We have ring slings from a few companies, but when I got one from Hope and Plum, I was shocked at how soft and easy it was to work with! There wasn’t a breaking in period; it was snuggly soft right out of the box! Also, the patterns are beautiful. Maybe the best thing about Hope and Plum is the community and accessibility of the owners. If you have any questions or need help, they are so easy to reach on social media! It’s nice to have a village as a caregiver!