I'm about 35wks with my second baby and I'm trying to decide what to do about infant car seats. With my first, I had a Baby Bjorn (which my husband loved - though I know people have other preferences for infant carriers) and an infant car seat carrier (a Graco that snaps onto the stroller). At the time, I had to go back to work at six weeks post-partum and I wasn't familiar enough with baby wearing to be comfortable with it. Now I'm a SAHM and I intend to baby-wear (I have a beautiful ring-sling I'm very excited about). That said, my mother wants to help buy us something that we need. At first I replied without hesitating, "An infant car seat carrier!" (Graco told me I could buy just the carrier and it would snap onto my seven year old stroller). Then I told her to hold off because the truth is, I wasn't a fan of the car seat carrier with my son. It made some things easier (switching cars, snapping onto the stroller), but it made other things harder (it was bulky, awkward, and heavy). My first (who is now six) never slept in the car, so it was never a bonus for me to leave him in it.
Now I'm trying to decide, should I ask my mom for an infant carrier or a second convertible car seat or something else entirely? I figured if I really found myself wishing I had an infant carrier, I could purchase one later. We live on a tight budget though and while I could do that, I'd hate to pass up an opportunity to get one without having to buy it myself. My BFF is not a fan of the infant carrier and with her third, she just carried him in her arms or wore him (she apparently messed up her back with the second kid in the infant carrier).
Did anyone here opt *not* to do an infant carrier car seat? What did you do? Pros, cons? Tips or tricks? I know it'll be a pain to unhook kiddo each time to get him out of the seat, but on the other hand, the infant carriers only last for a short period anyway...
I feel like I'm doing this for the first time all over again *sigh*.