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Old 04-19-2010, 12:39 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I got this beautiful pouch sling when I was in Guatemala last year and I'd like to use it with my babe coming in June/July but it looks so big and deep for a small newborn.

Can a pouch be too deep? Is there danger of suffocation or would it be just uncomfortable for the baby to be that deep in the pouch? I'm not sure it would safe if there is so much extra fabric.

In the deepest/widest part of the pouch it measures about 68cm (27 inches) across.

I don't know any babies here that I could try it out on.

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Old 04-19-2010, 12:59 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Here are some photos to illustrate what I'm talking about:

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sling width/depth 1 & 2

It looks very wide/deep, no?

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Personally for newborns I'd only use something front carry like a mei tai.

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It's more a concern about how the sling fits you and where the baby sits. You could try it on with a 10 lb bag of rice. That would give you at the very least a general idea of how a newborn baby might fit in it on you.

You don't want a carrier that puts the baby away from you--one adage is close enough to kiss. It's hard to tell from the photos. And it's hard to tell how adjustable it is and how close of a fit you can get. If you can use the upright, chest to chest position and get a tight fit, I'd consider using it for a newborn.

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