Feed Your Baby and is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child. When parenting questions arise, Dr. Tanya has the answers—she has been quoted in hundreds of periodicals, including Newsweek, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, People, and Parents magazine. Her popular parenting events and Facebook Live Chats help parents through day-to-day child rearing challenges, and she responds to concerned caregivers and blogs on controversial topics for a variety of health and parenting websites. Dr. Tanya lives in southern CA with her husband and 3 sons, who teach her more and more everyday about raising healthy, resilient and successful children.

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Sleep Consultations

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sleep Consultation: 12-24 months
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Description
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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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.
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 2

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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Room 3

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Preparing for your Breastfeeding Journey, presented by Kindred Bravely
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After breastfeeding three children, Sydney Giannell knows that nursing and pumping don’t always happen the way you plan. With nearly four years of breastfeeding experience, she strives to help moms feel confident and comfortable as they navigate the brave new world of nursing and pumping.
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Sydney Giannell
Sydney Giannell is an event coordinator for Kindred Bravely and a tired but joyful mom of three. A graduate of CSU San Marcos, Sydney doesn’t love long walks on the beach, but she does love books, peppermint mochas, and show tunes. Sydney and her family live in Southern California.

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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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2:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Hall

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shopping Break
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Description
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.
Your Baby’s First Year with Homeopathy, presented by Boiron
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Description
In this session, Dr. Ruiz will introduce you to the benefits of homeopathy and how you can use a combination of homeopathic products to address ailments that are common in the first year including infant colic, teething, colds and coughs, and the flu.
Speaker(s)
Donna Ruiz MD
Donna Ruiz MD is board-certified in Pediatrics through the American Board of Pediatrics as well as double-boarded in Integrative Medicine through the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) and the American Board of Integrative & Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). Dr. Ruiz has been practicing Pediatrics since 1995. Before establishing the Wellness Center for Integrative Pediatrics in Murrieta, she worked as an integrative pediatrician in the San Francisco bay area and Temecula. Donna Ruiz, MD has been a member of the prestigious faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Bastyr University, CA teaching Clinical Pediatrics to the naturopathic medical students. She is a senior lecturer teaching clinical homeopathy to fellow physicians through the CEDH (Center for Education & Development of Homeopathy). Dr. Ruiz integrates allopathic medicine with other treatment modalities including Functional Medicine, clinical homeopathy, medical acupuncture, herbs, dietary support, and IV nutritional therapies including ozone to treat various acute and chronic medical conditions. Her special interests lie in treating patients who suffer from PANDAS/PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome), mold toxicity, and lyme disease and co-infections.

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Room 3

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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Sleep Consultations

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Sleep Consultation: All Ages Q&A
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Description
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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Exhibitors

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

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

• Post publicly on Instagram and Twitter with #MommyConSoCal. Some lucky attendees will receive a comment on their photo during the event that they have a prize to claim!

• The Ultimate Giveaway includes items like baby gear, strollers, car seats, diaper bags and more! To have a chance at winning, attend one of our three fantastic 3:00 sessions. Raffle tickets will be distributed at the door. Must be present to win!

• 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.

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.