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Rockin' Baby Pouch
Member Name: SugarSpun
Rockin' Baby Pouch
Advantages: Holds baby close and you can be handsfree
Disadvantages: Size-specific, so one size doesn't fit both parents
The pouch sling is a more compact sort of baby carrier than the wrap slings or the Baby Bjorn-type structured carriers.
The one I bought was a blue paisley colour and really pretty, and you can see how it's worn in the picture. This is just the first type of carry, suitable for newborns, and it's a really comforting sort of hold for a tiny baby. The baby's close to your body and can hear your heartbeat and it's also really convenient for discreet breastfeeding - you can whip out a breast and latch the little one on, and so long as you're a bit careful nobody's any the wiser. It's also great for taking tiny babies out and about - it keeps the baby's head covered so there's no outside noise or dirt coming in and it also keeps the grubby hands of well-meaning admirers at arm's length, as it were.
The problems we had were unexpected - we had to buy two because mine was too small for my husband. They're size oriented, and you measure from one shoulder to the opposite hip to get the right size. He did get a cow print one and really loved it. The second problem was most serious: the baby, for no apparent reason, hated the pouch sling and complained loudly whenever she was put in it.
They're not cheap (mine was £25 and that was a bit of a bargain), so I'd advise taking the baby and testing various slings before buying one - there are often local sling meets for you to go to and they're a good place to make mummy friends too.
I know a few people who have them, and most people find them great especially for newborns. There are four other ways to fasten it once the baby gets a bit older and has head control, but we only managed the cradle carry so that's all I'm reviewing here.
Summary: Great thing to have but try before you buy