My 8 week old daughter loves sleeping in a carrier. I get it -- it's warm and cozy and right up against mom. During the day, when she starts acting tired, I pop her in a carrier, she falls right to sleep, takes a good nap, and I get my hands free, so it works pretty well for both of us. Walking with her in the carrier almost always settles her down.
At night, we'd like her to sleep in the co-sleeper next to the bed. Sometimes she ends up there, but when she's super fussy, she ends up in bed next to me. In the evening, putting her down in the co-sleeper is a challenge. Usually we walk her, bounce her, or nurse her to sleep and then try to move her to the co-sleeper, where she quickly wakes up. (Although she'll transfer easily after being nursed to sleep between 1am and 3am. ) After a few rounds of walk/nurse to sleep, put down, wake up, it's harder to help her get back to sleep.
I'm worried that letting her sleep in the carrier during the day is creating patterns that don't work for our family at night. On the other hand, I love wearing her,. Letting her sleep in the carrier let's us get out and about, and go for walks, and occasionally out to lunch. Should I be concerned that the only place she falls asleep easily is the carrier? Should I be more worried about sleep associations and putting her down at night? Or at 8 weeks is any sleep good? I'm a floundering first time mama, so any thoughts are appreciated.