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Manufacturer Spotlight

Company: Sewfunky Inc.

Name: Tanja McKenzie

Location: Guelph, Ontario

Years in Industry: 15 years

Focus of Business: At Sewfunky we design and manufacture adjustable baby
slings used from full term birth right through toddlerhood.  Made with
soft organic twill and eye catching designer prints you will find
something unique to suit your style perfectly! Each carrier is handmade in
our studio in Guelph, Ontario and they are available at wonderful
retailers across Canada.

Retailer Spotlight

Company: Nova Natural Toys and Crafts, US distributor of Babylonia Baby Carriers

Location: Sheburne, VT

Years in Industry: 15+

Focus of Business: Nova Natural’s mission is to provide wholesome products that encourage every child’s individual and beautiful spirit to flourish. We found a kindred spirit in the European company Babylonia who sells organic baby carriers and a line of Waldorf inspired dolls made in Fair Trade projects in India. In 2009, Nova Natural became the US distributor for Babylonia and we are so happy to bring products to the US from a great company that aligns with our mission statement.

Educator Spotlight

Name: Rebecca Morse

Company: Close at Hand Babywearing Service

Location: South East Michigan, USA

Years in Industry: 9 years

Focus of Business: Rebecca Morse is an Infant Parenting and Product Specialist specializing in Baby Carriers to promote public health, prevent infant and maternal mortality, and prevent infant abuse.  She works as the Infant Care and Breastfeeding Preparation Instructor at St Joe’s Hospital Ann Arbor Michigan. Becca travels to teach classes specifically aimed at building skill sets for all types of infant health professionals within the hospital, state, and public health organizations.

Rebecca is a graduate of the Babywearing Institute and the Canadian Babywearing School. She is a Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC), a Car Safety Technician (CPST), and a Certified Kangaroo Care Expert (CKC).

Rebecca maintains a Private Lactation and Baby Carrying consulting practice specializing in special needs and high needs children, as well as multiples and preemies. She serves as a resource for nurses at local Ann Arbor Area Hospitals, Home Visiting Services, WIC offices, and Neo-natal intensive care units. For 5 years Becca and her husband Kyle ran a large independent baby and children’s store called Elephant Ears where they learned the ins and outs of the baby industry and were recognized as innovators of the Educational Registry Experience.