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I have a mei tai and love love love it. It is super comfy and pretty and DD loves to be in it. But when DD and I are out and about together running quick errands I find that I want something really quick and simple to throw on and put DD in. From the websites, it looks like a pouch would be just the thing but I have a few questions:<br><br>
1. do they really work for toddlers? Most say they go up to 35 pounds, how accurate is that? DD is on the small side (only 22lbs at 22 months) but will my back hurt with a pouch? I do plan on using the mei tai for longer carrying stints, but for quick errands will it be comfy?<br><br>
2. how hard is it to size a pouch, and do I want to go a little bigger with sizing because I'll be fitting a toddler, not a newborn, into it? What about adjustable pouches? I've read they aren't as good but don't know why.<br><br>
3. what are some good pouches to look for? I've checked out the hotslings site and I love them, but they aren't cheap. I thought the mei tai would be my last baby-carrying purchase (I have three other carriers I never use)... so don't want to overspend on this.<br><br>
Thanks so much!
 

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I have a hotsling and use use it for a 30 lb toddler in a hip carry whenever we need to make a short stop. It's great. I also use a ring sling for the same thing.
 

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I've always carried my daughter (15 months, 23 pounds) in a mei tai but I recently got a kangeroo korner fleece pouch and I love it for quick trips. It is an adjustable pouch and I find it quite comfortable and a good fit. I can even nurse in it. The fleece is a bit hot for hot days, though and yeah, definitely not for a long trip but for quick errands it's fast to get in and out of and quite comfortable.
 

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I bought my first pouch when my oldest was almost 2, and can still wear him in it. He's 4 yrs. old, 42" (maybe a little taller now), and 41 lbs. I like pouches for back carries once they're old enough to know not to fling themselves backwards, and also for hip carries. My 16 mo. old weighs 23-24 lbs. and I can carry him easily in my pouch.<br>
There are a lot of options out there and they're all good, IMO, a pouch is a pouch. I like my $15 homemade ebay pouch just as much as my peanut shell and hotsling. If you can sew it's very easy to make your own.
 

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I have a 30 lb toddler and a pouch and I cant seem to keep it from bunching up at the shoulder. I don't know if thats normal or if I'm doing it wrong but its really uncomfortable.
 

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first off, if you have carriers you're not using, you should sell them - then you won't feel guilty about buying a new one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> the fsot boards on thebabywearer.com are a great place to do that (trading post here works too, of course!).<br><br>
i personally prefer a ring sling over a pouch for the quick ins and outs because i find it more versatile/adjustable - particularly for nursing in. but i do have a pouch that's great to throw in the purse 'just in case' because it's so small and folds up so teeny. and they are incredibly simple to use, very quick, since there isn't any adjusting to do.<br><br>
and i agree on making one - if you know how to use scissors and operate a sewing machine at all you can make one, custom-fitted! i would most definitely have ended up buying one that was too big - when i made mine i had to shorten it 3 times before i got the perfect fit.<br><br>
i don't think you'll need a bigger one with a toddler - with an infant, the whole baby fits inside the pouch, with a toddler, it's just their tushie, upper legs and half their back. so it works out to be similar in fit for either, at least in my experience.
 

