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I bought a beautiful Mei Tai carrier on ebay. It is homemade... this is the description...<br><br><i>This Asian inspired baby carrier is made from paisley (olive, green, tan and black) print twill with a slight stretch, the straps are black twill. This carrier is reversible the same print is on both sides. Shoulder Straps are approximately 4 inches wide and 55 inches long, lightly padded at the shoulders, padding sewn in to avoid shifting and bunching . The waist strap is also approximately 4 inches wide and 63 inches long including the body of the mei tai. The body of the carrier is 14 inches wide by 17 inches long.</i><br><br>
We are havign a little bit of trouble with it and I'm hoping someone here can give me some suggestions/solutions. The carrier seems to cut into the back of Teaghan's thighs/knees when she is on my back. She is about 33" tall and weighs about 25lbs. I love carrying her in it but I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong or if maybe this isn't the right carrier for me. I got it for about $25, didn't want to spend much more until I found out if babywearing was going to work for us. It will I think if I can just work the bugs out...<br><br>
I'm hoping to meet someone in my area who is knowledgable about Mei Tais but in the meantime hoping someone on MDc can help us...<br>
Would welcome any ideas.. I really want to be a babywearing mama!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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this is a common complaint with mei tais. the one you got is on the smaller side (width-wise), so it is possible that a wider one would keep her legs spread wider and reduce the pressure on the thighs. Also, are you tying it on apron-style or not? I find the non-apron-style to produce more pressure on the legs. Another option might be to lay something soft across the interior of the carrier where her legs will be before putting her in it (maybe a Chinese prefold folded in half or a receiving blanket?) to provide a cushion.<br><br>
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thank you! that does help.. at least i know it's not just us.. and it can be a common problem.<br>
will try something in it to help pad her legs. she has super chunk thighs so we'll see.<br><br>
thanks!
 
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