Okay. So the last post was deep. This one is a little less so. It's about baby wearing.
Baby wearing is what it means wearing your baby as opposed to carrying them in a car seat or pushing them in a stroller.
Many people advocate baby wearing for a variety of reasons
I'll only mention a few of the interesting reasons.
1) It's an easier transition for a newborn. They are already used to hearing our heart beats and feeling us move around. It's a comfort to them.
2) They cry less. You can tell if something is wrong before they resort to having to get your attention.
3) It's good for the health of the mom. You are walking around with the benefit of building up your muscles which is good for you as your baby grows. You get less back and knee pain from lifting them if you already are carrying them around.
I've found that there are many different types of baby wearing devices. Here is the common ones with some commentary.
1) pouches- good for carrying newborns and for breast feeding, bad because all weight on one shoulder, can't be used by people of different sizes, and baby will outgrow, also some are easy to tip baby out
2) ring slings- more discreet breast feeding, and are adjustable, but takes some time getting to a good adjustment especially as baby grows and all the weight is on one shoulder
3) mei tai (back pack type)- great for older babies not good for newborns, even weight distribution and is adjustable
4)wraps- very versatile ways to carry baby, discreet breast feeding, great for all ages, downer is you have trouble learning how to get wrap correctly and comfortably and they are one long piece of cloth that can easily get dirty when putting it on
5)soft carriers- can be used on back or front, only for older babies, adjustable
I personally own a pouch style carrier that allows you to adjust it. The downer is that they caution you when you bend because it's not attached to your waist and it is only for babies up to 20 pounds. What I've been interested in is getting a wrap because they seem to be versatile and good for older babies. The one I like is http://www.sleepywrap.com It's reasonably priced and if you order it through amazon you can choose free shipping. I've looked into making my own, but the fabric at the store is just as much without the time it takes to cut and sew. If you want to make your own http://www.thebabywearer.com/lists/Sewing.htm. It gives a good list of sites that will help you sew your own.