Sometimes it is hard to be true to Montessori. Otis is our second child and isn't our sole focus. Our need for him to be mobile and carried around has increased. To meet the needs of his older brother we have nature walks, school drop offs and pick ups and other places to visit. Even before he was born I was questioning how I would carry him, what method would I use.
The Capsule (car seat)
Immediately after he was born I used his capsule (car seat) to carry him during the essential school run. He was usually asleep when we arrived at school and could stay this way. It was also freezing during winter and I felt he could stay warm and cozy in there. We weren't doing any nature walks or other outings during this time.
It wasn't long before the capsule and Otis got too heavy. So I tried the Ergo carrier with the infant insert. Looks awkward doesn't it? Lets just say I never mastered the infant insert and during this time I usually ended up carrying Otis in my arms with a blanket around him. It wasn't long and Otis had enough head control to use only the bottom pillow from the infant insert. Now at five months we only use the carrier and don't use the infant insert at all.
Pros - warm, snuggly, can look around, is close to me, can sleep comfortably, easy to travel rough terrain/stairs, I can have both hands free, lightweight and can carry in bag/leave in the car
Cons - movement is constricted
The pram has only been used on a few occassions. We have used it when Otis is sleeping, I can transfer him into the pram asleep and then we can go on our nature walk. We have used the pram once or twice to the shops and that's about all.
Pros - can comfortably sleep, can freely move arms, legs and can wiggle around, has a large storage area underneath (great for spare nappies, water etc)
Cons - cannot see much/left out of conversation, still confined, need to use walking paths/ramps, is large and takes up a lot of space in the car/when travelling
Until Otis can walk there is still a need to use some kind of carrying device. Until this time comes we will use either the Ergo or the pram depending on the situation. As I acknowledge his need for freedom of movement we have shortened our nature walks and outings are frequent but brief. As always he is given lots of opportunity for movement when at home and when else possible.
I don't necessarily think baby carriers are a bad thing if they are used in a minimal way. I am interested to know from others how you have carried your child during this infant/prewalking phase.