This past weekend I attended my very first MommyCon and I had an AMAZING time! I attended as media and I wanted to report back here on the blog with my full MommyCon Orlando review so others that are interested in attending MommyCon will know what to expect.
I attended with Baby Sis who is 14 months old and Big Sis who is 9 years old. This particular MommyCon Orlando was 2 days total and I attended both days. Here is a perfect summary of what exactly is MommyCon.
MommyCon is a nationwide convention series dedicated to creating and nurturing a community of parents and parents-to-be in celebration of natural parenting. MommyCon takes a gentle and positive approach to educating parents about the emotional and physical benefits of natural birthing, breastfeeding and babywearing. We advocate values of holistic health, eco-friendly diapering, child safety standards and procedures, and female self-care and wellness. Our mission is to create a community of support, acceptance and non-judgement for parents journeying through parenthood.
I consider myself semi-crunchy as I use cloth diapers, I am still breastfeeding and I babywear as much as possible. I also try and be more natural in what foods we eat and products we use but I do not do any of it to an extreme. I felt completely comfortable at MommyCon because I was surrounded by other moms that do no judge based on your level of "crunchiness" and it was just a group of moms that want to do what is best for their own families. I easily chatted with people in lines or when my baby was on the ground playing with other babies and it felt completely natural...and I am not a super sociable person so that says something.
In conclusion I would say this is a MUST-DO for first-time expectant mothers. There is literally so much to learn at MommyCon! When I was pregnant with my first I bought and read the books, and built the registries but looking back on it those were hardly the things I needed to learn or buy! The information sessions during MommyCon were EXACTLY the types of things I wish I knew back with my first baby!
I also think MommyCon is great for parents of babies and toddlers. Most of the speakers, etc. are still geared towards information that would be directed towards this category as well. Such as potty training and introducing solid foods. You can check the schedule of speakers for each year and location on their website.
By far my favorite part was all the shopping in the exhibit hall! So many exhibitors were present! They carried items that I had only viewed online but seeing them and touching them in person is so much better! You can try on carriers and nursing bras or check out all the cool wooden toys and cloth diapers. Sure, they look great online but seeing them all in one place at the same time for in person shopping is something special. My stroller was completely LOADED with goodies we bought while there and that was with restraining myself!!!
I highly suggest getting there when it opens as many booths offer discounts and exclusives! Exclusives means that some booths offered up prints/designs that were only available during that particular MommyCon! When they are sold out of an item...then it is sold out so plan out which booths you want to run to first. I also suggest purchasing the VIP tickets if your budget allows as those included what appeared to be very sweet looking gift bags full of great looking baby items!
Another personal tip would be to bring your lunch. I packed a small cooler and put it in my stroller. That way we had food we actually liked and then we could eat at our leisure. Big Sis and I had an absolute blast together. She was a big help watching Baby Sis during some of the presentations as I was able to listen and learn while she entertained baby with the toys in the back of the room that were placed there to keep little ones occupied. I would absolutely attend again and I am on my third and final baby!