Baby Bjorn. There is no hip strap, which made it uncomfortable on my back once the boys got heavier, but I loved the way it supported their head and neck when they were tiny.
Cat Bird Baby carrier, which we LOVE. This thing has been everywhere with us- to the beach, through the snow, used for long flights and maneuvering through the airport. My husband finds this one comfortable to wear too. I have many friends who love their Ergo's, so that is another option, though I have never used one.
Bugaboo off of Craigslist, which saved us a bundle, and we have worn it into the ground. I would hate to guess how many miles we have logged on that thing! I loved the Bugaboo when Vijay was an infant because it converted to a bassinet (see the first picture of this post). During the winter months, I could tuck him in the bassinet, cover him with blankets, and pull the hood over him and he would stay warm and toasty inside. An added bonus- he would always fall asleep in there! It was great for daytrips, because the basinett detaches, and could be used for his nap. As he got older, we switched the setup so that he was sitting upright, first facing me as I pushed and later, as he became more curious and eager to look around, facing outward, as shown above.
this cute little number!
I usually pack the following:
-Snacks and water for Vijay
-A KIND bar for myself
-A change of clothes for Vik
-Wallet, keys, phone
-A few small trucks, and a sheet of stickers (great in any situation where you need to kill time)
-A large burp cloth that can double as a changing pad if need be
In addition, I often pack my camera, which is huge. This is usually what really weighs me down, like on my daytrip to New York, or Boston. But it is so worth it, and I am sure most of you have a much more sensible camera, or just use your phone!