#LiveRi¢h Adventure: My First Mommy Convention (MommyCon)
Who Am I?
What has my life become?
I attend mommy conventions now?
It was one event I never thought I'd be psyched to attend, but what can I say? I was so amped!!!
A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending my first ever mommy convention. And before you log off thinking that this is a joke-- please know that I'm being completely serious.
Prior to becoming a mother, I never knew that these types of conventions existed; but now that I'm a mom, it makes total sense! Where else would we mommies go to see what new and exciting things are happening in the mommy market? The best part: you can bring your whole crew (hubbies, and babies included)! So not knowing quite what to expect, I took an open mind, my energetic toddler, and a highlighted itinerary as I hit up MommyConNYC with some of my favorite #LiveRichMommy friends!
Did you know: According to GirlPowerMarketing.com, women make up over $20 trillion of the world's purchasing power, with about $5 -$15 trillion of that coming from the US!
So it makes sense that much of the draw to these conventions are the new products and vendors that are displayed. It's the perfect opportunity to toy around with new mommy gizmos, pick up some cute baby items, and link up/chat with different moms about their experiences.
My first impression after walking into the room at the Grand Hyatt where all the exhibitors were set up was, "wow, this is a lot." And in a totally good way.
The night before, I stayed up to look over the complete vendor list and highlight the booths that I definitely wanted to check out so I didn't miss anything. Even with this preparation, I still wasn't prepared. There was just so much to see and do, and with all the stimulation and new faces Arria had a field day! Let's just say we arrived around 11 (the event started at 10), and we left around 4-- in that 5 hour timeframe I wasn't able to complete a full lap around the exhibitor hall because of all the fun that Arria was having.
In the last 15 minutes as everything was shutting down I tried to make a mad dash to stop by as many booths as I could. Luckily I was able to stop by a few of the brands that I'd highlighted on my list like: BehrBras, Cybex, Wedderspoon, and JuJuBe. Hey, I'll take whatever success I can take-- and connecting with the few women and brands that I was able to, made for a greatly fulfilling day. :)
In addition to the Exhibitor Hall (which seemed to be the main attraction for many), there were a couple of seminar and class sessions that were going on simultaneously. You'd think now that I'm a second time mom, I would know all that I need to know about parenting. Wrong. Life is not a dress rehearsal and there is always something new to learn! So I was looking forward to sitting in and hearing what some of the parenting experts had to share.
Like the vendor list, the night before I also took time to look over the seminar schedule to see which were of most interest to me. The classes seemed so well organized and represented various stages of parenting from: new/expecting mothers, toddlers and up, parenting, babywearing,
sleep consultations, and more. And just like my experience with the exhibitor hall, I was pretty bummed, because making my way to the seminars was a complete fail .
I really wish I would have been able to sit in on at least one of the sessions, especially those that were taking place in Vagina Village (which happened to be the name of the room). Many of the classes there were related to women's health, care, and wellness after childbirth. To illustrate: the two sessions that I was most excited for were: 4th Trimester Fitness Do's and Don'ts (pretty self explanatory), and Managing the Motherload (which focused on juggling motherhood and building a business). Lord knows I could use all the advice I can get! Hopefully I can catch them at the next one.
While I wasn't able to tackle everything as I'd hoped in my first mommy convention, the experience wasn't a lost one. That said, I definitely took mental notes for how to better handle my next MommyCon and make the most of it. I'll probably do another post sharing highlighting these notes in their entirety, but in the meantime I'll share my top 3 suggestions:
Plan ahead. Research the vendors who will be in attendance, and make note of the ones you want to visit. If there is a mapped layout so you can see where the booths will be located in the exhibition hall, even better! That way you can be about your business tackling the shopping, networking, and seeing all the goods quickly and all at once (or you can plan how you want to do so between seminar sessions).
Arrive early (or at least on time). I arrived an hour later to MommyCon thinking that I would have all the time in the world to see and do everything. Boy was I wrong. They say time flies when you're having fun; well sure, that-- or if you're chasing after an active 2-year old. lol The time went by SO FAST even with all my planning. That extra hour would have come in really handy when it came to walking around the hall, before the seminars started.
Come prepared with a convenient way to haul all your free swag. The best part of MommyCon is the swag (and the snacks)! But it can quickly get pretty cumbersome managing all of it, if you're not prepared. I came with my single stroller thinking that I would be fine. After walking around for 10 minutes I couldn't have been more sorry for my choice of wheels. Many of the moms that I saw came ready to play with full-on stroller wagons. These moms were able to transport their kids, their swag, and their purchases with ease, while I was stuck on the stroller-struggle bus. Thank God our #LiveRichMommy friend Sunnie (who's always mommy-prepped) had one.
(#Reason4369 Sunnie is my cool mom-spiration) lol
Usually I'm not one to look at other people to realize the things that I want in life-- but after my MommyConNYC experience I am convinced that I too, need a stroller wagon in my life. The one that I saw many of the moms with was by KEENZ. Those wagons retail between $359 and $449.
Remember though, this is Adventures of a #LiveRi¢h Mommy-- and I'm all about living well on a budget. After obsessing over the KEENZ wagon for about 2 days, I found this stroller wagon online that has practically all of the same features, and for about $200 less! I'll be making that purchase very, very soon. ;-)
Overall I'd give this #LiveRi¢hAdventure a perfect 10/10, and would most definitely recommend MommyCon to anyone who's wondering if it's worth purchasing a ticket. It was a great opportunity to hangout, shop, and learn; all while having a day of fun out with some of my favorite ladies. Oh... and the fact that it was boob and kid friendly made me want to dance (events like that are hard to come by these days). Ha! So feel free to shop, nurse/pump, and let your kiddies explore-- because apparently that's exactly what mommy conventions are here for!
Comment below sharing a little about your first MommyCon experience. Do you have any tips/tricks for anyone who may be considering one for the first time? In the meantime, keep an eye out for a future #AoALRM post on suggested DOs/DON'Ts for other mommy conventions coming soon.
#LiveRi¢h, and Happy Dream Chasing!
ps: We enjoyed ourselves so much that we're also considering doing a little road trip and heading down to MommyCon in Philly this July. If we're able to go, message us if you're in town! We'd love to meet you!
pps: I wanted to put together a video of the days activities to share with you guys, but I didn't have a videographer for the day (aka the Hubbae); and chasing after Arria proved to be more of a challenge than I'd anticipated lol. Maybe I'll be able to piece something together with the few clips that I got a little later, and if so I'll add them here. In any case, don't forget to subscribe to my youtube Channel, QuÉricaTV for future videos in the event that I'm able to capture some footage in Philly! :)