Why don't people carry their babies anymore? I've noticed this trend for many, many years. Yes, the car seat is vital, and irreplaceable when traveling, but why must the poor child remain in the box once the car is off? There are options besides your arms. A sling, a front pack or back pack as the child gets older.
I think that bodily contact is so very important to babes as well as to parents. Some cultures carry their children until they are a year old!
When I lived down south in a much more metropolitan area and attended more high crowd events, I even made up a business card that said "thank you for carrying your baby" and handed them out to people using slings or packs. And while strollers can make moving in large crowds easier, it can be a pain to the rest of the people shopping. I've often thought that big events should offer a "hot wheels" day. People challenged with strollers and even wheelchairs could have the place to themselves!!
Yes, it may be "easier" and more "comfortable" for parents to carry a box with a handle but is that the choice parents should make and is that what you teach those precious children? To do what is "easier" and "more comfortable". Or do you do and teach to do the BEST thing?
Please, gift a sling, or baby Bjorn to expecting parents and encourage them to hold those children close to their hearts. And say "thank you" to those who use them. It really is best for everyone.