|It's nice to have lots of different carriers, although certainly not necessary. But I don't think it's a bad thing for everyone--it's only bad if it makes you feel bad (as it seems to for you) or it is really unhealthy economically or otherwise . . . IMO!
Anyway, I'd much rather have piles of pretty fabric for carrying baby (and diapering baby) than swings, bouncers, seats, cribs, playpens, strollers, etc (none of which I own). So that's how it works for me!
edited to add: I'm with you on wanting to reduce my personal consumerism, I just don't like to hear you sounding so disgusted with yourself while you struggle with it! Obviously you're a thoughtful mother and earth-inhabitant so . . . props!
I've just been thinking about this a lot - insofar as I'm a crunchy person, a lot of it has to do with wanting to just consume less stuff and be more conscious about what I'm supporting when I do buy things. It has been weird to have a kid and be the recipient of tremendous material generosity from people. I am very sincerely grateful that people have wanted to celebrate this baby's arrival, but it's been much harder than I expected to be minimalist and thoughtful about acquiring things! Maybe I just didn't realize that babies came with so much of their own stuff?
Thanks for the high-back carry tips! I'll see if I can get someone to spot me and try to be brave.