5 Stars By K. Bug on 2015-10-23
Best sling I have tried
I wish I had found this when my other kids were little! I used a peanut sling with my first two children, which was okay, but I am a bit larger in the top area and it was hard to fit the baby in the sling. I tried a few front packs and such, but my kids never really liked the feeling. I had a few friends who swore by ring slings, so I thought maybe my youngest might like it. I wasn't sure what to do with it once it came. It tucks into itself to store, so you unfold it first. Then I looked up a video on the internet on how to get the sling on. It's really very simple. (watch a video first) but basically you thread the fabric through both rings and then back through one ring. Then it stays and you can adjust it even as you are wearing it. The material is fairly wide so you can hold even a toddler in it, which is perfect for my little guy since he still likes to be hauled all over the place. I would never go back to a peanut shell, I love the ring sling. I couldn't test it on baby sized, but for a small toddlers it works perfectly.
*I RECEIVED THIS ITEM TO TRY AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE (IN ORDER TO LEAVE AN HONEST AND UNBIASED REVIEW) THIS DOES NOT GUARANTEE A GOOD REVIEW, SO IF I GIVE THE PRODUCT ONE, IT MEANS IT DESERVES IT ON IT'S OWN MERIT. ALL OF THE REVIEWS I WRITE ARE MY OWN AND I NEVER ALLOW ANYONE OR ANYTHING TO INFLUENCE THEM IN ANY WAY
4 Stars By JM on 2016-08-11
but I have really enjoyed it. It is my favorite baby carrier that ...
This is the only ring sling I have used, but I have really enjoyed it. It is my favorite baby carrier that I have tried. I give it four stars because it is difficult to use, and I have a lot of trouble keeping the ring near my color bone when adjusting. I think it might have something to do with the built in pocket. My baby is big (95+ percentile). I liked the Moby wrap until he started to get heavy and would sag after a little bit of use. I also have a soft structured carrier that I really like. I prefer the ring sling because it feels like I am holding him. This has been the most natural feeling, yet secure, way for me to wear my baby. He is 7 1/2 months and about 25 pounds or so now, and never stops moving. Yet, I am still comfortable carrying him in this ring sling and can still get him to nap in it while on the go.
5 Stars By skyblue4ever on 2015-09-16
A must for two kids under age 2!
I have used the ring sling every single day since buying it. I have a fussy infant that is not happy in any swings or rockers. She needs to be held constantly. This carrier is easy to put on in a hurry and the baby settles down very quickly once in it. She also feels well supported. I also have the Moby wrap. I like Moby but it takes much more time to put on which is a hassle when dealing with a crying infant and a toddler. This is a must if you have two children under 2!
4 Stars By crummypigeon on 2015-02-26
... tried numerous carriers and so far this is my favorite. I tried the Maya Wrap
I have tried numerous carriers and so far this is my favorite. I tried the Maya Wrap, Baby K'tan, Hotsling, Infantino Wrap and Tie carrier, Infantino Fusion Flexible carrier, Ergobaby Original, and the Baby Bjorn. The Mamaway sling is the only one my son really liked.
The Maya Wrap is a lot of work and I couldn’t imagine trying to use the 16 foot wrap outside my house. Even in my house it was a lot of work, as it can’t be put on with my baby in my arms. The Baby K’tan was uncomfortable on my back, plus it’s not one-size fits all. My husband and I would need two different sizes to each be able to carry our son. My son hated the Hotsling. I think he felt really tight and uncomfortable when he was in it. The Infantino carriers were just uncomfortable and made my back hurt. The Ergobaby was too big for me. I’m only 5’2”, so it was way too large for my torso. I learned the Baby Bjorn is not an ergonomically correct carrier for babies, as it doesn’t allow them to sit in the recommended “M” position, with the baby’s knees higher than his bum.
There is definitely practice required with ring slings, which I think should be expected with any carrier. After watching a couple of YouTube videos I got it right on the third try, and now I can easily pop my infant son in comfortably on the go. He sits in the recommended “M” position, and it’s way more affordable than most of the other options, except the Infantino line, but I think you get what you pay for there.
I would definitely recommend the Mamaway ring sling for ease of use, durability, comfort and design. It’s really easy to put on and take off, especially useful in public. It’s comfortable to wear for me and my son, and I can breastfeed him while he’s in the sling, which is one less step between him and his meal. Also, the extra fabric acts as a cover when I breastfeed him. It’s more affordable than other ring slings I’ve looked at, and doesn’t compromise quality.
I was a bit hesitant to order since it was considered an international purchase, but shipping was free and it falls under AlumiGogo’s A-Z policy. I got my order in two weeks, even though the advised delivery time was two months. I think that’s just a default timeline set by the company because items have to clear customs.
4 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2015-11-06
Gives my arms a break!
I really enjoy this ring sling. I've never had a concern about the ring slipping and my son feels secure in it. I can also adjust how high he sits in it so I can easily nurse him or let him sit up higher to see what's going on.
The only thing I dislike is how warm it gets inside the sling. My son gets so sweaty when he's sitting in the sling, whether he's laying in the sling or sitting up in it. I've seen a few that are made of a mesh type of material (I don't think it's the same company) and I'm thinking I might pick one of those up to see if it's a little more breathable.
