Have you heard of MommyCon? If not, check out that link—it’s an awesome conference that travels around the U.S. and focuses on natural parenting (we’re semi-crunchy over here, if you couldn’t tell). MommyCon came to Austin this weekend and M and I were able to attend and we had a blast!
We purchased the VIP Ticket, which included a playdate the day before the conference and a free ErgoBaby or Beco Carrier. We already have an ErgoBaby, so I was really hoping to score a Beco Gemini. My ideal print was the Enzo Gemini, but the carriers are handed out randomly so I didn’t get my heart set on that print. When the staff handed a carrier to me I was happy to see that it was a Gemini and once I sat down I looked at the print, it was the Enzo! I was happily surprised
Madeleine in her new Beco Gemini (she would NOT keep her hands in).
On Sunday morning, I made sure M got a decent nap in the morning and we headed down to the conference around 11am (and we took our new Gemini!). Overall, she did pretty well but since there were a lot of screaming kids, she couldn’t nap in the carrier. She got pretty fussy later in the day due to messed up naps so Will and I met up and he took her home so she could nap. I went back to the conference for about 2.5 hours and it was weird not having her with me, but I enjoyed having time to enjoy the conference sans baby.
There were seminars on various topics—cloth diapering, car seats, intimacy after baby, building a community, preschools, birth choices, natural medicines, and more. I managed to make it to most of the intimacy after baby talk, part of the natural medicine talk, part of the car seat talk, and the building a community talk. There was also a small nursing lounge where you could go to nurse or if your baby needed some quiet time. I have no problem nursing M in public (this is a post for another day, BTW), but right now she wants TO SEE THE WORLD AND EVERYTHING THAT’S GOING ON, so I need to take her to a quiet area to feed her and it was nice to have this area at the conference.
My favorite talk? Building a community, which was done by Jessica at The Leaky Boob (her and her husband also did the intimacy after baby talk which was entertaining and informative).
I’m a big fan of connecting with other moms, and since I’ve had M I’ve found it super easy to make friends (hey, you have a baby? ME TOO!). I’m very active in a local moms group and have been able to find some moms very similar to me and they are such a great support system. I’ve also connected with several bloggers over the past few years and I love having a little online community all over the country.
Jessica encouraged moms to get out and build a community if they haven’t already done so. I took away something a little bit different—since I already HAVE a community, reach out to the new people who might become involved with our group. It’s hard to put yourself out there as a new mom, so make sure new people feel welcome when they come to an event.
M and I at MommyCon, taking a break. She is fascinated by my phone!
There were a TON of giveaways at Mommycon–I couldn’t believe the amount of items they had to give away. I rarely win things, so didn’t expect to walk away with anything. However, I was wrong and won 2 awesome prizes! What swag did I end up taking home?
4 Rumparooz Diapers, including the new Dexter and Quinn prints that recently were released. Rumparooz are my favorite cloth diapers and I was planning on purchasing a few more next month to complete my collection, but now I don’t have to—yay! I also won a wetbag. This was the PERFECT prize for me, I was so excited! Now I have a total of 8 Rumparooz, woohoo!
A Liora Mann Tote(these things aren’t cheap and I love the color of this bag), a childproofing kit, a Boppy Heirloom changing pad set, and 2 pairs of Pedipeds (one pair is a little “boy” like, but I think we can make them work.
I scored a TON of loot!
Mommycon is coming to Dallas, TX next year and I may try to go up there for it. We have family in Dallas, so hopefully we can make it work.
Definitely check out Mommycon if they come to a city near you!