I have always pictured myself as being a "babywearer." I see myself as a mom who will want to keep my newborn and near-toddler close by at all times. My husband seems to feel that way, too; he was ecstatic when I presented him with an Ergo for Father's Day! I'm looking into sling options for home that aren't harmful for the baby. Any recommendations on an easy-to-use sling (Mobys look so complicated!) that won't put the poor girl in a bad spinal position?
One thing that makes me feel good about my wish to wear my baby as often as I can is that I am an avid reader of Dr. Harvey Karp, who I think has a great theory about the first three months of a baby's life (from the due date) being a sort of "fourth trimester," that as parents we should work to simulate the womb during that time through movement/noise/etc. as the newborn acclimates to life "outside." He does advocate babywearing as a way to help the baby feel comfortable! After all, babies go up and down stairs with us, roll over with us, dance with us, etc., while they're strapped in there before birth =)
I mentioned this to my mother, who raised us very differently, and she gently warned that it can raise stress levels and that if your muscles in your arms/back aren't trained to hold a child almost constantly that it could be a problem. I see what she is saying, but I'd like to know if anyone has had an experience with such a thing? I haven't been exercising much through pregnancy (overheating is the only thing that makes me queasy, save for a few smells), so I fear that I may be far behind in preparation in that aspect?
Any advice? Experiences? Etc.?
PS, I'm still unsure about how I feel about true co-sleeping; I plan on keeping baby close by for the first couple of weeks, at least, until she feels more comfortable sleeping through the night. My husband and I love white noise to lull us to sleep, so that is definitely in our plan to help out. I will make myself accessible, however, for when she does need me.