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#1 of 37 Old 10-14-2008, 10:32 AM - Thread Starter
 
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We're interested in one of the Mei Tai carriers for our little one to be (coming April 2009). Has anyone ever used one of these? Any suggestions or recommendations?

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I love my Baby Hawk. We started using it w/ dd when she was about a week old. She is almost 6-months-old now & I use it at least once a day.

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Yup, love mei tais. They're easy to learn and very pretty!

There are lots of great brands. Some are more supportive than others--I have two different brands and one is just more comfortable (I think the fabric used is slightly thicker.)

Your best bet is to find some babywearers in your area and try some on! That way, you can know what you like before you go spend the money.
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I have knockoff cuddle n carry wahm made and a sachi and I LOVE them both they are so nice I have been using them with my 1 y/0 dd since she was..... i wanna say20-11 months old and plan to use them right away with this baby They are well worth the investment

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Yep. by far my favorite carrier. We love the kozy.

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I have a sachi that I love. I also had a Baby Hawk so any of these would be excellent. There is such a variety available so it all depends on what you are looking for.
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Definitely my favourite baby carrier. It's the only soft carrier I am able to get on my back without assistance. I have worn my boys from 6 months to 4 years in ours. Very versatile!

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I have a babyhawk (well, toddlerhawk) and ellaroo meit tai. Love both a bit differently. You can read reviews of specific brands over at thebabywearer.com

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I have a bunch. But my favourite, hands down, for a newborn is a Mei Tai Baby adjustable zippy. It's adjustable, so you can pull the bottom in if you don't want to froggy their little legs. I didn't use it until dd was about 4-5 months but then you have the option. And with the zippy feature, you can get different fabric panels so can change your look all the time without buying a new carrier. You can also get a lovey liner (really snuggly and soft for a newborn) and a removable headrest. The workmanship and quality is extremely high, as well.
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I adore my Babyhawk. We didn't really start using it until DS was about 5 months, but we've been using it non-stop since then. They have this really cool feature on the website where you can play around with all the different color combinations.

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I LOVE my MT's!! I would highly recommend a BBO (ball baby overall - www.haveaballbaby.com)...they fold up really small, are one of the most comfortable I've found (even for my 26 lb+ toddler!), and have wider, unpadded straps (which I prefer)...for me, they help distribute the weight better than a MT with padded straps (gives me pressure points)...

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I love my Kozy(s) and, if I ever get it back from the person who borrowed it, I also love my babyhawk. I love Sachis too but I haven't seen their new design.

I was always more of a mei tai mama and sadly I am all thumbs when it comes to buckle carriers (shhh don't tell, I'm supposed to be an "expert" at babywearing, lol).

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I : my BabyHawk! Mei tais are wonderful, IMO! Definitely I would advise buying one
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I love wraps, but mei tai's are definitely my second favourite carrier. They're really easy & comfy. Of the professionally made ones, I've only ever tried a Kozy. I made my own mei tai's & find them much more comfy than the Kozy, actually.

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Love them! There are so many great brands now, with so many options -- larger, smaller, padded straps, no padding, padding everywhere, plain, pretty, affordable, luxury... Seriously, I think everyone should have a mei tai, and there's a mei tai out there for everyone!


And mei tais aren't even my favorite type of carrier.
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I had a Happy Carrier mei tai at first (narrower body for a littler guy) and then a Kozy. I prefer the Kozy. I think you could use it right off the bat if you froggy baby's legs (check out the instructions on the kozy website.) You can find some on for-sale-or-trade on babywearer or diaperswappers. I actually bought both of mine on Ebay for about half the full-price.
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I have a bunch. But my favourite, hands down, for a newborn is a Mei Tai Baby adjustable zippy. It's adjustable, so you can pull the bottom in if you don't want to froggy their little legs. I didn't use it until dd was about 4-5 months but then you have the option. And with the zippy feature, you can get different fabric panels so can change your look all the time without buying a new carrier. You can also get a lovey liner (really snuggly and soft for a newborn) and a removable headrest. The workmanship and quality is extremely high, as well.
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I love my mei tai baby. The quality is great. I've been wearing DD in it since birth and so far I haven't found another carrier she likes. I also have the adjustable zippy, and got DH the flames panel so he can feel manly while wearing her hehehe
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Yep! I love mei tais too. So much so that I started sewing them and have a small addiction to that. LOL.

