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The Murron’s Pouch from Freedom Slings aims to be a simple, user-friendly baby sling. Does it succeed?
After having a hard time breastfeeding her twelfth (yes, twelfth!) baby, Margaret Armour made herself a simple sling. So many people asked her about it that she decided to try selling them. The response was great and, having tried the sling, I’m not surprised. Armour and her family expanded this first sling into a range including the Murron’s Pouch (named after one of her daughters), which is available in three varieties: single layer, reversible double layer and padded Fair Trade organic. Still produced by the Armour family (all the fabric for the slings is hand-cut), the slings are manufactured in the UK and promoted predominantly via word of mouth.
What we love
I’m always daunted by carriers with lots of buckles and straps to adjust, but the Murron’s Pouch is literally one piece of fabric that you wear like a sash, making it comfortable for both the baby and the wearer. With a built-in curve that keeps your baby secure without you holding on, the Murron’s Pouch has no rings or fasteners of any kind, making it simple to use and ideally suited for discreet breastfeeding.
Given that it folds up so small, it’s extremely portable. It’s also machine washable and can be tumble dried, which is convenient. Plus it’s considerably cheaper than the majority of slings on the market without sacrificing quality. It folds up small enough to fit into a handbag, comes with instructions for five carrying positions (including back and hip carry) and is available in six colour combinations from stock (custom fabrics are also available).
What to watch out for
Because the sling can’t be adjusted, getting the right size is important, but my weight, height and measurements all suggested different sizes. And my weight is changing anyway, both because I’ve just had a baby and because I’m breastfeeding. Having said that, the customer service is excellent (I sent them my sizes and they told me which sling would be best for me) and slings can be exchanged for size.
Who is the Murron’s Pouch best for?
Mums who like a bargain, are confident about baby wearing and walk/travel a lot.
The Murron’s Pouch is a great idea and an excellent, well-made product, but perhaps more suited to advanced rather than novice baby-wearers.