I seriously do not know how people manage to raise babies without slings! My Maya Wrap is like my right hand these days. Not only is it incredibly helpful at home and about town while shopping, etc, it is the best travel tool I have ever known. We just took TWO long distance flights in a row (NYC last weekend, New Orleans this weekend--and for that one I was solo with her) and she was a perfect angel for every minute of the traveling and all of the events. And I credit it largely to the sling. She just curls up and sleeps in that thing--HOURS more than she would otherwise--and I am hands-free the entire time. I even ran through two airports nursing hands free, covered up, and pulling baggage at the same time and didn't lose a minute. Plus I get compliments on how pretty it is all the time--it almost just looks like an accessory.
For any new mom, it would be my Number One suggestion, hands down. Ring sling!! The other wraps are nice for when they're older, but being cradled in the ring sling is so womb-like, it's basically like having the ease of just being pregnant back again for both of you. With the bonus of being able to let others carry the weight sometimes, and being able to kiss on the baby
At a wedding last weekend...dad power!