A pouch, or any one shouldered carrier, is never going to be my main baby carrier. I prefer two shouldered back carrier with a mei tai or wrap. However, every baby wearer I know can appreciate having a pouch around. I keep one in the diaper bag for hip carries in the store, when my child doesn't want to be in the buggy or using a buggy just isn't an option. Its much easier than just trying to hold a squirmy baby with one arm while you shop for things, sign your receipt, etc. I tried many pouches, and thought they all seemed about the same. I used a size 4 Hotslings when my son was a newborn for cradle carries, and I like it. Then, I lost some of the baby weight and it was too big. So, I bought a size 3 - it was too small! I asked around online, and ran upon Slinglings. Their sizing chart on their web site is very helpful, but I still had some questions, so I sent them an e-mail. I got a reply within the hour, answering every question I had and offering a phone number in case I needed to call with any more questions. I was sold then! What excellent customer service! So, I ordered two different pouches of the same size, in different fabrics. They were sized consistently - the hemp pouch fit the same way the sateen pouch did. They arrived very quickly ordering from Slinglings web site, and I was again impressed with the company and their service. I buy Slinglings gift certificates for all of my friends who are expecting new babies, because I know that when they are ready to purchase, someone will be there to help them get exactly what they need.