It does take some practice, and honestly, the Maya Wrap was never one that I loved. I have other unpadded ring slings that worked much better for me! I recently got another Maya Wrap sling, and even though I'm a fairly experienced babywearer, I still don't love it.
BUT: with any baby carrier, you should be able to take your hands off your baby while walking around. If the baby isn't secure enough to do it, then something needs adjusted. I suggest going to the forums at TheBabywearer.com and doing some trouble shooting. There are also articles on how to safely and comfortably use your ring sling.
Or it could be that you simply need to wear it for a little while, and with that you'll get more comfortable with it and figure out the little adjustments that can make a big difference. I cried when I first used a ring sling, I was so frustrated... but sticking with it paid off big, and now I don't have to think about it at all.
at 7:33 PM on Jun. 2, 2009