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I also love to use a pouch for quick trips. It's a staple in this house! DD is about the same age and weight as yours. I can wear her for about 20 minutes before I start to feel any weight-- but then again I always grab my ergo if I know it will be for a long haul.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have a mei tai and love love love it. It is super comfy and pretty and DD loves to be in it. But when DD and I are out and about together running quick errands I find that I want something really quick and simple to throw on and put DD in. From the websites, it looks like a pouch would be just the thing but I have a few questions:<br><br>
1. do they really work for toddlers? Most say they go up to 35 pounds, how accurate is that? DD is on the small side (only 22lbs at 22 months) but will my back hurt with a pouch? I do plan on using the mei tai for longer carrying stints, but for quick errands will it be comfy?<br><br>
2. how hard is it to size a pouch, and do I want to go a little bigger with sizing because I'll be fitting a toddler, not a newborn, into it? What about adjustable pouches? I've read they aren't as good but don't know why.<br><br>
3. what are some good pouches to look for? I've checked out the hotslings site and I love them, but they aren't cheap. I thought the mei tai would be my last baby-carrying purchase (I have three other carriers I never use)... so don't want to overspend on this.<br><br>
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Yes, pouches work for toddler. I also use a ring sling and they have been wonderful with my 2 year old. DD is about the same size as yours, 26 mths and 21lbs. She is up and down alot so the pouch is quick and easy to get her up and down in. I find it comfortable but if I was going to wear her for awhile I would use a 2 shoulder carrier.<br><br>
Also a hip carry takes less fabric than a cradle hold so you definately don't need to size up. I sometimes size down because I find a hip carry where DD is riding up high and close to me to be a better for my back. I personally like adjustable pouches as well as fitted. That way DH and I can share and I can get a perfect fit. My fav adjustable pouch is a Mamma's Milk.<br><br>
I can't sew so I have always bought my pouches, besides Mamma's Milk, I have liked Urban Pouch and Hotsling. I also have heard good things about Peanut Shell and Karma Baby.<br><br>
I agree you should post the carriers you don't use on FSOT at TBW and put that towards a nice pouch or ring sling. Good Luck!!
 

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I still sometimes use a pouch with my 22 month old DS. He's not a huge kid, maybe 24 lbs?<br><br><b>Do they really work for toddlers?</b><br>
Yes! I used one yesterday because he was asleep when I arrived at my older son's preschool. A hip carry with the pouch pulled up around his shoulders allowed him to continue sleeping snuggled against me. My DH sometimes carries him in a pouch - it allows toddler containment with face-to-face communication.<br><br><b>Most say they go up to 35 pounds, how accurate is that?</b><br>
I haven't tried to carry a child larger than 35 lbs in any sort of carrier, so I don't know from experience. My kids seem to outgrow the need to be carried in a carrier before they outgrow the actual carrier<br><br><b>will my back hurt with a pouch? ...for quick errands will it be comfy?</b><br>
I think pouches are ideal for errands and other quick trips. I only get uncomfortable if I've been wearing it a LONG time. (2-shoulder carriers are better for long carries, as you know!)<br><br><b>how hard is it to size a pouch</b><br>
I don't think it's hard. Hotslings has a great size calculator that has always been right for me. It usually gives me two sizes - I go with the smaller one for a stretch fabric and the larger one for a non-stretch fabric. Most sling sellers are easygoing about exchanges if you discover you need a larger or smaller size.<br><br><b>do I want to go a little bigger with sizing because I'll be fitting a toddler, not a newborn, into it</b><br>
In my experience, no. The position you carry a toddler in is different from the position you carry a newborn in, and that makes a different in how much fabric you need for each carry. I used the same pouches from birth until 18 mos for my older son and birth until now (22 mos) for my younger son.<br><br><b>What about adjustable pouches?</b><br>
To me the benefit of a pouch is that it's not adjustable and therefore very quick to toss on. I think adjustments would create pressure points. But some people are happy with adjustable pouches, maybe because they want the adjustability of a ring sling but without the long tail?<br><br><b>what are some good pouches to look for?</b><br>
I have used and loved:<br>
Hotslings<br>
Chic Papoose<br>
Sidecar Slings<br><br>
I also had a Heavenly Bundle sling that I didn't like as much...but only because it had heavily padded leg rails, which I don't like, and the fabric wasn't my favorite. It's a nice sling, that model just wasn't my taste.<br><br>
For good deals, check the FSOT board on thebabywearer.com
 

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I still use my Hotsling with my 3y4m old girl, on my hip. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Her legs are starting to look super long though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
See here: <a href="http://www.thekeoghfamily.photosite.com/March2007/IMG_2840.html" target="_blank">http://www.thekeoghfamily.photosite..../IMG_2840.html</a>
 
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