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From what you have said it's ether a Mei tai, or a SSC (soft structured carrier). The difference is a Mai tai is tied on and does not require adjustment between different carries/person and the SSC is set up for each different time, but quicker to put on. Both good for front and back carries and should last you for a year or more. The patapum is a SSC. You do not want a crotchdangler Baby Bjorn. Your child should be sitting, knees above bum IYSWIM, in the carrier for comfort and the development of their hips. If you can buy it in a shop it probably isn't any good TBH! There is a good trade in second hand or pre-loved carriers as well, also a chance to get you money back. A good place to start is here for information, preloved sales and advise. Good luck.
A mei tai would probably a slightly cheaper option. Please don't buy a Baby Bjorn, it won't be comfortable for either of you.
There is a Slingmeet in Levenshulme if you can get there? Be a great way of trying something out, and they also have a Sling Library...so you might even be able to borrow something? Jeanette who runs the meet is lovely.
Solarweave Connecta is great IMO - a mei tai style with buckles. Does front and back carries, is very lightweight, can be used in water (eg a splash park) and has factor 50 sun protection including a sun hood. We've been using it for DS since he was about your DS's weight (around 5/6 months), now 11 months and I know of people who've used them for older toddlers, up to even age 4.
We like it as it isn't too 'fabric-wrap-looking' so DH feels comfortable wearing it.
You can hire them from Petit Poppet slings if you want to try one out.
Yey Hope you enjoy it! You can swing him onto your back from 6 months, they can see everyone and take part more, it's so much fun for them not to just see legs (and easier to carry). Youtube is great for videos showing you how. My DS will now climb on my back if I get down!