Our mission at Carry Me Away is to provide the best baby carriers on the market, along with outstanding customer service. We pride ourselves on providing help before, during and after a sale to ensure that proper wearing techniques are being used for the safety of both the wearer and the child. We want all customers of Carry Me Away to be comfortable, safe and fashionable!
Carry Me Away was founded by Glenda Criss-Forshey in 2005. She left the business to focus on babywearing education in the non-profit sector. Laurel McCarthy took over Carry Me Away in 2007.
About Laurel, CMA’s owner:
My name is Laurel McCarthy (nee Hilfiker), and I’m the owner of Carry Me Away. I took over CMA in 2007 after several yearsof providing babywearing education and local retail sales in my home town of Napa, CA.
I’m wife to James (JJ) McCarthy and mommy to Otto (age 13) and Madeline (11). We live in California, but I originally hail from the East Coast, via Washington DC and New York City.
How I got started in babywearing:
When Otto (then called Jack) was born, I registered for and duly received a Baby Björn. Since I was a woman before I was a mommy, I loved being able to be close to my son while hiking, socializing with friends, doing things around the house and even exercising in a mom-baby class. When I discovered the Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Fleece Pouch (KKAFP), and it was LOVE. That pouch was the single best baby gear purchase I’ve ever made. I loved cuddling with my son and keeping him close to me but also being able to do other things. Of course, that first sling led to experimentation with countless other carriers, some of which I returned, many of which got added to my stash.
Since Napa didn’t have much in the way of baby carriers available, I quickly found myself something of a babywearing emissary. I loved educating others about the many benefits of wearing your baby and showing them that using slings and carriers is easy, fun and stylish, too. Eventually, I realized I needed to start selling carriers, too, since none of my favorites were available locally. And thus my little business was born…
When I found out Carry Me Away was for sale, I jumped at the chance to take on a great company from a woman I admired.
First of all, I’m a mom of two, so I’ve been there, done that! Secondly, I’m obsessive about thoroughly researching EVERY baby purchase I make, which is why I feel confident that the carriers we’re offering for sale are some of the best on the (ever-expanding) market.
Oh, and I have my Masters in Social Work from Hunter College in NYC and am licensed in California. I consider my babywearing venture an extension of my personal and professional mission to provide support and assistance to other parents in whatever way that I can.
The Mom Squad
Carry Me Away’s Mom Squad are our social media ambassadors. They use our carriers, take pictures and videos and help out in all sorts of other little ways. The Mom Squad are great to talk to about your babywearing questions!
Hi! My name is Monica and I ‘m on the Carry Me Away team to help out on social media and give my honest opinion about carriers that we’ve used! I also run CMA’s Instagram @carryme_away. I’m more than happy to answer questions to the best of my knowledge and I love interacting with you all.
Let me tell a little about myself, I am a stay at home mom to two active girls ages 10 months and 5 years and a wife to @bencorntattoos. We love living in Napa and really enjoy being part of this great community.
Since having my second daughter, babywearing has become a regular part of our daily routine. Babywearing helps me get my oldest daughter to school and accomplish all the other endless tasks that come with being a mom and a home maker. My goal in working with Carry Me Away is to help make your baby wearing experience just as enjoyable!
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I’m Hannah, a new addition to the CMA Mom Squad. I’m excited to be a part of this team of moms spreading the love for all things babywearing.
I’m a work at home mom and do my best to balance life as a small business owner, wife and mother. It’s not always perfect but it’s pretty dang good and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
My husband, Josh, and I welcomed our son into the world on Christmas Eve 2015. He’s been the best gift I’ve ever received. Jude is just over a year now, full of love and adventure and has the best laugh you’ve ever heard.
We currently live outside of Reno, NV but we were born and raised in the Bay Area of California. It’s been hard being away from family, especially after having our first baby, but we’ve been able to make great friends through our babywearing community.
I started wearing Jude in a Moby Wrap when he was just days old. I had read all about the benefits of babywearing and quickly became fascinated. We currently have a deep love for SSCs and ring slings. Our babywearing journey is constantly changing as Jude’s needs and personal preferences change and grow. I’m looking forward to sharing our experiences with you and hope that our stories help you on your own babywearing journey.
* * *]I’m Justice, I’m excited to be a part of the CMA Mom Squad and wanted to take a minute to introduce you to my family and our babywearing journey.
I’ve been married to my husband Paul for 4 years, together for 7. Paul is an accomplished tattoo artist here in Phoenix. He’s amazingly talented and is also profoundly deaf.
Our son Bronson is 16 months old. He’s a fearless toddler who continues to amaze us with his capabilities and endless personality.
We love to explore our great city, participate in community events and get outside and hike! We are also avid Disney fans and enjoy our trips to SoCal to visit friends and Disneyland.
We started wearing Bronson as a newborn. Ring slings were our go to carriers. We loved how easy they were to pack in a diaper bag and how quickly we could get Bronson in one while out in public places. Since then our collection has also grown to include Mei Tais, and SSCs. I’ve always been fascinated by wrapping but haven’t yet taken the plunge.