I love going to conventions and I will admit that I have been worried about what it will be like to go to one with a baby or a toddler when little Raiden begins to grow up. My first concern is with MommyCon; while I have not gone to MommyCon yet I do know from word of mouth that it is quite crowded. It does not matter which location you go to all of them are over crowded with people and vendors making it difficult to maneuver through the walk ways if people are pushing strollers around the facility as well as walking around.
They say that at the Chicago location where I will be attending there can be nearly 2,000 attendees at once in the convention center. Being handicapped as well as knowing that I will be post pregnancy at the time of MommyCon in Chicago this year I wanted to figure out some alternative ways to make it around the convention center without using a bulky stroller. I believe that many people would just take their big, bulky stroller with them to convention. but I do not want to do this if I don’t have to. I will only bring a stroller (a lightweight one) if I am given a weight restriction and am not allowed to carry my infant for extended periods of time.
Tips for going to MommyCon with little ones
1. Bring a friend. Bringing a friend will make it easier to wrangle up little ones and keep them at your side. When in crowded areas it can be difficult to keep track of toddlers who like to run around and have a short attention span. Having a second individual can also help when it comes to carrying a baby and a diaper bag around.
2. Park as close to the convention center as possible. This might seem silly, but you can keep extra food and drinks in the car in case you eat everything out of your diaper bag and can easily make trips in and out of the convention without moving your vehicle. This can be beneficial if you plan on buying any merchandise while you are looking through all of the vendors.
3. Get a good baby carrier. If you have an infant then you will want to invest in a good sturdy baby carrier to get you through a day full of walking around. Having a carrier that gives you a little bit of extra support will help you avoid possible back pain or strain.
If your concern was bringing your little ones to MommyCon with you I really hope that you feel a little bit more comfortable with the idea now. Like I said before it is frowned upon to bring your stroller with you, but they will not force you to check it. I recommend that you avoid bringing one with you unless it is medically necessary. It just is not very kind to other convention goers. If you do end up bringing your stroller keep your eyes peeled for run away toddlers.
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