KoalaKin Review – Hands Free Nursing Pouch

koalakin-review-hands-free-nursing-pouch Price: $90

Where to buy: Amazon

My Overall Rating: 8 out of 10

Why I Love the KoalaKin:

There are times that I come across a product and I think to myself, “why, didn’t I know about that?!” The Koalakin is one of those products.

I remember nursing my first baby and how I had the luxury of planting myself on the couch for hours on end while he grazed at his leisure. With my second baby, I was not so fortunate. With a second child (and I imagine the same for any number after the first) the issue is that you now have an older child (or children) to care for.

In my house, the second I sit down someone needs a glass of water or help in the bathroom or they are hungry. The list goes on. Trying to nurse an infant who could be at the breast for an hour or more at a time seems nearly impossible.

That is why I love the KoalaKin.

What Makes the KoalaKin So Awsome?

So the KoalaKin is NOT a baby carrier. (I know, I was confused too at first.) It is made specifically for breastfeeding. Yes, you can get up and walk around while breastfeeding but it is not made to wear your baby in when not feeding.

koalakin-review-hands-free-nursing-pouchPer KoalaKin’s website, that is because the safest position for your baby is in an upright position when in a carrier. So after nursing, you should remove your baby from the KoalaKin.

The KoalaKin really has the feel of a soft carrier rather than a sling or wrap. It is made with 100% breathable cotton canvas on the outside for durability and 100% soft cotton on the inside for added comfort for your baby.

It is designed with three different straps that adjust to fit the shape and size of the user. I really liked the fact that there were only three straps.

It made taking it out of the box and using it right away simple. There was no need to fiddle with it or hunt for instructions.

The KoalaKin also boasts ergonomic back support by evenly distributing your baby’s weight among both shoulders. This was a big plus to me since I always suffered from back and shoulder pain from hunching over my baby for hours at a time.

Another feature I love is the sling portion of the KoalaKin easily clips from one side to the other. So switching baby to the other breast is as simple as picking him up and putting him to the other breast. Then clip the sling strap back in place and you are good to go! No taking it off and moving it around. Super simple!

How do you Use the KoalaKin?

Using the KoalaKin really is quite simple. But for those of you who (like me) are visual, here is a video so you can see exactly how to use the KoalaKin. 

It really is that easy!

What are My Options with the KoalaKin?

The Koalakin comes in 2 different colors – Chocolate Brown and Black/Green.

There are different sizes for both the pouch (which holds your baby) and the vest (which goes around you). Here is the sizing chart so you can see the various sizes.

koalakin-review-size-chart

My boys were not huge babies but they were not small either. They were both around 8-lbs and about 19 inches at birth. I didn’t discover the KoalaKin until my youngest was about one-month-old. I got an M/L size pouch and a Small vest. That size worked great for us.

koalakin-review-hands-free-nursing-pouchI do think though that for the first 2 months of using it, a small pouch would have better suited us. In the beginning, I was rolling a blanket and putting it underneath him to make him slightly higher but once he grew a little, the pouch fit him perfect.

I would recommend a small pouch for the first few months.

One common complaint you will see in customer reviews on the KoalaKin, is that users felt it was too big even when using the smallest size. I did not purchase the small size pouch but I did have that problem like I said for the first few months.

I attribute that to using the wrong size in my case. Make sure you follow the sizing chart and understand that the product may run slightly big. But I felt the straps adjusted well and never had to adjust them to their max.

You can purchase just the pouch separately which is great! That way you can have both sizes to grow into without spending the money for an entirely new set.

Pros and Cons of KoalaKin

I really like the KoalaKin but like all products, it has its drawbacks.

Cons

  • Complaints that it runs big
  • It is not a baby carrier, so pricey for an item with one specific use
  • Pricier than a standard nursing pillow

koalakin-review-hands-free-nursing-pouchPros

  • Allows hands-free nursing
  • Even though it’s pricey, it is an item that will be used multiple times per day and that’s worth it in my book!
  • Gives your arms and back a rest from supporting your baby’s weight while nursing
  • Allows you to be mobile while nursing which helps when you have older children
  • Easier to nurse in than a baby carrier or sling

Overall, I think the KoalaKin does a good job of providing a product that solves a big issue for nursing mothers which is how immobilizing nursing can be.

If you have struggled with nursing in a sling or carrier but still need a hands-free option, then the KoalaKin is a must have.

I wish I had known about it with my first baby!

Have you tried the KoalaKin before? Share your thoughts here!


