Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Big News!

Hi Everyone,

As 2010 quickly approaches, we are gearing up for a new and exciting year for Baby aWEARness. If you've been in the store recently, you might have noticed that there are some MAJOR changes in the works. In the spirit of providing everything a family would need to grow healthy, happy keiki, Hot Mama Maternity and Baby aWEARness are now under one roof!

We might be a little biased, but we think that Baby aWEARness and Hot Mama are an absolute dream team - Hot Mama Maternity keeps Hawaii's moms feeling blissful and beautiful during pregnancy; Baby aWEARness provides eco-friendly, natural products for Hawaii's blossoming families. Now sharing our space on the second floor of Manoa Marketplace, we can better serve Hawaii's moms and moms-to-be, providing essential resources and excellent products that are better for baby, better for the environment, and best for mom! Whether you are expecting a little one, or they have just arrived, Hot Mama Maternity and Baby aWEARness are now sharing a space in Manoa Marketplace, providing everything an expecting or new mother could need!

Also for your enjoyment, we have permanently extended our store hours!
We are now open:
Monday - Saturday: 10-6pm
Sunday: 10-1pm

In celebration of this new partnership, Baby aWEARness and Hot Mama are co-hosting "Hawaii's Next Hot Mama," a contest honoring and empowering the mothers of Hawaii. The contest will be held from January 1st to February 11th, 2010. As the face of the Baby aWEARness/Hot Mama partnership, Hawaii's Next Hot Mama will serve as an inspiration and role model for mothers and families throughout Hawaii. The winner will be the face of Hot Mama/Baby aWEARness for 2010 and will receive an entire package of perks including over $1,000 in prizes, a well-deserved spa package, and much more!

Hawaii's Next Hot Mama can be an expecting-mom, a brand new mommy, or a mother of many! She can be a full-time mom, a business-minded mom, a military mom - any kind of mom! You can nominate yourself, or a candidate that you think would best represent Hawaii's Next Hot Mama.

Stay tuned for more contest details!
Become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and find out all the latest details first!!

All our love to your blossoming babies,

Ashley, Nicky, and Mel (from Hot Mama!)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Nova Natural Toys!

We are so excited to have Julliet Lowe from the Enchanted Forrest Store at Waldorf ordering our toys now! Check out some of the products we ordered this week:

A perennial favorite, this Rainbow Tunnel Set is one of our most versatile toys! Cut from a solid block of wood, all of its brightly colored arches fit perfectly into one another. With a little imagination, they become cozy caves for woodland gnomes and animals, bridges for block play, rocking boats for dolls, and even a telescoping caterpillar.

What child doesn't wish they could be a little taller? With our Walking Blocks, they don't have to wait until they are older. Stepping up onto them and grabbing the ropes, they are instantly 6" taller. The fun is then figuring out how to walk with them!

Make sure you stop by the store soon to see the new toys for yourself! All our love!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Give Green This Holiday Season!

Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season.

We just got in Kissaluv's Organic Cotton/Hemp Fitted Diapers in.

Made of a mix of naturally durable and anti-bacterial Hemp, and Kissaluvscertified Organic cotton, our new diapers take green and sustainability seriously. And now, even better, the newly redesigned V.2.0 Kissa's pack in yet more bang for the buck as the M/L size fits babies 15-40lbs. Buy the diapers once the baby grows out of the newborn stage and you're all set until potty training!

Features that make these diapers so special:

  • Superb fabric that brings the goodness of organic cotton and the durability of Hemp fibers
  • Super Trim design, yet very absorbent
  • Snap-in soaker provides enough absorbency even for heavy wetter's
  • Our trademark ruffled legs and proprietary elastic which almost guarantees no-blowouts
  • Sturdy polyacetal resin snap closures- easy for parents, not-so-easy for curious toddlers!
  • Simple easy snap on design sure to be appreciated by moms, dads and grandparents alike
  • Overlapping wings to ensure a good fit for skinny and chubby babies alike
  • See our organic fitted diapers on babies!
If you have a expecting moms in your family, Kissaluvs are a newborn favorite.

