I have been using a hug-a-bub for the past few weeks, and I really, really like it! I am a big sling fan, and this carrier is so wonderful
because it carries the weight equally across the back and is a truly hands-free carrier.
I got mine from TotsandBottoms.com
I haven't used mine w/ a newborn, nor have I breastfed with baby in
my hug-a-bub....but I watched the how-to video that comes w/ the hug-a-bub, and it looks very
do-able, to nurse a little baby in the sling.
The hug-a-bub holds baby facing out or facing in, and there's a 'peapod' hold for younger babies (maybe my 8 month old could be in this hold, but I haven't tried it...seems like it's for younger babes to me) in which the sling is on the wearer in the over-both-shoulders way, but the fabric on one side is folded such that it makes a little peapod/sling-like pocket. It looks like a perfect newborn hold.
Putting baby in and out of the hug-a-bub is a little different than most slings, where you just plop baby in--baby's legs go on either side of an "X" of fabric...when the hug-a-bub is wrapped on, the fabric crosses to make an "X" on the chest, and baby's crotch goes in the "X". Then, the hug-a-bub pocket-y thing goes OVER that, for added security & cuddliness.
I like it because it's truly hands-free, and wearing my 8 1/2 month old (approx. 18 lbs) is not tiring at all...in fact, the first time I wore him in it I forgot for a moment he was ON me! The hug-a-bub is long, so I think it would fit a wide range of sizes.v
I think it's kinda pricey, too, but the look of the sling is chic and sleeck when it's on (and a sling is basically a piece of clothing to babywearers!) and it's not bulky to pack in a diaper bag. The thick, quality cotton jersey is lucious, and the sewing is flawless--I think it'd be hard to make anything as nice as this product. It's easy to wash and dry. Plus, it's imported, which adds to the cost...and the coolness!