Click here to read more about the KoalaKin!

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18 comments

  1. Njoora says:

    There are no other tasks that take most moms time, strain mom body, sucks and makes mom remain stationary like Breastfeeding. I would recommend Koalakin hand free nursing pouch even if the item is pricey and is used for one purpose. It’s worthy. Thanks for such good review.

    • Heather Grace says:

      Yes, I agree! This is a great product for busy moms. Especially moms with more than 1 child! I can’t count how many times I’ve sat down to nurse my baby only for one of my other children to ask for a snack or a drink. haha Thank you for your comment!

  2. Kayla says:

    I never even knew such a product existed! It’s a great idea, one of those things that you don’t think of but would be extremely helpful. I don’t have any children yet so I haven’t had to deal with trying to breast feed but me and my husband are currently trying and maybe I’ll never have to experience it without a product like this!

    • Heather Grace says:

      I really wish I had taken advantage of hands-free products like this with my first! I got on board with my second baby and so glad I did! Thank you for stopping by and hope to see you back again soon!

  3. Bri says:

    You provide an excellent review on a new product for nursing mothers, thank you! I think this product will encourage more mommies to breast feed, so many women get discouraged because of the amount of time and effort it takes to keep going. I do have one question: Do you feel safe standing up with your baby & using this product while preparing meals? In other words, how safe is this product to use with your little one while on the move? Or is it better for quick, seated & hands-free tasks?

    • Heather Grace says:

      It is safe to move around but I would not recommend it for doing any activities that are too involved. It is NOT a baby carrier so moms need to be aware that your baby is not strapped. I felt secure walking around with it. It certainly does not feel like your baby is about to fall out but I wouldn’t go bending over fast and doing aerobics either. But it is safe for say cooking or doing small tasks while standing.

  4. Ashley Binns says:

    This is an amazing review! I wish I knew about the KoalaKin 10 months ago, when our little one was just born! I would have purchased one of these! I will keep this in mind for baby number 2 whenever we decide to have another one! Great Blog post! 🙂

    • Heather Grace says:

      I feel you! I missed out on it with my first baby too! My life would have been changed lol. I am glad you enjoyed it and I hope you get the chance to try one for yourself!

  5. Taz says:

    Thank You Heather

    I know not the usual intro but I recently had a son myself and I think the KoalaKin would be the perfect great for my wife. The best feature to me is the ability to feed hands free. Ease of use makes this a great tool to assist any mother with their bundle of joy. Also noted it is not a carrier which is great because we have one of those.

    Thank you again

    Travontaz

    • Heather Grace says:

      Congratulations on your son! I agree the hands-free is an amazing part of what makes this a great product. I look forward to hearing what she thinks of it! Best wishes!

  6. Sabrina says:

    It seems so stressful to be a Mommy; you’re always running around! You are very convincing that this is a good product for women who need hands-free nursing. Not everyone can just sit down for hours! It is a fast society, unfortunately. If you don’t keep up, things will get hairy. I am glad you did a review on this product and shared it with moms around the world!

    • Heather Grace says:

      It is so true that we live in a fast-paced society! We are always running from one place to the next! Keeping up with older children and nursing an infant can be so hard! I am glad you found the review helpful! Thank you for your comment!

  7. Funkydunc says:

    The things you learn about! I am not a parent but acknowledge the challenge it is for nursing mothers to feed their baby and keep up with all the other chores.
    This is an excellent review and it really explains tips that a mother needs to keep in mind when buying one.
    Very interesting discussion.

    • Heather Grace says:

      Thank you! And stick around! You will learn all kinds of things that you probably never knew you wanted to know haha. But seriously, this product is so helpful for all the reasons you mentioned! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read it!

  8. dezenn says:

    Hey Heather, great review on a great product It works wonders as I’ve had a family friend have one of these and all i heard were positive remarks, and at $90 very its affordable considering how expensive some of the other products like these are nowadays. Great use for when you have to do daily tasks and also need to attend to your child. Thanks for spreading the word out 🙂

    Regards Denz

    • Heather Grace says:

      Thank you for sharing that about your friend. I am glad that she has found it so useful. It really is a wonderful product! Like I said before, my only regret is I didn’t know about it sooner!

  9. Jezza says:

    Hello Heather,

    You have done a very good review about the product, Koalakin. Very informative about the product and presented very well. It would be so useful for moms like us who are some time of the day in front of computer making a blog 🙂 Thanks for this and more power to your site!

    Jezza

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