Making a difference to families around the world
"As a mother of a five-year-old, I know what mothers want.
My aim was to design a baby carrier that allows moms to keep their babies close to their hearts while easily carrying on with their day to day activities.
It's an amazing feeling to design something, with a deeper, meaningful purpose. I am happy that Helina Baby will help mothers around the world and that's always something to feel good about."
How it all began
I was born in Chicago to Jamaican-born parents and lovingly raised by my grandmother in the Caribbean before making Canada my home at the age of five. After graduating from George Brown College’s Child and Youth Worker program in Toronto in 1999, I moved to New York where I received my certification as a personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and worked at various Manhattan Sports Clubs. In 2001 I was able to open my own private training studio in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
My path to self-discovery
By 2008 my desire to nurture my soul inspired me to travel to India. After a year and a half on a spiritual journey I returned to Canada in 2010 and welcomed my daughter, Nalini.
After becoming a mom, I started developing special interest in holistic health. I attended the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in 2010 and graduated with honours as a Certified Nutritional Practitioner in October 2012.
While attending nutrition school, I became a Postpartum Doula with Childbirth International and volunteered as a Breastfeeding Companion for Peel Public Health and I still continue to volunteer as a Child Car Seat Educator for St. John Ambulance.
In July 2012, I attended the Babywearing Institute in Utah, USA, receiving my certification as a Babywearing Educator. It was here that I really learned the art of wrapping, child development, and its connection to babywearing.
The inspiration to develop Helina Baby
Through my babywearing classes, I learned there was a demographic of parents in need of an alternative baby carrier to the ones already offered in the marketplace.
Newborn parents sought a carrier with a simple learning curve that was going to support their babies properly. So I created the Helina Baby Carrier — an adapted Mei Tai carrier, which adjusts to fit the baby’s size. It’s a perfect and easy-to-use solution.
Lovingly dedicated to babies and parents
I live in Toronto and am a single mother of a 5-year-old daughter, who is happy, home-schooled, and well-balanced with my natural parenting style. I continue to stay current with my babywearing, nutritional practitioner and personal training skills by attending seminars and upgrading my skills through continuing education courses. I also practice yoga to stay focused and driven and continue to promote alternative and holistic parenting.
I am committed to sharing my love for babywearing. I hope to inspire parents and caregivers to revisit this traditional way of raising children and to do it in a healthy and secure way.