11am – Babywearing and additional needs – Méabh Lyons
As a babywearing professional and nurse, Méabh Lyons has extensive training and experience working with parents and babies with additional needs and helping them to find safe and comfortable solutions through carrying their baby/babies in slings. Includes a Q&A session.
12pm – Lunchtime Laughs ‘Breastfeeding Alfresco and other adventures’ – Diane O’Connor
“Breastfeeding Al Fresco and Other Adventures” – Diane O’Connor is breastfeeding, but she won’t let that keep her indoors. Join her in this fun and informative stand-up comedy show inspired by breastfeeding, motherhood, and related adventures! Diane O’Connor is a stand-up comedian and performer from Dublin. She has performed around Ireland, London, and Edinburgh. After her recent performance in Smock Alley she is delighted to be performing at the Wear a Hug Fair.
2pm – The Mystery Of Meh Dai – Alice Chau-Ginguene
Alice will explain the history of Meh dai, its cultural influence, and demonstrate three real traditional Meh dai which can be touched too!
3pm – Babywearing Fashion Show (Emer McKenna, Michelle Worley & Dearbhla Cronin hosting)
Join us for a display of all the different types of slings and the myriad of ways they can be worn. Stretchy wraps, ring slings, woven wraps, Meh Dai, soft structured carriers – see them all at the annual fashion show.
3.45pm – Life with a Newborn. Preparing with confidence
Mairead Murphy, IBCLC – Lactation Consultant at Better Breastfeeding
Jen Crawford, Birth and Post-Partum Doula at DoulaCare Ireland
Olwen Rowe, Babywearing Consultant at Born to be Carried and Trageschule Ireland
Our panelists share their passion, wisdom, and expertise in navigating baby’s first few weeks outside the womb, empowering parents to make confident decisions and explaining the role each of their professions can play in easing a new little family member into the world.
The library will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 4.30pm). There will be volunteers in the library to help parents and caregivers to try on slings and to give information on local sling meets as well as on our national babywearing (postal rental) library.
There will be meh dais, stretchy wraps, woven wraps, soft structured carriers (AKA full buckles) and ring slings to try. If you are new to babywearing, it would be a great idea to attend one of the ‘Intro to babywearing’ talks/sessions before coming into the library, so that you have an idea of what you might like to try on.
Also in this room there will be lots of information stands including Le Leche League, Friends of Breastfeeding, AIMS, Nurture etc
One of the highlights of the Babywearing Ireland Wear a Hug Fair is always our Fashion Show, where Mums and Dads take to the catwalk to strut their babywearing stuff.
The Fashion Show will be held at 3pm… you don’t want to miss it!