Babywearing International of Atlanta is Atlanta's resource for babywearing education. The group began originally as Koala Mommas, which met in Decatur. Over time the group expanded, changed leadership, and became Atlanta Babywearers. After a year, Atlanta Babywearers realized it needed to reach the entire Atlanta metro area, and so became Babywearing International of Atlanta in 2012.
BWI of Atlanta's parent organization, Babywearing International, is a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to babywearing education and normalizing babywearing. There are three levels of accreditation: Volunteer Babywearing Educator (VBE), Advanced Babywearing Educator (ABE), and Master Babywearing Educator (MBE). All chapters of Babywearing International must have at least two Volunteer Babywearing Educators. BWI educators all undertake a series of written and practical examinations in order to gain accreditation from BWI.
Babywearing International of Atlanta strives first and foremost to teach babywearing to all caretakers. The leaders believe in a come-as-you-are approach and ascribe to BWI's motto of "all 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 BWI of Atlanta is volunteer-run, it relies on its members and donations to keep its services going. Members of Babywearing International 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.
Crystal Hendrix attended her first BWI meeting in early 2014 when her oldest was only a few months old. She quickly became involved in volunteering and became a VBE 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.
Dana is an Master Babywearing Educator 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 Social Media and Communications Coordinator. 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.
Dana is currently also serving on the National Board of Directors for Babywearing International.
Maria Valles joined BWI 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 VBE 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 serves as BWI of Atlanta's librarian.
Colleen Sondergaard is a Volunteer Babywearing Educator. She joined BWI of Atlanta in the spring of 2015 and has been a VBE since early 2016. Colleen has three kids and has been wearing for nine years.
Having twins makes Colleen BWI of Atlanta's go-to tandem wearing educator. Colleen enjoys borrowing friends babies for squishy snuggles and still wears her twin toddlers daily.
Amanda Albrecht-Kuney joined BWI 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 BWI of Atlanta since late 2015, and in November of 2017 became a VBE. Amanda is experienced with newborn through toddler wearing, and is very familiar with carries for seat-popping, leg-straightening children.
Amanda Berger is a Volunteer Babywearing Educator who 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 are still regularly worn. 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.