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RTE Doctors on Call: Active Mums on TV

rte doctors on call

Looking good, mums and babies!  here’s the link:

Our piece starts at 5:55.

RTE 1 has an exciting new health show which came to our screens on Wednesday, the 13th of November. The weekly six part magazine show will feature a specialised team of doctors, medical professionals and reporters will bring you the ultimate guide to health and wellness. Doctors on Call

The RTE crew came in to the Active Mum Sling and Dance class a few weeks ago to film some of the class and to interview some of the mums.

Come and take a look to see if you can see yourself, your baby or any of your friends.


RTE doctors on call

RTE doctors on call






Last Classes for Sling & Dance of 2013

Sling and Dance exercise for mums

The sling and dance classes finish up this week for the Christmas break.  the last classes are:

Thursday 28th Nov at 11am in Castleknock
Saturday 30th Nov at 10am in Lucan

Do come and join us for the last one of the year and celebrate with a mince pie (Castleknock) or slap-up breakfast (Lucan)!

Details of the sling and dance classes.

The baby massage course continues until 16th December.

Sling Meetup in Terenure, Dublin 6W on 18th Dec. ’13

Are you new to baby slings/ carriers and don’t know where to start? Would you like to meet other local mums?

A sling meetup is a relaxed meet up where mums come together to chat and to try different baby slings and carriers.  You can see demonstrations of different carriers and ways to put them on.  You can talk to other people to help you choose a sling that suits you.  Hilary is a sling consultant with Trageschule, Dresden and is on hand to demonstrate slings and to advise on how you are using your own sling.

Just drop in for advice, demonstrations, to try different carriers and to chat to other mums.

Sling meetup

The sling meet is in conjunction with the non-profit organisation, Babywearing Ireland.  Voluntary donations towards the rent of the room are welcome. Suggested donation: €3

Active Mum has the following slings for you to try:

Ring slings

  • BB (pleated shoulder)
  • Storchenweige (gathered shoulder)

Woven Wraps

  • Didymos medium woven wrap (size 5)
  • Amazonas long woven wrap (size 7)

Stretchy Wraps

  • Je porte mon bebe
  • Moby

Mei Tai

  • Ellevill (regular size)
  • Hop tye (regular size)
  • Melkaj (toddler size)

Soft Structured Carriers

  • Manduca (soft structured carrier)
  • Patapum (soft structured carrier)
  • Fraulein Hubsch (half buckle/ half mei tai)

More information about our slings
More information about babywearing
More information about babywearing ireland

No need to book.  Just drop in.  For more information: contact Hilary:
087 917 2939

Sling Meet Dublin 15 Details

2-4pm on Wednesday 18th December 2013
Panda Play Cafe, Terenure Rugby Club, Dublin 6W

Active Mum – Finalist in the Maternity and Infant Awards 2013

maternity and infant awards

The Maternity and Infant awards 2013 took place on 24th October.  Thank you to everyone who voted for the sling and dance fitness classes with Active Mum!  We were a finalist in the following two categories:

– best mum and baby activity
– innovative product of the year

For a list of winners:

Wish us luck for next year!

maternity and infant awards 2013

maternity and infant awards 2013



The maternity & infant Awards 2013 in association with Gaviscon Extra are Ireland’s original awards in the pregnancy and parenting industry. Through these awards we commend the very best in products and services for mothers and babies in Ireland as well as reward bravery, selflessness and hard work through twelve “People Award” categories.

About Us


More About the Maternity and Infant Awards 2013

Now in their sixth year the maternity & infant Awards in association with Gaviscon Extra have continued to exceed all expectations with over 67,000 votes in 2012 and in line with the maternity & infant magazine, a distinct brand has been established.

Following the success of the awards in the last number of years, this year we have made a conscious decision to redesign in order to improve and progress with the needs of Irish parents. This year the awards will focus on providing advice and aim to be a point of reference for parents in Ireland seeking the best services and products available to them.

Through online voting, parent product testing and the maternity & infant Academy of Judges we will award the top products in Ireland the maternity & infant Awards parent seal of approval. Armed with a brand new website and six years experience we are confident in our persistence of being the innovators in this industry.

Baby Massage Blanchardstown, Dublin 15: New Course

baby/ infant massage class

Spend quality time with your baby learning how to give your baby a massage, and meet other local mums for friendship and support.

I will teach you strokes that are safe and appropriate for you to massage your baby, so that you can enjoy it as a regular activity at home.

The massage class which I teach was developed by Vimala McClure who is the founder of the International Association of Infant Massage and is taught all over the world.

You can be sure that you are receiving a quality class as I am accredited by the International Association of Infant Massage and am a member of Baby Massage Ireland. This also means that you can claim back up to €100 off the course cost from your insurance company.

I have a first class degree in psychology and philosophy and a masters in womens’ studies which along with qualifications in counselling skills, first aid, teaching and over 13 years of experience teaching adults means that I am well placed to teach the course.

