The Volunteers

Ronni Painter
Hi, I am Ronni! I have been a volunteer with Slingbabies for around 5 years. I started coming to meets to get help with my own carriers and fell in love!! I fell in love with the textiles, with the tools which have made this parenting gig a bit easier and I fell in love with the community based around carrying my babies.

I have three children with 2 year age gaps. Thank goodness for babywearing getting me through life as a photographer and a Playcentre mama.

I look forward to meeting you and hopefully sharing the love of babywearing!
Maree  Kirikiri
Kia Ora, I'm Maree and I'm one of the volunteers at slingbabies. I became interested in baby wearing while pregnant and knew that it would make things easier being able to still use my hands. I came along to sling babies with my daughter when she was only 3 weeks old. I loved seeing her so comfortable snuggled up to me and it helped me be more confident getting out and about with her. We kept coming each month last year to try different carriers and learn new ways to wrap. I thoroughly enjoy learning ways to carry my toddler, spending time with these lovely ladies and now helping other families learn about baby wearing and working out what suits their needs. I hope everyone has as great a introduction to baby wearing as I did.
Sherylee Teoh

I'm Sherylee and I am one of the Slingbabies volunteers. I am a mum to 2 children with a 6 year age gap! Babywearing saved my sanity when my oldest was in year one at school and I had a newborn. It gave me free hands to carry all the stuff that had to go to school every day. Plus it helped to settle my Velcro reflux baby, she always wanted to be held and thanks to babywearing not only did I have free hands but I also didn't get tired arms or a sore back.
Babywearing not only introduced me to an awesome group of mama's who have become my tribe (many of which you will find a Slingbabies meets sharing their knowledge and love of babywearing) it also led me to my current job as Country Leader and West Auckland instructor of Kangatraining. This fantastic program incorporates 2 things I love babywearing and exercise and led me to train to be a qualified Babywearing Consultant as well. I love sharing my knowledge so that parents and caregivers can add another tool to their parenting tool belt

Jess Maher  Williamson


Hi I'm Jess, mama to three boys. I discovered babywearing as an invaluable tool very early in my parenting journey when my eldest wouldn't let me put him down for the first two years of his life! Slings and carriers have also massively helped my whanau and I as we added more little people, dealt with operations and illnesses, they have opened up opportunities to explore and travel and so much more. I am so passionate about this parenting tool I have completed several internationally accredited consultant training courses and set up a business, Babywearing with Jess, which provides training and support online, for groups, retail and medical professionals and individualised consults. I am among other things a Playcentre mum, Slingbabies volunteer and also part of the Helensville Birthing Centre trained breastfeeding supporter team. I am incredibly passionate about supporting parents to feel empowered and confident about carrying their kids.

 Amy Silver
I'm Amy, busy mama to two daughters, instructor of safe babywearing exercise classes at Kangatraining West Auckland, and volunteer with Slingbabies since 2013. Using carriers for my babies has always been a valuable tool for me since becoming a parent and I love that through Slingbabies I can help other caregivers find the right carrying option for them.
I carried both my daughters in a variety of wraps, slings, and carriers since they were born, and still wear my toddler almost daily, and even get 5 year old back carry snuggles sometimes still. I also love borrowing my niece and nephews or any friends' babies to get a bit more babywearing time now that my girls are growing older.
 Abigail Strange
My name is Abi, mum of four children. I am a qualifed and registered early childhood teacher, with many years of experience working with infants and toddlers. I discovered babywearing with my third child, after coming to a slingbabies meet as a exhausted mama to a baby who just needed to be held. Ronni and Amy helped me learn, and after hiring my first carrier it became a huge part of my parenting journey.