I have my toddler in the Baby Hawk normally several times a day, so I bought a traditional Chinese style from Pearl River in NY as a backup for when I'm washing the Baby Hawk. I ordered it online though, and it did not come with instructions, which I thought would not matter since I already use a mei tai frequently. I tried to tie it like the Baby Hawk (back only, I have never figured out how to put her in the front carry since I just use the K'Tan for front), but it is way too short for my one year old. It doesn't look that much shorter than the Baby Hawk till I get her in it, but I guess it is enough. I remember reading that the traditional Chinese way is to take all four ends together and twist them or something, but I can't find any instructions online that are different from the ones I already use. Are traditional Chinese carriers just not meant for toddlers, or are they tied differently than the Baby Hawk?
For reference, what I do now it tie the waist, hoist her up on my back, fold the cloth up over her back, grab the long straps, hold them up and bounce her in, then either cross or backpack, lexi twist behind baby, under her legs, tie in front. With the Pearl River ABC I can't even get past the fold the cloth over her back step because if I stood up to bounce her in, it wouldn't even cover her butt! It was a total non-starter and I am just confused why it is so small.