When Susan’s first child was born, she bought a non-ergonomic carrier from the store and began her babywearing journey. Having her child close to her felt natural and was practical too, but by the time he was 15 pounds, her back was in agony! After a neighbor sold her a ring sling, Susan realized how much more comfortable an ergonomic baby carrier could be. After her second child was born, she began experimenting with her own ring sling pattern. Around that time, her father was doing humanitarian work in Guatemala. Experimenting with handwoven fabric brought back, the Gmeiners found that it was a perfect match for ring slings–light, soft, and airy! In 1996, Maya Wrap was was born. Through three children and one grandchild, Maya Wrap ring slings have helped not only the Gmeiners, but countless families to live, work, and bond with their babies. Now, over 25 years later, Maya Wrap’s signature fabric is still handwoven by that same weaver today, and the original Bright Stripes colorway is still as popular as ever!
Meet the faces behind Maya Wrap!
Vickie has 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 3 fur-babies all with whom she is happy to hold close and share her Maya love! A passionate runner and Louisiana native, Vickie knows the value in preserving culture and also in finding productive balance in life!
Whitney Owns and operates Enlightened Baby, a teency little baby shop in Austin TX, where she has offered Maya Wrap to her customers since day 1 in 2013. With 2 children of her own, Whitney is aware of the need to keep them close and to keep moving! She is so happy to carry Maya on and keep families moving together.
Susan Gmeiner, Former owner and CEO, has her degrees in math and meteorology! She and her husband call North Carolina home and are proud to have three wonderful sons and three grandchildren in the Maya Wrap family. Susan is devoted to baby carrier safety. As a charter member of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance, she also serves the Board of Directors as treasurer. She is a founding member of the ASTM Committee for the Sling Carrier Standard and has chaired the task group on infant positioning. In her spare time, Susan enjoys giving back to the community, attending church, and reading. Susan’s favorite carrier is the ComfortFit ring sling because it’s so comfortable, and she loves the Luis and Forest colorways.