The Maya Wrap Ring Sling is a classic ring-style sling that offers a variety of positions for newborns to toddlers up to 35 pounds. Many love the simplicity and versatility of the Maya for nursing and keeping their baby close. However, others say it is difficult to get the baby secure and distribute the weight comfortably with this sling. Experts also warn about suffocation hazards and issues with hip dysplasia associated with sling carriers.
A good fit requires skill and adjustment. Comprised of a wide, folded length of cloth, parents wear the Maya Wrap Ring Sling over one shoulder and around their back. The folded fabric creates a pouch in the front that holds the baby and a double ring holds the length of cloth together. In order to distribute the baby's weight evenly across both shoulders, the fabric across the parent's back has to be adjusted correctly, which takes practice. Parents who get this adjustment down say that the Maya is comfortable for hours. Those who don't get the adjustment will experience pulling and pain across the shoulder blades.
To secure the baby, the parent must spread a layer of fabric tight against their front, while leaving the top/covering piece loose so that they can install the baby. Once the baby is in, the parent can pull the outside piece of fabric tight against the ring for a snug, hands-free hold. Those who master this step say that their baby is content and secure in the Maya and say that the wrap helps soothe colic. Those who struggle with this step say that they never feel like they can get the baby secure enough to go hands-free.
The Maya comes in four different lengths, and parents say that it can be worn comfortably by different sized parents if you opt for a size in the middle. Made of breathable, hand-loomed cotton, many say that the Maya Wrap Ring Sling keeps their baby close without overheating. Experts warn about suffocation risks posed for young babies in sling-style carriers. When carrying a baby in a sling, it is vital that parents check that the baby has a clear airway for breathing. Experts also warn about increased risk of hip development issues if you allow the baby to lie in a straight-leg position in the sling.
There is a learning curve. Experts and users agree that learning to use an adjustable ring sling takes practice, and the Maya Wrap Ring Sling is no exception. While donning the wrap is simple, if you don't organize and adjust the fabric correctly at the beginning, your back and shoulders will pay the price. And, if you don't master the pouch, your baby will never feel secure in the sling. Many report that they love the ease of use of this sling once they have mastered it.
The adjustability of the Maya makes it a favorite for nursing at home and on the go. The pouch can be adjusted to support the baby's head while nursing, allowing the mom to keep her hands free to help the baby or attend to other tasks. The Maya has a tail of loose fabric that hangs out of the tightened rings. Some find this extra fabric to be a nuisance, but many like to use this tail as a privacy shield for nursing and/or as a sun protector. The tail also has a pocket on the end that is large enough to hold keys and a wallet or an extra diaper.
High-quality cotton stands up to the test of time. Made out of hand-loomed cotton, users say that the Maya Wrap Ring Sling stands up to the test of time without shrinking, stretching or discoloring. The sling can be machine washed and dried. Rated for newborns to toddlers weighing up to 35 pounds, users say that the Maya makes a good front- or backwards-facing pouch for babies and is a good hip carrier for toddlers. The Maya Wrap does not have a back carry position.
Review Credibility: Excellent The Maya Wrap Ring Sling comes in 14th out of 15 baby carriers tested, with an overall ranking of 40 out of 100. Ellis warns against slings in general for newborns and very small babies due to suffocation warnings and issues of hip dysplasia with the sling carry position. She says that the Maya Wrap is an okay choice for babies over 4 months of age who have full head control. However, she notes that it's difficult to get a comfortable and secure fit with this adjustable sling.
Review: Maya Wrap Ring Sling Review, Lindsay Ellis, Feb. 28, 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Michelle Horton consulted with baby-wear experts, personally tested, and interviewed dozens of moms to develop her list of top baby carriers. The Maya Wrap makes her list. She says it is best for newborns and small infants and is a good choice if you want a sling at a budget price. She likes the hand-loomed cotton fabric but wishes there were more color options.
Review: Babble Blogger 's Favorite Baby Carriers: Picks for Wraps, Slings, Structured Carriers and More , Michelle Horton, Sept. 12, 2012
3. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Very Good "Baby Bargains," a comprehensive book by Denise and Alan Fields, reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors review a number of popular baby slings, including Maya Wrap. They list pros and cons and give each manufacturer an overall letter grade for their products.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers and More, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good The Maya Wrap Ring Sling receives an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in over 45 reviews posted on Amazon.com. The majority of parents say that the Maya Wrap is comfortable and easy to use once you get the hang of it. Many appreciate its ability to help them soothe a fussy infant and breastfeed more easily on the go. Others say it's uncomfortable and has a steep learning curve.
Review: Maya Wrap Lightly Padded Baby Ring Sling, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good This roundup article recommends 10 carriers that are good for holding a baby close and that are good for discreet nursing. The Maya Wrap makes the list. Weiss says that it is easy to use but is not a good choice if you want padding. She also says it's easy to machine wash.
Review: Maya Wrap - Baby Carrier and Sling, Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Good Editors of TheBump.com recommend 10 baby carriers, including the Maya Wrap. There is no mention of testing, and the products are not ranked. The review is very brief; the editors just note that it works well as a sling and nursing cover. They also like the convenience of the machine-washable fabric.
Review: Best Baby Carriers, Editors of TheBump.com, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Moby Wrap receives a rating of 87 out of 100 based on over 550 user reviews posted at Viewpoints.com. The Moby Wrap gets 5 out of 5 stars for safety, baby's comfort, parent's comfort, and durability. It gets 4 out of 5 stars for ease of use and design. Many parents report that the Moby Wrap allows them to get things done while soothing a fussy baby. Many say that the wrap is best for the first months of life and gets less comfortable with bigger babies and toddlers.
Review: Moby Wrap Original Baby Carrier Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Good TheWiseBaby.com, which describes itself as "a chic, stylish resource for the savvy parent," reviews four baby carriers, the Beco, Ergobaby, BabyBjorn, and Moby Wrap. The reviewer gives the Moby Wrap a 4 out of 5 because of the learning curve. However, she likes that it has a good price, a good design, and provides soothing closeness for parent and baby.
Review: Baby Carrier Review, "Lindsey", June 18, 2012