Sling. Easy to carry, and easy to put the baby into. The backpack sort of thing we tried was so difficult as to not be worth it: we had to figure out each time how to put him in.
Owen hated the sling, but liked the Baby Bjorn. We had a backpack for hiking as well but the opportunity never really presented itself. Now at 2, he walks most of the time.
We had a great backpack for our kids. I recommend these over strollers any day of the week! It really freed us to walk the little tikes till they dropped then they could sleep it off in the pack and we adult could continue to get on with it.Also, it had a fold out stand that served to turn the pack into a seat if desired. It was way more maneuverable in tight areas such as stores. Basically a win every way to look at it.
Wear small infants in front so that you can keep an eye on them. There have been tragedies of infants suffocating or strangling in poorly-designed baby-carriers worn on the back.
Every new dad should have this book:
It covers 2 different issues: wrapping the baby to keep him/her warm and snug (newborns like being "swaddled"), and wearing the baby, typically using a long, broad cloth wrapped creatively around both your bodies. There are several different options, and the author actually thought to include several male models--especially for packing twins and bigger kids. The problem with commercial carriers is the quality is often rather low compared to the price, most of them are uncomfortable for both baby and dad, and some are dangerous. Oh, and buying a fabric suitable for carrying baby, you can find a color and pattern that look suitably masculine.
Another book every dad should have is one on calming a baby. If I would have known that white noise calms babies (potentially rather suddenly--my last daughter just went limp the moment I turned on the white noise, no matter how fussy she had been), it would have saved a lot of grief when my older daughter was an infant. Calming baby helps keep mom calmed.
I did know about rhythmic motion. They like clinging to dad's chest in a rocker.
This is great Rob. Thanks for the input and book recommendation.
A stroller. A carrier. Arms. I'll carry the baby if I need to ... but I'm not a kangaroo.
Our kids are older now, 6 & 4, but when they were younger we used one of these. It was great, a backpack, stroler, and seat alll in one. Well, apparently I don't know how to post a pic, but it's a baby trend backpack stroller combo.
What's your favorite baby carrying device?