I take Juju out frequently--everywhere I go, she goes, and eating out is our favorite weekend activity. I pretty much keep her in the sling, though. If she cries, we nurse. If she doesn't nurse quietly, we take a break--go for a walk or nurse some place quieter. She sleeps well in the sling as long as my noise level and movements are consistent.
I think this is a good age to start taking baby out, because in a few more months it gets harder--the start of separation anxiety and the like. By the time my 1st was 9 months, she was already shy from my keeping her away from people. Did not do this to my 2nd, and she is very outgoing. Ju is learning to smile for her admirers...
Bottles do suck. I have a confession, though. I never sterilize bottles, and I rinse and reuse the same bottle all day long.
Is that very bad?
Lauren--maybe your Moby is too loose or low?? Oh!, and PS. Yay, haircut!! Am debating doing the same, but maybe my hair falling out would freak-out the hairdresser!