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!
I have tried one, and I liked it- for a small baby. I thought they were a little smaller bodied than I preferred.
Another option- which I absolutely loved- was Natural Mother Productions. They make a great wrap strap style option and an hourglass body shape that fits for a very long time.
I will say that as a baby gets bigger, padding that didn't work with a wee one, sometimes is a lifesaver. I am a wrapper at heart, but in a MT I like a padded wrap strap.
Eta: thanks btw
It is 15-16 inches at the base fully open- you can probably get it to 12-18 months, but for my kids, that is narrower than I like even with a very young toddler- the height is similarly petite. That said, It would be a go to for me with a very young baby as it is so squish friendly. I would just plan to sell and upsize down the road.