We are so lucky to have fabulous speakers joining us at the Bash!


Brittney Hurtado
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Bringing up children in a society that constantly faces extreme social injustices and inequality can be confusing and discouraging. Caregivers can learn about steps they can take towards igniting the inner activists within both themselves, and their children.







April Ahlers and Stephanie Hopkins
GroovaRoo Babywearing Dance Class
April has been a member of Chicagoland babywearing since 2013 and a volunteer since 2014. She has two children who she has been wearing since they were each a few weeks old. She grew up dancing and it has continued into her adult life whether it be at a studio, in her car, or wherever the mood strikes. When she saw two of my passions melded together as GroovaRoo Dance, she had to be a part of it. She is teaching classes in the Chicago suburbs and is always looking for new places to help caregivers bond with their littles through dance.

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Mama to two young children, wife, and special education teacher, Stephanie runs her business as a Parent Resource Consultant in her free time. At Red Barn Basics she supports caregivers with car seats, babywearing, and CPR. She is passionate about empowering caregivers and especially new parents on this journey of parenthood. She is excited to bring GroovaRoo to the suburbs of Chicago and to foster connections among caregivers, babies, and the community.



Ariane Blais-Lacombe
Babyweaing and Potty Training”
Ariane is a Go Diaper Free coach for the Chicagoland area. She teaches Elimination Communication (0-18 months) and Potty Training (18 months and up) to parents. Elimination Communication (EC) is a gentle, non-coercive way to respond to a baby’s natural hygiene needs, from as early as birth. The Go Diaper Free Potty Training method is inspired by EC, but adapted to toddlers’ development and psychology.
Did you know that babywearing can help you potty train your kid? Babies and children have a natural instinct not to soil their parents or caregivers while being held or worn. You can use that knowledge to strengthen your Potty Training (PT) or Elimination Communication (EC) journey. During my presentation, I will explain what is EC and PT, how to do it and different ways in which babywearing can help you.

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Megan Jedlinski


Simplify Your Style: Mom’s Edition – Megan will guide you through how to kick-start your own wardrobe edit between mom-duties, define your signature look and share her insight and tips on becoming a more mindful and strategic shopper.

Megan Jedlinski is a leading wardrobe editor and simplicity stylist based in Chicago, IL. As new mom to a 7 month old girl, Megan understands the importance of having an easy and functional wardrobe that still makes you feel confident and ready to take on the day. Megan has shared her style expertise on ABC’s Windy City Live, WCIU’s You and Me This Morning and WGN, and has become Chicago’s go-to gal for assisting clients in streamlining their wardrobe and becoming more conscious consumers.

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Gina Hughes
Babywearing isn’t just convenient for the parent; it also has amazing benefits for the child. Come participate in a discussion about the importance of nurturing touch from an attachment perspective. Share your experiences and hear about those of others, and walk away with a clear understanding of how using a carrier with responsiveness can enrich your relationship with your child.

According to Attachment Parenting International, “Attachment Parenting is an application of sensitive, responsive parenting. Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between children and their parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood.” Attachment Parenting International has several non-profit support group chapters for parents and caregivers around the globe.

Gina Hughes is a facilitator of a local chapter of Attachment Parenting International, North Shore Attachment Parenting. She has been actively practicing attachment parenting since the birth of her daughter in 2013. Additionally, she has an extensive background in child development with a degree in secondary education. Before becoming a stay at home mother, she taught middle school for seven years.

Visit the API website and Gina’s North Shore API group!

Lisa Stelter
Come drive a car, sail on a boat, and chug on a train as we enjoy music in this 30 minute Kindermusik Demo Class! We will share fun songs and music-based activities to foster the natural development of young children and the connections within their families. All ages are welcome to join, from tiny newborns on up!
Lisa Stelter graduated from music school at Roosevelt University in 2003, and never knew at the time that she’d be a natural at early childhood music! She recently teamed up with MY Piano Study, Inc, in Evanston to lead Kindermusik classes for area families. She combines her passion for music and enthusiasm for fostering the connection and development of families while utilizing Kindermusik’s research-driven curriculum! MY Piano Study also offers pre-piano classes (which Lisa’s daughter Amelia takes and loves!) along with private and group piano instruction for children and adults. Lisa can’t wait to share Kindermusik with the attendees of the Bash!
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Nathan Radars
Interesting and engaging explanation of importance of chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy. Spinal Health Care for infants, children, families, and why it’s critical for optimal physical and cognitive function.

Nathan is the owner/Chiropractor of Raders Spinal Health Center, a 2005 Palmer Graduate (founding college of chiropractic), Webster Technique certified and trained (to adjust pregnant woman), non-surgical scoliosis program, chiropractic care for the whole family.There will be a new Patient promotional first visit to the office offered for Bash attendees and their families when scheduled the day of the Bash.


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