About Carry Me Away
Carry Me Away is a babywearing resource center for parents who want
personal attention and the best in baby carriers without being overwhelmed by
options. We only sell carriers that
we or those close to us have personally used so that we can provide
customers with factual recommendations based on personal experience.
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 and is now the secretary of
Babywearing International. Glenda chose the
current owner as her successor in large part due to Laurelís
passion for babywearing education.
About the owner:
My name is Laurel McCarthy
(nee Hilfiker), and Iím the owner of Carry Me Away. I took over CMA in 2007 after several years
of providing babywearing education and local retail sales in my home town of Napa,
Iím wife to James (JJ) McCarthy and mommy to Jack (age 6) and Maddy (3). 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 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 the mom-baby class at the Queen. And I LOVED being stroller-free
at the grocery store, on crowded San Francisco
streets and at the mall. I was crushed to discover that when Jack hit the 16 lb
mark (at 5 months), I could no longer use the Björn since it hurt my back,
shoulders and neck to carry him for more than just a short time. Then I
discovered the Kangaroo Korner Adjustable
Fleece Pouch (KKAFP). That was the best baby gear purchase Iíve 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
Since Napa didnít (and still
doesnít) have much in the way of baby carriers available, I quickly found
myself something of a babywearing emissary.
Eerywhere I carried my children, it seemed, parents approached me to ask
about my carriers, often commenting ďI wish Iíd known about those when my child
was smallĒ I found that I enjoyed educating others about the many benefits of
wearing your baby and showing them that using slings and carriers is easy, fun
and stylish, too. I began my biz as a guest speaker at the Queen of the
Valley's postpartum mom's speaker series and then expanded to teaching monthly
classes and offering private sessions. 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, Iím a mom of two, so Iíve been there, done that! Secondly, Iím
obsessive about thoroughly researching EVERY baby purchase I make, which is why
I feel confident that the carriers Iím 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
(hence the LCSW title thing). In my day job, Iím a social work supervisor for
the County of Solano.
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