One of my best friends just had a baby boy. She’s definitely the go-green, tie-dye wearing kind of gal who has even spent several months in Haiti working with underprivileged children. Simply put, she’s my all-time favorite hippy! And now my all-time favorite hippy mama. What a great combo. When the baby shower came around, I wanted to get her an eco-friendly baby gift. Luckily, I stumbled upon Baby aWEARness in the Mānoa Marketplace.
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Parents visiting the island should check out this store, even if you’re not the hippy type. "Baby A," as they call themselves, educates parents and parents-to-be with an in-store resource center and monthly workshops. A few shelves of books and magazines allow customers to learn about everything from healthy cooking for baby and mom to what the first few weeks of motherhood is like. Baby A invites professionals from the community to share their love for children through classes such as, keiki (children) hula, mom and baby yoga, baby sign language classes and Japanese sing-a-longs.
The store prides itself as being O‘ahu’s only cloth diaper retail store and having a full-time, in-store lactation consultant that helps mothers to continue breastfeeding. Cloth diapers have been making a comeback recently for its eco- and pocket-friendliness and added comfort for baby. Baby A’s selection of cloth diapers – as well as their other products – has a nice touch of Hawaiiana to them. If it’s not the colorful Hawaiian prints, then it’s the push for locally made baby things.
Cloth diapers make a comeback in the Hawai‘i market as a sustainable way to catching those baby poops.
Mothers who want to share a green product they’ve created, also known as Mamapreneurs, often sell their things on consignment here. Mothers helping mothers – another sustainable concept that has made a strong impact on this local business.
Mamapreneurs, or in this case a Papapreneur, get crafty for the First Annual Handmade Holiday Market earlier this month.
I fell in love with some cute onesies that had hand-painted Hawai‘i designs on them. Even the baby swaddles came in a few Hawai‘i-themed prints. Hawai‘i has always been about sharing the Aloha Spirit with others, so why not start with the youngest family member? Your baby may be too small to wear a fresh lei, but he's/she’s never too small to rock a dancing pineapple on his/her front-side.
All in all, Baby A is a great place to pick up some baby goods and tips for both locals and visitors alike. No matter what, it will at least be an experience to consult a lactation expert!
BABY AWEARNESS / Open Mon-Sun 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-1pm / Mānoa Marketplace, 2752 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 5-209, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822 (Map) / 808-988-0100 / Free parking; Near bus stop
December 15th, 2011