Hotslings Pouch Sling Review
The pouch slings come in different sizes from 2-5 (see their size chart from which size would suit you) and some really beautiful patterns.
It’s easy and fast to use once you get the hang of it
It’s sleek with no excess fabric
Comfortable to wear as it holds baby close to your body
Holds baby in a good ergonomic position
- Padded knee rails for baby’s comfort
- Great option for a hip carrier
Pouch sling is not adjustable in size (Hotslings has now brought out their new AP range to correct this problem).
When newborn/infant is in the cradle position, their head would not be high enough to kiss (see my page on babywearing safety for more information on this).
It can be hard to take baby out of the sling in a hurry as it is quite tight-fitting.
May not be able to be worn for extended periods due to it being one shouldered. You could always swap sides.If baby falls asleep, you will most likely have to use your hand to support their head, but generally I have found my baby leans into me and is not really a problem.
My Chiropractic Opinion On The Hotslings Pouch SlingThe Hotslings Pouch Sling holds the baby in the correct “M” position in the hip carry, just make sure that both baby’s feet are level so they aren’t sitting on an angle.The wearer needs to make sure the shoulder section of the sling is spread over the shoulder to evenly disperse the weight of the baby. Another good tip is to change shoulders when/if you feel any strain.
The baby’s spine is held in the “C” curve which is good as it doesn’t hold them in a more upright position which could lead to spinal problems like spondylolisthesis.
For more information on good spinal health for baby and the baby-wearer can be found here: The Importance of Ergonomics.
Also for more tips see my page on Babywearing Safety.
A Day In The Life Of…
A review of the Hotslings Pouch Sling baby carrier in my daily activities
Getting baby into carrier in the car park
It’s a little tricky at first as you have to hold your baby high over your opposite shoulder while bringing their legs behind the sling, then adjust their bottom into place.
Is it easier to put it on before leaving the house?
No, but I would suggest folding it before leaving the house just to make it quicker when you get baby out.
How supported is the baby in the Hotslings Pouch?
If the Hotslings Pouch sling is the right size for you then they are very supported. It allows for the pelvis to remain in a neutral seated position in the hip carry positon.
Is it easy to carry my baby bag with carrier on?
Yes, it is quite easy.
Can I hold my older child’s hand with the carrier on?
Does it feel hands-free?
In the hip carry it really only feels like you have one hand free.
How supported is baby when they fall asleep?
Reasonably supported in the hip carry, so long as they tuck their head against you. Although I always keep one hand on the back of her head.
Can I breastfeed while wearing the baby in the carrier?
Since I only tested this carrier in the hip carry position, I couldn’t breastfeed.
Can I bend down to pick up toys, laundry etc?
Yes. Although her body is well supported, I always put my hand behind her head for extra support.
Can I sit down while wearing it?
Yes. I found it easy to sit while wearing it.
How does it feel after 30 minutes?
I find that, like most one-shouldered slings, I start to feel it after a while on my shoulder. So it’s suggested to swap shoulders when one side is fatigued.
Does it pass the late afternoon/dinner time test? ie; the witching hour!
It’s definitely handy to get things done, but being a one-shouldered sling and using it with a hip carry you really only have use of one hand.
Can it hold a toddler?
I used this sling with my older daughter with a hip carry until she was around the age of 14 months then it became too hard to use.
Has my husband worn it?
No he couldn’t use it as it was size specific for me.