Babywearing Ireland’s 2019 Wear A Hug Fair – Ireland’s Biggest Babywearing Expo

Babywearing Ireland (BWI) is delighted to present their annual Wear A Hug Fair –  Ireland’s Biggest Babywearing Expo, at the CityNorth Hotel & Conference Centre in Gormanston, Co. Meath, on Sunday the 20th of October from 10 am to 5 pm. 

The Wear A Hug Fair is annual event for Babywearing Ireland and is in its 8th year. The fair serves as the major fundraiser to generate operating funds for the completely voluntary organisation and is growing in success year on year. Projected attendance this year is set to be close to 1,000 parents, soon to be parents, and caregivers.

The Wear A Hug Fair is well known for its support of small parenting and eco-friendly businesses in Ireland. There will be over 40 stall holders on the day showcasing not only slings and baby carriers, but also children’s entertainment, sustainable and handmade children’s clothing, eco-friendly baby and home products, maternity and postpartum service providers, toys, and other non-profit organisations that offer parenting support. There will be guest speakers in attendance (to be announced at a later date) and a raffle with prizes from each business. Funds from the raffle go directly to operating funds, training, and supplies for local sling libraries.


Attendees be able to browse a large selection of slings and carriers from the BWI National Sling Library and see them demonstrated. There will be opportunities to try on a large variety of slings and carriers in the library area with the guidance of librarians and volunteers. One to one sling consultations will also be available from some babywearing businesses for those who would like a customised lesson.


The annual event will be coordinated by a team of volunteers led by Stephanie O’Sullivan, fair organiser. “I attended my first Wear A Hug Fair in 2014 and have fallen in love with the event since. There’s such a positive atmosphere on the day and such great shopping to be had. It’s so wonderful to see so many families come out and support the small businesses in attendance and learn so much on the day.” 


“Babywearing is the practice of carrying your baby or toddler close to you in an ergonomic position using a sling or baby carrier.”- Claire, Chairperson of Babywearing Ireland. “The art of carrying a baby or child in fabric worn around a parent or carers body is a long practised tradition in Ireland. It keeps the child close and safe while allowing the wearer to keep their hands free and to move around with a little less stress and be able to take care of other children, to work, prepare meals, laundry etc.”


Babywearing Ireland is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation that hosts over 30 sling libraries across Ireland, including a National Sling Library that operates by post. The aim of the organisation is to promote safe babywearing by educating parents and offering an affordable way to see ergonomic slings demonstrated and try them for themselves in a no-sales atmosphere whilst also offering social opportunities for new parents. Babywearing Ireland believes sing a baby sling or carrier is a powerful tool that is compatible with any parenting style or philosophy. For further information about Babywearing Ireland please visit


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For more information


Stephanie O’Sullivan (Fair Organiser) email:

Donna Leavy (Babywearing Ireland PR) email: Tel: 087 9240237