When Baby was first born, we had a stroller and we used it. I didn't like it. It was a barely used hand-me-down, that saved us shopping and money, which was great. The stroller is totally functional for going for a walk, but not great for taking into the small shops and cafes in our neighborhood.
A few weeks after Baby was born, Grandma got us a Snugli, mostly for me for taking the Dog out. At first it was great, Baby seemed to like it and I like carrying him. But fairly quickly I was finding that my shoulders were killing me - when Baby reached about 12 pounds. I then bought an Ergo carrier and it was amazing. It felt so much better and best of all, Husband could put it on and put Baby in it without any assistance (with the Snugli, he always needed help).
Since obtaining the new carrier, I haven't used the stroller until today. 7 months of no stroller. So many people have been telling me that I won't be able to carry him much longer and that if I don't like our stroller I need to get a new one.
It was a beautiful day out today so I decided to take Baby and Dog for a long walk in the park including a visit to the park's zoo. I thought maybe I would try using the stroller because Baby might have a better view of the animals and if we decided to hit the swings, it might be easier to get Baby out of the stroller.
I did not like it, and I don't think Baby did either. With Baby in the stroller he faces away from me so I cannot see how he is doing, I needed to stop walk around to check on him. When I spoke to him, I don't know if he was hearing me because I couldn't see his reaction unless I stopped to kneel down by him. Every time I did, he looked bored - almost angry. He didn't babble to me the way he normally does.
When he is in the carrier, I can see his face, I can see his reaction to what is around him. I can also check his temperature just by reaching my hand up. When I took him out of the stroller at the playground, he hugged me like I had been away for a couple of hours. He was also needing to nurse more than usual tonight - a sign that he did not get enough cuddling during the day. That is one of the great things about carrying vs pushing, you get where you need to go and you get to cuddle at the same time.
I know that I won't be wearing him when he is a teenager, but for now I will keep wearing him as long as my back will let me, I don't care what all those people say.