Friday, August 8, 2014

Babywearing gear - Pouch & Ringsling

Baby carrier or babywearing gear comes in a wide range of options as well as alternatives. They are in a form of one-shouldered carrier; ring sling and pouch while for two-shouldered carrier; meitai, soft-structured carrier (SSC) and wrap.

The most basic carrier being use for newborn or for an easy pop-in and pop-out are ring slings and pouch. But, to be bear in mind, with one-shouldered carrier, as the weight of your little one increasing, the wearer (parent or care-giver) had to bear the weight of a baby with one shoulder only.


A single piece of fabric sewn into a sash-like circle seam in middle to creates a deep seat for baby. They are worn over one shoulder for front, back and hip carries. Pouches have no rings, snaps, buckles or ties. Pouches come in sizes to be fitted to the wearer and it is made from variety of fabrics such as stretch cottons or fleece as well as size. The baby should be carry near your center of gravity, neither too low nor too tight. The curve of the sling should reach just below your naval when the baby is in it.  The sling should be spread out flat across your back and over your shoulder to prevent from dig into your neck or slide off of your shoulder.

It's very easy for a quick ‘ups and downs’ phase - baby can be taken in and out quickly, for those practising elimination communications, running errands or toddler that wants up & down every 5 seconds. Pouches are also come in a compact size that will fit in your bag easily.

The downside of a pouch is it’s not as comfortable as a two-shouldered carrier for wearing heavier babies for longer periods as the weight bare by only one shoulder and the waist. They came in size thus they are less in versatility as well as adjust-ability.
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Most common size of a pouch are measured from shoulder to hip with 23” to 26” as regular size while 27” to 30” for large size but some maker produced it with wider options of sizes and variety of patterns as well material used. The size determined by measuring the length from your shoulder to the opposite side of hip with considering your height, torso length as well as size of the bra. It's important that you wear the correct size which is important to a comfortable pouch sling experience.

As carrying your baby in an upward position (or tummy-to-tummy carry) as the optimum and most recommended, using pouch for an on-the-go breastfeeding carrier could be a great help but it is a skill that need practices to make it perfect. This is due to the pouch being a non-adjustable carrier, contacting a babywearer educator whom is also a lactation peer or counsellor is a great idea to start with. On top of it, please always check the rules of thumb while babywearing which is T.I.C.K.S.
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A ring sling is a piece of fabric (2-3m long) that is adjustable to fit over one shoulder by pulling the material through two rings made from either metal or nylon. They can be padded in shoulder area for added comfort, usually used for front, hip carries or sometimes back carry. The adjust-ability factor of a ring sling makes it suitable for sharing between different sized wearers. The extra fabric left in front is useful for very discreet breastfeeding in public.

Ring Slings are an ideal newborn carrier and are also fantastic for the up-and-down toddler phase. The size can be adjusted according to the size of the wearer and the wearee to get excellent support as well as comfort for both the baby and you. This made it more versatile in usage.
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The ring slings might be come as a readily sew with the ring or loose rings. Today, there are also few options available in market which might be hazard for usage with baby. For instance, an adjustable pocket sling, known as bag sling, is widely available for purchase. From the box, stated it is designed to carry babies and toddlers aged 0 until 2 years and beyond weighing 2kg to 15kg. It is made from 100% cotton that is durable and breathable with a padded at shoulder strap for the wearer for the comfort of the wearer. It is also made padded at the top and bottom for baby’s comfort and come readily with adjustable buckle to accommodate different size wearers. You can carry the baby with five (5) different positions.

However, to make it meet the safety requirement as per T.I.C.K.S. during carrying your baby need some skills. Get more information and guidance by joining Babywearing Mamas support group  in Facebook.


·         A piece of fabric one-piece design with no need for adjustments; rings, buckles or straps.

·         Used as a carrier to hold baby and wearers are able to be hands-free

·         Non-adjustable, comes with size thus need the exact measurement

·         Made with few types of material; cotton, cotton/lycra mix or fleece.

·         The fabric is sufficient to cover baby’s back hence enhancing the safety while wearing.

·         Provides safety when wear the correct size as it is tight enough to hold the baby.

·         A piece of fabric one-piece design with no need for adjustments; rings, buckles or straps.

·         Used only as a tool to help parents or caregivers to carry the baby. Definitely not able for hands-free carrying.

·         Non-adjustable, comes with size thus need the exact measurement.

·         Made from a mesh.

·         The fabric NOT sufficient to cover baby’s back. It could be hazard as the baby tends to lean back.

·         As it is made from a mesh fabric, it tends to stretch if with even a little pressure such as baby wiggling or straightening

·         A carrying system that said can be used directly from birth as the baby is cradled in a reclined position.

·          Made of 100% cotton & machine washable, Instruction manual included

·         Comes with buckle and strap for adjustment.

·         Made with 100% cotton and machine washable.

·         Few brands of this type of carrier had been recalled by Consumer Product Safety Commission United States of America (, New Zealand ( and also in Canada.

Disclaimer : Picture credits to Babywearing Mamas Malaysia member

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