Friday, January 9, 2015

MommyCon and a GIVEAWAY!

MommyCon Newport Beach 2014 and Kiinde giveawayMommyCon Newport Beach 2014 and Kiinde giveaway

Being a parenting hippie and birth nerd, I had heard about MommyCon but wasn't really sure what the point was. What could they possibly have there that I didn't already know?? By chance I happened across a discount code for the one in Newport Beach, thanks to The Badass Breastfeeder, and since the tickets were pretty cheap I asked Em if she'd like to go with me. I figured if nothing else it would be a great opportunity to network and/or promote my HypnoBirthing classes. She of course was more than happy to, especially since I could help with babywearing duty! BK was welcome to come, but I knew I'd be too distracted with him running around like the maniac he is so it was better that we just went with the twins. 

MommyCon Newport Beach 2014 and Kiinde giveaway

MommyCon Newport Beach 2014 and Kiinde giveaway

Em really wanted to catch the cloth diapering presentation, so we got there when it opened. We got our lanyards and gift bags (wooo free stuff!) and sat in the preso. The good people from Cotton Babies were discussing all the ins and outs of cloth diapering, from the different kinds available to how much disposables really impact the environment. They even started throwing free diapers out into the crowd! I found it very interesting, and have since been tempted to switch to cloth but haven't taken the plunge. Maybe with the next baby. The presentation immediately following was by one of my favorites, Jessica from The Leaky Boob, so we stayed for that as well and soaked up all her glorious wisdom. She is one inspiring lady!

MommyCon Newport Beach 2014 and Kiinde giveaway
MommyCon Newport Beach 2014 and Kiinde giveaway
Project Breastfeeding booth in back of room - to help destigmatize nursing in public! They have some great images.

Once that finished we moseyed through the vendor tent to see all the fun products. There was a fantastic babywearing station sponsored by Beco (we love our Beco Geminis!!!) and Ergobaby where you could try all sorts of different carriers, which is great since they are often spendy! The Sloomb cloth diaper resource area had a lot of fun products to look at, and some very helpful staff. There were also a slew of various brand booths with some great products, and of course the official MommyCon store. Em spent most of our time over at the cloth diapers asking lots of questions and getting some great insight!

MommyCon Newport Beach 2014 and Kiinde giveaway
MommyCon Newport Beach 2014 and Kiinde giveaway
MommyCon Newport Beach 2014 and Kiinde giveaway
This sweet pregnant lady was so helpful!
After that it was time for the boys to eat, and there was no better place to do that than the Pump Station and Nursery room! 

MommyCon Newport Beach 2014 and Kiinde giveawayMommyCon Newport Beach 2014 and Kiinde giveaway

Once the boys were fed we needed to nourish ourselves as well, so we had a bite to eat before going back in for another speech. This time it was #ISupportYou, a movement meant to squelch all the horrible "mommy wars" surrounding feeding choices - the ugly formula vs. breast debate. It was very interesting, and I was reminded of my commitment to only support - not judge - other's choices. One of our favorites quotes from the day was from Hector of Project Breastfeeding, disseminating gender stereotypes when it comes to parenting - "There's no mom role, there's no dad role, there's just a parent role." So true Hector!

MommyCon Newport Beach 2014 and Kiinde giveaway
The #ISupportYou panel, including Hector on the left
There were so many good presenters and topics, but by the afternoon we were quite tuckered out so we headed home. Overall I LOVE every minute of it and can't wait to go back next year. I've even considered becoming a sponsor and getting a booth! The energy of all these like minded women with their babies either in a carrier or their bellies was just intoxicating. Everyone was polite and kind to each other, there were no side glances when a child would scream, and at the same time no one was letting their child run around unsupervised. I wish every day was MommyCon!

But now for the really fun part - a giveaway!
We are giving away a Kiinde Breastfeeding Starter Kit to one lucky mommy!! I wish I had this when BK was just born, it's a genius system that takes out all the guess work of pumping/freezing/bottle feeding breast milk.
Pump, store, organize, warm, and feed using the same pouch! The Kiinde Twist™ system completely eliminates the need to transfer precious milk from bottles to bags and back again!
This Breastmilk collection, storage, preparation, and feeding gift set contains:
  • 20 Twist Pouches™, direct-pump, recyclable breastmilk storage pouches.
  • 8 Direct-Pump™ adapters (compatible with ALL major pump brands).
  • 1 Keeper™ breastmilk storage bag holder.
  • 2 Squeeze™ natural feeding bottles.
  • 1 Slow flow Active Latch™ nipple with case
  • 1 Medium flow Active Latch™ nipple with case
  • 1 Fast flow Active Latch™ nipple with case
  • 2 Nipple cleaning brushes
Kiinde Twist Pouches™ combine the toughness and leak-proof guarantee of a bottle with the cost-effectiveness, compact size, and convenience of a disposable breastmilk storage bag.
  • Pouches hold up to 150mL, and have an easy-to-see labeling surface. 
  • BPA, PVC, and pthalate-free. 
Using the included Direct-Pump™ adapters, Twist Pouches™ twist-lock onto pumps from all major brands, for leak-free, transfer-free pumping, directly into the pouch.
After pumping, store and organize Twist Pouches using the Kiinde Keeper™ breastmilk storage bag holder, which fits in all standard fridges and freezers.
  • Keeper allows you to quickly and easily organize your expressed breastmilk storage bags by date. Its universal design fits Kiinde Twist Pouches™, and breastmilk storage bags from all brands and sizes. 
Feed directly from Kiinde Twist Pouches™ using the Kiinde Squeeze™ natural feeding bottle, eliminating the need to transfer milk from bottles to bags and back again! Just snap the pouch directly into the Squeeze natural feeding bottle, squeeze the air out of the pouch, and pop the Active-Latch™ nipple on top!
  • Twist Pouches™ can completely eliminate gas from your baby’s meal, without complicated venting mechanisms.
Active Latch™ nipples are designed to teach and reward deep, wide, natural latching. By requiring suction AND massaging of the nipple, they are designed to discourage "lazy latching", and to ease the transition between bottle and breast.
Adapters, Keeper, bottle, nipples, nipple cases and nipple brushes are top rack dishwasher safe and steam sterilizer safe.


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