Okay - AP is new to me within the last year (beginning of pregnancy with DD). I wore DS (33 mo) a bit as a baby but more out of practicality than having any clue about the benefits of babywearing. I had a Snugli (I know everybody hates these!) for him, and I kept it for DD. I realized through all my research and time here on MDC I wanted to wear her quite a bit, and I started carrying her in the Snugli shortly after she was born.
It actually has worked pretty well thus far - when she was a newborn, she could face toward me and nap while I played with DS or did chores or whatever, and by 3 mo she could face forward and watch happenings/play etc during walks and at the playground and all of that. I love wearing her, and she loves it too!
But now she's almost 4 months (and about 15 lbs!) and I realize I really need to make an investment into a worthwhile sling or carrier... something a lot more functional. Here's what I'm thinking. I need to be able to nurse her IN it, I need her to be able to turn in and nap or at least rest/tune out the world when overwhelmed, and I need her to be able to sit up/face forward and be part of things during her active time. I plan to wear her for the long haul so I want something good! Tell me about your favorite..........