Let me start by saying that I have had 5 babies and am currently expecting my 6th. I have worn all my babies, though with different carriers.
Some that I have found helpful, some that have just barely been functional, and some that I cannot live without.
I have learned a lot over the years and baby carriers marketed to moms in the US have also changed dramatically.
I have to say that hands down, the carrier that gets the most love at our house for the longest period of time is the Maya Wrap Ring Sling.
The Maya Ring Sling is a very simple concept that comes in 3 different sizes.
The sizes really only correspond to the length of the material that is attached to the rings.
All of the Maya Wrap Ring Slings seem to have the same width; it is just the amount of length for going around mama’s body.
The rings are two round, heavy duty rings that allow the fabric to slip through and tighten or loosen to secure baby to your body.
It is a very simple concept which takes the guess work out of different wrapping techniques.
I am a budget conscious mama who cannot fathom spending hundreds of dollars on fancy wraps or baby carriers.
The Maya Wrap Ring Sling offers in a range from $80- $150 but you should also know that my original ring sling made it through my first 5 children before I upgraded it.
When I did upgrade it, I passed it on to another mama who was just beginning her baby wearing journey; it still had plenty of life left in it. That means that the investment will last through all your children.
I have to admit that when I first began wearing the Maya Wrap I wore it wrong.
Not wrong really, but just in a way that was less comfortable.
However, with the videos that typically come with the product as well as all of the YouTube instructional it is almost impossible not be able to figure it out.
That being said there is a bit of a learning curve. The learning curve is really just surrounding how to get the most comfortable position for you and baby.
The ring needs to sit high up on your shoulder and the fabric needs to be spread out broadly across your back for the most comfortable carry.
I find this carrier most comfortable for babies ranging from 10 to 30 lbs.
Beyond 30 lbs and I find that I have to significantly decrease the amount of time I wear baby as it does start to pull on my shoulder muscles and cause aching.
When baby reaches close to 30 lbs I find that wear time has to be 30 minutes or less.
Ease Of Use
The Maya Wrap Ring Sling is by far the simplest carrier I have ever owned.
It is the lack of fancy wrapping techniques, buckles, and yards and yards of material that make it so easy to use.
I love that I can just fold up the wrap, stash it under a car seat or in a diaper bag, and know that whatever comes my way, I am prepared.
Wash And Care
This is another area where the Maya Wrap is a win.
It is simple, it can be washed in cold, warm, whatever you are washing everything else in.
I find that the more often I toss my Maya Wrap into the wash, the softer it gets.
Also, the rings slip and slide over the material better when worn repeatedly and washed.
I don’t have any special washing technique and love that I can just toss the sling into the wash with whatever else I am cleaning and it comes out perfect.
I do have to admit that I have a few other carriers that I use occasionally, mostly because of baby preference and because my babes are either under or over the 10-30 lbs range that I mentioned favoring the Maya Wrap Sling for.
I do like this one too. But, I find that after about 13-14 lbs it is no longer a good fit for us as my babies will tend to slide down from their intended position due to the fabric of these particular wraps being made of stretchy material.
Though in the beginning when babies are very small (newborn and under the weights I mentioned above) I do love the Moby as baby is secure and safe, close to me and able to be wrapped into the exact intended position.
I also favor the fact that the stretchy material helps to camouflage a smooshy mommy figure a bit.
This is the one I have used occasionally for my babies when they are a bit older.
It is more complicated to get on and tie than the Moby or Maya but it does allow for an easy back carry, once mom can finally figure out how to get baby in there (trust me it can be a challenge).
I am able to find more ease of use with my arms wearing this one, I can cook without worrying about a little pair of arms getting in the way, but honestly, most of my babies prefer a front carry to a back carry.
From a mom with lots of little ones, let me tell you this little nugget.
If you order up a size you have a built in nursing cover by simply using the tail of your wrap. You are able to be discreet in nursing while baby can enjoy being fed literally anywhere.
(I walked around a farmer’s market like this and even my own husband did not know I was nursing our son).
For the most economical, simplest, and easiest to care for wrap, the Maya Wrap Ring Sling is a winner!
Unfortunately my Maya Wrap Ring Sling is in retirement at the moment as my youngest child at age 2.5 is well over 30 lbs making him a bit uncomfortable to wear, and also he prefers to run about.
However, in just a short matter of time it will be again the most loved item I have for our new baby.