By peoplestaff225
Updated September 29, 2008 05:00 AM

Having an active three year old and an infant, I quickly realized that a good sling is a true necessity. When my first was four months old, I purchased a Kangaroo Korner woven adjustable pouch ($62) and used it till she was two.

The great thing about these adjustable pouches is their versatility. I was able to carry the baby in a tummy-to-tummy position, cradle position, "kangaroo" carry (facing out), on my hip, and later, on my back. The pouch has four rows of snaps to adjust and there are 2 rows of overlap on each size, for instance the 2 loosest settings on a size small are equivalent to the 2 tightest settings on a medium (it comes in four sizes). The sling will not fall off, even if all of the snaps open, as it is sewn together.

For my second baby, since she was born in the summer, I decided to purchase Kangaroo Korner’s adjustable mesh pouch ($62). Made of a mesh similar to basketball shorts, it is somewhat stretchier than my cotton pouch. I have used it at the pool, which was a huge life saver. I was able to wade around with my now three year old in the baby pool, while the baby was in the sling. After we got splashed, the pouch dried really quickly and never faded, stretched, or shrunk. If the baby was not so young, I would have actually used the pouch to go into the water with her, which they are designed to do.

Kangaroo Korner also makes a fleece adjustable pouch ($62-66) as well as one made from Solarveil ($62), a breathable, see-through polyester mesh fabric which is treated to block harmful UV rays.

I have tried a variety of other baby carriers and I prefer Kangaroo Korner’s adjustable pouches for a variety of reasons. I love the kangaroo carry style for when baby is older and likes to look around and a lot of back-pack style carriers don’t work well in this position. There is a pretty pattern for every taste around as well as some dad-friendly designs. They also make a child-sized pouch ($24) that my now three year old loves toting her Cabbage Patch doll in.

Check out their outlet where all products are discounted by at least 50%. And by the way, I love that all of their Kangaroo Korner products are sweatshop-free, made in Minnesota.

— Reesa