Have you heard of the Babytalk Festival? It’s a different kind of parenting and baby fair, and it’s taking place in O’Reilly Hall in UCD, Dublin next weekend, running from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of February 2014.
The organisers of the Babytalk Festival are hoping to create a parenting fair with a difference – one that is ethical and honest and provides parents with clear and unbiased information. The list of exhibitors is different to the norm. You won’t find any exhibitors of fast food, alcohol, carbonated drinks, tobacco, or gambling. And in compliance with the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, there won’t be any producers of breast-milk substitutes, feeding bottles and teats. What you will find are lots of Irish companies, and all kinds of services, including midwives, reflexologists, and hypnobirthing instructors. You can find a full list of exhibitors on the Babytalk Festival site: Shopping and Exhibitors.
As well as a wide range of exhibitors, there are lots of great talks taking place, including information on fertility, pregnancy, birth, baby care, weaning, and many more topics of interest. And on the Sunday afternoon, I’ll be there myself taking place in a panel discussion titled Good Information vs Bad Advice – online parenting support and information. This session is scheduled for 4pm on Sunday 23rd of February 2014. The panel will be chaired by Emily Manning (Editor with eumom.ie), and the other panel participants include one of my favourite Irish Parenting Bloggers, Sylda Dwyer of mindthebaby.ie, and Krysia Lynch from AIMSI, 42weeks.ie & HBA.
Tickets are very reasonably priced at EUR10 for a one day ticket and EUR 15 for a weekend pass. If you’re interested in attending, you can order your tickets from Babytalkfestival.ie.
Babytalk is taking place in O’Reilly Hall UCD, Dublin. You can find further location and direction information here –