Originally Posted by tinyactsofcharity
Why not just buy a sling? Ring slings and pouches are quite easy to use.
I just don't get it... it is a CAR seat. Meant to restrain a baby in the CAR.
When you have more than one child, you may find that in certain situations, having a secure place for your sleeping baby, while you attend to another child, is very helpful.
I have MANY slings and other baby carriers.
And while on MOST occasions I carried my baby in one of the slings, there were some times when it was more convenient to bring him in his carseat. Like when DS was sleeping, and I needed to take DD somewhere, and I didn't want to wake him.
And DD, who NEVER slept, and would NEVER be put down, the bucket carrier was one of the ONLY places I could GET her to sleep - by boucning it up & down while doing sqats while the dryer was on & loud music & shower was running. So in my experience ... the carrier has some great uses outside of the car.
Now, an awake child, yes, I would say almost without fail, I'd bring my children out of the car in a sling or carrier of some kind. Because I'd end up taking them out of the carseat in the store anyhow - neither of them liked to be in the carseat.
And also both of my children outgrew their bucket carrier by the time they were 4 months (very tall)... but there were definitely times when I missed having it - particularly the sleeping thing. It was really convenient to put the baby over one arm, carrying groceries, and toddler in my other hip, while I came in from the car - all in one trip. We live in a condo, so don't have a nice secure driveway or garage - have to cross a parking lot. So having everyone in one trip, without waking the baby, was helpful.
Really, your post is pretty harsh, particularly coming from a place of one child. But even with one child, can you not ever see the usefulness of a baby carrier with a handle in certain circumstances? Also, regarding the screaming babies in the stores. Yes, if an infant is screaming in a seat, and blatently being ignored, that's one thing. But if an infant is in a seat, and mom has her hands full with another child, groceries, trying to get jackets on, or running after a todder, maybe baby can't be attended to just then. Or SOMETIMES babies just scream. Not necessarily because they've been in a bucket seat all day but because they scream. They would scream in an ergo, a sling, in arms. My daughter spent MOST of her first year SCREAMING. She was colicky until around 10 months, and fussy for months thereafter. She's always been high needs, and screamed most of the time she was awake. Whether we were singing, bouncing, moving, standing still, talking, or crying along. So sometimes, we still had to go about life - lilke working - with my screaming infant in her snugli as I operated a computer on the shipping line in the warehouse, while at the same time bouncing & singing. Or sometimes I was grocery shopping when she'd start screaming - and we lived 45 minutes from the nearest shopping center when she was an infant, so leaving & coming back another time wasn't the best option (considering she screamed the whole way in the car too).
I guess all I'm saying is sometimes there's MORE than what you just see on the surface.