In Savannah, Georgia, with two military bases nearby, a babywearing group was started by some friends who enjoyed wearing their children in April of 2012. The founder, GeorgAnna Wiley, who was part of a sling group in the United Kingdom, decided once she got back to the United States to share her love of babywearing. On June 23, 2013, they affiliated and became BWI of Savannah.
The group serves Savannah and its surrounding areas, which could be up to thirty miles away. Towns served include Pooler, Richmond Hill, Fort Steward/Hinesville, Bluffton (South Carolina) and Rincon. They have four instructional meetings per month, with their Saturday meeting being the most popular.
Since the area has two military bases, most of the leaders of BWI of Savannah are military spouses. This means that the turnover is quite high and can be a challenge, with new people always coming and going. The current group of leaders includes a mix of moms who work in and outside the home, a homebirth midwife, an engineer, teachers, and moms who love photography, Pinterest, and Doctor Who.
Back in February, the group had a carrier petting zoo, which had a great turnout. Over 40 carriers were loaned by members, as well as some library carriers. Folks came to “pet” and play with the carriers. Then, back in March, they had a back wrapping workshop, which also had good attendance. The group plans to hold similar educational and fun events in the future, as well as a quarterly fundraiser to help grow their library.
Their advice for other BWI chapters or unaffiliated babywearing groups is to have an off-topic group. They believe this is a great way to make friends, especially in a military community. Having an off topic group allows members to chat about other things and plan play dates, and keep the chatter in the main group specifically babywearing related.
To find out more about this chapter, you can check out their blog, Facebook page, join their Facebook group or follow them on Pinterest. You can also follow them on Twitter @bwiofsavannah or Instagram with the same name.