Wear A Hug With Babywearing Ireland This October!
Exciting news! Babywearing Ireland’s sixth Wear a Hug Fair will take place on Sunday the 1st October at the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, Co. Kildare from 10:30 am to 5 pm.
The Wear a Hug Fair now in its sixth year is firmly established as Ireland’s biggest Babywearing Expo, last year attracting over 1000 visitors who gathered to view the largest selection of slings, carriers, babywearing accessories and natural parenting products on offer in Ireland.
On the day, visitors will be spoiled for choice with over 45 trade stands (many selling high-quality products not available in high street shops), a series of talks, sling demonstrations and an opportunity to book a consultation with some of Ireland’s leading sling consultants. The Babywearing Ireland National Sling Library will be on site offering the opportunity to see a wide variety of slings. There will also be a sling fashion show and children’s entertainment.
What Is Babywearing?
Babywearing is the ancient tradition of carrying infants and young children in a piece of cloth known as a sling, which allows the wearer to carry on with daily tasks while keeping young children conveniently and safely close. In 2006 Babywearing Ireland was set up by Irish parents to help others learn about and find support to keep their babies close in a safe and enjoyable manner.
As Babywearing Ireland is making its final preparations to welcome hundreds of babywearers, its current Chair and mom of three Claire Haugh reflects on the huge interest in babywearing in recent years:
"Our organisation is something special. It is run completely 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 (with libraries of demo slings) 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 also very social, offering a welcome space to chat with like-minded parents.”
Babywearing Ireland offers impartial and knowledgeable information on all aspects of slings from safety to fit, the organisation believes that slings are powerful tools for parents and caregivers, helping them meet the needs of their baby or toddler while having their hands free to get on with all the other tasks 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 a 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 2nd to October 8th.