What babywearing items are you collecting for the new baby?
Didymos was my favorite for 5 years of babywearing, and i am definitely getting one this time (I wish I hadn't left my ex in such a hurry, under extreme circumcstances, and still had some of the nicer, beautiful things from the kids' babyhood, to re-use---my ex won't even let me have the baby books I had made for the kids, let alone any of their handmade, embroidered/appliqued diapers or my gorgeous Didymos in my favorite colors)....maybe more than one!
I loved a Moby for the newborn period when they are lightweight and tiny and so that you can just leave it on like a t-shirt and pop them in and out of it quickly whenever. It's super handy for when you are at home and might want to leave it on but just take the baby briefly out when you feel that warm rush of sensation at your ribcage that means the diaper just got wet, to change the diaper.
It's also handy when out and about doing errands on foot in the city and with public transportation (i.e. not with a car only dealing with indoors + parking lots, but spending time in a pedestrian friendly urban area). I would push the big pram with the infant cot attachment (like an old fashioned baby carriage, but the system I used always had this as a removable cot that you later switched out for a stroller seat) and with huge inflatable tires to deal with snow and ice but wear my Moby wrap so as soon as the babe woke up from a nap in the pram while I was running errands, I'd pop baby in the Moby wrap and nurse from there or whatever, and then if deep sleep came again, you can gently put baby back in the pram and continue with whatever city errands you might do easier unfettered. sometimes I'd leave the baby there nearly constantly and just use the metal rack underneath the pram for groceries and other shopping, and put the diaper bag in the pram cot. Mostly I didn't want to carry everything on myself like a pack horse (especially once the kid is over 15 pounds and not light as a feather anymore), and I wanted to hold on to a secure handlebar on slippery sidewalks (the pram I had also had a hand brake so when going downhill on a city street, you could engage it and use the pram as a steadying device to brace yourself to so you and baby wouldn't hit the icy pavement).
Another tip for chilly and cold weather and babywearing out of the home--- you can avoid needing outerwear for an infant by just sliding them into your Moby wrap (or similar), and then zipping them into your parka (obviously your parka should be generously sized). Your body heat is the best way to keep them warm! Then when you go indoors for longer period, or if baby wakes and needs to nurse and you go inside somewhere (cafe, whatever) to nurse them, you just unzip your parka, reposition them in the wrap, finagle your nipple out of the nursing top&bra, and latch them on...then you have your hands free (or at least one, if you still need to angle their head correctly with one hand) to order coffee and a croissant and sit down and relax for the nursing session. You dont' have to then take them out of the wrap, unzip their bunting suit and remove them so they don't get sweaty, and then start the whole process. For short distances/non-icy sidewalks, and not picking up shopping you can skip the pram, and just go with the baby in your coat and a diaper bag/backpack.
I almost NEVER took my kids with the car anywhere if I could avoid it when they were babies. I had such a nightmare of a time with the carseat. They'd scream for up to 20 minutes while I twisted and contorted my body to get a boob to their mouth (or worse, had to try to concentrate on driving while they are screaming and can't see me and my breasts are letting down painfully), and always fall fast asleep just when we've arrived somewhere. Then taking them out of the carseat would ALWAYS wake them and they'd wake up in a horrible mood since they had barely had any kind of nap. Whereas, with pram or babywearing, the white noise of the city sidewalk and my proximity would soothe them right to sleep usually within one block and then I could let them sleep --for the entire outing sometimes. Obviously car trips are sometimes necessary especially in suburbia if you have no public transport. I'm so happy our buses let mamas with prams on for free! We're only 500 yards from a bus stop where we live, although I do get motion sickness in the bus so I'm not happy about it for my own comfort, but remembering car seats + babes, I really think I'd rather put up with my own nausea than go through that.
The Didymos works much better after 13-15 pounds, in my experience, as the fabric has more support, but for a really heavy baby (like, after 25 pounds), and when you need to wear your kid on the back (tall, gangly 2-3 year olds pretty much gotta go back there or you can't do nearly any tasks other than walk and peer around their head), the Ergo makes the weight much easier to bear for longer periods.
Ok enough of a soliloquy on traveling with a baby! I'm so interested to hear if others had a really different experience. I bet temperament of the kid affects things to some extent (although my kids were both the same in this regard, different as they are otherwise, so I'm anticipating the same story again but let's see).....