The Babywearing Ireland committee is made up of volunteers. Who are they?

Claire Haugh
Claire HaughChair
Claire is our Babywearing Ireland Chair and also she has been helping to run the Mullingar Sling Meet and Library for the last three years.

Claire explains “I discovered the magic of slings on baby number two. Baby number three was in a sling before she even left hospital!” She’s an independent wee miss now but still loves the occasional slingy cuddle.”

Claire, a mum of three, is also a keen amateur geologist and can trace her family back over 200 years!

Stephanie O’Sullivan
Stephanie O’Sullivan Secretary
Stephanie is mum to one delightful little guy, with another little one on the way. She volunteers with the Mullingar Sling Library, where she started her own babywearing journey two years ago.

A trained secondary English teacher in the US, Stephanie put her career aside to become a stay at home mum when she moved to Ireland four years ago with her now husband.
She has previously worked for several years in the not for profit sector in the US, mainly dealing with arts and culture organisations. While in Ireland, she has worked teaching the English language to foreign students in the Dublin area. She is excited to be in a position to help Babywearing Ireland grow and adapt to the needs of its libraries and members.

Tania Lawlor
Tania LawlorNational Librarian
Tania Lawlor, mum of four runs the National Library and has been the first point of contact for hundreds of new babywearers.

Tania says, “I started babywearing with my second baby, and quickly realised how handy a sling can be. My toddler was a runner, but I could easily chase after him while keeping my baby safe and close to me. What started as a useful way to carry my baby quickly turned into a passion.”
Tania lives next to the beautiful Banna beach in Kerry and loves to relax by taking a stroll by the sea.

You can find details of how to rent from our sling library on the Meets & Libraries page and you can contact Tania on library@babywearingireland.ie

Linda Phillips
Linda Phillips Voluntary co-ordinator
Linda is mum to three girls and stepmum to one boy who is now grown up. She volunteers with Wexford sling library. She is a martial arts instructor by trade and lives teaching young children. It’s a family affair as her husband and children are all involved in martial arts.
She is really looking forward to the year ahead with babywearing Ireland and and Wexford sling library.
Dearbhla Cronin
Dearbhla Cronin Wear A Hug Fair Organiser
Dearbhla is excited to join the Babywearing Ireland Team this year and is looking forward to the challenge of organing the Wear a Hug Fair. She is mammy to Cian (3) and has a particular interest in helping parents and kids with special/additional needs discover the benefits of babywearing.

Dearbhla explains; “I love to pass on the babywearing love wherever I can. I’m looking forward to the next year working with all the volunteers and helping BWI evolve.”

Sinead O'Higgins
Sinead O'HigginsPR
Sinead looks after PR for Babywearing Ireland as well as helping run the Waterford Sling Library and meets. She is looking forward to seeing Babywearing Ireland continue to grow during 2017.

Sinead explains; “Before I discovered Babywearing Ireland I had no idea I could carry my baby beyond a few months. I just love the closeness carrying my younger daughter brings and how easy it is to get around with both of my girls”.

Sinead, mam of two girls Anna (6) and Ava (2) lives by the sea in County Waterford. You can get in touch at pr@babywearingireland.ie

Willemein Koelink
Willemein KoelinkMarketing, Social Media and website
Willemein Koelink joined the committee in 2015 and developed the new BWI website which was launched in 2016. The coming year she will look after marketing, social media and further development of the website in cooperation with Niamh.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the new team. Babywearing Ireland has grown so much in the last couple of years and I am excited to be part of it. I hope that together we can share the passion for babywearing and grow Babywearing Ireland to make slings more accessible for everyone’’

Rebecca Lillian
Rebecca LillianTreasurer
Rebecca is mum to two little boys, 3 and 1 and is passionate about the benefits of babywearing. She is a trained babywearing consultant and also works full time in the legal sector. With experience in accounts and tax she is your Treasurer for this year. Rebecca is really looking forward to helping out this year and watching Babywearing Ireland expand over the next year.
Kim Ross-Mc Partling
Kim Ross-Mc PartlingOrdinary Member
Kim explains: “I first encountered babywearing in Tanzania when I was pregnant with my first child. Two wonderful mamas showed me the traditional African Kanga and how they wrapped their babies and I was hooked! I have now done two babywearing training courses and have been teaching for the past three years.”

Kim has been involved in running the South Dublin Sling meet since 2015 and loves to empower parents to use babywearing to help them along their parenting journeys.

Tricia Nugent O’Connor
Tricia Nugent O’ConnorOrdinary Member
Mum of three children under six Tricia Nugent O’Connor explains how useful babywearing can be for a busy parent: “With three young children I can keep my newborn close and still have both hands free to tend to the needs of my older two.

Today slings come in all shapes and sizes with everything from stretchy or woven wraps, ring slings, mei tais and buckles available to parents and carers”.

Tricia loves making (and eating) cakes and chutneys.

Claire Gillanders
Claire Gillanders Ordinary Member
Claire is a stay at home mother to four young kids. As well as running her own cake design business from home. Babywearing has been an essential part of Claire’s daily routine with the birth of her last child and has found the use of her slings to be beneficial to her mindful wellbeing.

Claire set up and is librarian to Monaghan Sling Library. Claire is excited to see Babywearing Ireland progress and grow with her input

”Our volunteers are passionate about babywearing and without their help and support we wouldn’t be what we are today ” – Linda, Volunteer Coordinator BWI

Are you passionate about babywearing and do you have a few hours a month available for some volunteering?

The Babywearing Ireland management team is made up of volunteers. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to help promote Babywearing Ireland. We are particularly keen to see new members in areas of Ireland that are not currently represented by our team, so please volunteer to organise a Sling Meet in your area!

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