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#1 of 6 Old 05-03-2007, 02:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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when I look online, they look pretty similar. What are some of their differences and do you like one better than the other? thanks!
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Babyhawks are one brand of mei tai. What is the other brand you're looking at? Do you have a link?

I have a Babyhawk and LOVE it, so I don't think you could go wrong buying one.

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I just went to meitaibaby.com. It looks similar to the babyhawk but I wasn't sure.

How hard is the babyhawk to do if you are out and about? If I wanted to put my ds (he's' 14 months old) in a back carry, is it easy to do in a parking lot without having anything dragging on the ground?
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How hard is the babyhawk to do if you are out and about? If I wanted to put my ds (he's' 14 months old) in a back carry, is it easy to do in a parking lot without having anything dragging on the ground?
Babyhawk is quite easy. I have one. But the straps are long (and I got the extra-long ones) and I have not figures out how to ties it without them dragging on the ground. It doesn't really bother me, though, because the ends aren't really touching the baby.

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Most mei tais have similar construction - that is, they're a center panel with shoulder and waist straps. So putting one on is going to be the same for almost any brand (excluding those that have a chest clip, or variations on the mai tai like an onbuhimo).

I think they're very easy to put on while out and about. I've actually worn two at once - my nephew on my chest and my toddler on my back. Takes me just a couple of minutes to get both of them tied on. I don't really mind if the straps hit the ground but I tend to tie it on near the car, so I make sure any extra fabric is inside the car rather than on the ground. If it does hit the ground, though, it's no big deal. It takes a LOT of abuse for a MT to get dirty, and they're machine-washable.

I own three mei tais: one from Mei Tai Baby, one from Nestlings, and one from Babyhawk. All three are nice and well-constructed but they vary in terms of shoulder padding and sturdiness. The MTB is the least sturdy/strong/comfortable. I like it, but more for a young infant than for a heavier older infant or toddler. I wouldn't wear my toddler in it. The Nestlings one is intermediate - slightly nicer shoulder padding, slightly stronger fabrics, but again, just a touch less supportive than I like. My Babyhawk is AWESOME. After trying it, I don't think I'd get any other mei tai. It's very sturdy and comfortable on my shoulders for a long time.

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Babyhawk is a great brand, although I much prefer the taller body for versatility. You can always roll the bottom when you know your baby is going to be awake and want arms out, but having the taller body (Toddlerhawk) is great for when you know baby will fall asleep. Kozy, Sachi, and Catbirdbaby are other really good brands you might want to take a look at.

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