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If so, you probably saw a few pics from MommyCon last Sunday. If not, well head over there and do it now! (I’m wendykate99 and I’ll follow you back!)
So, MommyCon. How fun, right? There really was no question that I’d love the event. Babywearing, cloth diapering, my online idols all in one place. It was even pretty close to me – just a few hours away in Philly. Easy day trip.
And I didn’t have to go alone! For a minute I thought it would just be me and my baby girl making the trek to Philly, but then Emily from Mama Days got her hands on a ticket and we picked her up on the way. I’m so glad because I think it was much more fun as a trio!
A lot of people seem to want to know what the event was like, so here goes. It was a small show, held in the upper level of the Sonesta Hotel. There were about a dozen and a half tables set up with vendors – great vendors like Sloomb, Motherlove, NuRoo, and more, with piles up on piles of diapers and carriers and other fun things that usually just live online for many of us. Most were offering a discount for the day. There was also a Babywearing Lounge where you could try on tons of different carriers, as well as a Cloth Diaper Resource Center sponsored by Sloomb. (Fluff everywhere!)
Mamas and babies could stay clean, comfy and fed in the Breastfeeding lounge (water and Milkin’ Cookies were provided) and there was a nice changing area with clean changing pads and couches for tired moms and dads. Toys were scattered all over and you had to watch where you stepped because babies were everywhere!
Lots of babywearing dads, too…nice bonus.
So, I know you want to know about swag. Well, I hate to sound negative but there wasn’t much. Lots and lots of prizes were given away in raffles, but the swag bags were pretty sparse. Business cards, a few samples, a bottle and paci. But honestly, that was OK with me. I heard phenomenal things about the swag at the VIP events held the day before, so I know what I need to do next year!
The highpoints of the day were the seminars. Everything from essential oils and how to use wool to car seat safety and “creating calm” were discussed. My personal faves (and reason for going, really) were Jessica from The Leaky Boob, Jamie TheBabyGuyNYC, and January Harshe from Birth Without Fear. These people inspire me to no end, so hearing them speak left me a little starstruck. I even got the chance to ask Jessica a question about weaning my almost-4-year-old, and her heartfelt response and personal story brought me to tears.
A real live woman – and a very wise and eloquent one, at that – in the very same room, who didn’t think I was weird for nursing my preschooler. That moment doesn’t happen often.
Emily and I had a great lunch at DiBruno Brothers, and Elliette was unbelievable easy for the entire day. I was a little worried since this was our first trip, but she held up like a champ. And so did my back! I had her in our lillebaby COMPLETE the entire day, and she was calm, content and happy even at the very end. Just goes to show that babywearing really is the best thing on the planet for new moms. I just might never put her down again! ;)
Also, huge thanks to lillebaby for sponsoring our #babywearing adventure at MommyCon! This trip was part of a review I’m working on for them, and at this point I can do nothing but rave! Zutano helped Ellie stay comfy, too, in a cute one-piece Dizzy Daisy Bodysuit that was bright, colorful and easy to wear while traveling. I didn’t want to mess with accessories, and with the fun print I didn’t need to!
The day ended with a rowdy round of giveaways with Jamie. Car seats, strollers, carriers galore…it was fast and furious and so much fun!
At the very last second I ended up winning the last prize of the day…a new Ergo! That, along with the new Sustainablebabyish OBV fitted I bought, was the icing on my MommyCon cake.
If I had to make a few suggestions, I’d tell the organizers to try and choose a larger venue because this one was pretty hot and crowded. A few more little freebies, maybe, and some smaller items (like teethers, jewelry or toys) for impulse buys would be nice. I’d love to see some new products, too! You know those smaller companies are out there, just trying to be seen.
One thing is for sure…I’m ON for Philly again next year. I hear it’s going to be bigger and better, so you’d better believe I’m going VIP, baby!
Disclaimer: I took terrible photos the entire day at MommyCon. For better event coverage, follow MommyCon on Facebook. All the good stuff is there!