I had it all planned before baby O. was born (I'm good at planning what my kids will be like - and so far I've been completely wrong every time) I was going to WEAR this kid so that I could still be out and about with my two older kids and not dragging a gigantic car seat with me where ever I went. I knew a woman in Mr. H's first preschool who just popped her newborn in his sling and didn't even really slow down! He hung out in there, slept in there... I only knew he was growing by the size the bundle wrapped around her middle. One day he popped out, and could practically walk! I have another friend who is a baby wearing consultant - I wish I knew her better, so she could give me some pointers. I'm not interested so much in the dogmatic part of the wearing. I don't think kids have to be worn in order to bond or to feel good about themselves, I would just like to be able to move around with BOTH hands while holding Baby O. There are so many types on the market: the Maya Wrap, the Mei Tai, slings, Baby Bjorns, etc. etc. etc.
So far I'm a complete failure at it. We have a Kelty Kids front carrier from when Mr. H. was a baby - I used it a lot with him and with Miss Mae. I hated it. I HATED it. It never fit me, the back panel was always riding up, it was incredibly hot, and you have to wrap the baby in one piece and then clip it 400 times to get it attached to the piece already on YOU.
We also have a Baby Hawk, but Baby O. has spent about one hour in it in the three months he's been here - he hates it. I also have a Peanut Shell which I thought would be PERFECT, and the only time I've gotten Baby O. in it is when he was already asleep. He squirms and screams and acts like I'm attacking him! I set out for the park with him happily sleeping in it, I had this image of me pushing the kids in the swings, following them around everywhere, all the while Baby O would be happy and content taking part in the whole thing. WELL. I ended up taking him out as soon as he woke up screaming and thrashing, and carried him home in my arms with the sling shoved in my back pocket.
Do some babies go for the wearing and others not? Am I just doing it all wrong?? I would love any ideas or experiences!!