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MommyCon Vancouver

MommyCon came to Canada! I was so blessed to be able to attend with a media pass. Affiliate links used.

I only live a measly 1-1.5 hours-ish away depending on traffic…but that’s a different story for another post 😉 I hadn’t been to Vancouver in over 15 years so this was a a good excuse to go. The Pinnacle Hotel was very nice and the staff was AMAZING and everyone was so helpful. They were happy to help us find places to eat even though they had a restaurant two feet away from the lobby.

The vendors were spread out in two different rooms, with the MommyCon Shoppe in the lobby between them. They had the fun toys that were previewed on the MommyCon facebook page, and lots of other fun stuff. I bought Abel the teether that looks and smells like an ice-cream cone from SweeTooth Baby Teethers. My kids are all fighting over who gets to sniff it, and Abel only likes the cone end and the kids are trying to make him hold it correctly…it’s pretty entertaining.

The vendors were all great and ready to chat. I FINALLY got to meet Allana who works for Diono, I’ve corresponded with her a few different times being a CPST, so that was great. I networked with a few different great brands and hopefully a few giveaways will be coming up soon. Re-play gave me a replacement valve for a sippy cup I was having issues with, and they gave out samples for posting a selfie with their SnapChat filter. Britax had two little stations up, so I checked out their newest version of the B-ready and it was the same length as my Keenz give or take a few. Nested Designs had a bunch of great products, I bought a sleep sack for Abel, it has openings on the bottom so it will last years longer. I’m going to need 500 more. They also had blankets and sleep suits, it was hard to walk away. I also got some samples of reusable squeeze pouches called the Squeasy that are leak proof, and they are a one way valve so you get every drop! I’ll post a review on those soon.

Grovia came to Vancouver with some exclusive diapers and I was excited to get one, but they sold out in under an hour with a huge line up. Unfortunately I was unable to score one for me and two for a friend like we had planned, so I bought three Grovia O.N.E. diapers because they might actually last baby all night…we will see. Tula had some reps there, and they had a cute new robot blanket. I also got to finally see the ‘Free to grow’ carrier, it came out right when Abel was almost fitting the standard so I decided not to get one. There was a booth with beautiful handwoven baby wraps, made in Canada. West of the 4th Weaving is the brand, if you love handwovens you need to check them out. I also saw Evenflo, a mama who makes finger print jewelry (I need to find my info on her, it was amazing), there was a great cloth diaper booth that showed all the different brands and styles. SO MANY different booths I can’t even list all the awesomeness.

Other than fighting for elevators to get around because we had the Keenz (MommyCon did email that having strollers would make it harder..I was warned) the venue was not too crowded. I’m not sure if it’s because it was in Canada, or if it was because everything was really spread out on different floors. I went to the cloth diaper 101 class with Cotton Babies, that was cool to meet the creator. She had lots of great info and I bet she convinced everyone to cloth. Most of my stash is BumGenius because they work and are super easy to use. I would have done a few more classes, but I was too busy talking to other moms and vendors!

The giveaways at the end are always so fun! They had strollers, car seats, cloth diapers, tula blankets, and more! Brie had so many that were only one number off, I still can’t believe she didn’t win!

After the giveaways were over they gave out all the extra goodie bags…that was a zoo! In my picture below you can see the media gift bag on the left and the regular on the right. This years seemed a lot smaller than last year and I’m thinking that’s because it was in Canada and less things could be brought over. I’m excited for the diaper changer clutch from Diono! Abel got to try Mango baby food for the first time thanks to the goodie bag, and he ate the whole pouch! He’s never done that before 🙂 MommyCon gets an A++ from me and I hope they come to Seattle again, because there are no toll roads for me to get there! I would have taken more pictures, but handling an almost 9 month old baby and a phone that wants to die every hour is hard! HUGE HUGE HUGE shout out to Kate who answered all my emailed questions…I have severe mom brain and may have asked things twice..she didn’t block me! Hope to see you all next year! ITSAMOMLIFE17 will still get you $5 any general admission ticket in 2017 for MommyCon.

 

Greta the Fox Wooden Swing – Video Review

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This swing is adorable! I was planning to install this in my playroom, but we couldn’t find a spot safe to attach the mounts Ikea Home Living Room Decor Ekorre Hook 2Pack I had chosen. So my husband found some wood and attached it between two trees. He made it low for my 22 month old son, and I think we will need to make it a bit higher soon as he grows.
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The swings classic look makes it all the more fun as your child can play with the beads while swinging. We decided to use carabiner clips to attach the swing to our mount so we can take it down if the weather gets yucky. I have seen a few complaints that the swing does not have a safety strap, but the four sides of the swing come up so high I don’t see that as an issue since you should never leave your child unattended in a swing anyway. The quality of this swing feels great, and I can’t wait to make great memories with my kids outside!

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Mama & Little Teething/Nursing Necklaces

 

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Cruz is loving these teething necklaces, I have Bubblegum double strand shown left, and a single strand in Lavender right.

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My favorite is the single strand one called “lavender” because its easier to hide in my sweater if I want to, and Cruz seems to enjoy the multi surfaces of the silicone beads. Both necklaces have break away clasps, I’ll be honest I wanted to see how safe they were in case Cruz got one when I wasn’t looking. I hooked them on my cabinet handle and leaned away and they came apart pretty quickly, so as long as it wasn’t wrapped around his neck more than once he would be ok..but I am not going to test that theory and I do my best to not get lazy and I keep them up!

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Cruz has not tried to teeth on them, but he really enjoys them at nap time, and when nursing. On a couple occasion he has fallen asleep just from playing with the beads when sleepy. They are also great to wear when you are babywearing, something they can play with and not drop!!!

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I wish I had these when he was born! We will still get use out of them but these will now be a part of baby gifts because he loves them so much now 🙂

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Teethy Fruits Teethers by Baby Grips

I love how cute these are! My teething 1 year old took right to them! He is getting his last two canine incisors and he has not been having the best time with that! They wash up perfectly in the dishwasher, which is good because they attract lint a bit. I put one in the freezer but then my son thought it was a Popsicle so that might be best for younger babies! The little guy I babysit liked them but I couldn’t get him to use it for a picture..boys will be boys! I really do recommend these, if they can hold up to my super chomper they are excellent quality! In the video my friends son Elijah is the co star 😉

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Coolwoo Kids Backpack

Cruz is obsessed with his Coolwoo Kids Backpack. He loves to put his “dog” on and run around the house. The fabric is really cool! It’s made of neoprene like divers wear! Its durable and soft as well as water resistant. It weighs about 7oz and is 12x11x5 inches, so it’s perfect for him to tote his goodies and I can toss his diapers and wipes in there when we go out! They have a very cute line up of friendly looking buddies for your child to chose from.

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It has two bottle pockets on the side, a smaller zip pocket on the front, and a smaller pocket that doesn’t close inside. That is where I put his diapers and wipes when I’m feeling organized. The part of the bag that rests on your child’s back is a breathable mesh and so far has not snagged on anything! I’m hoping to add a Tiger to his backpack stash soon!

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