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My ds is 8 months old and I am looking for a new baby carrier. So far, I have just used mainstream carriers (sling rider, bjorn, hip hammock) and wanted to try something new. I like the idea of the Mei Tai but nowhere in my area sells them. I would really like to try one on before I buy.

Mei Tai owners - Do you love it?
Or should I be looking at purchasing something else.

My dh is going to kill me with all of these carriers I am buying. Has anybody had experience sewing one themselves?
 

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First thing I suggest is selling your other carriers on eBay and using the funds to try a soft carrier.
Soft carriers are all very different to different people.

However, most people who like the structured carriers tend to prefer MT's, they are the same *idea* but MUCH more comfortable for you and baby. Also, if you still want a structured carrier, but soft, look into an Ergo.

Check out thebabywearer.com, if you haven't already, for LOADS of info on all types of carriers. Ive tried ring slings, pouches, wraps and for me, I like MTs the best. Good luck.. the world of BW is a fun, exhausting, exciting one!
 

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I've sold the carriers that dd has outgrown, a pouch, baby bjorn, etc. to fund new carriers.

Do you have a NINO group in your area? You can go to www.nineinnineout.org and check for locations.

As far as trying a MT, I think what one person likes, another might not. MTs have different heights, and different widths so what works for one mom and babe might not work for another.

www.attachedtobaby.com has great customer service and a pretty good return policy if the mt doesn't work for you.

also if you are wanted more mainstream looking carriers, you can try the ergo.
 

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I love my mei tai... and I made it myself. When DS got heavier (like almost 20lb), I wished I'd made it with more padding and a little wider, but it cost me all of $5 to make. I used this site for my pattern.
 

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Originally Posted by Kannon99
I love my mei tai... and I made it myself. When DS got heavier (like almost 20lb), I wished I'd made it with more padding and a little wider, but it cost me all of $5 to make. I used this site for my pattern.
I would love a Mei Tai pattern but I can't seem to find it on the site you posted . .
 

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Originally Posted by ani'smommy
I would love a Mei Tai pattern but I can't seem to find it on the site you posted . .
at the top of the page, click on baby crafts.
 

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I think Mei Tai's are great but since you've been using the commercial carriers, you might find the Ergo to be a bit more friendly to use. But if you're ready to get downright dug deep (I have no idea where that just came from
: ) then a MT would be great. My big thing about it is that I don't like getting the straps dirty. So it's hard for me to use out in public. Yes, I actually have "house" carriers and "public" carriers
 

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Where in MN are you? There is a Twin Cities NINO group...

I love my MTs. Especially for backcarries. I have a 2.5 year old so I've never tried a front carry, except for today with a 3 months old-it worked well, but was harder (for me) to tie-just not used to it. MTs are way more comfy than the Bjorn I had.

Check out thebabywearer.com for more info, and they have a good FSOT board so you could try one out and see if it's for you. If it's not, you can always sell it.
 

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I love my MT carriers. Dh has his own and also loves it. They are SO comfy, even to carry my 24 pound 7 month old. I can also carry my 35 pounder and my 50 pounder comfortably (although they don't want to be worn anymore).

IMO, they are a pain in the butt to make, and I use heavier fabrics and padding so it costs closer to $15-20 for my supplies.
 

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I have thought about going to the MN NINO group. But I am just too busy. Even though I am a SAHM, my husband and I are starting a preschool and it just keeps getting busier. NINO's last meeting was yesterday and at my almer mater - Hamline.
I would be nice to talk to babywearers face to face instead of online!!
 

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I checked out the ergo online. It is very cool but OMG!!! $92.00! That is just too expensive for me. I might have to look for a used one.

So, I am not afraid of getting all crunchy and buying a Mei Tai. Do you think the Ergo would be easier/faster to use? I really like the flexibility of the Mei Tai -front, hip, back carry. And I like the pretty pattern options. I am a little unsure of the straps all around my body - (I might feel like I'm in a S & M video or something
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I like the idea of something that I can quickly and easily put my ds in and wear it comfortably. Right now I pretty much grab him and carry him myself because it is quick and easy and all my other carriers are uncomfortable and hurt my back. My ds is 20 lbs and becoming quite a wiggle worm.
 

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there are a couple of online places that sell used ergos. attachedtobaby.com and the other is http://www.myfavoritebabycarrier.com/used.html oh I found one more http://www.the-ergo-lady.com/specials.html you can also try fsot here and att tbw,

I can get babe "tied up and on" in about 30 seconds.

the one thing that was difficult for me, was wearing dd in the front. Its hard to clip the chest belt int the back. and being largewr chested found it difficult to nuse in.
 
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