Way back when, in September, I attended ABC Kids Expo to check out all of the latest cloth diapers and babywearing products. One of the most thrilling items I saw was the Hotslings AP (Adjustable Pouch and a clever play on Attachment Parenting!) Hotslings is a major name in babywearing because they made it accesible for the masses. Their original pouch slings are sold in big box stores and boutiques all over the country, and their fun prints make babywearing stylish and fun!
What makes the AP different than a Hotslings Pouch sling?
The Hotslings AP™ is a safe continuous loop – it cannot detach or break apart. Two strategically placed buckles allow the AP to adjust and fit comfortably on multiple users. The shoulder design is wide, yet sleek without excess fabric. Sleek padding is included on both sides of the pouch providing more comfort and support for baby in all three carrying positions.
Parents and caregivers will now have the benefits of a Hotslings® pouch without the worry of buying the wrong size and/or needing to buy multiple sizes for breastfeeding on-the-go, post-partum body changes or sharing with caregivers and partners. The one-size-fits-most design makes gifting the Hotslings AP™ a no brainer allowing parents and caregivers to just adjust and go.
The new AP is packaged in a matching drawstring bag that offers storage for the sling itself or can be used as a coordinating, compact diaper bag and more.
I have been able to test the AP out for quite some time. I have to admit that I have never used a pouch sling. I opted for a ring sling when my son was born due to the adjustability. I did at one point buy a Hotslings Pouch, but I got it home and it didn’t fit so I took it back. I was also still losing the baby weight so I was uneasy about what size I would be in the end.
The AP solves all of those problems. Using innovative buckle adjustments on the shoulder, the fabric is essentially gathered to adjust the size. If you have used a pouch sling before then trying an AP will be easy for you. Your only challenge will be learning how to size the AP. If you are new to pouch slings then you will need to learn how to put one on! This was a challenge for me in some ways. I watched the videos and got it right in a few tries.
To adjust the AP the two buckles can be tightened or loosened fairly easily. Finding your size is the hardest part. There isn’t really an easy way to adjust the sling while the baby is in it, unless perhaps you have someone to help you. There is some trial and error to get the right size. if the size is wrong you may feel some extra strain on your shoulder. I had an issue when wearing my son at the mall, and after adjusting again I got a comfortable fit.
My favorite way to use any sling is the kangaroo carry, where the baby is sitting cross legged inside, but facing outward. By the time I reviewed the AP, my son was much too large for that! Instead, we have only been able to use a hip carry. Even with him being 20 pounds it was a comfortable ride for short shopping trips. I would not wear him in a hip carry for long excursions. If he were a newborn then yes, I would use the AP for longer periods. No matter how comfortable a sling, 20 pounds on one shoulder will become uncomfortable after a long time, at least for me.
Far less bulk than a Ring Sling
Compact enough for the diaper bag
Learning curve for adjustments
Doesn’t adjust to ALL Hotsling sizes (works sizes 2-5, which translates to roughly 5’0″ tall to 6’1″ and 110-220 pounds, a good range.)
If not adjusted correctly you may have shoulder and back strain.
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