1) padding on the shoulder doesn't work for me. It's an issue with my RS and also with the carriers I've tried at a baby wearing meetup.
2) mei tais are the perfect solution to my baby wearing needs except that they all come with the padded shoulder straps.
I tried on a woven wrap conversion mei tai and it was perfect for me! My near 15lb 2 month old felt light as a feather and putting it on and positioning baby was easy and quick. For me it felt like the best of both worlds: soft and snuggly like a wrap but easy and quick like a mei tai. Of course most of them are gorgeous custom jobs way out of my price range. I did however find a Canadian retailer for didy tai which means no duty, $5 shipping, no waiting for a custom order, and a more affordable price point. I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried one or owns one. Would this be a good choice? From the photos it looks like the shoulder straps flare right from the body of the carrier like the one I tried which is by far the most important thing for me. Thank you in advance!