Mammyisms at Babytalk Festival

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Mammyisms, much like dad jokes are an inevitability for all parents.

Colm O’Regan the comedian behind the twitter account @irishmammies hits the nail on the head with tweets like, “Who’s that plate for? Teddy, I see. I hope Teddy isn’t as picky as you.” or our favourite, “car passed nct tg x mam”. So mammy.

Colm will performing his stand up comedy show at a new event called Babytalk Festival (22-23 February O’Reilly Hall, UCD). The festival has been planned with families and families-to-be in mind both  to celebrate this exciting time in families’ lives while also providing easy-to-understand, accurate information.

Rachel one of the two ladies behind Babytalk Festival said “Babytalk is the festival I wanted to go to myself but couldn’t find”. Maria her co-organiser added “For us, one of the most important considerations is that Babytalk is inclusive, everyone is welcome – from those just considering starting a family, parents-to-be, young families plus extended families and friends.”

Rachel and Marie have designed the event to ensure that a wide range of areas are covered – from conceiving topics, pregnancy well being and birth options to infant nutrition and baby’s first year, plus lots of clever and useful products and services.

The talk line-up is impressive and includes experts such as Newstalk’s consultant psychologist David Carey, dietician/nutritionist and International Board-certified lactation consultant Dr. Genevieve Becker, Cuidiú representative Fiona Rea plus a panel of Irish parenting bloggers. Visitors can also get advice, support and information from a range of support agencies at the Ultimate Maternity Information Station throughout the weekend.

“We think that giving advice and information to new and expectant parents is a huge responsibility,” explains Rachel, “so it is very important that sources are unbiased to guarantee that the information is genuinely in the best interests of families. 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 and most of all – love, and that’s what we want to celebrate”.

Entry is €10 for one day or €15 for two with tickets available for purchase online or at the door.
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Photo courtesy Babytalk Festival of Rachel and her daughter Juliet.
By Emma Dwyer