Babywearing Ireland’s Wear A Hug Fair – Ireland’s biggest Babywearing Expo is now in its sixth year

Babywearing Ireland’s Wear a Hug Fair will take place on Sunday 1 October at the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, Co. Kildare from 10:30am – 5pm. The Wear a Hug Fair is firmly established as Ireland’s biggest Babywearing Expo. Last year with the largest selection of slings, carriers, babywearing accessories and natural parenting products on offer in Ireland, it attracted over 1000 visitors.

On the day those attending will be spoiled for choice, with over 45 trade stands (many selling high quality and handmade products not available in high street shops), a series of sling demonstrations and talks, an opportunity to book a consultation with some of Ireland’s leading Babywearing Consultants. The Babywearing Ireland National Sling Library will be on site, offering the opportunity to see a wide variety of slings. There be a fashion show showcasing the most beautiful slings and carriers and a variety of children’s entertainment.

Babywearing Ireland’s current Chairperson and mum of three Claire Haugh, reflects on the huge interest in babywearing in recent years: “Our organisation is something special. It is run entirely by volunteers. There are almost 100 of us, all passionate about educating and enabling parents and carers to wear their babies and toddlers. Finding the right sling for you can be overwhelming. We run 30 sling meets throughout the length and breadth of Ireland, where you can try out slings, get advice from other babywearers and rent different types of slings for a small fee. We also have a postal sling library. The sling meets are very social events, offering a welcome space to meet and chat with like minded parents.”

Babywearing Ireland offers impartial and knowledgeable information on all aspects of slings from safety to fit. We believe that slings are powerful coping tools for parents and caregivers, helping them meet the needs of their baby or toddler whilst having their hands free, to get on with the other tasks a busy family life brings.

Babywearing Professional and nurse Méabh Lyons, who will speak at the Fair explains: “Carrying babies in slings is more than transport. It is security, learning, nurturing, comfort and love. Carried babies see, smell, hear and experience the world as their parents do. They receive constant reassurance from their parents from their facial expressions, their voice and their touch. There is no better way to create this perfect learning environment for our babies. Parents feel more in touch with their baby and can respond quickly to their baby’s needs. Carrying your baby is great start to a healthy lifelong relationship with your child.”

The Wear a Hug Fair marks the start of International Babywearing Week 2017 which runs from October 2-8. Tickets (costing €6.50) are now on sale at you can find out more about Babywearing Ireland at




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Babywearing Ireland

Babywearing Ireland (BWI) is an organisation run by a nationwide network of volunteers, all passionate about promoting safe babywearing and its benefits for both children and caregivers. Babywearing Ireland (BWI) organises sling meets every week across Ireland and currently has 29 local sling libraries as well as a National Sling Library, which offers rental via post. In 2016 Babywearing Ireland celebrated its tenth anniversary. Babywearing Ireland offers a number of services such as Sling Meets, Sling Libraries and Online Support.