i wanted to add a book that I found immensely helpful, and still do. The Baby Book by Dr Sears. I am not one to tell others how to raise their kids, but if you like the Attachment parenting philosophy, it is a good resource.
also Happiest baby on the Block was good too. The hospital where I delivered had a class where they gave out the book and dvd, in addition had a hands-on safe swaddling instruction. I will tell you from my years as a nursing assistant at a pediatric hospital, swaddling neonates is essential for their happiness, and it can be done safely. I took it so my hubby would be more comfortable around the new little guy.
The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority. - Ralph W. Sockman
I've never used a sling, but lots of people seem to like them. Obviously it must be safe, but it just looks so flimsy, like a sheet, and that the baby could fall right out--does it feel secure? Does it take a while to get it on and all situated? Some of them look like you're all wrapped up in it and it took 1/2 hour just to get it on! Any particular brands that are good?