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 15) and Madeline (12). 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 was an LCSW in California for many years. 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 CMA Babywearing Team
I’m Hannah – I’m the ringleader of the CMA BAbywearing Team and I also manage the Carry Me Away Instagram page. I’ve been working with CMA for threeish years.
I live in rural Nevada with my husband of 5 years and our 3 year old son Jude, 2 dogs and 7 chickens.
I’m a WAHM, I run Judy & Park full time and sew for a baby carrier company part time, all out of my little house in the high desert. I was a preschool teacher for 10 years prior to being a stay at home mom.
I’ve been babywearing for nearly 4 years! I run Reno Babywearers which is a non profit babywearing group here in northern Nevada. I also volunteer with The Carrying On Project, helping get carriers to military families in need.
In my “free time” 😅 I work with Baby Tula and a few children’s clothing companies.
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, onbuhimos and ring slings. Our babywearing journey is constantly changing as Jude’s needs and personal preferences change and grow. I hope that our stories help you on your own babywearing journey.