I have a sling that I purchase from Once Upon A Child back in 2005 for Ethan. That thing is AWESOME for traveling with a newborn. I went from south Texas up to Minnesota with a 6 week old and we all did just fine and dandy. However, he outgrew that thing at about 12-15 pounds because it really wears on a gals neck.
It's kind of like this one. But you get the idea.
Then I moved on to the snugli. It wasn't really comfortable and it hurt my back.
Plus it dug into Ernest's face and it'd get all slobbery and icky. I had bought it for Ethan, never used it, and used it sparingly with Ernest.
BUT I WANT TO WEAR MY BABIES!
On a field trip to the zoo I met a lady with a sleepy wrap and she said it was pretty easy, good on the back, and her baby slept 'like a baby' in it. Well, amen. I ebayed and by golly they aren't too bad on ebay.
I know some ladies are way cool and make their own. Good for you but I'm not educated on types of fabrics, what type is best, setting up a sewing machine, finding time to sew without someone playing with the foot pedal (for real yo'), and on a n d o n a n d o n.
So I bought an orange sleepy wrap and have fallen in love.
We go on walks in it, use it when I need both hands, all that jazz. This is Ernest at 9 or 10 months. I'd wear it when I knew he was tired but wouldn't take a nap. At 13 months he now sits in it up right and is able to see the world. I do have him facing me in it after reading up on why it's better. If you want your baby to face outwards then 'to each his own'.
And a picture of Ernest asleep in my arms. Just because it's a cute picture. You're welcome :-).