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#1 of 4 Old 05-12-2009, 06:55 AM - Thread Starter
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Anyone used both? I have an Ergo so I don't want a buckle mei tai if it is almost the same. I like the tie kind but not sure I may avoid using using if too complicated or unsafe feeling.

the main reason I want another carrier is becasue the Ergo and Moby are so hot.
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I have a Freehand Mei Tai, Pikkolo and Ergo. I loved the Ergo for my older LO, the Freehand feels like it will be so much lighter than either the Pikkolo or the Ergo - BUT IF the baby prefers not to be froggied - the Pikkolo will come in oh so handy! (I'm due in 7 weeks.) The Pikkolo does not appear to be much cooler than the Ergo. It's very similar esp with the waist belt but with the Ergo you need that hot infant insert! The Freehand is such a nice lighter weight! It's the middle of the night for me so hopefully this makes sense.

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If you sew i have a great pattern for a homemade meitai. Pm me an email address to send it to and i'll do so.
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Buckle carriers and mei tais can be VERY different in the "coolness" factor due to the material. There will be mei tais that are hot because of heavier fabric and some that are cooler because of lighter weight fabric and the same is true with buckle carriers.

So it depends on which specific mei tai you were looking at.
You want a sturdy bottomweight or twill or lightweight denim for the base fabric and straps, but not another thick layer of fabric like decorator fabric if you want to keep it cool.

My Blessed Baby is a hybrid carrier that buckles at the waist but ties for the shoulder straps. It's not a heavy fabric so it's fairly cool to use in the summer months. This is one of the carriers I'll be using when it gets warm.

The ties for a mei tai are no less safe than the buckles on a buckle carrier IMO. If you know how to tie a bow or a knot then you're safe. I personally think I can get a mei tai tied more secure than I can get a buckle adjusted with an Ergo or buckle carrier. It's alot about personal preference.

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