I have never used a carrier with any of my kids but my youngest has decided to be attached at the hip (or breast) at all times. The house was a wreck and the laundry was piling up and grocery shopping was impossible! She's the boss lady though and what boss lady wants, boss lady gets. Decided to try this carrier thing out and see if it might free up a hand, or 2, so I could get stuff done.....my house is now clean, laundry neatly folded and in it's place, and I have a fridge and pantry full of groceries.....alll without the boss lady figuring out I won! Definitely worth it!