Speakers

Experts, Influencers, Entertainers & More

The New York Baby Show features an array of programming content designed to educate, inform, enlighten, and entertain. Through a combination of expert speakers, industry influencer, entertainers to keep kids happy and engaged, our content provides tremendous value to attendees. Make sure you plan your time to take full advantage of this hallmark component of our event.

For a schedule of programming for the 2019 New York Baby Show, visit our Seminars, Trial Classes, and Meet the Experts pages.

2019 Speakers & Experts

Courtney Barry, Child Passenger Safety Advocate for Chicco

Courtney Barry got involved with child passenger safety in 2004 and has been passionate about doing her part to keep little ones safer in the car ever since. She has been an instructor for 14 years and enjoys helping people learn the benefits of using a car seat correctly. As an advocate, Courtney is privileged to partner with Chicco to bring real world issues and solutions to the table with innovative products.


Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz, Twiniversity

Natalie founded Twiniversity, the world’s leading support network for multiple birth families, in 2009. She’s become the global influencer for this small niche community. Reaching over a million families a week through Twiniversity’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube channels, moms and dads of twins flock to Twiniversity to find resources, ask questions, explore new products, and find community and support from other twin parents. Natalie is a true connector, bringing parents from all walks of life together, breaking past cultural differences, to share in the highs and lows of parenting twins. Natalie’s book, What To Do When You’re Having Two, is a global bestseller in Twins & Multiples Parenting.

Chad Ekstrom

Chad Ekstrom, Kanga Care

Chad Ekstrom has been changing cloth diapers for over 11 years. Fathering five amazing kiddos has proven to make Chad a bit of an expert in the cloth diaper community. From soup to nuts, Chad has supported Julie (wife to Chad, founder and CEO of Kanga Care, and owner of multiple diaper patents) from the early days of cutting and tracing fabric while making diapers at home, to current day developing of Kanga Care’s international presence by partnering with distributors near and far.

Nicole feliciano

Nicole Feliciano, Momtrends Media

Nicole Feliciano is CEO and founder of Momtrends Media, a NYC-based company providing lifestyle content for moms. Her first book, Mom Boss: Balancing Entrepreneurship, Kids & Success, is packed with solutions for women who have big ideas, but are struggling with how to fit it all in with family.

Debra Flashenberg

Debra Flashenberg, Founder, The Prental Yoga Center

Founder and Director of the Prenatal Yoga Center, Deb is a certified labor support doula, Lamaze Childbirth Educator, certified prenatal yoga instructor, and mother-of-two.

Kate Jordan-Downs, Director of Education Programs at KinderCare Education

With 12 years of experience in childhood development and education, Kate oversees KinderCare’s curriculum development and classroom implementation of inclusive practices. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Inclusive Education and Curriculum. Each day she works to empower KinderCare’s 26,700 teachers and make sure every child has access to a great education.


Jada Shapiro

Jada Shapiro, Birth Day Presence, boober
Jada Shapiro, founder of Birth Day Presence, NYC’s most trusted Childbirth Education Center, Doula Matching Service, and on-demand Lactation Service, is a DONA-trained birth and postpartum doula, certified KangaroulaSM, a Lamaze-trained and Birthing From Within trained childbirth educator, a certified lactation counselor (CLC), birth photographer, and mother to a 9-year-old. Jada is also the founder of boober, the on demand, in-person, lactation support network.

Lance Somerfeld and Matt Schneider

Lance Somerfeld & Matt Schneider, City Dads Group
Lance Somerfeld and Matt Schneider are the Co-Founder of City Dads Group. They both reside in New York City with their families. Lance and Matt frequently contribute to the conversation about modern fatherhood, work-life balance, shifting gender roles, and brands’ marketing to dads. They have appeared on local and national television, including CNN, Fox News, and the TODAY Show.

Dr. Robert Titzer, Infant Learning Company

Dr. Robert Titzer is an infant researcher and the founder of the Infant Learning Company and Your Baby Can Learn!, a popular early language enhancement program. It is a multisensory, interactive program that uses a scientific approach to help infants and toddlers learn receptive, expressive, and written language.  

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