As mentioned earlier, I am (almost) officially one of those crazy moms who wraps her kid and wears him everywhere. Leon has ridden in a stroller 3 times in his life, and I think he only put up with it for clear reasons (some new girls were entertaining him, with a sitter, etc.).
I say “almost” because I haven’t yet dropped over $100 on a beautiful woven wrap. (See Wrap your baby for information on where all my money could go). I made Leon’s wrap out of a linen fabric I purchased on Fulton Ave in Brooklyn last summer, following these directions. At $6/year, I paid only $36 for enough material for two wraps. (Sure, it’s not as pretty as the Leo Storch, but we are cheapos here, remember?) I just hemmed it, cut it in half, and cut “tails” to aid in tying. I also attended an Babywearing International Meetup at Caribou Baby (in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Another place where all my money could go) and learned how to do back-carries from this amazing woman.
So far, Leon and I can do the rucksack/reinforced rucksack and the double hammock carry (more comfy, but more tricky). I just put him on my back, and cook, clean, check emails. He gets a new view of the world, and he is close to me. I get a quasi workout. Win-win.