About us

Aloha, e komo mai!

E Ho’ohapai Na Kamalei – Carry The Children, is a nonprofit organization.  Our mission is to help parents learn to use their current carrier, or help parents find a carrier that will work for them.  We meet at 10am every third Tuesday at the Moanalua Terrace Community Center to accomplish our goal.

Everyone is welcome.  If you love wearing your baby, want to wear your baby but don’t know where to start, or are having trouble figuring out how to wear your baby, come join us!  Our group has children from newborns through toddlers and we’d love to help you!

Everyone who wants to learn more about babywearing is welcome. There is no fee for our services and we don’t sell anything.  Whether you’re toting a stroller, a Bjorn, a wrap, sling or MT, we’d love to have you. It’s never too late (or too early) to learn about babywearing!  Hi’ilei pulamahia–carry the cherished child!  We’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

About Our Leader

Kristin - The group leader

Kristin Speltz has been leading O’ahu’s babywearing group since 2005.  She’s been married to Patrick for seven years, and is the mom of three children; two boys (six and three), and one girl (seven months).

She first discovered babywearing as most new mom’s do, with the Baby Bjorn.  Unfortunately, the Bjorn did not work well for her.  

“I have a bad back from my years working as a registered nurse, and the Bjorn just caused me a lot of discomfort.  Many women love the Bjorn, it just didn’t work for me. I used it because it was all I knew about,” she says.

When her second son arrived, she was faced with caring for a newborn and a three-year-old, and a Bjorn that was just not working.  

“The Bjorn hurt my back too much to use.  I remember just wanting to make lunch for myself and my oldest son, but I because I was holding the baby, it was nearly impossible.  So I went on a quest. Surely, there had to be other options out there.”

What happened next was serendipity.

It so happened that I was at a strip mall and saw a woman carrying a toddler in a hip carrier of some kind.  I had never seen anything like it! I went straight home and Googled ‘baby carriers’.  It opened up a whole new world for me.” 

 Since that day, Kristin has been on a quest to make sure every mom finds a carrier that works for that particular mom’s need.  No person is the same, and not every carrier works for everyone, but every person can find a carrier that works for them.


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