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pouch sizing question

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Does anybody else not seem to fit the sizes that they "should" fit in pouch slings?

I have a small peanut shell. It feels HUGE on me. But, according to the website- at 5 foot 5 and 128 pounds I should be right in the middle of the small size.

Hotslings says I should wear a size 2, close to a 3. The size 2 fits okay, but I honestly wonder if a size 1 would fit better.

So, am I doing something wrong? Or am I just shaped freakishly weird? I do tend to carry a lot of my weight around my middle.

Plus, my DD is pretty small- 14.5 pounds at 6 months.

I've tried a shoulder flip and a pouch twist on the peanut shell. But I feel weird buying an XS peanut shell, considering it says it only goes up to 5-5 and 115 pounds.

FWIW, the measurement from my shoulder across to hip is around 22-23 inches.

Anybody else have this problem?

Thanks!
post #2 of 4
Honestly, pouches are really hard to fit properly. Our local babywearing group has even decided to stop carrying them since it is so difficult. Ring slings are much easier to get the correct fit since they are adjustable. And if you don't really like the tail, you can always wrap the tail around the rings for a neat look. Also, you can get them made shorter if you want a shorter tail that falls around your waist instead of around your thigh or knees.
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Originally Posted by Carrruth View Post
Honestly, pouches are really hard to fit properly. Our local babywearing group has even decided to stop carrying them since it is so difficult. Ring slings are much easier to get the correct fit since they are adjustable. And if you don't really like the tail, you can always wrap the tail around the rings for a neat look. Also, you can get them made shorter if you want a shorter tail that falls around your waist instead of around your thigh or knees.
I have a RS, and it's okay. But having to fiddle with the rails to get it adjusted right takes me forever. I mostly just want to use the pouch for hip carries when DD is feeling clingy, but doesn't really need to be in a SSC.
post #4 of 4
Getting the right fit in a pouch is difficult, but not impossible. You have to keep in mind that the way it fits depends upon not only your size and your baby's size, but the actual way you are carrying your babe. Hip carries take up less room (fabric) than`other carries because there is less of your LO filling it up, as compared to a kangaroo carry or cradle carry.

So if you are mainly doing hip carries, you might actually need to size down.

I am 5'1", 114lbs. I have a size 3 Hotsling for when my babes are newborn-a few months old. During this time I do a lot of cradle carries or T2T. I usually have a few extra lbs of baby weight not yet lost during this time as well, so the 3 works great.

I also have a size 2 Hotsling for when they get better head control and I switch to hip carries. Once I start doing hip carries, the 3 is just too big.

You little one is tiny, so I can see that a 3 would be too big on you. You really just have to do some trial and error to find a great pouch fit. Have you tried washing and drying your pouches to shrink them? That might help a bit.

Good luck.
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