I was given a NoJo sling with my first child, I tried to use it, but I couldn't adjust it right - I kept cutting off the circulation to my ds's legs! But I still have it...not sure why though...
Then I tried two different snugglis (aka the Devil's Carrier, lol) with the next two kids and HATED them!
With my first, I got a lightweight frame backpack carrier on sale and loved it, have used it will all the kids.
#4 came along and my friend got me the Bjorn - which looked great until I put it on - it totally accentuated my large breasts
I returned it. The same day, I found a BabyTrekker at a consignment shop for $10!!! I snagged it instantly and I love it! Doesn't hurt my back at all and puts the baby right where she wants to be - snuggled up against my chest. I haven't tried it in the backpack hold yet...yet...
Meanwhile, a mom at a playgroup showed up with a Maya Wrap. At this point, I didn't want to spend the money on something that wouldn't work, so had been eye-ing Maya's but afraid to put out the cash. She let me try it - instant love! I got one the next week (another $10 consignment shop find...the woman there said she can't keep them in stock b/c they sell instantly.) I did get a larger one as I wanted a longer tail for discreet bf-ing purposes.
The one problem with the Maya Wrap (in my eyes) is that it does twist up a bit and there is a bit of adjusting and untwisting before putting the baby in it. So I looked into pouch slings. Got the Urban Tot Tote from www.fussybutt.com
- exactly what I was hoping for! Very small for throwing into the diaper bag, I can slip it on, slip baby in and be on my way. It's also dressier looking than the Maya in my opinion (though my mom loves the pattern of my Maya Wrap.)
I think the pouch sling will be my "running errands about town" summer sling. The Maya Wrap is great to wear over my coat with the baby in her coat b/c it is so adjustable, plus it is great for nursing and for keeping the baby on my lap at church or at the restaurant, etc. The BabyTrekker is great for the long hauls - like when I flew to Philadelphia this past summer. Popped the baby in that, she went to sleep, didn't wake up until it was time to put her in the car.