When it comes to finding answers, no question is too big or too small for the experts at MommyCon. What's MommyCon you ask? It's the Comic-Con of parenting!
Started by Xza Higgins, MommyCon brings moms, experts, babies and bumps together for the nation's largest natural parenting convention.
"Every year, throughout the U.S., we reach more than 10,000 families," Higgins said at MommyCon DC.
MommyCon events are held in some of North America's largest cities -- Atlanta, Chicago, San Jose, Vancouver and more.
Higgins has quite a bit to juggle. She's a successful business owner, wife and mother of two small children.
"We have a saying here at [MommyCon]. 'Bring back the village.' That's because we believe that you can't do this alone," Higgins explained. "We need our friends and family to support us through this because we have two hands and oftentimes we have more than two children."
"Within parenting, it's really about supporting one another, listening to other viewpoints and making sure fathers and mothers feel really supported," she said.
Higgins has some great advice for parents of newborns and toddlers.
"Is my baby eating enough? Are they sleeping enough? Are they happy? Because newborns -- they only have one way of communicating with us and it's through crying. There's different tones within a baby's cry and as a mom and father, you can become really in tune with how they're crying and what those cries mean," she said.
"Nutrition is a big part of it. Picky eating habits start young," she said, noting that it's important to make "sure our kids are getting enough vegetables and vitamins. My son is 4 1/2 and he takes some really fancy vitamins that have all the nutrients he needs because if he has a choice, he's only eating pizza."
Mommies, Daddies and Caregivers
"I'm a big believer in self-care. It's taking that time for yourself. If it's five minutes, 30, if you get a full hour -- that would be wonderful. I wish every parent could take an hour to themselves. For moms, too, everyone has something that they like more than others. I know for some women even putting on a little bit of lipstick elevates their day," Higgins said.
"When you become a mom, yes, it's about babies and there are diaper changes and breastfeeding," she continued. "But taking some time for you, making sure you're showering – something as simple as a shower goes a long way for a new mom."
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