Read on for more eco-friendly gift ideas or come visit us in store!

All our love to your blossoming babies,
Ashley and Nicky

The Reusable Swim Diaper
Perfect for your water loving keiki!
Imse Vimse Swim Diaper
Toss out all those bulky, gell-filled disposable swim diapers and switch to a diaper that is a swim diaper and bathing suit in one. Wear it alone or under a swim suit or swim trunks. Do not add anything to the inside; you do not want a swim diaper to be absorbent - it would just absorb pool water and could weigh the child down. The design is based on containment. Make sure it fits snugly without leaving red marks. When you get out of the pool, make sure to put on an absorbent diaper to prevent accidents.

The One-Size Reusable Diaper

Happy Heinys Cloth diapering has come a long way since the days of pins, rubber pants and soaking. In fact, with today's top-of-the-line reusable diapers, cloth diapering is not only better for baby, it's better for your budget and the environment. With modern advances in cloth diaper design, they're easier to use than disposables and provide a sustainable alternative to the excessive waste generated with traditional disposable diapers. No more late night diaper runs, diaper rash, expensive diaper creams or constantly taking out the trash. A quick trip to the washing machine is all you need for three to four days of clean, highly absorbent, non-toxic diapers.

For more info, check out my DIY Cloth Diapering Article in the Winter Issue of Green Magazine.

Waste Free Lunches

Alien Bento Box

If you have ever been to a school cafeteria after lunchtime or glanced over at a Styrofoam filled trashcan in front of your favorite local eatery, you know how waste intensive our midday eating habits can be. With Waimanalo Gulch and other landfills reaching their capacity, it is time for Hawai'i to adopt a cleaner, greener way of fueling up.

Consider the concept of the waste-free lunch. A waste-free lunch is prepared and served without disposable packaging or food waste. It is successfully achieved through the use of reusable water bottles, cloth napkins, stainless steal cutlery and lunch containers like bento box sets which promote appropriate portioning to lessen food waste while simultaneously scrapping the need for plastic baggies, plastic wrap or tin foil. Buying in bulk-nuts, beans and rice-also reduces the amount of trash entering the waste stream. Bulk items can be purchased and prepared regularly without all the excess packaging.
Non-Toxic Toys!
Keiki Seminars

We have a wide variety of non-toxic toys for your growing keiki. From the always popular Sophie the Giraffe, to Melissa & Dougs wooden sushi set, we have the perfect toy for your babies and toddlers!

Klean Kanteens
KK Red

In 2004 Klean Kanteen™ introduced the first personal hydration bottle made from stainless steel to give health and environmentally conscious people an alternative to plastic. We have yet to see another bottle company, stainless or otherwise, that makes a product comparable to our high quality, handcrafted bottles or that commits to strong environmental and labor standards. Klean Kanteens are the PERFECT gift for the whole family! They come in 12oz, 18oz, 27oz and 40oz sizes.

Coming Soon!
The FLIP Diaper System
A Reusable/Disposable Hybrid Diaper by the makers of
Bum Genius
Flip Diaper System

Why Flip™?
Cloth diapering has never been so easy!
· TOSS the used insert into your diaper pail
· REPLACE the insert with a clean one
· REUSE the cover. The one-size cover and insert adjusts to fit most babies from 7-35 pounds.

Flip features:
· A waterproof shell, so no extra cover is needed.
· Wipe the inside of the cover out and use it over and over again!
· Form fitting elastic to prevent leaks.
· Patent pending comfy butterfly closure. A feature that is unique to cloth diapers made by Cotton Babies.
· No stuffing involved just tuck insert under flaps and go!
· Choose between a one-size Stay-Dry Insert or a one-size Certified Organic Cotton Insert.
· Disposable inserts are also available for use while traveling.
· Patent pending 3x3 adjustable snap system to fit most babies from birth to potty training.

Friday, December 4, 2009

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December at Baby aWEARness

Happy December everyone! This year is really flying by. We hope you all had blissful Thanksgivings!