As a sling consultant I offer help at the end of the class if you are considering getting a baby carrier or sling.

Baby massage blanchardstown

fun activity for baby

The benefits of baby massage include:

  1. Relief – may help relieve constipation, wind and colic pains.
  2. Relaxation- during the massage and also may help baby sleep better
  3. Stimulation – stimulating the muscles and nerve pathways.
  4. Interaction – great for bonding between the two of you.

You will get a receipt for your payment on the first day of the course, which you can send off to your health insurance company to claim the full or partial cost of the course back.

  • VHI – EU100 during the baby’s first year. Read more
  • Leya Healthcare – up to EU275 during baby’s first 3 months. Read more
  • Aviva Health – up to EU150 Read more
  • Glo Health – up to EU40 Read more


Baby Massage Blanchardstown Course Details

The baby massage classes are held at St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Church Avenue, Blanchardstown Village, Dublin 15

11:30-12:30pm on Tuesdays.  Next course starts 21st January 2014

More information about baby massage

To book:

Mid term break over – Active Mum Class Schedule back to normal

We are taking a mid term break around the bank holiday as some of the Active Mum venues are closed.  Classes for the next few days are as follows:

Thursday 31/10/13 – NO SLING AND DANCE
Friday 1/11/13 – sling meet as normal
Saturday 2/11/13 – sling and dance as normal

Sorry for any inconvenience.


Special Offers Baby Massage 50% off with 6 Sling and Dance Classes

Massage Class

Special offers baby massage course 50% off, when you purchase six sling & dance classes.

Total: €105 (saving of €60)

Baby Massage Course

The baby massage courses run for 5 weeks.  Each class lasts for an hour.  Classes are in Dublin 15:  Castleknock, Blanchardstown and Huntstown.   Baby massage is great for

  1. Relief.  It may help relieve constipation, wind and colic pains.
  2. Relaxation.  Baby massage relaxes baby during the massage and may help baby sleep better.
  3. Stimulation.  Baby massage stimulates the muscles and nerve pathways.
  4. Interaction.  It’s great for bonding between the two of you.

M ore information about baby massage

Hilary is certified with Baby Massage Ireland: .  She is also a member of the International Association of Infant Massage:

baby/ infant massage class

Sling and Dance Fitness Courses

The sling and dance fitness classes are post-natal exercise classes for mums.  Babies enjoy the music and movement in a sling.  Many babies fall asleep during the class.

Here are some of the benefits for mum:

  1. Lose baby weight.
  2. Regain fitness.
  3. Bond with your baby.
  4. Meet other mums.  We generally have a coffee afterwards at the venue.
  5. Enjoy a dance and a bit of a laugh!

Here are some of the benefits for baby:

  1. The movement is relaxing for baby.  Many babies fall asleep during the class.
  2. The movement stimulates babies’ vestibular system.  This is important for the development of balance, posture and movement.
  3. The movement stimulates babies’ muscular-skeletal system.  This helps develop muscle tone.
  4. The music gives babies the opportunity to develop a sense of rhythm.  This helps language development.
  5. Babies love being close to mum, so they enjoy the class too.

You do not need to bring your own baby sling as we have plenty to borrow.  Older children are welcome to come along and play at the side of the room.  More information about sling and dance classes.

Sling and Dance Fitness Class

Special Offers Baby


  • The deal is for people who do not get a contribution towards the cost of baby massage course from health insurance.
  • Deal must be purchased by 8/12/13
  • Deal must be redeemed by 8/3/14
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers

 Buy the deal now using the PayPal button below


Sling and Dance Workout for Mums – Dynamite (front)

Sling and Dance Workout for Mums – Dynamite


‘Wearing a Hug’ Babywearing Fair in Dublin this Sunday 13/10

babywearing fair

The “Wearing a Hug” Babywearing fair is in its second year!  What started off as an idea for a Sling Demo at a conference, turned into an annual event to raise funds for Babywearing Ireland and awareness of Babywearing.

The 2013 “Wearing a Hug” fair will take place on the 13 October, 1pm – 5pm in Ashling Hotel.

Active Mum will have a stall all day, and a demonsrtation at 1:30pm.  Do come and join us!


Entry is 3 Euro per person or 5 Euro per family. Under 16s are free.If you are a member of Babywearing Ireland, you get 1 Euro off the entry fee 🙂 To join, register here.

The first 150 grown ups through the door will be going home with a fab goody bag.

Our venue is balloon-free!

Free facepainting on the day thanks to Panda Play Café

Virtual Sling-athon for International Babywearing Week

Sling-athon for International Babywearing Week

Celebrate International Babywearing Week 2013 by taking part in Sling-athon!

Take a photo of yourself with baby in a sling any time on Thursday 10/10/13 an post it to the Facebook event wall:

I’ll be there with my camera on Thursday at the sling & dance class to take pictures of anyone who would like to participate.  Details of the sling & dance class can be found here:

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