We were gifted a bunch of these. I found them much more difficult to use than the long blankets. Easier than the short blankets. We had a fairly large baby 8 lbs 6 oz. These really couldn't hold him well. It was much easier to use the large muslin swaddling blankets and wrap well.
This gets a WTF?! How is this still a thing? Appropriating a culture, and a stereotype of a culture at that, and maybe even sexualizing it a bit is NOT COOL. And absolutely something I don't want to teach my child.
We have three different carriers. This is my favorite from about 4 months to current (6 months). The stretchy wrap didn't feel secure enough once he was over 15 lbs. The Ergo gives the structure. Keeps the weight well distributed. The only thing I don't like is the back strap sits a bit high on my shoulders and doesn't cross at the shoulder blades like I've seen on some people Might be a height thing.
I tried this after I tried the Heinz mixed. This was a much bigger success. The Heinz tasted awful to me (yes, I tasted it - belch!), this one is a bit sweeter and not blech. Baby seems to like it but a bit of constipation so we're also mixing in some prunes.
I have small, nearly flat nipples. This is why I can breast feed. Saw lactation consultants for the first couple of months. They all agreed I had great supply and the nipple shield was the only way baby would latch. So I'm a big fan.
I found these pads were the best for absorbing breast milk. I had a really high volume, the cloth pads were toast in just an hour or so. Other disposeables not as good. My main problem with these is they didn't stay in place too well so I needed to make sure my bra was a little tight, which caused more leaking.