Mei Tai

Thanks to Vicki from AnotherSewingScientist’s suggestion to use a Mei Tai to carry Kaylee around, I made a Mei Tai using varies scrapes from my stash :

Ties are from excessive curtains, the body is from some scrapes my friends left after sewing parties, and padding is poly felt from some failed photo background attempts 4 years ago. It does pay to be an obsessive fabric horder sometimes — you never know when you might need to do a project and doesnt have time to venture out for new fabric!.

I pretty much just made it up as I went, as it is extremely simple. But I did take a look at a tutorial and how to wear to get an idea of how I want it to look like. I made it a little too short for Kaylee. In the photo her leg is frogged instead of sticking out, so she is sitting taller, and her head isnt completely restrained by the Meitai (only half of the head is restrained, not as much as I would like). So I have to be careful to make sure her neck doesnt fall backwards. But if I can get her to sit instead of squat in there, this wont be an issue.

However, she’s soundly asleep on my in the meitai as I am typing up this post (after a crying session), so I am calling this a success!

13 thoughts on “Mei Tai

  1. Beautiful MEI TAI, I would like to add that for baby This position is not safe for backbone, the mei belts should cross under the bottom and tied in the yours back was to provide support. perhaps is useful link pictures:) http://wonderosa.net/2011/01/24/jauns-mei-tai-slings-new-mei-tai-carrier/ and here http://wonderosa.net/2010/12/03/mei-tai-slings-esmu-sajusma-mei-tai-sling/ – it is from German physiotherapist and sling specialists recommendation.
    Wish You a nice day for yours family and You:)

  2. Wow, that was fast work! Nice to have all the materials on hand (and be organized enough to get the sewing time in when you have a new baby – something I never was able to do). Glad it was a helpful hint; some things people tell you to do with your baby are not worth listening to…..oh, the free advice you have to cheerfully ignore! 😉

  3. I love my (not homemade) mei tai for my 4 month old and at this age you don’t want feet sticking out. Frogging of the feet works fine, you just need to get the baby’s bottom all the way down into the bottom of the carrier. It gets easier with practice, but I do recommend checking out thebabywearer.com as they have a ton of great information on babywearing. Also if you’re worried about your daughter’s head, consider a headrest like you see with BabyHawks (not affiliated, just a happy customer). I don’t know if you can add it to your existing mei tai, but would be easy to include on any others you make. Best of luck!

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