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I do, but it's definitely a one-trick pony. The Mei Hip is the best hip carrier I know of, but that's all it's good for. If you want more versatility, you can wear the BabyHawk on your front or back (and on the hip, but it isn't as comfortable that way).
 

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Hi MollyandCleo,

do you know the measures of the Mei Hip Carrier? I'm thinking of sewing one by myself, but I could'nt find the measures in the Net.

@sfashho2 - another alternative would be to sew the Mei Tai (sewing instruction can be found here: http://thosemartins.com/bmt/index.htm) with small sling for kids (doll's sling) as straps. It makes carring on the hip (instructions see here: http://www.kozycarrier.homestead.com...tml#anchor_242) much more comfortable, because you can wear the straps fan-out on your shoulder.
 

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If I can find my tape measure, I'll try and get you some measurements. The "seat" of it is a bit smaller than your typical mei tai body, particularly more narrow. If you're making your own, you might just want to take the opportunity to customize it based on your child's size.
 

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If I can find my tape measure, I'll try and get you some measurements.
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The "seat" of it is a bit smaller than your typical mei tai body, particularly more narrow. If you're making your own, you might just want to take the opportunity to customize it based on your child's size.
The "seat" of my Mei Tai is a little different than in the sewing instruction, too (it is based on the new generation Ergo measures - and has darts and a waist belt like the Ergo carrier) - I just took the instruction as basis for sewing. Plus - my Mei Tai has dolls slings as straps, which makes carrying with it a lot more comfortable (at least in my opinion). It works fine as hip carrier - in contrast to the Ergo which I love as back carrier but hate as hip carrier - but I'd like to try out a "real" hip carrier. My husband will probably start/continue telling me I'm crazy, since we do already have a sidekick, two Ergos, the Mei Tai and 4 slings, but as long as I'm sewing and not purchasing I guess it's ok (I have some material left from the Mei Tai, too).


So thanks already a lot in advance for getting me the measures - I'll let you know how sewing and/or customizing worked out...
 

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I don't care for the MH at all -- I found it incredibly hard to adjust. If I wanted a hip carrier, I'd probably choose something like a Walking Rock Farm or look for a used HipDaddy (I think those have been discontinued).

I think a MT is a much more versatile carrier, although obviously it's not great for hip carries. For hip carries, though, I'm happy enough with a pouch or a ring sling.
 

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I really really love my mei hip, especially for shopping.

That said, the DIY maya tie I bought off the babywearer FSOT board IS AWESOME and does a wonderful hip carry. It just isn't as popable for stores. I LOVE the popability of the mei hip. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
 

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I was so excited to get my mei hip and I wound up hating it. As soon as I lifted up my arm at all, the strap would sorta bunch up, and then be painful because it wasn't cupping my shoulder. It also would twist when I was getting it on in the parking lot. I didn't have that problem with mei tais, but I guess with the buckle or something it was different. I honestly just didn't find it as comfy for a hip carry as my hotsling.

And I loooove my babyhawks. I used it in the front for a long time. It was just easier to get on and very comfy. Plus, of course you can wear it in the back. I used to use my kozy for a hip carry, but I never quite mastered that with the bh- I just used the pouch.
 

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Hazelnut, I had that same problem with the Mei Hip initially, and I found that all I needed to do was rethread the shoulder strap through the clip so that the edges of the strap were at the edges of the buckle. If those edges are folded over at all or towards the middle of the buckle, it won't spread out as nicely.

(Or you could just ditch the buckes entirely, and tie the straps together instead.)
 

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@mollyandcleo: did you find your tape measure? or maybe somebody else?

@quirki: thanks for the hipdaddy tip - i can't get one, since i'm living in europe, but i will probably sew s.th. in between my hip and hipdaddy...
 
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