my sister gave us a beautiful handmade ring sling, but it didn't come with instructions, and we had a hard time figuring out how it worked, especially when dylan was tiny and had no head control. thankfully, we inherited two other options--a front-pack carrier and a pouch sling. the carrier was great to take her grocery shopping or to the mall and is much simpler than lugging around that carseat. the pouch sling cradles her and is a great way for her to tune out and nap when we are away from home. at church on easter sunday, she started to fuss and i popped her into the sling and she fell right asleep.
now that dylan has great head control, i knew it was time to try again with the ring sling. yesterday, i wore her in the ring sling while jim and i took sydney for a walk. it was a beautiful evening. boys were practicing baseball in the field next to our house, and there were a ton of geese on the pond. we had a great walk, the sling was comfortable, and dylan even fell asleep on the walk back to the house. i can sit while wearing her, so it is significantly more convenient. plus it is more compact, portable, and versatile than the other two models. i used it today at the grocery store, and it was easier putting dylan into it than fumbling in the parking lot with the front pack. thanks b!