pregnancy & baby festival

O'Reilly Hall, UCD, Dublin
22-23 February 2014, 10am - 5pm

festival photos

The dust has finally settled after Babytalk and we have picked our favourite photos from the weekend to give you a glimpse into all of the fun and games that went on!

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Our happy visitors shopping to their hearts content!


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A few of our fab exhibitors…


The Early Learning Centre play area was a huge hit with our littlest visitors!

We had lots of bookworms visit our reading area where our brilliant readers entertained and excited all weekend!

The very talented Jo Jo painting lots of happy little (and bigger) faces!

One of our brilliant demos, here Gail from Harmony Yoga is teaching Mums, Dads and babies how to do yoga together

RTEjr’s Reuben entertains the crowds, young and old were rolling around with laughter!

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Tickled Pink had everyone joining in and singing along!

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Some of the Babytalk Team celebrating the end to a brilliant weekend!


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Thanks again to everyone who came along, took part, exhibited or helped us to spread the word about Babytalk 2014! Keep an eye on our blog, Facebook and Twitter for news and updates, looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

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Reuben from RTEjr reading to lots of lovely little people in our reading area over the festival weekend.

Well I think it’s pretty obvious that we love books here in Babytalk. We created a series of graphics last year using our favourite quotes from Children’s books and we had a dedicated reading area at the festival to promote the habit of snuggling up to read a bedtime story from a very early age.

Reading with my little girl is truly my favourite part of the day, it’s something we have been doing since day one, we even read to my bump! It’s a simple an inexpensive activity that has huge benefits for both little folk and big folk alike.

Today is world book day and to celebrate we have three fab prizes up for grabs. We are very lucky here in Ireland to have lots of very talented Illustrators and Authors. Three of our favourites are…

A bit lost

Chris Haughton who has illustrated and written, A Bit Lost, Oh No George and his new book that is being released today – Shh! we have a plan. We are delighted to have a signed copy of Oh No George and a copy of A Bit Lost and Shh! we have a plan to give away as our first prize in today’s competition!


We also love Niamh Sharkey, she has written and illustrated lots of fab children’s picture books, we are very lucky to have  copy of I’m a Happy Hugglewug to give away with two gorgeous soft toys from the Disney version of her book – Henry Hugglemonster, with huge thanks to Golden Bear Toys!

Lonely beast

You may have admired our gorgeous illustrated backdrop in the reading area over the festival, this was done by another of our favourite Illustrators – Chris Judge. Chris has very kindly given us a copy of The Lonely Beast and The Great Explorer as our final prize in celebration of World Book Day.

To enter our amazing competition simply like and comment on this post here or on our Facebook post with the name of your favourite children’s book. Winners will be announced next Friday.

Happy Reading!

UPDATE – Competition closed!

We are delighted to announce the three very lucky winners of our fab book prizes in celebration of World Book Day! The winners are…

1st prize – Elizabeth Burke
2nd prize – Noeleen Russell
3rd prize – Amy Marcella Mullen

Congratulations ladies, please email us at with your phone number and postal address to claim your prizes!

Happy long weekend everyone!

Cotton on!

A guest post from Babytalk exhibitor Leona from hip baby about why organic cotton is the bees knees!

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Cotton is Cotton right??  Well no, not exactly.  There are no chemicals whatsoever used in the production of Organic Cotton.  No insecticides or pesticides used in the cotton fields or chemicals during the manufacturing process and the dyes used are free from toxins!

Apart from the obvious Environmental and Social benefits to the farmers who grow it, how does it benefit you and your baby?  Well a baby’s skin is very delicate and their skin is a lot thinner than adults, for this reason is it is important that their skin can breathe and Organic Cotton helps this.

A lot of babies suffer with eczema and other skin irritations and Organic Cotton can really help with these conditions.  Regardless of the rest of the clothes your baby wears, if the layer next to their skin is Organic Cotton then you are helping your baby’s skin to breathe!

Organic Cotton Clothing has come a long way in the last few years, previously the choice varied from a dull cream to an even duller grey!!!  Now we have lots of colours and styles to choose from and the quality cannot be matched!

Come along to the hipbaby stand at Babytalk Festival to see and feel organic cotton clothing for yourself and be in with a chance to win a fab prize of a €50 voucher to spend online!

For more details please see

Babytalk Festival – what why when and where?

Our impressive venue – O’Reilly Hall, UCD, Dublin

The story of Babytalk begins all the way back in 2011 when I began my adventure into the world of making babies.

Like most people, before the idea of having a baby stopped filling me with dread and fear, I had never given more than a few fleeting moments of thought to being a Mum and all that would involve. The most thought I had ever given to the idea of having a baby, was a list of names that I liked for the babies that I might have, one day in the very distant future.

So when the uncontrollable “want” began, I was quite overwhelmed by how all consuming it was. I suddenly went from not being particularly interested in babies and little people, to longing for my own little bundle of loveliness. And so it began… I started preparing myself for becoming a Mum. I’m a bit of a research nerd, so I delved into every book I could find, article I could google and advice I could get my hands on while we were trying to conceive. The thing that surprised me was that people don’t tend to talk a whole lot about this part of the journey to Mammyhood and Daddyhood. I know it involves jiggery pokery and that in Ireland we’re still a little afraid to talk about things like that, but still, I was shocked at how underground and difficult it was to find advice. So I began to reach out to people I didn’t know on forums and Facebook groups. I created a network of online friends that I could ask questions and bounce ideas off.

When we found out that we were going to have a baby, the penny really dropped. The reality of becoming a parent set in and I was scared. I had so many questions and I was given so much conflicting advice that I didn’t quite know what to do. I really just wanted somewhere I could go to chat with people that could offer good sound advice based on fact rather than hearsay, and even more importantly I wanted to meet fellow parents-to-be and make real life friends that I could hopefully share our parenting adventures with. That somewhere has become Babytalk Festival!

Well, mostly for very selfish reasons. We have designed Babytalk for us and our peers, we couldn’t find exactly what we were looking for so we decided to make it ourselves. We wanted to create something different, a fun experience where people can come together and celebrate little people and parenthood. It’s a big deal this parenting marlarkey – a life changing time full of excitement, joy, laughter, tears, tantrums, pooey nappies, dribble, worry, questions but most of all – love, and that’s what we want to celebrate. We also want to make it easier to access accurate information and to help connect people.

The nicest time of year of course! Spring begins in February – the days begin to stretch, flowers pop their heads up and stretch towards to sun, animals (us included) come out from hibernation and things just seem a little brighter! We chose to have the festival at the end of February to celebrate spring – a fresh time of new beginnings. So save the date and come help us welcome the spring! Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of February 2014.

We searched high and low, near and far to find our perfect venue. It took months of road-trips, site visits, meetings and scary decisions to find it. We had a lot to consider… from visiting other events we created a list of what we did want and what we didn’t.

Dream Venue List
Big, but not too big
Free car parking
Easy to find & good location
Good transport links
Nicely designed space
A blank canvas with potential
Good facilities
Reliable events team & staff
Lots of light
Unique & different
Green areas – we like trees!

We finally found everything we were looking for and then some in O’Reilly Hall, UCD in Dublin. It is a beautiful architecturally designed space set amidst the bustling UCD campus. The campus itself is well known, easy to get to and very green! There are lots of lovely woodland walks, a gorgeous lake that the hall overlooks, and plenty of green areas. Here is a link to a pdf of the woodland walks, why not make a day of your visit and take a stroll through one of the routes after Babytalk?

Looking forward to welcoming you, we hope you enjoy the festival as much as we have enjoyed creating it!