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Baby Slings - A Look at the Pouch Sling

Aug 19, 2008
Unlike a ring sling, where the baby sling is created using fabric and rings, a pouch sling is a single piece of cloth sewn into a tubular shape creating a pouch. There are no extra pieces of hardware such as rings, although some pouches some with adjustable options and include zippers, Velcro, etc to allow the parent to adjust the pouch somewhat.

Here are some facts you need to know before purchasing pouch-type baby slings:

How To Wear A Pouch Sling

The pouch sling is quite easy to wear, as it is only one contiguous piece of fabric. Basically, you slip it over your head and one shoulder and wear it like a sash. Unless you have an adjustable pouch, no further adjustment is required. Unlike the ring sling, many people find they learn to use these baby slings very quickly.

When To Use The Pouch Sling

Because of the construction of this type of sling, there is a greater chance of lower back pain for the wearer. Therefore, these baby slings are ideal for babies that are frequently being taken into and out of the pouch, and thus carried for short periods of time. Also, these baby slings are good for heavier toddlers that want to be picked up and then put back down again. The sling takes the pressure off your hips and lower back for short-term use and still allows you to carry your toddler as much as they ask.

Drawbacks To A Pouch Sling

As mentioned earlier, because of the construction of this type of sling, there is a greater chance of lower back pain to the wearer. These baby slings are not really meant for long-term use of carrying heavy babies. However, the better the pouch fits your body, the longer you will be able to carry a heavier child with a minimum of back pain. Also, better fabric will also assist in this. A good fabric will have good tensile strength, but also have decent diagonal give. You don't want the pouch to hang too low or it will put undue strain on your back and shoulder.

Alternatives For Heavier Children

Many parents find that pouch-type baby slings are ideal for small babies or for toddlers that want to frequently be picked up and put down again. However, for heavier babies that are not yet walking or toddlers that need to be held for longer periods of time, the pouch sling really isn't that ideal. Instead, wraps or mei tai baby slings are a better way to go. The key is recognizing what stage of life you child is in and getting a sling that best suits your lifestyle and your child's stage of development.

There are many types of baby slings on the market. They range from the purely functional to the outrageously hip and cool. All of them have a place in your home, as they will bring you closer to your baby than a stroller. Just take your time and find the baby sling that is right for you.
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