Well, it was my intention to never use the bucket (that's simply what I call it, that or "the Graco"), but early on we did a little bit.
Hubby and I each, once, carried DS in the bucket/Graco, just to see why people did it. Neither of us could figure out why. Hubby is incredibly strong, and I am usually quite strong (though post-partum with all my joints very loose, not so much), but it was just HEAVY and so awkward! The handle might be ergonomically designed for your *wrist*, but as a chiropractor (non-practicing nowadays) I have to say there's nothing ergonomic about it for elbows, shoulders, neck, spine, hips, and so on!
After that one each experiment, we haven't carried him in the Graco.
But we did bring it in with us a couple of times, for restaurants and such, when he was still short enough to be in it (he outgrew it by height at 4 months). He seemed so lonely, bored, and passive, though, sitting in there, plus he hated being leaned back that far, so he usually ended up on our laps ASAP.
So that is what technically keeps me from being an exclusive babywearer. Since he was about 4 months old, however, we are. However, I usually carry him with my arms, rather than fabric. I haven't found a piece of fabric yet that's as comfy and easy as my arms, though it's nice to have the option! At festivals we definitely use a Moby(style) wrap, and I just ordered our first mei tai!
My MIL is Korean and gave me one of her podegis, and that's OK but it's quilted material and is far too hot for us.
I like having options; hubby is still trying to figure out my rationale for everything! Arms, shopping cart seat (not the infant seat they have welded on, but the sitting up thing), or hotsling for shopping, Moby for longer walks and trips, who knows what we'll use the mei tai for, and so on.
One of the main reasons I never wanted to use a stroller was b/c I have been run into a million times by strollers. My achilles tendons will never be the same! And I never wanted to be someone who would run into someone with a stroller, so I never got one. Plus, we live on the third floor and drive a Golf! Where on earth would we keep it?
When I'm out and about, I generally don't really look at people. If they are glaring I don't want to see it, and if they are really interested, they will make me aware of them. Just the other day on a big trip to the mall and the mall-attached-Target, back and forth one end to the other twice, several people reacted happily and interestedly to my Hotsling. If anyone reacted negatively, they weren't obvious enough about it for me to notice.
Oh, and the one thing I never ever do while babywearing (or even babyholding) is grimace or make it look like it's at all difficult! Since I hurt my back over a week ago and haven't gotten into see my friend-the-chiro, that's a bit difficult, but I just do NOT want anyone to see me slinging and looking like I'm in pain, and think "ooh that must hurt". So I am slapping a smile on my face and talking to my son, all the while wishing I could drown myself in percocet for the pain LOL. j/k