Online community connects Gwinnett moms

LAWRENCEVILLE - The mom of a 20-month-old wanted to know when to start thinking about moving her toddler to a "big kid" bed.

Another mom was planning a birthday party and wanted help figuring out how to keep five young boys busy.

From questions to comments, the forums online at www.GwinnettAreaMommies.com are filled with information and anecdotes to help local moms stay connected and find support from those who are experiencing the joys - and headaches - of motherhood at any stage, from pregnancy on.

The private, online community, which is free for mothers to join, connects moms in Gwinnett, Barrow, Walton, Hall and Jackson counties through a one-stop 24/7 shop for discussions, advice and information on local events and activities.

GwinnettAreaMommies is one of 95 sites within the national Mommies Network and branched off from AtlantaAreaMommies in November 2007.

"It's a good way to get to know each other and meet people who have similar interests," said co-site administrator Rebecca Hall, a stay-at-home mom of two, 3-year-old son Ethan and 1-year-old daughter Erin.

Hall joined GwinnettAreaMommies about a year ago after hearing about the site from another member. The Lawrenceville resident took over as co-site administrator, working with Renee McQuilkin, in December. The site has 324 registered members.

"I just found it to be a great way to get to know moms in the area," she said.

For more information on GwinnettAreaMommies or to register to join the community, visit www.GwinnettAreaMommies.com.