My guy was not a sling fan when he was little. We had a sling from the time he was born, but even as a newborn, he cried in it. I think it was too deep for him, because it seemed to have something to do with not being able to see out. Or maybe it was too hot? (It's a tube sling, or pouch, the kind that is made out of fleece.) So we got a Kelty carrier and used that a lot, until he was a little over 6 months and 20 lbs. and too heavy for the weight limit on the Kelty. We also carried him in our arms a lot, and still do!
Sometime around 8 months I figured out that he could sit on my hip, so I started using the sling as a hip carrier. I also got a Hip Hammock. My baby prefers the sling though! It's so much easier for him to get into it and out of it.
We have tried a front carry in the sling when he was smaller, but he didn't enjoy that for long.
Now that he is 13 months, any recommendations for other carrying options? It would make me happy to learn how to use the sling in another way, or to get a recommendation for another type of carrier. We have a hand-me-down Evenflo frame backpack, but um,
my chest is kind of too big for it. I can use it, it just looks like I'm binding my bosom.