A friend who didn't carry her baby that much tells me that there will be times when the baby is asleep in his car seat, and I'll not want to disturb him by switching to a carrier.
[/QUOTE]I hope to go on lots of neighborhood walks - on the other hand, it might be easier to carry the baby on the walks, leaving my hands free for the dog. [/QUOTE]
I wear DD on neighborhood walks, but we do use a stroller for longer walks (more than a mile). At the end of our neighborhood there is a really great bike path that we like to take long walks on. I always end up making several stops to nurse, and always stash a sling in the stroller (BOB Revolution) in case DD wants to be carried.