My child mostly walks around, but I'd love to have a teeny folded carrier in my bag for those moments he needs to ride. Like when it starts raining and I need my hands free for the umbrella! Any recommendations? We currently have the lightest Ergo model, but even it has bulky padded shoulders. I would trade some discomfort for greater portability.
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Hmm, I'd say either a shorty woven wrap or a toddler sized mei tai. Definitely not a SSC--those are so bulky, I hate trying to smash one in my diaper bag! My woven shorties fold down to a little rectangle, and my mei tai folds down pretty little too. Plus, I find them both more comfortable than SSCs. If you haven't wrapped before, it will be a little bit of a learning curve. The mei tai would be pretty quick to get the hang of though.
In a pinch, I've just worn DD in whatever I had on me, even if it's not a baby carrier. Last time I did that, I put her in a hip carry (like a rebozo carry with a slip knot) in a pashmina I happened to have with me. It wasn't very comfortable (they're so thin!) but it worked for the few blocks we were going!
I used a Hotsling-style carrier at that stage-- if you fold lengthwise, then roll, it takes up almost no room in a bag, but is reasonably comfortable for a short-distance hip carry.
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