Slings & Pouches - Maya, KKAFP, Hotslings
I have LOTS of different slings and the Maya Wrap requires the most adjustment and fiddling of any of them. The steel rings are relatively heavy and the fabric constantly slips through the rings so I constantly have to readjust it. I've never had this problem with any of my other ring slings (TaylorMade, KangarooKorner, Moms In Mind, Wise Woman, Sachi, OTSBH).
For the simplest, non-fiddly, no-to-low learning curve baby carrier, I'd recommend a pouch -- either a Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Fleece Pouch (www.kangarookorner.com
) or a Hotslings (www.hotslings.com
(in NC)), or if you're going to breastfeed or would prefer a ring sling for some other reason then either a very lightly padded Ellaroo ring sling (www.carrymeaway.com
(in NC)) or a Moms In Mind (www.momsinmind.com
) ring sling. I think they're really nice, well functioning ring slings. There is a learning curve for ring slings; it took me quite awhile to figure out how to use it well. Ring slings need to be threaded through the rings properly, which isn't hard to do, but takes a little practice. Pouches can just be popped over your head and onto your shoulder.
It's a lot easier if someone can show you how to use a baby carrier in person, easier than online videos or printed instructions. I see that you, like me, live in North Carolina. If you're anywhere near the Triangle area, you might want to check out www.trianglebabywearers.com
which is a free group that has a Yahoo forum http://groups.yahoo.com/group/trianglebabywearers/
and a forum at www.thebabywearer.com
(you have to register for the site, but it's free). We just had a great NINO (baby carrier users http://www.nineinnineout.org/
) meeting (free) where lots of people shared and got to try out lots of different baby carriers. Many people there would be happy to help you out. You could come to a meeting and try some carriers out in person before buying one.