There’s a type of baby that does not like to be put down. Our DC1 was such a type. (DC2 doesn’t seem to mind it so much).
The problem with a baby that doesn’t like being put down is that you do not have the use of one or both of your arms *most of the time.* And it’s hard to do stuff when you’re used to having two arms.
A solution that doesn’t involve screaming or never getting another chore done is to buy a baby carrier. I know a lot of people really love their Ergos, which now have an infant insert (back in the day they weren’t good for infant joints or something like that). My sister got a ring sling for me (based on the recommendation of the woman working at the fru-fru natural parenting store), and I loved it so much I got one for DH as well.
The ring sling is simple and versatile. It works at a lot of ages with a lot of positions. I really like the company Zolowear. They’re a bit pricey, but they’re really the Cadillac of ring slings. They have a nice pocket for carrying your keys. There’s a long tail that’s great for hiding while nursing. And, perhaps most importantly, there’s a dvd with videos that explains how to actually use the ring sling. (It isn’t really a priori obvious, so the dvd is really helpful.) There’s two newborn holds (cradle and froggy) and a bunch of holds for older kids. I liked froggy and the side-hold for DC1, but DH used cradle and different older-kid holds.
DC1 spent a huge amount of time in DH’s sling (mine also, but mostly DH’s). Didn’t like the carseat or even the stroller, but loved being cuddled in a sling. It would have been a lot more frustrating that first year without. One of the best gifts we got.
So far we haven’t been using it as much for DC2. Ze doesn’t mind being put down as much or being strapped in as much and dislikes being unable to see (so hates the cradle hold). I am willing to bet when ze is older and tall enough to see in the sling that ze will like it better. For now it’s best for carrying around a sleeping baby and as a nursing coverup for me.
So that’s my plug. No reimbursement for it or anything (Zolowear probably doesn’t know I’m alive).