Types of carriers - Pouches

Pouches are very simple carriers and are made of a tube of fabric. Like ring slings they are worn over one shoulder. The tube is folded in half and forms a pouch you can put your baby in. Pouches come sized and it's very important to choose the right size. Some are adjustable, but you'll have to adjust them before putting the baby in.
Pouches are available in different materials, often cotton (with or without a bit of stretch) or fleece. Some have padded rails and some don't.

With a pouch you can do a cradle carry (newborns) or hip carry (from ca. 3 months). Many babies also like the 'buddha carry' (see picture on the right) although this should not be done regularly because your baby won't have the ideal M-position if carried like that. Depending on material they are suitable from newborn to toddler (check manufacturers instructions for upper weight limit).

Pouches are really quick and easy to use so they are ideal if you need something hasslefree.
However, not really being adjustable you can use them for small babies only with a cradle carry, and this is not ideal for baby's hips because you cannot achieve correct positioning this way. Besides, many babies hate the cradle carry because it suggests that they're about to have a feed. Upright carries are only possible once your baby has gained good head control as you cannot tighten a pouch to give good head support.
The right sizing is essential because a pouch that is too loose will hurt your back and not give enough support to your baby. If it's too tight you won't be able to put your baby in.
Having the weight on one shoulder means that weight distribution is not even which may lead to back pain.

Brand names are e.g.: Hotslings, Zolowear, Corrie fleece pouch, Rockin' baby, Mamma's Milk and others

Note: The brand names are listed in no particular order and the list is by far not complete. Their purpose is to give you an idea what there is on the market.

Note: It's quite easy to make a pouch yourself if you have a sewing machine. Check Jan Andrea's website for more information.



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