I purchased this beautiful ring sling because I wanted to have something that would be easier for quick ups for my little one. I had never used a ring sling before so this was the first time I was trying it out. When it first came it took a little while to soften but once I had used it a few times it became a favorite of ours. It was perfect for quick ups and was very comfortable wearing for me. Since purchasing this ring sling I have worn other ring slings that were not nearly as comfortable. The pattern and color are beautiful and the material is sturdy but soft (once worn in). I would definitely recommend washing it a couple times and playing with it to soften it. Thank you SoulSlings for another beautiful product!