Thursday, September 09, 2010

Review: Pupsik Studio Baby Pouch Sling

Another reward I got for myself for hitting the ‘6-months breastfeeding’ benchmark. I’ve been eyeing on a baby pouch for some time now, and finally made the decision to invest in one. I had earlier inherited a preloved baby sling from a good girlfriend. While it was adjustable, this ‘sarong’ had too much cloth, and I had a hard time balancing the baby and fiddling with the wooden rings and excess fabric. So a more snugly fit one is in order – perhaps I’m too small sized.
A quick internet search led me to online baby boutique Pupsik Studio. I had already heard of this boutique when I chanced upon its bean pillows at Mothercare. However, why buy a $25.90 bean pillow when you can make your own for a few dollars, using dried bean sprouts husks that costs just 50 cents from the market and cloth material from Chinatown. But, I’m digressing.
The compactly designed baby pouch slings were more reasonably priced and from $45.90 onwards, are much cheaper than some others in the market. There are different sizes for people of different weights to ensure a snug fit for both baby and mummy. So unless your partner is of the same size and weight as you, you will need to get another one for your better half.
I got the Baby Pouch Sling in Strawberry Caramel design. The first time I opened up the package, the fitted pouch carrier might seem a little confusing to use. This is because there are different ways of putting on the pouch, depending on the age of the child and the method of carrying – cradle carry (0-3 months), kangaroo carry (3-6 months) or front carry (4 months – toddlerhood). There is a downloadable pdf and demonstration video on wearing instructions on the Pupsik Studio website. 
Here's how I tested it:
a) Laundry
The sling is made of slightly stretchable fabric and the elasticity did not waver even after washing. Neither did the colour run. It can be hand or machine washed cold, which is extremely convenient.
b) Effectiveness
I use the pouch by front carrying EV. Initially, I needed my better half to help shift the pouch so EV can sit on it, but after a few tries, I mastered the art of putting it on with EV in my arms. Once it has all been figured out (remember: practice makes perfect!), it is just a simple case of popping EV in the pouch and off we go on our adventures! 
c) My ultimate rave
The pouch takes the strain and aches out of the arms, as EV’s weight is now distributed evenly, rather than just on the arms. My arms are now free to do other stuff. 
d) My ultimate rant
Honestly, I have no complains. It is a worthwhile investment. The real test however, comes when we head to Hong Kong for a family holiday and much shopping and sightseeing is expected on the itinerary.
e) Overall value (4/5)
A good investment that will be tested to the ultimate during our family trip to Hong Kong. More on this after our holiday.

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