Re: recomendations from expirienced mamas?
A mei tai would be great for you. There are a ton of brands but really it's a matter of finding one that fits you best. I'd stalk FSOT until a good brand with a pretty print popped up with a price you can handle and try it out. Or better, do you have a local shop that sells slings? If you could try one on that would be perfect! My first "real" carrier was a Kozy mei tai, I loved it.
My "people skills" are "rusty"