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I'm getting a Tree Of Life Mahogany one and dying it green, but I really want a mid-sized, like a 4, since ruck straps KILL me! I can't find a TC that long... Are there any other fabric suggestions? 

post #442 of 513
My osna that I turned into a sling is light-ish. Slightly heavier than my linen blend sling but the weave is more open.
Ordering a tree of life too... So beautiful. I'd love to see pictures after you dye it- I had the same idea!
post #443 of 513
Talk to me about mei tais. Good bad & ugly. Should I consider one? I love my RS, my osnaburg is not bad, and I'm not really finding both the ergo and beco ssc's comfortable.

Wrenmoon did you ever make that mei tai you were thinking about? I'm wondering if I should attempt a tablecloth conversion...
post #444 of 513
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Originally Posted by harmonious View Post

Talk to me about mei tais. Good bad & ugly. Should I consider one? I love my RS, my osnaburg is not bad, and I'm not really finding both the ergo and beco ssc's comfortable.

Wrenmoon did you ever make that mei tai you were thinking about? I'm wondering if I should attempt a tablecloth conversion...

 

I've never tried a TC conversion... It's on my "to do" list when I get my sewing machine next week. I have used a babyhawk though and was not a fan. The straps were even more uncomfortable than my Ergo. I would suggest either a wrap conversion or a table cloth, that way you can get those wide straps! 

post #445 of 513
The mahogany tablecloth I ordered is coming next week if snowmaggedon doesn't slow mail down too much. (So I haven't made the Mei tai yet)
I also have a used baby hawk-the straps are way too short but it is my go to for a napping back carry because it is taller than the ergo and his head doesn't flop back. I almost never carry on the front anymore- this kid is too heavy.

Mei tai pros for me are softness and wrap like fit, sometimes the ergo feels too much like a frame pack. Also having the waist already set avoids the whole over the shoulder get on the back thing with wrapping that usually ends up with my son eating two solid handfuls of hair and me cussin up a storm. I can do the hip scoot with a Mei tai pretty easily.
The only downside is the fiddling with straps and getting them just so. At least the ergo is just set and ready to go- no adjusting-tying-hopping needed.

I found a 60x84 tablecloth at target that's really sweet that I'm going use as my tester pattern- it was $18 and I got some canvas for the inner layer for about $6. I need to get comfortable and make my mistakes and adjustments before cutting into the tree of life tablecloth. I got some embroidered placemats that would make beautiful panels for a Mei tai or a pod. Because I have a fabric problem.

This is a total aside but I was looking at the new tablecloth and thinking it would make a great floor/car/outdoor blanket, with some batting and backing... quick, padded, warm...
It would save my quilts from floor use. Like a blanket-rug. But more washable.
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Used my snow day to spruce up the baby hawk. The panel is a target placemat mentioned in my previous post and I added some rings to compensate for the too short waist straps. I like it so much better than the pink flowers it had before. Plus some of the embroidery is shiny so my crow side is satisfied.
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I love it, wrenmoon!  I would never have thought to add embroidery...what a nice touch!

 

We love mai teis!  Our first ever carrier was a babyhawk.  I sold it and miss it a lot!  I want to get a WCMT to replace it.  

 

I love that they're easy like SSCs but the fit is more customizable.  I can never get a good fit with our Ergo.  

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Originally Posted by heyitskalista View Post
 

I love it, wrenmoon!  I would never have thought to add embroidery...what a nice touch!

 

We love mai teis!  Our first ever carrier was a babyhawk.  I sold it and miss it a lot!  I want to get a WCMT to replace it.  

 

I love that they're easy like SSCs but the fit is more customizable.  I can never get a good fit with our Ergo.  

:yeah

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The thing I don't get with front carries in SSC or Mei Tais is how you sit down with a 26" long baby hanging down your front? 

 

Any tips for back carries with the mei tai? Julia keeps super-manning her legs, and I can't reach back far enough to tuck them into the carrier. 

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It's the same as any other carrier. Baby should be high enough that you can sit. I have the waist belt just under my boobs so there's lots of room to sit!

I'm trying to figure out how to put into words how I get ruby on my back in the ergo. Lol. So much harder to verbalize than it is to just do!
post #451 of 513

I find it much easier to sit with a MT than a SSC.
As for back carries, I'm not sure what you mean by tucking her legs back into the carrier? check youtube, there's a bunch of different videos. I just put him on my back like he's in a wrap, if that makes sense. We tried once with the Boba, but it didn't go that well. 

post #452 of 513
Iris keeps getting pissed off when I tried back carries, but one of these days... We just got a freehand Mei tai and I really like it (and so does she). Now to convince someone who sews to make me a tc one! I see now why the longer straps would awesome.
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What's the difference between a freehand and say a baby hawk? It's a brand name not a style rjght I looked at pictures on amazon but I couldn't tell how the straps are fastened.
post #454 of 513
@wrenmoon. It's just a brand. If you'd like, I can take some pics and measurements.
post #455 of 513
I'm curious about how the straps are attached at the waist and top. My tree of life tablecloth is supposed to arrive tomorrow. (tail wagging) Time to start paying attention to how I'm going to make my Mei tai. (tail wagging some more)
I'd love a measurement of the straps- you feel like they are too short? The straps on the baby hawk are definitely way way too short. I barely have enough to tie a knot.
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Wrenmoon, pm me!
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So, what she does is once i get her up on my back, she pushed her belly into me, and stiffens her legs so that they are at like a 45 degree angle off of my back rather than parallel to it, and I can't reach back far enough to push them down into the carrier. I can;t just slide her down. Does that make any sense? I am trying again today with Benny to help. 

 

@heyitskalista, I didn't realize it was so high! I've still been putting it at my waist. Derp. derp. 

 

It's obvious I don't research this much :) 

post #458 of 513
Inconditus- did you dye your tree of life table cloth? Mine just came and I found this photo of a dyed one. Thought I'd share... Kinda pretty eh?
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Originally Posted by cynthiamoon View Post

So, what she does is once i get her up on my back, she pushed her belly into me, and stiffens her legs so that they are at like a 45 degree angle off of my back rather than parallel to it, and I can't reach back far enough to push them down into the carrier. I can;t just slide her down. Does that make any sense? I am trying again today with Benny to help. 

@heyitskalista
, I didn't realize it was so high! I've still been putting it at my waist. Derp. derp. 

It's obvious I don't research this much smile.gif 
I didn't know it was supposed to be worn that way until I had ruby. I'd been babywearing for almost 6 years at that point. So you're ahead of me! wink1.gif
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Originally Posted by wrenmoon View Post

Inconditus- did you dye your tree of life table cloth? Mine just came and I found this photo of a dyed one. Thought I'd share... Kinda pretty eh?

 

OOOhhh! That's gorgeous! I was thinking of doing teal too! I'm guessing they probably stripped it first since the fabric SEEMS to be pretty dark and I'm not sure how you could get it so vibrant. I still haven't gotten mine yet :( I checked amazon and it hasn't even been shipped. 

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