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I want to buy a Mei Tei but I'm totally confused about the different kinds. Are they all the same, but just made by different companies? Or are the actually different styles? Would someone explain the different types (for example Babyhawk, Ellaroo, etc) and point me to a few good websites to purchase one?<br><br>
I have a Moby Wrap and totally love it. I'm wondering, will a MT be that much different or would I be spending a lot of money to have something that is very similar (as far as carries go, etc). I thought you couldn't use the MT in a forward facing position but I see that now a lot of them are made to be adapted to the outward carry. What's the deal? Can you hip carry in a MT?<br><br>
Thanks so much for any help!
 

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I think a mei tai is worth the money to get to use along with your Moby. Especially since the Moby is so stretchy, and as your baby gets heavier a mei tai will feel more supportive. It is also easier to use and quicker to put on. Plus you don't have the long piece of fabric dragging along the ground when you are out and about trying to put your baby on. There are companies that make their mei tais so that you can wear your baby facing out comfortably. My favorite is <a href="http://catbirdbaby.com" target="_blank">http://catbirdbaby.com</a>. The difference between mei tais is usually leg nth of the body and straps, headrests, etc... I think if you are only going to have one mei tai those small differences won't be important. It is when you start buying many that you notice the difference between lengths and such. Good luck!
 

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I seems like it would be handy to have both a pouch and a MT. I say, "handy," but is it really that they are so pretty that I'd want an excuss to have more than one. Seems like a pouch is so fast to just slip on while a MT takes more time to tie. Do they have different benefits/ draw backs?
 

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I don't have a pouch or moby wrap, but I do have slings and a babyhawk MT. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! DD didn't really care much for the slings, I think its because I had to wait so long to wear one due to my c/s. She really likes the MT, from what I can see it's easier to put on than a wrap, but may be more difficult than the pouch. There is a hip carry for a MT, but I haven't tried it. DD loves being on my back or cuddling facing forward up front. Happy shopping!
 

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You might want to check out a FSOT forum and buy/sell or trade with other mama's until you find one that's right for you and your babe. While they are all similar, they all tend to fit mama and babe different IMO. You just have to keep going until you find one that's comfy for both of you. But they are really great carriers....I should know, I have WAY too many MT's...just ask my DH!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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My favorite is Kozy. I have 3 Mei Teis, and the other 2 I can't figure out what it is that is 'wrong' with them. FOr some reason the straps and body on the Kozy are just the perfect size/shape for us.
 

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You might want to check out <a href="http://www.thebabywearer.com" target="_blank">www.thebabywearer.com</a> for reviews and comparisons of the different brands of MTs.<br><br>
You can do a hip carry in a MT and I think some people use them for forward facing, although I don't think most of the makers recommend it (they just aren't designed for it); there is also the philosophy that face-out doesn't allow the baby to turn away from stimuli...<br><br>
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I've tired several MT brands. Luckily, I love mine (Catbird Baby) more than the others <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> The diferences can be subtle- strpa lenght, angles, width and height of the main panel, etc. but when you find one that fits your body right.. ahhh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hi mama- I was at the same place you are...you might find this thread helpful:<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=589343" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=589343</a>
 
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