Fashion Tribe

Have baby, will travel

October 9th, 2015
CARRIER PHOTOS BY KIMETHA PHOTOGRAPHY / All courtesy Family ExpositionsMoms on-the-go are making baby carriers a fashion statement. This is Bijou Wear's "Classic Wrap" ring sling.

PHOTOS COURTESY KIMETHA PHOTOGRAPHY/FAMILY EXPOSITIONS

Moms on-the-go are making baby carriers a fashion statement. This is Bijou Wear's Classic Splash ring sling.

I'm not a mom so when talk turns to babies and children, I tend to drift away. It's a whole other universe and with the triple-threat Oh Baby! Family Expo, Hawaii Party Expo, and Hawaii Toy and Game Expo going on this weekend at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall, it's all about the little ones.

To hear moms talk, you'd think the baby carrier was the ultimate fashion statement. You can see for yourself Saturday and Sunday, where the Oh Baby! Family Expo 2015, with merchandise and services geared toward families with keiki up to age 12, will feature more than 150 exhibitors, including Tula and Bijou woven wraps and slings for mommies and daddies.

Apparently, with today's mobile, active parenting, baby wearing has gone from the days of mothers owning a single carrier, to mothers having multiple carriers to coordinate with her daily wardrobe, or a particular holiday or other special occasion.

Because every body is different, there will be a Baby Wearing Demo at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, showcasing the various styles to help people gauge their own fit needs.

Tula ring sling.

Tula ring sling.

Tula soft structured "Vivian" carrier.

Tula soft structured "Vivian" carrier.

There will be plenty of apparel available for older kids too at the "Oh Baby! Family Expo.

There will be plenty of apparel available for older kids too at the "Oh Baby! Family Expo.

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Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. General admission is $5.50; children 5 and younger are admitted free. For more information, visit ohbabyfamilyexpo.com.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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