With MommyCon Chicago just three days away, I wanted to share some tips to help you get the most out of your time at the convention.
1. If you’re a local and/or are not staying in one of the hotels connected to the convention center, bring a stroller or extra hands (husband, best friend, mother, etc.) to help carry all your goodies around. If you purchased a Premium or VIP ticket, you will receive a gift bag upon check-in, and if you’re like most attendees you will make a couple (or several) purchases in the exhibitor hall. I attended MommyCon in 2017 without a stroller because I wore my little one, but thankfully my friend brought her stroller to carry our bags!
2. Look inside your gift bag (if you bought a ticket that includes one) when you receive it. Some vendors include coupons in the bag that are only good for a limited time. You don’t want to miss out on a discount you could have used!
3. Look at the back of your name badge! MommyCon is sponsored by many great companies, and thus is able to give away some pretty amazing prizes. All you need to do to know if you won a prize is check the back of your badge!
4. Bring a refillable water bottle and snacks for the little ones. There are water stations in the convention center, so it’s a good idea to bring a water bottle from home to save stay hydrated and save some money.
5. Check out the Babywearing Lounge. Whether you are expecting your first child or are slinging your fourth, the Babywearing Lounge is the perfect place for fit checks and to try on different types of baby carriers. The lounge will be staffed by a babywearing educator who will be able to address your needs!
6. Ask questions while shopping the exhibitor hall. The vendors are there to sell their products, and the best way to do that is to help the consumer see and understand them. If there is a company or product you’re curious about, don’t be afraid to speak to the vendor! They love answering questions and helping attendees with their products.
7. Don’t eat at the convention center. The food is fine, but the options are limited. One of my favorite area eateries is Naf Naf Grill in Rosemont. Naf Naf serves Middle Eastern specialties such as chicken shawarma, falafel, and pita, and is set up like a Chipotle. It’s cheaper and less formal than a sit down restaurant, and the food is delicious!
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