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I've got an Ergo. I love it. 5.5 mo DD doesn't seem to. I was thinking of trying out a Mei Tai. What are the differences between an Ergo and a Mai Tai?
 

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I wanted to ask the same thing...<br><br>
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May help. I must say (again) that I love my Babyhawk. But...I've never tried an Ergo.
 

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I have both and what I would call the biggest difference is that with the MT, you can adjust it better to your body and to your baby. You can make the body smaller so baby gets to see more, or carry it higher up your back so they can look over your shoulder, tie the straps tighter so that baby is snug to your body, whereas with the Ergo it's all a bit more loose, more of a one size-fits all (despite the straps you can tighten). As far as comfort, I personally favor the Ergo for a backcarry with DD (almost 2). DS is still very small so I use the Mei Tai as a front carry with him and that is very comfortable too.
 

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A couple more things... if you are doing a back carry with an Ergo, you will have a plastic clip across your chest. With a Mei Tai, you can tie it backpack style with nothing crossing your chest. A Mei Tai is also good if you will be sharing the carrier with someone else. Since you tie it on each time, it is always the right fit, whereas with the Ergo you will need to readjust the straps.
 

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Hi!<br>
This thread must have been posted twice so I answered on the other one...Lots to say like always!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi!<br>
This thread must have been posted twice so I answered on the other one...Lots to say like always!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:</div>
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Yeah - sorry - my dang computer keeps freezing and posting 2 copies...I was going to delete the other thread - but you'd posted there...feel free to copy it here and I'll happily delete that thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah - sorry - my dang computer keeps freezing and posting 2 copies...I was going to delete the other thread - but you'd posted there...feel free to copy it here and I'll happily delete that thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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Your wish is my command:<br><br>
Hello fellow DDC mama!<br>
- An ERGO is more structured but it is still a soft carrier (obviously you have one so you know what it looks like...)<br>
- A Mei Tai is a soft carrier with straps that you tie yourself<br><br>
I have tried them both (a freind has an ERGO and we swapped for a week) and I prefer my mei tai since I can tie it wherever I need to; for instance, I wore it all during my pregnancy without a problem. I will say that I found the ERGO more "poppable" in the cold weather since you have to tie the straps on the Kozy. Some people swear by the ERGO though so it really is a matter pr preference. As far as your babe - how long have you been using the ERGO? If it has just been a short while maybe he needs to get used to it - that can take a bit. I suggest a good long walk outside...Also - are you putting him on your back or front? Devin is totally loving being on my back right now and kind of protests when I put her on my front unless she is tired. Oh...one more thing that is good about my Kozy is the ability to do a high back carry where dd can see over my shoulders...I am not sure how high a babe sits on your back with the ERGO since I only used it for a short time. HTH!
 

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You can't really do a high back carry with an Ergo, so IMO, back carries with a little baby are not great with an Ergo. But a lot of people don't do back carries with a little one, since they usually want the baby with them in front.<br><br>
I have tried both... for me the main difference is that Ergo is easier-- no straps dragging on the ground -- but slightly less flexible. I think it is true that you can get baby a little closer to you in a MT. And Mei Tais are prettier!<br><br>
However, the question I think you are asking really is-- "If my baby dislikes being in an Ergo, will she like a MT?" and I think the answer is probably not-- I think they feel pretty similar to baby.<br><br>
twogreencars-- I assume when you try to wear her that you aren't just putting her in and puttering around the house? Does he still hate it if you put her in and go for a brisk walk?
 

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WOW - that is what I was asking. THANKS! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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It had been to putter about...but since she didn't really like that, we didn't get out the front door with the Ergo.<br><br>
I did try again yesterday - around the block with DS (12yo) and DD in the Ergo. She *tolerated* it most of the time - didn't really seem to like it.<br><br>
She also kept pushing away from my chest with her arms...Was she too loose? Why was she doing this? I nearly took her out of it, but didn't want to walk all the way back home just holding her with no carrier...
 

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I also have a 5.5 month old. We both definitely prefer the Mei Tai (BH) over the ergo. I also use a pocket sling sometimes but tried out the mt and ergo due to wanting a back carry.<br><br>
Our issues with the Ergo in a nutshell:<br>
-she screams in it. (no idea why, dh standing behind me assures me the fit is correct.)<br>
-I find it much more diffiult to get her into.
 
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