So what's the appeal?
Pouches are a simple loop of fabric designed to hold baby on your chest or hip. Therein lies the appeal and simplicity of the pouch. It's small and easy to fold up and stash in your diaper bag! With all of the stuff you have to tote around for a baby, having a small carrier to stash away like that is a plus.
What's the downside?
If you're familiar with a ring sling, you'll notice that the way the baby sits in a pouch sling is similar. Tummy to tummy carries or hip carries for babies with head and trunk control are the two carrying positions in a pouch. But unlike ring slings, pouch slings are not adjustable. That can be a problem if you don't know what size pouch to get or you're stuck with a pouch that's too small or too big. Another problem with a pouch not being adjustable is that a size that may work for you and your baby in the early months might not work for you as baby grows. If you know someone who has a pouch or has purchased one of the free ones, see if you can try theirs on or get tips about sizing from them.
How do you use a pouch?
When using a pouch with a newborn, it's very important to make sure the pouch is fitted properly so that your newborn is high on your chest, close enough to kiss, and their back is fully supported. You'll pull the fabric on the outside of the pouch high enough to support your newborn's back while leaving enough fabric between baby and your body. If there's some slack in the pouch, you can take the top of the fabric that goes over your shoulder and pull it down to cap your shoulder (see the video below).
Lauren Moore, VBE