MommyCon

Last week I had the opportunity to attend one of the coolest mom events ever- @mommycon. I was invited to attend the event as part of the media team (bloggers and influencers) and I was super excited to be there. This is the second event I was invited to, I guess blogging has a few cool perks right? I’m always grateful for opportunities like these, and I was excited to share this event with a few other mamas. I brought a friend of mine with me since she recently became a mom and I figured she could use some time away from the house. Two other mommy friends tagged along and I even got to meet two of my beautiful mommy friends from IG. Instagram has connected me with so many moms and I’m excited to continue meeting more mamas through it.

The event was filled with sorts of vendors educational sessions for moms. The location was great, and it had been a while since I took the train to Grand Central. Calvin and I took our first ride on the MetroNorth, which was definitely more comfortable than riding with the MTA.

Mommycon catered so well to parents attending this event. They had a snack table, a changing room, and even a quiet nursing room. Each room was filled with baby gear, even the conference rooms had toys in the back so the babies could play while the parents listened to the speakers! That’s something that any mama can appreciate. I wish I could have attended all the sessions taking place throughout the day. At some point, I started jumping between sessions since a few of my faves were happening during the same time slot. I also spent a large amount of time chasing Calvin around the hotel- it was hilarious.

Sessions I attended:

  • 7 Strategies for Raising a Healthy Eater, presented by Happy Family Organics
  • Why Wait to Communicate?! Baby Fingers: A Musical Journey through Language and Learning
  • Sleep Consultation: 12-24 months months
  • Hey Superwoman, You Need Self-Care Too 

Each session was filled with so many resources. I was most excited for the session on ” Raising a Healthy Eater”. I’m a very picky eater and veggies have never been something I put on my plate. When I started giving Calvin solids I only gave him veggies, but ask me if I tasted any of them… nope. However, now he’s a toddler and he loves to eat anything on my plate. Which means that I need to end my picky eating ways and start adding some veggies to my meals. I really loved that the speaker emphasized that we not give or kids labels like “picky eaters”. If your toddler is having a hard time trying different foods, try to present it to them in different ways. But stay away from forcing.  It’s also okay if they choose to stick to eating the same foods. The speaker also taught me that there is no such thing as ” Bad foods” for example, you packed cookies and mangos and your kid chooses the cookies over the fruit, no big deal. it’s food. I’m glad she said that because very often I stay away from foods that I may think are not ” good” like pizza. So learning this helps me understand I don’t have to fight against what he’s choosing.

Another fun part about this event was being introduced to so many new and familiar brands. As a new mom learning about new brands is always so exciting. There are so many baby companies that have created amazing products, and I’m always looking to see if any of them work for our family. They had baby wear, feeding products, toys, body products, you name it- they had it!. A few of my favorite companies were Re-play, Hamiltonbabies, Happy family organics, Serenitykids baby food, Lulla doll, and Motherlove Herbal Company.  You definitely want to check out these brands on Instagram.

If you are a mama and want to connect with other moms in your city, be introduced to some great baby brands, and attend some amazing workshops, Mommycon is the event for you. I’m excited to come back next year and see them continue to grow. Thanks, @mommycon for inviting me!

Here are a few pictures of the event: 

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Oh, DockaTot! Baby Must Have!

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Oh, @dockatot we wish we would have had you at birth! I can’t say how excited I was when DockATot gave me the opportunity to collaborate with them! What’s not to love about this fluffy lounging pod. The DockAtot is a baby must have the item on any registry. It’s the one thing I regret not putting on mines. One big reason I did not was because I was not at all planning to co-sleep ( things you say you’ll never do before becoming a parent lol) Since Calvin was premature and had a sensitive stomach we really wish we would have had a co-sleeper safe enough for him to sleep and helpful enough to allow us to keep him close at night. It was only after he had his surgery that someone gifted us a co-sleeper to keep a closer look at him in the case of vomiting or choking. The co-sleeper also helped transition him into his crib once he was better. It made things smooth. Also helpful to mama’s breastfeeding at night.7524942544_IMG_0763

We’re so excited @dockatot sent us over the DockATot grand. The DockATot grand is for ages 9-36 months. It can be used for co-sleeping and safe place for baby to lounge or nap. It’s also helpful with transitioning baby into their own bed. I know the price is expensive, however, the quality of this product is amazing and you can trust that it will be a great investment. Calvin has had it for a week now and He loves it. I feel safe to leave him sleeping in it and know he won’t roll off because of the high fluffy edges. Babies need sleep, he sure does sleep comfortably in his DockAtot grand. We’re excited to use it on our trip to D.R this summer and take it to daycare for him to use there. So stay tune for Calvin’s adventures with @dockatot 


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love, 

transparent city mama 


What’s in my diaper bag this summer?

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This summer has been filled with so many adventures with Calvin, but as a city mama, it often can be a struggle when carrying too many things.  So here’s my summer go-to bag. This is the diaper bag I use when I’m doing small trips to Target or to get groceries. This is one of my favorite diaper bags by @fawndesign , I got it as a Christmas gift from my husband. I was eyeing it for a few months and at some point, the company had a sale, so you know I had to grab one.  I really wanted a small bag that could be used in the summer for quick trips or to keep me from overpacking when traveling alone with Calvin. This bag is just amazing. It’s a lightweight, super cute, great quality and has 9 pockets in total. How amazing is that!  It’s small but holds enough of what I need for Calvin on small trips. It’s a must-have city mom bag especially as a baby transition into toddler stage. They also have a much bigger diaper bag in the same style, so check them out!

 Here are some of the products I carry with me always:

Baby wipes

Diapers

Ointment

Sunscreen for both Calvin and I (@aveenous & @supergoop),

Bug spray @babyganics,

Snacks @happybaby,

Boogie wipes

Hands and face wipes @target,

Bottle @twistshakebaby

Bib @bumkinsbaby

Teether @babybananabrush ( Calvin’s has 5 teeth coming in! Pray for your girl!)

An extra outfit from our favorite place @carters.

Anyways, I would love to know what you mama’s are carrying in your diaper bags this summer! Leave a comment!