Sleep Experts Line-Up
1:00pm on the Main Stage Hear several sleep experts share opinions and methodologies for getting rest for the little ones, but more importantly, you. Featuring nationally known experts as well as local experts ready to help you.
Featuring Kim West, author of “GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT: The Sleep Lady’s Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep, Stay Asleep and Wake Up Happy”, the “Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook” and “52 Sleep Secrets for Babies”.
KIM WEST is a mother of two wonderful daughters and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a practicing child and family therapist for 25 years. Known as The Sleep Lady® by her clients, over the past twenty years she has helped tens of thousands of tired parents all over the world get a good night’s sleep without letting their children cry it out alone.
Kim has appeared on the Dr. Phil, Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby and CNN, and has been written about in a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Baby Talk, Parenting, The Baltimore Sun, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Irish Independent and the Washington Post. Dedicated to providing tired parents with excellent sleep advice and coaching, she started training Gentle Sleep Coaches® all over the world in 2010. @thesleeplady
Certified Pediatric Sleep Specialist
You never thought you could be so excited yet so exhausted with your new child. Sometimes it takes a little extra coaching to get your new baby on the right sleep schedule. Carolina Romanyuk is rated as one of the top Sleep Consultants in the US by Tuck Sleep. She specializes in Pediatric Sleep Hygiene and Behavioral Coaching, an International Children’s book author, creator of the trademarked program: “Sleep Trifecta: 3 Steps to Sleep Success”, co-founder of yourchildsleepmanual.com, host for Facebook LIVE “Sleep Conversations With Carolina” totaling 100,000 viewers, Speaker, and Mom of 2 happy and rested toddlers.
Carolina is based in New York City and also works with clients remotely worldwide. She has dedicated her entire career to reducing the epidemic of sleep deprivation worldwide amongst parents. A sought-after guest and keynote speaker at seminars for Health Professionals and parents, such as Big City Moms NY, Limmud NY, GPM Pediatrics, Coco-Mat USA, The Marriage Boss, Kiehl’s and Munchkin Baby Products to name the most recent. She has written for many popular parenting sites such as the Huffington Post, Well Rounded NY and A Child Grows In Brooklyn.
Carolina’s main advise is to focus on building that attachment and bond with your newborn. It’s a crucial time. At 4 months of age, that is the perfect time to build the sleep foundation and prevent the need for “sleep training” later. So whether you’re returning to work or you just want a bit of shut-eye, Carolina will get your family on track for those Zzz’s.
Yellow Sneakers Puppet Sing-Along
In the Kids’s Annex at 2:00pm
Yellow Sneaker creates original shows and music with aim of connecting with our audiences and creating a sense of community. Yellow Sneaker’s performers and writers are professional puppeteers, educators and musicians. Since 2008, we have been performing to enthusiastic audiences in New York and beyond. They bring shows and sing-alongs to schools, camps, museums, birthday parties and more!
Go Milk Yourself with Francie Webb
11:05 am in the Lounge
Breastfeeding is a hot topic of debate, with popular celebrities like Beyonce, Serena Williams, and Whitney Port sharing their most intimate triumphs, hardships, photos, and #brelfies with the world. Breastfeeding has been featured widely in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, The Today Show, and Daily Mail to normalize, and even celebrate, the wide range of experiences and emotions that come with feeding your new baby. While most of us agree that breastfeeding is hard, learning the age-old art of hand expression can make it a whole lot easier.
Don’t know what hand expression is? Join the club! It’s a way to remove breast milk with your hands, the way people did before pumps became the latest accessory to schlep to work. And to make matters even EASIER, Francie Webb, the founder and CEO of
TheMilkinMama, has created the Go Milk Yourself Method, an innovative hand expression technique that is dedicated to helping parents have more power, more freedom, and less stress. Francie’s brand new book, Go Milk Yourself: You Have Power, Express It! will show you HOW and WHY this method can become your new best friend.
Author Talk & Book Signing with Jancee Dunn
11:35 in the Lounge
New York Times bestselling author Jancee Dunn is the author of six books, including a memoir, a new book for children called I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is In Trouble Today, and an essay collection that was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
Her latest book, How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids (Little, Brown) has been published in twelve countries. A Red Tricycle Best Parenting Book of 2017, it is described by Real Simple as “part memoir, part self-help book, Jancee Dunn’s How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids offers relationship research combined with personal anecdotes. Strategies learned from therapists, friends and even an FBI hostage negotiator help Dunn heal her marriage–and set a good example for her kid.” She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Making green and healthy living with kids more manageable, practical, and affordable!
12:05 in the Lounge
Paige Wolf is an author, publicist, and advocate dedicated to creating meaningful progressive change locally and globally. Paige is the author of Spit That Out! The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt and the owner of Paige Wolf Media and Public Relations, a B Corporation certified eco-friendly PR firm focused on sustainable clientele.
Paige regularly appears on television as a green living expert and writes about green living and parenting for several publications. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two children, and American Hairless Terrier. Visit www.spitthatoutthebook.com for her blog on making green living practical, manageable, and affordable. @paigewolf
THE ART OF SCREEN TIME: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life
1:30 in the Lounge
Today’s babies often make their debut on social media with the very first sonogram. They begin interacting with screens at around four months old. But is this good news or bad news? A wonderful opportunity to connect around the world? Or the first step in creating a generation of addled screen zombies?
Anya Kamenetz is the lead digital education correspondent for NPR. Previously she worked as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. She’s contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and O, the Oprah Magazine, and has won multiple awards for her reporting on education, technology, and innovation. She is the author of three books on education and technology, Generation Debt, DIY U, and The Test. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Baby in Tune: Connecting to Your Baby through Music
2:00 pm in the Lounge
In this talk caregivers will learn a few practical tools for soothing, establishing a routine, introducing rhythm, and mirroring your baby’s vocals.
Vered is a mom of three, a music therapist, psychotherapist, and musician. The goal of her work is to help caregivers use music in order to bond with and understand their baby. She runs many classes throughout NYC and regularly leads workshops and in NYC, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has conducted staff training in the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library and Sanctuary for Families, and recently presented her work at Zero to Three, the largest conference of professionals dealing with ages 0-3 years. Both of her albums for families received the highly prestigious Parents Choice Gold Award. Her songs draw on her experience as a mom and as a therapist, guiding parents through routine moments and the joys and challenges that come with parenting.
To see what Baby in Tune is all about go to www.babyintune.com or watch this video. Vered also has a weekly vlog in which she talks about parenting, music, and other aspects of being a modern mom. Or check out her YouTube Channel.