Cameron wrote:What about baby slings? My wife and I are considering holding off on a stroller for the first few months. Any sweet wrap/sling designs you guys could recommend?
This is the way to go in my opinion. We carried our daughter around in a pouch / sling for most of the first two years. So much easier than hauling a stroller around. We would literally go out to restaurants, parties, movies, whatever, and she would just sleep away. Later on when they get bigger they can sit up in it, and you can actually talk to them. We almost never used our two expensive strollers (a Quinny Buzz and Zapp, imported from Holland before you could buy them here).
Unfortunately sling design tends to mostly follow the hippy aesthetic, so we made our own. I used a pouch, which is just fabric sewn into a loop. I had two made, one from a lightweight black synthetic material for the summer, and one the same, but with a cotton flannel lining for cold weather. The lightweight one was awesome because it was thin enough to stuff in a pocket. I still haven't seen anything as nice available for sale. The "dad" slings tend to be made from ugly ass materials.
The big variable on a pouch is the length, if you get it too long the kid will be bouncing off your knees. You also need to be careful of using really stretchy material (and I've even seen this on commercially available pouches), because it will sag over a hour or so.
My wife had a couple of slings made. We ordered some anodized aluminum rings and she found some vintage fabric she liked. I think there are better choices now than there were 4 years ago, but the nice ones can be pretty expensive.