But as I've gained more energy during the second trimester, I have been able to carry the toddler for longer periods at a time. Therefore, I realized I needed something that could stand up to long carries -- a carrier that distributed his weight onto both shoulders but not my emerging and somewhat-large belly.
Enter the shorty.
The shorty is a woven wrap - any brand -- that comes in shorter lengths than a standard size wrap, which usually measure 4.1-5.2 meters. Here is a 4.1 meter Storchenwiege woven wrap in the colorway Albert. Notice how long the tails are after I tied them around my waist.
But the shorty also has the benefits of a woven wrap because it is a woven: It's supportive. It's a work-horse. It gets better and softer with each use. It can be used from newborn through toddlerhood and then through preschool age. And you don't lose the versatility of a wrap regarding different carries like you often lose with other types of carriers.
Here is a picture of me at 23 weeks pregnant carrying the 24-pound toddler in a ruck sack carry at the zoo. I'm wearing a 3.2 meter Didymos woven wrap in the colorway Iris. Look at how short the tails are after I tied under my bust. Not a whole lot of material to fuss with!
Need more for your money? A shorty can be transformed back and forth between a wrap and ring sling simply by adding or removing sling rings.
As I mentioned wraps are great for carrying newborns and beyond. I will be ruck sacking our newborn when he arrives using the Iris, as wraps are one of only two carriers (the other -- a Kozy mei tai) you can safely use to hoist a newborn up onto your back. In this picture, I'm wearing a good friend's newborn ruck sack style in a 4.6 meter Storchenwiege woven wrap in the colorway Inka. You can see how much more material I had to fuss with, and I must say, I do like doing ruck sack carries with shortys much better!
Oh, shorty, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. Oh wait. I already did.