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Pouch Sling Tutorial

What is a pouch sling?


Also referred to as: pouches, tube slings, brand name Sevenslings, Hot Slings

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SevenSlings Hip Carry

Image sourced from sevenslings.com

Description

A tube of woven (not-stretchy) fabric is sewn with a reinforcing seam. Worn diagonally like a sash, baby is then placed in the sling like a ring sling. Functions the same as a ring sling, except that there is no size adjustment.

Good For
  • Front Carries: rated for newborns; typically preferred for babies with strong trunk control due to the lack of support offered unless sizing is absolutely perfect.
  • Hip Carries: Good for babies with strong truck control
  • Back Carries: Experienced wearers with trustworthy toddlers or older children only. Single-pass back carries are a risk to children who might lean backwards.
  • Forward Facing: Good for babies with strong head control and decent truck control. Worn inside the "pouch" of the sling (instead of legs out) sitting cross-legged.
Advantages

Quick to put baby up and get baby out. Folds up incredibly small; can fit in a diaper bag or even a pants pocket for a back-up carrier. Very inexpensive.

Disadvantages

No ability to adjust size. Must be sized exactly right in order to provide proper support. One shoulder carries means that it can be less comfortable for longer wearing. Often advertised with newborns in a horizontal "cradle carry" which makes it very difficult to monitor breathing and keep baby from collapsing their chin to their chest. Not good for "seat poppers" or babies who tend to straighten their legs when worn.

Variations
  • Some brands such as <a href="http://wiki.babywearingdiy.com/do/edit/Main/HotSlings?topicparent=Main.CarrierTypes;nowysiwyg=0" rel="nofollow" title="HotSlings (this topic does not yet exist; you can create it)"> HotSlings </a> do offer some minimal adjustment ability.
Sizing

Sizing is very dependent on both the wearer's and child's size and cannot be adjusted. Therefore, a pouch sling that fits a mom with her newborn may not fit the same mom when her baby is a toddler. If a mom and dad of different sizes wanted pouches to use for two different age children, they therefore may end up needing four different pouches to accomodate all 4 combinations of parent and child.

How to use

Tutorials

  1. Pouch Sling Sew Along Part 1: Picking Fabric (applies to wraps and slings, too!)
  2. Pouch Sling Sew Along Part 2: Materials (the other stuff you'll need!)
  3. Pouch Sling Sew Along Part 3: Measurements (the hardest part of making a pouch sling!)
  4. Pouch Sling Sew Along Part 4: Sewing the Curve
  5. Pouch Sling Sew Along Part 5: The Final Product

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Sizing Information

Pouch slings must be carefully sized to the wearer. The sizing here gives the range including the shorter circumference (around the top and bottom rail of the pouch.) The widest part of the pouch (around the middle of the curve) would be about 2" wider. Search our Facebook group for the hashtag "#pouchsling" to find a video on measuring yourself for a pouch!

Again, this is total circumference - when the sling is laying flat, the length is half of this since it is looped over on top of itself.

"Sizing" typically approximately matches what size unisex t-shirt you wear, but this can be affected by a number of factors, include build and baby's size.

Pouch Sling SizingMetersInchesYards
WIDTH 0.5m 21" 0.6y
Small 1.2m 48" 1.4y
Medium 1.4m 53" 1.5y
Large 1.5m 58" 1.6y
XLarge 1.6m 64" 1.8y

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