MommyCon Chicago 2014 was so much fun! It was my first time every attending this event and I'm glad I did. I actually bought my ticket a few days before the event, which meant that I didn't get a goodie bag from the sponsors, but that was ok.
What actually is MommyCon? Their about section says it all:
I was excited when I took the leap, bought a ticket, and went to the event BY MYSELF. I drove myself to and from Rosemont (which is very near Chicago and about 45 minutes from my house), in a snow storm, to attend the event.MommyCon is a boutique style convention dedicated to bringing modern parents and mothers-to-be together. Our focus is on natural and organic parenting methods and timeless tidbits as we journey through parenthood together. Our seminars and workshops include; babywearing, birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, car seat safety, natural health and medicine, baby gear, childproofing and so much more! We end our day with amazing giveaways and each attendee gets a gift bag from our sponsors.
I decided to leave Christian at home with hubby. Even though he was 16 months and would have had fun with all the other little kids and toys there, I decided to take a day (yes day) to myself and Michael was the one helping push me out the door. :o) It was sort of freeing to be at an event where all I had to worry about was myself. I could choose when I wanted to eat, what I wanted to look at or do etc. I didn't have to run after C, change him, feed him, keep him entertained etc. It was the first time, since C was born, that I had a day to myself, and it was great.
The first thing I did after purchasing my ticket was look through the speakers, workshops and seminars that they were offering through out the day. I wrote down everything that I wanted to see and the times on my MommyCon schedule that they provided.
I also asked questions to those that had been before through the MommyCon Chicago Discussion Group on Facebook. This was a great way for me to easily prepare for the event since others could answer questions like: do they sell food? Is it still fun to attend by yourself? etc.
There were some great speakers and seminars to attend!
The Badass Breastfeeder
Cloth Diapering 101
Skin to Skin: the benefits
Normalizing Breastfeeding: The Leaky Boob
The Honest Toddler
Car Seat Safety
The Baby Guy NYC
|Abby Theuring, The Badass Breastfeeder|
|Jessica Martin-Weber, The Leaky Boob, actually nursing? What?! :o)|
And what's this?
They had a play area at the back of the main seminar room stocked with toys!
When not attending the workshops and seminars they had a huge room full of awesome vendors who also share the love of forward thinking parenting.
Some that were included:
4th Trimester Bodies (check this out, just do it.)
Nancy Mohrbacher Solutions and Family
|Nancy Mohrbacher, IBLC, FILCA|
Overall, it was an amazing event. I did end up seeing a friend from my previous birthing class, but it wasn't bad going alone. I did feel a little left out because EVERYONE had their baby with them, but I'd still opt for going childless next time. It was definitely a day long event with workshops going from 9-5, and I was tired at the end, but waiting for the giveaways at the end was worth it!!
To see a little more, watch this neat What to Expect at MommyCon video!
Check out MommyCon to see if they are coming to a city near you!
*Pardon the phone camera photos! I wasn't originally planning on posting about this!*