MommyCon

I had the pleasure of attending MommyCon Los Angeles in October of 2013. I was lucky enough to snag a ticket before they sold out.

So what is MommyCon?

“MommyCon is a boutique style convention dedicated to bringing modern parents and mothers-to-be together. (The) focus is on natural and organic parenting methods and timeless tidbits as we journey through parenthood together.”

At MommyCon there were seminars and speakers, as well as test products available all day long for mamas and daddies to try out. The best part was that babies and children were welcome to attend! It was so awesome to be in the presence of so many like-minded parents. Women were breastfeeding their babies (and toddlers) without covering up, daddies were babywearing, and there was a plethora of organic toys, foods, and products to test out.

The sponsors at MommyCon were fabulous and so generous. Britax and Clek provided seats for mamas to try out, Beco and Ergo headed up the Babywearing Lounge.

Many, many other brands were also available. Happy Family sponsored the food station, and there were tons of other vendors: DoTerra, Arm’s Reach, SkipHop, Boon, Hip Mommy, and more (the full list can be found here)!

The speakers at MommyCon LA included Jessica, of The Leaky Boob, Abby, of The Badass Breastfeeder, January, founder of Birth Without Fear (who is the sweetest and funniest woman I’ve ever met), Dr. Sears, and Jamie, The Baby Guy NYC. There was a microphone set up in the aisle so mamas in the audience could freely ask questions after the speakers’ presentations. As much as I liked listening to the presentations, I loved hearing the speakers’ unrehearsed and raw answers to questions from real mamas.

Tips for Attending MommyCon:

  • Be ready to baby wear! Strollers, while not forbidden, are not encouraged inside the convention room(s). Britax sponsored a stroller valet at MommyCon LA, which was wonderful. I was able to check our stroller and keep it safe and out of the way until it was time to leave.
  • Bring a compact and reusable bag for swag and purchases.
  • Pack light! MommyCon is a full-day experience, and a bulky diaper bag will quickly become annoying. Bring the necessities and don’t be afraid to leave the third change of clothes or extra backup diapers in the car.
  • Arrive early and stay late. There were giveaways both before AND after the convention schedule. The opening giveaways were very generous, but the closing giveaways were extra amazing (strollers, a Foonf, carriers, diapers).
  • If you are able, sign up for a VIP ticket. I chose to buy a Beco VIP ticket and received a Soleil carrier bundle for MUCH less than retail value. Depending on the city, there are various VIP options available. 
  • Try everything! Test out the strollers. Sit in the Nuna Leaf. Lay your infant down in the Arm’s Reach co-sleeper. Ask the founder of Sloomb a million questions about using and lanolizing wool covers. Eat lactation cookies.

  • Bring your baby/toddler/child, make it a girls day out, or make it a day-date with your husband! While I loved meandering around the convention with Elizabeth, having an extra set of hands would have been great, especially when I wanted to sit and listen to specific guest speakers.

MommyCon is an event I highly recommend for every mama to attend at least once! You will walk away with a wealth of information and maybe even some new friends!

Interested in attending any of the 2014 MommyCon events? Use code MAMASAYWHAT at checkout when you purchase your tickets to get 10% off.

5 Responses to MommyCon

  1. Great post! I’m going to try and attend one of the MommyCon events later this year and I can’t wait!!

  2. Thanks for the great tips! I have been wanting to go to a MommyCon event sooo badly. I am really trying to make it work so I can attend this year. :)

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  4. I have been wanting to go to mommy con for awhile!!! Maybe next year I will be able to go!

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