Disclosure: As a member of the Mommycon Blogger Collective, I received free general admission to the Orlando event, however all opinions herein are my own.
We just returned from our first Mommycon and we had a BLAST!
Ever since signing on as a Mommycon Blogger in March, I’ve been excitedly following along (virtually) of each city stop…Seattle, Austin, DC, Orange County…and finally, it was our turn: Orlando! The weekend was finally here!
Since we planned for the trip six months ago, I had booked a room for us at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas (using DVC points) to make a mini-weekend girls trip out of it (Daddy and puppies held down the fort at home). As timing would work out, Abby and I were able to also get a few hours of Disney time Friday afternoon/evening before the big event on Saturday!
As a member of the Blogger Collective/Media Team, we were able to access registration at 8:15 A.M., followed by a breakfast. Since the speaker series/expo floor was set to open at 9 A.M., it was nice to sit and chat for a few minutes with fellow media team members – some newbies (like us) and some seasoned veterans. Another cool part? Xza, the creator of MommyCon herself, was there and gave us a little morning pep talk/introduction!
Now, I had done a little “mapping out” of what speakers I wanted to see, and what exhibitor booths I was interested in visiting, but I didn’t have any “must have” items on my purchase list (note: there are often special “MommyCon Exclusive” items released at these events – cloth diapers, special wraps, limited-run prints on other accessories). My main objective was to take in as much as I could, and see what new things I could learn!
So, instead of recapping the day, hour-by-hour, I thought it would be fun to share the Top 10 Things that I LOVED about this event…read on!
- The Clear Signage –
I love the overall color/theming of MommyCon – the pink and black look are chic and striking, not cheesy or babyish, and they take that look through the entire event. From the website, to the programs, promotional materials and of course, event signage, everything was easy to read and understand, and stylish, to boot! I had no difficulty navigating my way through the day, and I am notoriously challenged at following maps.
- The Friendly Atmosphere – To be quite honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect here – with the female-centric audience, I was wary of potential cattiness/drama. Fortunately, I was wrong! The vibe was so positive, and everyone I chatted with was genuinely nice and open.
- The Variety of Vendors/Exhibitors – As I mentioned above, for some, the major attraction are the retail items – and though I can proudly say I only made two purchases (a Smart Bottoms wet bag, and some all-natural lactation cookies, haha!) there definitely was a wide variety of awesome vendors and items for purchase! It was fun chatting with people I had previously interacted with solely online (Calley of Diaper Shops/Kelly’s Closet, Stephanie of Abby’s Lane, and Kim [and Holland!] of Grovia) and meeting new people too! One of my favorite experiences of the day? Checking out 2Lambie Creations, and trying on an onbu for the first time!
- The Baby/Kid friendly Accommodations – of course, with the attachment parenting focus of the convention, it was totally comfortable to nurse/feed your baby anywhere, but they upped the ante with some really nicely appointed baby changing stations, quiet areas, a nursing/feeding room (with pumping equipment, fridge, etc).
- The Speakers – I saved the best for last! Yes! Each presentation that I had the pleasure of attending was engaging and entertaining! Topics ranged from cloth diapering, to breastfeeding and motherhood, learning how to approach speaking about social justice with your young children, potty training, babywearing, self-esteem and more, it was difficult to choose which session(s) to attend since I couldn’t be everywhere at once. Each session, I walked away with new ideas and perspective – but I must admit, Angel Laketa Moore’s “Fall in Love with YOU!” was my favorite!
Unfortunately, we didn’t win any of the prizes (my fingers were crossed for some pretty sweet giveaways – I was hoping for a new carseat!) but I was glad that we stayed ’til the end anyway. Seeing a room full of like-minded moms, dads, care-givers and their supporters – it was energizing! I had so much fun just soaking up the good vibes.
The only negative that I could think of, regarding this event, was the somewhat confusing layout of the host resort, The Caribe Royale. There was some construction going on, and to access the main lobby, it was a bit of a hassle walking along extra walkways and paths, especially through intermittent rain…and by the time we reached it (for lunchtime options) it was so crowded and overpriced that I ended up driving over to Jamba Juice instead. So, for what it’s worth…minimal complaints!
So, if you’re thinking about attending a MommyCon in the future (there’s one left this year – in San Jose (as well as a MILK:Infant Feeding Conference) and have not yet purchased your tickets – I’d recommend it! And, you can still use my code: SHIAWASELIFE16 – for $5 off general admission.
Have you ever attended a MommyCon? What was your favorite part?