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We see pouches at our meetings all the time and they do not get enough credit. They are wicked easy to use if you get one that fits properly and if you understand how they work. A lot of them are quite thin and would work excellent for the summer or just for slipping in the diaper bag in case of an emergency. They’re also an inexpensive option and would be a great carrier to leave in the car in case you forget a carrier from home.
Some popular brands are Hot Slings and Seven Slings. We see these two brands often and they’re both great pouches. Both of their sizing information is located on their websites but I’ll show you a little bit in this tutorial on what I find makes a great fitting pouch as well.
I think it’s good to mention quickly that these slings are often confused with bag slings. Bag slings such as the Infantino Sling Rider was recalled in March of 2010. Here’s a link to the recalled carrier. If you think you have one, they have information on how to return it and get a new carrier.
|The black pouch may be too big for a newborn, but perfect my 3 year old!|
So here’s a little bit on fitting and position. In the first photo, you can definitely see my baby’s knees are in a natural position with her bum lower than her knees. She isn’t over spread or wrapping around my body. The carrier keeps her nice and high onto my chest with her airways open and I can monitor her breathing and face at all times.
The last step here is just to take the top, exposed rail of the pouch on your shoulder and pull it down over your arm. This is “capping” your shoulder and really takes out all that slack you had on the top. A little slack on top is normal so this is a great trick to getting rid of it. If you find your (older) baby likes their arms out and you don’t have a lot of slack, you do not have to do this last step but it important there is little to no slack in the top rail with a newborn so they have plenty of head and neck support.
I sincerely hope this tutorials helps you view the pouch a little better and you learn to love it especially for this summer heat!
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