Building MommyCon

MommyCon isn’t just about the best strollers, car seats, baby carriers, bottles, breast bumps, baby wipes, changing pads, mattresses, etc. It is about connecting mothers in an environment that promotes learning and growth!

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I recently saw this little widget on Instagram, and I was finally able to identify exactly why I started MommyCon. MommyCon came about, because I have a passion to normalize breastfeeding, babywearing, connecting mommy’s with their babies and making sure no mother is told not to do any of the most natural aspects of parenting that society disagrees with.

We live in a society that thinks happiness can be purchased at the store, a baby is happy by being fed, loved and cared for. Nothing a baby needs can be bought at the store, and it is so important for new mothers to recognize that they can provide their children with the best life possible by giving them the love in their heart and the milk from their breasts.

Sure the strollers, slings and swaddles are nice to have, but they are luxuries that we can forgo if money isn’t available. I have all of these and they certainly make my life easier, but we can all make do without.

Society tells us to buy a crib, a bouncer, plastic bottles and cans of food for our babies. If we look back to our ancestors and go back to basics, you will see that none of that is needed.

With all of that being said, I know that I love the gear I have for my child. It makes my life easier, he loves the toys we buy/make him and I certainly love baby carriers, (read: I’m obsessed, I know I have a problem) but the reality is we can all go without. If I stripped down my mothering life to the basics these are the three things I would need that my body couldn’t provide;

A bed for us to share

A sling for us to wear


A blanket to keep us warm

The rest… it’s just stuff. Albeit it’s bright and shiny, helpful stuff, but when it comes to raising a baby and being the best mother I can be, stripping down to basics is all we need.

About the author

Xza Louise Higgins is the founder of MommyCon, creator of The Mommy Dialogues, and punk rock mom to two year old Atticus in the great city of Chicago, IL. She is incredibly passionate about birth options, human rights, and promoting gentle parenting practices.

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  1. Joy -  January 10, 2013 - 5:39 pm

    Love this post! So true stuff just distracts us from what is really important.

  2. Laticia Huether -  January 10, 2013 - 8:37 pm

    LOVE this!! I would like some more carrier “stuff” though. 😉 I want a wrap so bad!

  3. Hanna -  January 10, 2013 - 8:50 pm

    ” it is so important for new mothers to recognize that they can provide their children with the best life possible by giving them the love in their heart and the milk from their breasts”

    Other than this snip here, I liked this post. But, and I’ve said this before, you can normalize and promote breastfeeding in a way that it does not offend mothers who can’t or don’t breastfeed. I think the “best life possible” part is what got me. Maybe I’m being sensitive. But you said yourself, a baby is happy being fed, loved, and cared for. Regardless of if they are being fed formula or breast milk. {end rant}.

  4. Melissa -  January 11, 2013 - 7:31 am

    Love this post! I don’t breast feed…. It was never my intention to use formula…. However I was given woeful advice after my c-section and I was sick, not just sick I was really ill. My milk just stopped out of nowhere and my midwives said ah sure you did your best now you can start to enjoy him etc etc i was so ill I didn’t fight and that is my biggest regret 🙁 I don’t find your comment offensive. I believe that breast feeding is the best possible thing for babies….. If other mums choose to formula feed that’s their decision but surely they know that breast is best?….. I mean it’s a fact right?!….. I mean if you tried like I did and failed like I did yes you have all those guilt feelings etc but you tried so you know breast feeding is best! So thank you for this post I was wondering where the inspiration came from for mommy con. I’m already telling dh to save for the next one cause our holidays will be planned around it!!! Xx

  5. Xza -  January 11, 2013 - 10:52 pm

    Hi Hanna,
    I actually never saw it that way. I was simply trying to say that the things we purchase can over complicate something as simple as nurturing a child..

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