Our final Vaccine Lecture of 2009 is THIS Sunday so please sign up ASAP if you are planning on attending. Space is limited.

We are also extending our store hours this month. We will be open Monday - Saturday, 10-6pm.

We look forward to seeing you in the store soon!

All our Love to your Blossoming Babies,
Ashley & Nicky

Super Baby Foods
Taught by: Ashley Lukens
December 6th, 3pm
Fee: $15

Baby FoodsIntroducing solids and transitioning your baby to a solid food diet can be a confusing and at times overwhelming experience. Super Baby Foods is a class designed by a mom for moms. This class will not only teach simple ways of preparing food for your growing baby, but ways to save money and time as well. Based on the best selling book, Super Baby Foods, the Feingold Diet, macrobiotics, and homeopathic/naturopathic medicine, this class also gives you the tools you need to select food that will promote baby's overall health and well-being.
Class fee includes information and recipes!

Vaccine Lecture
December 6th, 5:30pm

Its that time again!! Come join us for an evening with Dr. Madeleine Portuondo, local naturopath and midwife, who will be repeating the fabulous vaccine safety lecture for those of you who missed it the first couple of times. Dr. Portuondo is a wealth of knowledge and the 2 hour lecture covers everything from immunology basics to vaccine preservative components and more. It is truly a must-hear event for parents of young children. I was astonished at how little I knew on the topic.

Limited to 25 people so please RSVP to ashley@babyawearness if you would like to attend. Cost is $20 person/$35 couple and includes a very comprehensive packet of information.

As always, shopping after the event for attendees will include a 5%
storewide discount! Sunday, December 6th. 5:30pm.

Announcing: A New Diaper Package
Just in time for the holidays!

I've recently fallen back in love with my prefolds. This package is meant to give you enough pocket diapers to last a few days while also providing prefolds for your at-home convenience.

Infant Prefold/Pocket PLUS package -
$325 (12% savings)
12 Infant Prefolds (bleached or unbleached)
12 Pocket Diapers (Fuzzi Bunz, bumGenius, Mommy's Touch, or solid Happy Heinys*)
2 Snappis
2 Thirsties covers
1 Pail Liner
1 Wetbag
1 Charlies

If you are interested in learning more about our other diapering packages, please visit us in store!

ISR Water Safety Lecture
General Water Safety Practices for Adults and Children
Fee: Free!
Presented by: Jenni Matheson and Jens Trumpa of ISR Swim School
When: December 13th, 4:30pm

In a Water Safety Class Jenni Matheson and Jens Trumpa, Certified Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) Instructors, will provide helpful tips on safety in and around the water to ensure that a safe environment for children and their families is created.

Facts about drowning statistics indicate that water can be a serious hazard in a child's life. Yet even simple measures of safety can prevent tragedies. Learn and raise your awareness about aquatic safety practices. This class will touch on general water safety measures, specific beach safety tips, what to consider when swimming in the ocean and other bodies of water. If you have your own pool or not, it is important to be aware of pool safety and practices to ensure that everyone is safe. Pool parties are popular, but they are also the host of most water accidents that could be prevented.

Learn that keeping children safe in, on, and around the water involves several layers of protection that will lead to a life time of fun in the water. Safety with a smile.
Infant Swimming Resource (ISR): Providing informational talks, offering aquatic self-rescue™ swim lessons and raising the awareness of water safety helps ISR Swim School with their mission, which is to ensure that not one more child drowns.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Keiki Hula Class

New Logo Banner
Mele Kalikimaka ia kakou (Merry Christmas to all)!!!

It`s time to get into the swing of the holidays with our first ever Christmas Baby Hula Class on Saturdays from 4:15-4:45!!! $50 covers 3 classes, holiday hula skirt (for the hula girls) or shorts (for the surfer boys), songbook and jingle bells for keiki and parent. If a family has siblings, it will be $50 for the first child and $20 per additional child. Space is limited, so please contact Kumu Malia at to register.