When you become a parent, you become part of a whole new world. You are introduced to things you’ve never dreamed of…or things you have, hahaha. Being a parent is a whole different ball game; you are constantly learning and being questioned by yourself, spouse, parents/inlaws..even kid(s). But, one of the dope things about being a parent is that THERE ARE NO RULES, THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY..
There is acceptance. You accept you might have done something one way, and your partner another. You may accept and recognize the differences. It is important to accept the differences in parenting between parents, families, friends and even strangers because that’s what makes a community stronger. That’s the beauty of parenting.
So when I realized that MommyCon was coming up to the West Coast, to Seattle specifically, I just about lost my mind…in a good way. Hahaha. I was overjoyed that FINALLY I was going to be able to join this boutique style convention dedicated to bringing modern parents and mothers-to-be together.
MommyCon focuses on natural and organic parenting methods and timeless tidbits as we journey through parenthood together. MommyCon’s seminars and workshops include; babywearing, birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, car seat safety, natural health and medicine, baby gear, childproofing and so much more!
Gabriel and I have been fans of MommyCon since welcoming our Little Moon last year. You don’t realize how many new communities you become a part of when you become a parent. Like, the cloth diapering community or the baby-wearing community for example. You see another mom wearing her baby and you can’t help but smile, and if she’s wearing a Tula, you shout TULA IN THE WILD, and hope she replies with a CAW and doesn’t just stare at you like “you’re a weirdo”…hahahah I am neither going to confirm or deny that this has happened to me 😛
Anyways, MommyCon will make their Seattle debut this fall at the Motif Hotel in downtown Seattle. The event will take place on November 21, 2015. Below, I’ve listed my TOP 5 Reasons Why YOU HAVE TO ATTEND MommyCon.
Speakers: At MommyCon Seattle there is no shortage of amazing speakers from every realm of the natural and organic parenting world. I am a huge fan of Cotton Babies, so I am VERY EXCITED to join CEO and Founder of Cotton Babies (BumGenius + Flip) Jenn Labit as she shares the story of her company and an introduction to cloth diapering. The Leaky Boob and The Baby GUY NYC are also amongst the roster of amazing speakers at MommyCon.
Educational: The fourteen seminars and workshops offered at MommyCon Seattle are very informative and educational. They range from cloth diapering 101, breastfeeding, babywearing, car seat safety, wrapping, potty training and even SEX AFTER BABIES. MommyCon has identified each session as either: The First Year, The Second Year, Toddlers and Beyond, Designed for Mom, and Great for Dad.
You can even book a sleep consultation.
Family Orientated: MommyCon plans around the growing family and offers a changing room, plush feeding area and even a play area. There is even a Babywearing Lounge which boasts a selection of woven wraps to soft structured carriers and everything in between. Master babywearing educators will guide you through proper baby carrier usage, and assist you in finding a carrier (or carriers) that are right for you and your family.
I am personally excited to check out the Babywearing Lounge to try some woven wraps and even Lunita can try on the ErgoBaby Doll Carrier in the lounge! I know she’ll love that since she is always wearing her stuffies and dolls.
Yes, I will be taking Lunita to MommyCon Seattle; children are welcome. There is a play zone to boot. Gabriel is coming too!
Shopping: MommyCon Seattle will have over 35 exhibitors in attendance in addition to their signature event elements.
Donations: MommyCon has teamed up with Share the Love for cloth diaper donations and The Carrying On Project for baby carrier donations. Both of these organizations take new and used items to give to families in need. Share the Love provides cloth diapers to families who could not otherwise afford them, and the Carrying On Project provides baby carriers to military families.
At MommyCon you will meet other like-minded parents and probably make new friends too! I am looking forward to finally meeting a couple of instagram friends IRL at MommyCon. So, I guess I actually have 6 reasons why I’m attending MommyCon, and you should too! Make sure to check the 2016 calendar here.