When I had my first baby, I dabbled in baby wearing. Baby wearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby or child in a sling or other carrier. When I had my second baby, it was necessary to baby wear much more often because it allowed me to be close to the baby but keep my hands free for the toddler. Thankfully my sister-in-law gave me her Maya Lightly Padded Ring Sling.
The ring sling is a size medium. The medium fits most women who are 5'2" to 5'9". The sling is a denim color and made of 100% cotton. The wrap is machine washable but must be line dried. The Maya Ring Sling comes in 4 sizes: small, medium, large, and x-tra large. The sizes are based on height rather than weight with the exception of the x-tra large. The x-tra large is recommend for women with a large frame. The sling has a built-in pocket. It is recommend for children up to 35 lbs. The sling is also lightly padded in the shoulder for maximum comfort.
My son is a very robust little guy. He has been off the charts for weight for most of his first year and above the 90th percentile for height. He was and is very heavy to carry around for any period of time. The sling has been a lifesaver. I have used this sling at least once a week since he has been born. I can easily carry him in the sling for hours. I often used the sling instead of a stroller - especially since my son loves to be held. He is just over a year and I am still using the sling.
The Maya Wrap ring sling allows you to use many different carries depending on the size and age of your baby. There is a newborn carry, a snuggle hold, kangaroo hold and hip carry. Since my son was so large and because he had good head control, I mostly used the hip carry once he was over 5 months.
My sister-in-law didn't have in the instructions for how to use the sling. I went to mayawrap.com and I was able to get instructions on how to care for the sling, how to thread the sling, and how to carry the baby. The site also has videos on how to do each carry.
I highly recommend the Maya Wrap Lightly Padded Ring Sling. I don't know what I would have done without mine.