mei tais

Gemma - posted on 02/10/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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would love to know about anyones experience with these...are they as comfortable as they look? are they secure?
my daughter is 2 months old - is she too tiny to go into one?
stockists in the uk anyone can recommend?
thanks x

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Kara - posted on 02/18/2009

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We have used a mei tia from the time our baby was a few weeks old...she is 2 and a half now and we still use it. They are pretty easy to learn to use, fold up nicely for in the car on in a diaper bag, and are really versatile. Everytime we go for a walk or to the mall my daughter grabs hers and says 'tie me in mommy'...it's so cute!! We have also used ring slings and wraps, but we used our mei tai the most. Just make sure to get one that is made from twill or canvas fabrics, ones made with loghter fabrics do not offer the same support...

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Nancy - posted on 02/25/2009

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I did not have a mai tai with my first two, but started wearing my youngest in it at a very young age.  It was great that she could be in the front and then when she was bigger in the back.  I also found that I could wear my oldest (4yrs at the time) in it on my back.  I would not have wanted to do it with her for long periods of time but felt good knowing it was possible.  There were several times that I wore my middle (2yrs at the time) in the mai tai and the baby in a sling at the same time.   If you can have both a sling and a mai tai I recommend it because it is a wonderful thing!  If you can only have one carrier, I would probably lean more toward a ring sling because it is soooo  multifunctional.

Gemma - posted on 02/19/2009

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I bought a babyhawk last week and love it! am also going to get a wilkinet and cover for forward facing, longer walks. ergos look fab but very expensive...are they worth the money? thanks for all replies so far...any other advice/tips would be welcome x

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I also have a babyhawk mei tai and I love it because both my husband and I are able to use it without the hassle of readjusting straps every time. I think we started using it sometime around 3 months (used a sling before that) and it worked perfectly then and still does now at 14 months. We've found the babyhawk to be very comfortable and very secure. I've also found that it's quite easy to nurse in the mei tai. It's best if you can find a place locally where you can try on different carriers although I wasn't able to do that myself. I hope you find something that works well for you!

Scottie - posted on 02/12/2009

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I have a BabyHawk mei tai and like it  a lot - it's pretty comfortable and distributes weight pretty well. My daughter is 11 months, 20 lbs and I still use the mei tai on a regular basis.



  When my daughter was smaller, I used my ring sling more (easier to nurse in - use the tail to cover yourself if you're in public), but you can certainly use a mei tai with a little one - just froggy her legs up inside rather than straddling out the sides.



I've heard that freestyle and jet pack mei tais are really good, too.



We also have an Ergo, which is basically like a mei tai but with a little more structure (it's considered a soft structure carrier instead of a mei tai) and clips instead of tying it.  It's good and easy, but both my husband and I tend toward the mei tai more often because it's more customizable because you can tie it anyway you want rather than adjusting straps and stuff.

Michelle - posted on 02/10/2009

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I havent used the mei tais although I did look at them, we have a sling which is fabulos and I just love love love my ergo baby carrier....and my son has been in it since he was 4 weeks old, they have a newborn insert and u can nurse while your babe is in it and it grows with baby up to 40pds you can wear them out fron, on your hip or your back once they can are 4mths old. not sure if that helps you or not but it has been a lifesaver for me :)

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