I've used wahm made MTs from ebay (not comfortable at all), a kozy, and a BH... and of course my own. I would definitely recommend a mei tai to anyone!

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I just bought a Kozy and am very impressed with it. We used it yesterday on a day-long trip and my 3 mo dd spent a LOT of time in it and was happy or sleeping most of the time.
The only thing I wonder is when typically one stops keeping the legs inside? It does seem too wide for her little bum and I have to pinch the bottom in a little bit. She doesn't like having her legs inside.

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I just bought a Kozy and am very impressed with it. We used it yesterday on a day-long trip and my 3 mo dd spent a LOT of time in it and was happy or sleeping most of the time.
The only thing I wonder is when typically one stops keeping the legs inside? It does seem too wide for her little bum and I have to pinch the bottom in a little bit. She doesn't like having her legs inside.
I took ds' legs out between 3 and 4 months. But he's big.

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My guy was "legs-out" from birth (but he was quite big and could hold his head up right away too). That's why I liked the contoured body (narrower at the bottom) of the Happy Sling mt at first. I'd say if baby seems comfortable with legs out, go for it!
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I know I will want to use a two shouldered carrier soon because my boys get big fast but I love the poppability of my ring sling and I like being able to pee without having to take him out (I know strange but I have a tiny bladder and drink tons of water)
Does anyone use the potty with dc in the mei tai? Does it work?

And how big poundage wise before you put them legs out? Or is it just body type?

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Does anyone use the potty with dc in the mei tai? Does it work?
I do! Never had a problem.
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I know I will want to use a two shouldered carrier soon because my boys get big fast but I love the poppability of my ring sling and I like being able to pee without having to take him out (I know strange but I have a tiny bladder and drink tons of water)
Does anyone use the potty with dc in the mei tai? Does it work?

And how big poundage wise before you put them legs out? Or is it just body type?
Yep. I can pee with baby on my front or back.

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I took ds' legs out between 3 and 4 months. But he's big.

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Yep. I can pee with baby on my front or back.

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So when you tie it on - do you just tie it up higher? When I have used mine it seems to fit/feel best when I tie it on my hips which would make getting my pants down a little more difficult.

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So when you tie it on - do you just tie it up higher? When I have used mine it seems to fit/feel best when I tie it on my hips which would make getting my pants down a little more difficult.
At 4 months he was 20lbs.

I usually tie at my waist. Though I've managed the potty with it tied at my hips in a skirt

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At 4 months he was 20lbs.

I usually tie at my waist. Though I've managed the potty with it tied at my hips in a skirt

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Ds1 was also 20 pounds at 4 months and my chunky 2 month old is on his was to that as well.

I will try to tie at my waist but its too cold for skirts up here:

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Ds1 was also 20 pounds at 4 months and my chunky 2 month old is on his was to that as well.

I will try to tie at my waist but its too cold for skirts up here:
I almost never wear them... But I almost always tie at my waist. It seems to make carrying easier.

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I almost never wear them... But I almost always tie at my waist. It seems to make carrying easier.

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Interesting. The only two shouldered carrier I used with ds1 was the Sutemi pack and it seemed to work better when I buckled it lower, more on my hips so I was doing the same thing when tying on the mei tai (Kozy) - like an apron.

I will try to tie it around my waist and see if that helps. Thanks.

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I think an adjustable one would work well since you're starting out with a newborn. Mei Tai Baby is adjustable and so is Silly Goose. The Pikkolo is really a buckle mei tai but looks awesome. I read so many great comments about the pikkolo. If I were to do it all over, I'd buy the Pikkolo first.
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