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post #1 of 27
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I read online where someone said they had a Hotsling and that it was so small that they could fold it up and put it in the purse/diaper bag when not in use. Is that true? I have an Over the Shoulder Baby Holder Ring Sling. I like it alright, definitely better than the Snugli. The Snugli hurts my shoulders/back. DS loves the OTSBH, he falls asleep in it a lot. (Even though when my MIL saw me wearing him in it, she said "He looks SO uncomfy in there!" Uh, yeah, since he stopped crying, and often falls asleep in it. But, I digress) I just really like the look of the pouch slings, like the Hotslings. So, anyone with experience want to share? What do you like about them?

Thanks
Michelle
post #2 of 27
That's exactly what I love about my pouches -- they fold up so tiny and are so easy to stuff in the diaper bag!

I also loved hotsling because the padded leg area was nice. And the bit of stretch made it more comfy.
post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by lmevans View Post
I read online where someone said they had a Hotsling and that it was so small that they could fold it up and put it in the purse/diaper bag when not in use. Is that true? I have an Over the Shoulder Baby Holder Ring Sling. I like it alright, definitely better than the Snugli. The Snugli hurts my shoulders/back. DS loves the OTSBH, he falls asleep in it a lot. (Even though when my MIL saw me wearing him in it, she said "He looks SO uncomfy in there!" Uh, yeah, since he stopped crying, and often falls asleep in it. But, I digress) I just really like the look of the pouch slings, like the Hotslings. So, anyone with experience want to share? What do you like about them?

Thanks
Michelle
I lovved my new native. One of the best things about it was being able to stuff it in the diaper bag. I know a lot of women use them into toddlerhood but I couldn't do that. It hurt my shoulder. I swithed to a Mai Hip when dd was 6 months old. Even still, I totally loved my NNBC and recommended them to everyone.
post #4 of 27
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My DS is 10 wks...is the pouch sling good for that age? Is the pouch one that can be used for a long time?
My OTSBH is SO big and bulky, the main thing I dont like about it.
My DH doesnt understand why I want/need another sling. Hes like, you already have one! lol
I just wish I could find a pouch for less than $40. :

Thanks for the replies!
post #5 of 27
i love my pouch! i use it daily for my almost 15 mo and i've warn her in it for 10 hours without a back ache. i had mine made by a local WAHM for $42 with custom fabric
post #6 of 27
My first sling was an OTSBH. I loved it, it was comfy, easy to use. Then it got hot and bulky. I tried a maya wrap. It was great if I had it adjusted *justright* but if it was the slightest bit twisted it was horribly uncomfortable.

Then I tried the new native pouch. Perfect. I started carrying ds2 in it from teh day we came home from the hospital (day 6). I had a csection and it was fine. I carried him in it as recently as a month or so ago and he's 35ish lbs and almost 2 1/2. The BEST $40 I ever spent.
post #7 of 27
I love pouches espeially for thier 'popability'
If your looking for one cheap, check out ebay


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post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by snowflake View Post
I also loved hotsling because the padded leg area was nice. And the bit of stretch made it more comfy.
Even with the padding they fold up small?
post #9 of 27
Yes, even with the padding they fold up small. The padding is only on one of the rails (edges) of the pouch and only in the center-most section.
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by lmevans View Post
My DS is 10 wks...is the pouch sling good for that age? Is the pouch one that can be used for a long time?
My OTSBH is SO big and bulky, the main thing I dont like about it.
My DH doesnt understand why I want/need another sling. Hes like, you already have one! lol
I just wish I could find a pouch for less than $40. :

Thanks for the replies!

I started using my pouch when Little Bear was 3 days old AND I use it for my 26 pound toddler. I've also used it on the little boy I nanny for who is 12 months old. Yes, it works GREAT and can be used for a long time!

Shannon
post #11 of 27
I love my pouch sling. I never got the hang of ring slings and I cant begin to imaging carrying around all the fabric that some other slings are made with. I carry my 30-pound 25-mo-old in the sling five days a week to take my older dd to school (on the subway in NYC). I can pop my little one in and out very easily or fold the sling and put it in my very tiny diaper bag. I get so many curious looks from other train commuters.

I plan to continue using my pouch sling throughout the winter.
post #12 of 27

I had a hard time with them

Tried two, neither fit right. One was too small, the other sort of fit but seemed too big--hanging down too far. Until I have a chance to find one that fits me right without buying it first I will stick with wraps. I find my Ellaroo wraps fold up pretty small, as does my rebozo. They also appear to have a lower resale value than most wraps, which means I bought mine used, for not a lot of money.
post #13 of 27
I had one for my youngest and loved it. First I had a handmade pouch ringsling I found at a resale shop. He would pass out in within 15 min or so. Then I bought a real pouch sling that was really thick, so as he was older it held up to his weight, which I think is an issue.
post #14 of 27
I love love love pouches! It's the only thing we use. We've had it since she was about 2 weeks and we still use it regularly.
I like the unpadded versions because they do fit into the diaper bag really easily. They also make a great changing pad in a pinch.
post #15 of 27
Links to your faves?
post #16 of 27
I love hotslings and peanut shells! I especially prefer the slight stretch on the cotton stretch ones and found that easier than New Native. Still use my hotsling daily in hip carry with my 15 month old. Even with the padding it is not bulky and folds up small. But if you want it to really fold up tiny, you could get an unpadded pouch. Lucky Baby (pretty cheap) and Karma Baby don't have padding -at least mine don't, it's possible they've updated I guess. and I"m sure some others don't. It makes my son's legs a little red if he's in it for awhile, but it doesn't seem to bother him.
post #17 of 27
Hotslings are the best!!! I love the stretch they have and the padded leg rail. My DD is 25mo and i still carry her around in my hotsling. It's so light and thin and can fit anywhere! I get so many complements on it when i'm out. And i also think it's my DD's favorite sling...and we have ALOT!!!
post #18 of 27
I used unpadded, non adjustable pouches. They are about the size of a pillow case and I love that I can fit them in my purse! I've been using one with this baby since he was born.
post #19 of 27
I rec'd a Heavenly Bundle for a gift, and while I haven't slung the soon-to-be-here in it yet, I have tried it out with my 16-pound cat. : Fit like a dream, although I can't figure out why she didn't cuddle up and go to sleep, it seemed like it was comfy.

Link to HB's site - and she's a WAHM, so that's a plus IMO.

DS (2 and 9 mos and 34 pounds) has also ridden around the house in it on my back and on my hip, and it's been really fun and fit great. Very nice fabric and fit. I also want a Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Fleech Pouch, but that will have to wait until Christmas!
post #20 of 27

nursing in it?

so those of you who obviously love the pouch slings..particularly the hotslings..can you nurse discreetly in it pretty well or do you end up taking baby out first?
also, how picky do you have to be about the size you get?

my ds is 9 days old and so far does not like the gypsymama wrap I got and generally seems to prefer sleeping on his own (except at night). But I have to find something because I am not carrying him around everywhere in those heavy infant seats or for going to my dd's gymnastics and other outings...
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