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Jamie Grayson, The BabyGuyNYC

Jamie Grayson, New York Magazine’s “Best Baby Gear Guru” in their annual “Best Of” issue, is the resident Baby Gear Expert for Bump Club Beyond. Jamie has been seen on Martha Stewart and the Today Show, as well as being featured in the NY Times, LA Times, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out Kids, American Baby, and numerous other print and online publications. Jamie is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and his social media channels reach millions of people weekly. He also is the co-founder of the #babyguybox, a monthly box curated for parents and babies. You can find him on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheBabyGuyNYC or on Twitter and instagram @TheBabyGuyNYC.

Jamie has been Bump Club and Beyond’s Resident Baby Gear Expert since 2011 and works with BCB and BCB’s Founder, Lindsay Pinchuk, for two of BCB’s signature event series: Gearapalooza: The Ultimate Baby Gear and Registry Event and The Baby Gear Show with Nordstrom.

 

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Lactation Partners

Lactation Partners are maternal-child nurses and international board certified lactation consultants with more than 20 years of experience providing breastfeeding support and supporting new families as they transition into parenthood.

We provide home visits to moms and babies with a focus on lactation consultation, breastfeeding support, and newborn care. Our goals are to provide information and support to enable parents to make the best decisions for themselves and their babies. Our referrals come from pediatricians, obstetricians, midwives, other healthcare providers as well as other new parents we have worked with. We enjoy a strong partner base that offers us wonderful resources to share with you.

Lactation Partners were the first guest speakers at a BCB event and have been working with Bump Club and Beyond since 2010 as Resident Lactation Experts.

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Lara Field, RD

Lara Field is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with a decade of clinical experience. She has worked with patients at top-ranked pediatric hospitals, including the University of Chicago Medical Center and Lurie Children’s Hospital. Lara is a wife and mom of two boys, living the life of a busy parent just like many of her clients!

Not surprisingly to those who know her, Lara has always made eating right a top priority for her busy family, despite personal and professional obligations that often pull her in multiple directions. As one dedicated to not allowing hustle and bustle to compromise the quality of her own family’s eating, Lara knew years ago that she could help other families and individuals cope with their own health issues. Lara assists clients with time-strapped lifestyles to successfully manage health conditions, food and weight issues, and overall healthy lifestyles that are medically sound, enjoyable, and actually work. That’s why she founded FEED in 2008.

Lara knows that much of the information we get about food and diet comes from the food industry instead of medical and health professionals. As the founder of FEED, Lara’s made it her mission to cut through the “food noise,” both one-on-one with clients and also as a regular guest on Chicago TV news programs and as a speaker at nutrition and medical conferences. She’s also been quoted in national publications on infant feeding practices, food allergies, celiac disease, and other health topics.

Lara received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed her Master of Science in clinical nutrition from Rush University. She completed additional specialized pediatric training at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

A specialist in pediatric nutrition, Lara has completed additional coursework managing food allergies and has specialized training in pediatric nutritional care, including clinical experience at the intensive care unit and pediatric gastroenterology and (liver-focused) hepatology clinics. Lara proudly serves as a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is active with the Chicago Dietetic Association and the Chicago Food and Nutrition Network.

She lives in Chicago with her husband and their two sons. Her active lifestyle includes running – she’s completed three marathons – and at home, she loves cooking for her family and testing new recipes.

Lara has been working with Bump Club and Beyond as a Resident Nutrition Expert since 2010.

Janeen Hayward

Since founding Swellbeing in early 2007, Janeen has been helping parents unlock the keys to happy and harmonious family life. She works with parents of infants through school-aged children. On the sleep front, common challenges range from bedtime protests to night wakings to nap refusal. When it comes to potty training, Janeen provides parents with a step-by-step roadmap to make the transition from diapers to potty. Janeen’s thoughtful approach to discipline offers parents strategies that nurture a healthy relationship and strengthen a child’s ability to self-regulate. It is in those difficult parenting moments that Janeen offers parents insights into why a behavior happens and tools to nurture growth. From tantrums to acting out to separation anxiety, Janeen’s experience as a mother and background in clinical psychology shine through.

Rebecca Michi, Children’s Sleep Consultant

I love my job; I adore helping those who are having a tough time with their child’s sleep gain clarity and confidence to make the changes needed to gently support their child and help them learn the skills they need to get themselves to sleep as well as back to sleep during the night.

I have been working with families for over 20 years and as a children’s sleep consultant for ten years. I am British (cup of tea anyone?) and currently live in Seattle with my Engineer husband, two teenage daughters (maybe I should have something stronger than tea) and German Shepherd.

I would love to help you and your family get a better night sleep, of course, it’s tough, but I’m here to support you and your unique family, so put the kettle on, make that cup of tea and let’s get started.

Julie Burt Nichols, Twiniversity, The Wizard Editor-in-Chief. Account Manager. Dean of Parents.

Julie is Twiniversity’s “Wizard Behind the Curtain”, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Twiniversity.com, Account Manager, and Instructor for Chicago Twiniversity classes. Julie is a full-time working mother to twin boys, born on Halloween. She loves serving as a resource and support for new parents, soon-to-be parents, and we-want-desperately-to-be parents. Julie is proud to be a certified child passenger safety technician, and the Twiniversity Resident Songstress/Jingle Writer

Kim Wilschek, Chicago CPR
Moderator: Melissa Ackerman, Founder, The Chaotic Commute

Panelists: Lindsay Pinchuk, Founder, Bump Club and Beyond
Panelists: Diana Vdovets, Operations Manager Chicago Sun-times Splash and Chicago Magazine
Panelists: Dana Harf, I Adore What I Love
Panelists: Jenny LeFlore, MamaFresh Chi
Panelists: Natalie Monterastelli, Owner, Bubbles Academy
Panelists: Suzanne Warye, My Kind of Sweet

With more being announced daily!