Greater Atlanta Babywearing is Atlanta's resource for babywearing education. The group began originally as Koala Mommas in 2006, which met in Decatur. Over time the group expanded, changed leadership, and became Atlanta Babywearers in 2011. After a year, Atlanta Babywearers realized it needed to reach the entire Atlanta metro area, and so became Babywearing International of Atlanta in 2012. In 2018, when parent organization Babywearing International filed bankruptcy, the group again reorganized to become Greater Atlanta Babywearing, a federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization, to continue to serve the Atlanta area.
Greater Atlanta Babywearing features many educators who have received certifications through the former organization of Babywearing International, including Master Babywearing Educators. Now they have Educators who have completed Greater Atlanta Babywearing's own internal Educator Training Process, to ensure all those engaging in peer to peer education have sufficient knowledge to effectively teach safe and comfortable babywearing techniques to all who come to our meetings.
Greater Atlanta Babywearing strives first and foremost to teach babywearing to all caretakers. The leaders believe in a come-as-you-are approach and ascribe to the motto of "all safe babywearing is good babywearing." The general meetings are always free to the public and are open to all caregivers and children. Caregivers are welcome to try on all the carriers available at meetings.
Because Greater Atlanta Babywearing is volunteer-run, it relies on its members and donations to keep its services going. Members of Greater Atlanta Babywearing fill out an application form and submit an annual dues of $30, which allows them access to the lending library and members-only events. Learn more about becoming a member here.
Dana was an Master Babywearing Educator with Babywearing International who started babywearing in Vermont with her only child at 3 weeks old. Now her daughter is 3 and still being worn, while Dana continues to support the babywearing community as President of our new organization, Greater Atlanta Babywearing. She attends as many meetings as possible, and has experience wearing babies from newborns to toddlers. Her specialties include tandem wearing and you can find her teaching at our Workshops.
Amanda Albrecht-Kuney joined Babywearing International of Atlanta in early 2015 when her daughter was 6 months old. She fell in love with the beauty of the textiles in wrapping, and how wearing her active children gives them a safe place--for her and them! Amanda is the mother to a daughter and son, and both have been worn since birth. She has volunteered for Babywearing International of Atlanta since late 2015, and in November of 2017 became a Volunteer Babywearing Educator. Amanda is experienced with newborn through toddler wearing, and is very familiar with carries for seat-popping, leg-straightening children. She now serves in our newly reorganized Greater Atlanta Babywearing as Vice President.
Maria Valles joined Babywearing International of Atlanta as a member when her first child was 6 months old in order to expand her babywearing options. She became enamored of wrapping in particular and dedicated time to growing her skills. In the summer of 2016 she officially became a Volunteer Babywearing Educator to share her own passion for babywearing through teaching.
Maria has two daughters, both worn from birth. She has worn through pregnancy and currently tandem wears her 3 year old and baby. She now serves as a librarian for Greater Atlanta Babywearing.
Colleen Sondergaard is another one of our Educators. She joined Babywearing International of Atlanta in the spring of 2015 and has been a Volunteer Babywearing Educator since early 2016. Colleen has three kids and has been wearing for nine years.
Having twins makes Colleen Greater Atlanta Babywearing's go-to tandem wearing educator. Colleen enjoys borrowing friends babies for squishy snuggles and still wears her twin toddlers daily.
Crystal Hendrix attended her first Babywearing International meeting in early 2014 when her oldest was only a few months old. She quickly became involved in volunteering and became a Volunteer Babywearing Educator with Babywearing International of Atlanta in winter 2015 while pregnant with her second. She has experience wearing newborns, toddlers, preschool, and some tandem wearing. Her favorite type of carrier is a woven wrap but she has been known to use a SSC with her wiggly toddlers.
Amanda Berger is a began as a volunteer in Missouri and moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2017. Amanda has a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old who have both been worn since birth and a newborn little one as well. She has lots of experience big kid wearing and loves helping friends by wearing their small squishy babies. She is excited to get to know her new community better and support caregivers in their babywearing journey.