A brief review of our time at MommyCon Philadelphia 2014...

We were thrilled to be a part of MommyCon Philadelphia - a natural parenting expo. If you haven't checked them out, you should. There may be a MommyCon near you!

But back to our recap - Let's just get this out of the way first: the Philadelphia convention center is HUGE. We got there, walked in, and sent Eric off to Home Depot to buy a handtruck. But it was perfect for the crowds of families and we had a great size room to allow for good traffic flow during the convention. We met loads of families and it was great to hear many say they'd heard of us or follow us on social media...
For a little company that started out of our parent's dining room just this year, that's sweet. We truly appreciate every person that stopped by, said hi, checked out our booth, and purchased gear and toys! Thanks for being there!

Setup took us most of Saturday, and we weren't the only ones with littles napping on the go... we thanked the girls for their help with burgers and fries for dinner, then crashed. Thea has that part down pat.

Sunday was a whirlwind of fun and chatter - folks stayed and played in our booth, which was exactly what we'd hoped and planned for - we had Spooner boards and Bilibos out on the test floor and not too many people could resist trying them out. These balance toys are fantastic "yes toys" - yes, you can ride, build, climb, spin, build on, wear... whatever you think up! And yes, you can take them outside, in the mud, in the water, in the grass or snow... they are virtually indestructible and when they're dirty, let the kids clean them up with the hose or in the bathtub! (No balancing acts *in* the bathtub, please... that's what we call "unreasonable risk"!)
Besides being awesome free-play and open-ended toys, these balance toys help toddlers to teenagers build neural connections, recenter, focus, and handle emotion!

Our Muddy Munchkin boots were a huge hit - we loved hearing Dads especially spot them and say, "Hey, we need those!" These boots are the perfect infant and toddler wear to help your kids get outdoors - and stay at play! Designed to reach high up the calf, the dual toggle system keeps them secure on little feet and keeps water, rocks, bugs, dirt, sand, and snow out. The seams are not sealed, so they are not designed to be 100% waterproof if wading or standing in water, but for play they stay dry and secure - yet breathable! When you're done, they are easily rinsed out, dry fast, and can be squashed down and thrown in a dry bag for the ride home! No more muddy boots floating around the car or kicking wetspots onto your pants and shirt while you carry your happily tired little one! (Though we warn you, kiddos can last a lot longer without heavy shoes on... so you might not be carrying anyone too soon!)
We also recently tested them in... "emergencies"... and are happy to say that if your little one wets their pants, socks will stay dry in these boots! You can read our review of Muddy Munchkins boots here, and grab a pair for your little one here. We currently have toddler sizes 1/2 through 7/8, with sizes 9-13 expected in the new year.

We also brought our Fidella woven wraps, Tula Carriers, Bitybean Carriers, wool teethers and play crowns, natural bug spray, organic cotton yoga tshirts, Slugs and Snails tights, and eco-friendly art supplies! I wish I had more photos to show you, but we were busy busy busy chatting with everyone who came to visit. We hung a poster of this photo above our demo woven wraps:

Keep doing what you love: Dad's enjoy a jam session with their little ones. From left, they are wearing Fidella Rock-N-Rolla, Fidella OuterSpace and OuterSpace doll wrap, and Tula Cosmic Boy. Click on the photo to find your babywearing gear.

Keep doing what you love: Dad's enjoy a jam session with their little ones. From left, they are wearing Fidella Rock-N-Rolla, Fidella OuterSpace and OuterSpace doll wrap, and Tula Cosmic Boy. Click on the photo to find your babywearing gear.

During MommyCon, Jess spoke to a full audience on Play Based learning. While we were bummed that many who wanted to listen in could not get close enough to hear, Jess will be blogging more on this topic so stick around!
Here is Jess' recap:

“At MommyCon I spoke briefly on how to build a play based learning enviroment and answered lots of questions - everything from “how involved should I be in my only child’s play?” to “how will my child learn about other topics if I limit what he has access to daily?” to “how can I get my partner on board?” I’ll be blogging about these topics a bit at a time, so subscribe, follow us, and stick around. Play is such an awesome and integral part of the human experience, and I was thrilled to see such a great response at MommyCon Philly. Thanks to everyone who came out, listened, asked questions, and connected - I hope you went home with a renewed passion and plan to get your kids back to play!”
— Jessica Schaefer, Play Based Learning

Jess used some tree blocks and play silks during her talk and lots of folks asked where they could get them - we have a few of our hand dyed silks still available (contact us here and we'll hook you up or setup a special order) and a blog post coming soon with links and discounts for handmade tree blocks - so stay tuned for that!

Happy to be out for lunch during MommyCon Philadelphia setup day!

Happy to be out for lunch during MommyCon Philadelphia setup day!

Did you attend MommyCon Philly or another MommyCon this year? What did you think? If you were at MommyCon Philly and visited our booth or heard Jess speak, we'd love your feedback! Leave it here or contact us - we'd love to hear from you. 

 

 

October 10, 2014 by Jessica Schaefer

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