Saturday, July 12, 2014

Product Spotlight : KoalaKin Hands-Free Nursing Pouch

Being an advocate of breastfeeding, I've always looked for ways to make it as simple, pain-free and special as possible for myself. I was blessed to be able to breastfeed my oldest son for 19.5 months before he weaned himself. I knew when I had another child I wanted to breastfeed again, but couldn't have known quite how different the experience would be.

Since welcoming our second child into our family almost 4 months ago, it has been both an incredibly exciting time, but also a challenging one, as it brings a whole new meaning to the word "adjustment". My sweet 2 1/2 year old loves his baby brother, but he also needs just as much attention as ever. There have been countless moments where I said to myself, "if only I had 4 arms!". Have you been there? Wouldn't it make life simpler sometimes?

Before having Greyson (my youngest), I dreamt of what it would be like with two. I tried to imagine what my toddler (Landon) would do once he finally figured out the new baby was "for keeps" and not going anywhere. I imagined breastfeeding the baby and making that time quiet, and hoped it would be an opportunity for Landon and me to read together on the couch, or have him sit next to me and practice his letters. And then… the baby came and reality hit and obviously my toddler had no desire to do "quiet, sit by mommy and snuggle activities". Noooo… he wanted to be chased and have me go to his play room with him, and throw a ball, and well, you get the idea. Gone were the days of staring at your newborn in a cloud of complete bliss, taking in each and every moment to relish and admire him. My once peaceful nursing sessions with one child became a situation where this mama of 2 had to multitask and get creative!

Enter the KoalaKin.

With a toddler who needs my attention, meals that need to be made, chores that need to be done and a baby who eats… A LOT… I was thrilled to learn about this helpful baby gear item. After reading more about it, I knew it was the answer, when obviously 4 arms is out of the question. :)




What it is: 
The KoalaKin is a hands-free nursing pouch. It has 3 adjustable straps, which allows it to fit moms and babies of difference shapes and sizes. It also evenly distributes the weight with back support straps, which helps you keep good posture. I realized before using this, how frequently I was hunching over when nursing my son. Talk about achy shoulders at the end of the day! There's a shoulder clasp on each side, which makes it really convenient to switch baby to either side with ease.

Why I like it: 
The KoalaKin has allowed me to have more flexibility during the day. If my baby wants to nurse, but I have things I want to get done, I can do both at the same time. It allows you to nurse sitting, standing or walking. I can get snacks or meals together for my older son, play with him using BOTH hands (I know, what a concept!),  fold laundry, etc., all while keeping my baby close and still bonding with him. It's the best of both worlds to be able to give them both what they need at the same time. I wasn't able to do this before because I was limited with not having my hands free, and that can be a challenge when you have other kids who want and need you too!

Note: 
This is not a carrier that you would use to go on a walk with, or wear baby in all day. This is a pouch that assists you in nursing your baby while allowing you to have your hands free when you need them. I personally still like to keep one hand or the crook of my arm under his head for added support, but he won't go anywhere if I need to use both my hands.

Where to Buy: 
The KoalaKin comes in 2 colors: black and brown. For more information, including how to select the size for you, go to www.koalakin.com

For a visual on how to use the KoalKin, check out this video:


This would make a great gift for any mom of a newborn. The KoalaKin can accommodate a baby up to 35 lbs! My son isn't even close to that yet, so I have no idea how comfortable it would be once he's bigger, but I do know that in the early months, this has been a gem. 



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