The Worn Baby

Man on man do I love a good mei tai. And these are MAY DIE not MY TIE. We can't drink these *womp womp* In my classes I've been teaching, I go over mei tais. I always suggest a wide strapped mei tai due to comfort for the wearer, but offer a narrow strapped mei tai for attendees to try on. In all my years of teaching, no one has chosen the narrow strapped mei tai. As a mom of giant children, I am accustomed to wearing big, heavy babies and found narrow strapped mei tais very uncomfy. To top it off, most mei tais shouldn't be used with newborns since there's no adjustment to keep baby closer to the wearer. A newborn can slump into the mei tai body and that is NOT a good thing.

When I purchased my first wide strapped mei tai, the clouds parted and the heavens shined on us and it was a glorious, comfortable epiphany - these are what I had been looking for! However, in 2006, there were very few brands of wide strapped mei tais and none of them had the ability to cinch down to properly fit a child knee to knee. But people were working on it!

When Didymos released their Didytai, I was one of the most excited people EVER! FINALLY!! The exact carrier I wanted! Wide straps. Long straps. Adjustable body. No more rigging a mei tai body with a rubberband or rope or ribbon. Now, many mei tai makers are producing wide strapped mei tais with adjustable bodies and I am THRILLED! And with the wide straps, a mei tai can now be used to wear a newborn!

Besides wide straps and adjustable bodies, I'm a big advocate of purchasing a carrier that will last more than a few months. If you're going to invest the money into a good carrier, it should be one that you can use and use and use and use. Am I right? A mei tai can be used for front carries and nice, high back carries. They fit most wearers and are supportive for both the wearer and baby.

Here are measurements of the wide strapped, adjustable body mei tais that I have. If I add more to TWB, I will be sure and update this post!

 

Didymos Didytai

18.25" wide

17" tall (not including the hood)

85.5" shoulder straps (from body of mei tai to longest tapered end)

12.5" wide shoulder straps

Unpadded body

Unpadded shoulder straps

Unpadded waist straps

Diva Milano Mei Tai

15.75" wide

17.75" tall (not including the hood)

87" shoulder straps (from body of mei tai to longest tapered end)

9.25" wide shoulder straps

Unpadded body

Unpadded shoulder straps

Unpadded waist straps

Fidella Fly-Tai

New Size

18" wide

18.75" tall (not including hood)

87" shoulder straps (from body of mei tai to longest tapered end)

11.5" wide shoulder straps

Unpadded body

Partially padded shoulder straps

Partially padded waist straps

Toddler Size

17.5" wide

18.5" tall (not including hood)

87" shoulder straps (from body of mei tai to longest tapered end)

12" wide shoulder straps

Leg padding

Partially padded shoulder straps

Partially padded waist straps

 Lenny Lamb Wrap-Tai

Mini

14" wide

13.75" tall (not including hood)

92" shoulder straps (from body of mei tai to longest tapered end)

13" wide shoulder straps

Leg padding for child

Unpadded shoulder straps

Unpadded waist straps

11.5" wide waist straps

117" waist strap (from longest tapered ends, across the body)

Toddler

16.25" wide

17.5" tall (not including hood)

89" shoulder straps (from body of mei tai to longest tapered end)

11.5" wide shoulder straps

Leg padding for child

Unpadded shoulder straps

Unpadded waist straps

11" wide waist straps

115.5" waist strap (from longest tapered ends, across the body)

 

I'm now including measurements for other popular brands of mei tais. I like to have all of the information at one spot!

Babyhawk - Standard

16" wide

21" tall (including headrest)

77" shoulder straps (from body of mei tai to longest tapered end)

3.5" wide shoulder straps

Unpadded body

Partially padded shoulder straps

Unpadded waist straps

Chimparoo

14.5" wide - body does cinch down

14" tall (not including the hood) - body does cinch down in height

71" shoulder straps

3.5" wide shoulder straps

Unpadded body

Partially padded shoulder straps

Partially padded waist straps

Hoppediz Hop-Tye

15" wide

13.5" tall (not including the hood)

89" shoulder straps (from body of mei tai to longest tapered end)

10" wide shoulder straps

Partially padded body

Unpadded shoulder straps

Partially padded waist straps

Infantino

15.75" wide

15.5" tall

73" shoulder straps (from body of mei tai to longest tapered end)

3.5" wide shoulder straps

Edges of body are padded

Partially padded shoulder straps

Unpadded waist straps

Topa Top

18.5" wide - body does cinch down

19" tall (not including the hood)

82" shoulder straps (from body of mei tai to longest tapered end)

12" wide shoulder straps

Partially padded waist straps

 

 

Written by Piper Nard — June 29, 2014

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