4 Stars By Tamar Leon on 2015-11-05
Beautiful design and fabric
Beautiful design and fabric. Sadly I wasn't able to wear the sling comfortably. I watched a ton of videos and followed the instructions; however, something didn't feel right. Retuned the sling for this reason.
5 Stars By Kristen on 2015-11-16
LOVE this sling
LOVE this sling! This is my first RS (I'm normally a SSC kinda gal) and it has completely replaced my SSCs at the moment- even my Tulas! For a newborn, I think I 100% prefer the ease of the sling. It took a while to figure out and get used to, but I watched the youtube videos and they helped a ton. I can also breastfeed in this without a problem, and use the tail to cover. I am not capable of breastfeeding in a SSC!
4 Stars By n on 2016-04-30
I love it, but it can get rather tricky to ...
I love it, but it can get rather tricky to adjust it once the baby is in, the fabric gets stuck in the rings, and my husband has to help me to fix it. But i think it's lack of practice on my side, not the con of the sling. It was a little stressful for both me and the baby at first, but once I figured out how it works, the baby started to like it!
5 Stars By Heather Highsmith on 2015-08-27
Great sling, even better communication with company!
This is a great sling. The fabric is very durable (but still soft) and looks like it will hold up very well over time. Not to mention, the company has emailed me a couple of times to make sure I received it and knew how to use it (even including links to video tutorials) and if I'm satisfied with it. It wasn't an automated type message. It came from an actual person. I would definitely recommend this sling!
5 Stars By AmyH on 2015-11-14
Great for people who hate fussing with buckles or yards of fabric like the other carriers out there
Granted I've only used this product 1 day, but my normally fussy 3-month-old was quiet and content in this sling for 5 HOURS of errands, stopping to breastfeed twice. She slept for at least 3 hours, and was super content when awake too. To the point where towards the end I was getting worried about her because she was like a different baby. Of course she was fine, just way more content than I'm used to. Even strangers were remarking about it. It was wonderful for me too because her weight was distributed really well across my shoulder. But best of all, it naturally aligns our tummies together, and even though we were wearing clothes obviously, I felt the same blissful feelings I am used to with skin to skin. I have not experienced that with other carriers I've used.
I am an impatient person when messing with baby carriers but found I could get her nice and snug in the mamaway without much effort or readjusting.
-super cute and well constructed
-way, way, way more snug than the moby or infantino newborn carriers I own. She does not bounce at all in it and I honestly felt like a kangaroo carrying a baby in my pouch against my skin.
-My daughter fusses in the moby and 2 of the infantino carriers, but did not complain in the mamaway for all 5 hours of errands and walking all over the place.
-So easy to take on and off. The nylon rings are super smooth and the fabric glides right through; also easy to pull back on the rings to let the fabric out.
-The built-in pouch to fold the sling into itself is perfect - I love keeping my diaper bag super organized with everything compact and in its spot. This carrier is light as a feather too.
-The sling is made of the same material as my best smooth blouses and my experience with this type of durable material is it will wash well and will not pill up or wear out. (I bought the Army Green Mamaway, not sure if all the fabric is identical construction.)
-The ring is less complicated to use and adjust versus other carriers.
-Baby is easy to insert and get situated - put her over my shoulder, slide her legs in, pull her ankles out the bottom, make sure her little bum is sitting in it like a "hammock", then pull the tail material until tight. My other carriers are surprisingly hard to guide her legs through and all those buckles have to be just right before putting it on. My moby is yards of fabric that drag on the ground and I seem to arrange it a little differently each time...to the point where she has started to slip out the sides dangerously or bounce around too much. (Same with the infantinos though.) My mamaway experience was free of those issues.
-Was able to breastfeed in it in public (I put a shawl over us though). Also, I work from home on the computer and this is the only wrap that I can breastfeed in hands-free while typing (with a boppy pillow underneath her).
-This is also the only wrap I've been able to cook in. But depending on the position she wants to be in (she loves to throw all her weight to one side) sometimes I am one-handed and sometimes I am truly hands-free. But even when I can only be one-handed, most of her weight is off my arm. I'll take it!
-While wearing it her weight was well-distributed across my shoulder and felt more comfortable than I was expecting, no pain at all. But after wearing it 5 hours, when I took it off, my lower back was a little sore. This surprised me but maybe I just need a few days for my body to get used to it.
-I breastfeed clumsily in it in public so far. But, I am kind of a clutz anyway. I will keep doing practice sessions at home to find the best flow for us. I needed to use a shawl in public because the tail did not feel substantial enough to cover us. I am 5'5", 140 lbs.
I researched the reviews and features of several ring slings before picking this one. It was a lot of money to spend and outside my usual spending habits but I am glad I risked it. I felt safe since this company provides free returns.
In a nutshell other reviewers were saying that ring slings that are lightly padded can bind up in the ring. And that the Mamaway's nylon rings feed easier than metal or plastic rings. The Mamaway is comfortable, functional and practical and does not have those issues. And while a minor thing, I love the thoughtful design of the built-in pouch. They went the extra mile. If there is a better ring sling out there I'd love to know!