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I personally prefer a pouch with a little stretch to it. I think the give in the shoulder area makes the sling much more comfortable, but some people say it makes no difference for them. I also opted for the leg padding because the reason I can't use my Maya Pouch anymore is that the fabric is too tight on dd's legs (she's about 25 lbs) and she didn't seem comfortable anymore. I've found the hotslings stretch pouch with leg padding to be very comfortable for both of us.
As for whether you can use one size pouch from newborn to toddler, it depends if your weight tends to fluctuate a lot. My weight yoyo's and I could not get away with only having one size pouch for the whole time. I acutally used all the settings on my KKAFP at one time or another, so having a pouch be adjustable is worth it to me. Sometimes it happens that as the baby grows and takes up more space in the pouch, you are losing weight and taking up less space in the pouch, so one size will work from newborn to toddler.