Babywearing Ireland’s Wear A Hug Fair 2017 is Ireland’s Biggest Babywearing Event

Babywearing Ireland’s (BWI) annual “Wear a Hug” Fair, Ireland’s largest gathering of babywearers will take place on Sunday 1st October 2017 at the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth from 10:30am-5pm. Now in its sixth year, the Wear a Hug Fair continues to grow in popularity attracting over 1000 attendees.

As an eagerly anticipated date in the Irish babywearing calendar, the Wear a Hug Fair attracts people from every corner of Ireland. It brings together volunteers, experienced babywearers and those curious about the benefits of babywearing. Attendees will enjoy over 45 stands with everything from slings and babywearing accessories to natural parenting products on offer.

This year the Wear a Hug Fair theme is ‘Oh, the places we go’, which celebrates the freedom and closeness afforded by babywearing. Babywearing Ireland is a completely voluntary organisation run by a network of volunteers, all passionate about promoting safe babywearing and its benefits for both children and caregivers. Through an Ireland-wide network of 35+ local sling libraries, Babywearing Ireland librarians run sling meets which allow parents and care givers to learn about babywearing and try different types of slings. At the Wear A Hug Fair, the BWI National Sling Library will be onsite, offering the opportunity to see and try a wide variety of slings and carriers. There will be sling demonstrations, a sling fashion show, a woven wrap meet, talks and entertainment for the kids.

The Wear a Hug Fair 2017 promises to be another fun filled day, for all of the family.

There will be lots of pregnancy, baby and child themed businesses with stands at the fair, along with informative talks, a fashion show, storytelling, face painting, Babywearing Ireland sling demonstrations, Babywearing Consultants and much much more.


Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event, or from Friday 1st Sept through Eventbrite on our tickets page.

About Baby Wearing Ireland

Babywearing Ireland is a not-for-profit organisation providing information and support to anyone using or interested in baby carriers and slings. We are a voluntary, community based organisation and offer a number of services such as Sling Meets, Sling Libraries and Online Support.

Babywearing Ireland depends entirely on volunteers donating their time to run sling meets and sling libraries and also to generate funds to run the organisation.  The Wear a Hug Fair is our largest fundraising effort each year and we would like to thank all of those who exhibit at the fair, those who provide the entertainment and of course those who visit the fair and take part in all of the fun.

Without the support of volunteers on the day, the fair would not run as smoothly as it does. If you can spare a few hours on the big day and would like to volunteer to help at the fair, please do get in touch by email fair@babywearingireland.ie and put VOLUNTEER in the subject box