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May 9th, 2009, 06:44 PM
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Hi ladies! I was at a baby expo this morning and I came across a woman who makes her own Mei Tai wraps. I've never seen one before but I've fallen in love with it. I used a ring sling with DS and loved that too.

Tell me what you think are the advantages of the Mei Tai over the ring sling and vice versa. I think I'm going to order one, because it's always nice to have a second on hand. I like the ring sling because I will be able to nurse in that but the mei tai seemed way more comfortable.


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May 9th, 2009, 08:10 PM
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I don't like ring slings. Because of my hight they just never work right for me.

I Love my Mai Tei because its ajustable to the size of the person using it. DH and I can use the same one with no issues. I love that its versitile. Depending on my mood, or her mood, we can do a fron carry, a back carry, or a hip carry. When they're newborn they can be craddled.
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May 9th, 2009, 09:54 PM
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I just ordered a BabyHawk Mei Tai for my Mother's Day gift from my sweet BF He said "just pick out what you want" LOL

I will let ya know once I get it what I think of Mei Tai's. So far I have three wraps and a hotsling
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May 10th, 2009, 08:21 AM
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I dislike ring slings because I have a weak back and a ring sling puts all the weight on 1 shoulder. I end up very uncomfortable after about 30 minutes of wearing one and if I wear it for a couple of hours, I end up in pain for at least 24 hours afterwards.

I used to be able to wear my 2-year-old in my mei tai for literally 8-10 hours at a time and feel zero discomfort! I wore him on my back and since the mei tai distributes most of the weight thru my legs and hips, I end up tiring more quickly than usual (from carrying added weight), but I don't feel uncomfortable at all.

I've been using the Ergo front-carry with my new little one and I've found that I can't wear her for more than about 2-3 hours before my lower back starts aching. I think she's old enough now to try out the back carry with the mei tai, so I'm probably going to switch to that soon so that I can carry her longer without discomfort.

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May 10th, 2009, 08:43 AM
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Havent got one so cant say much but there is a good bit of info in our welcome thread.
I personally prefer the ring sling for nursing and new babies but find its good to have another type of carrier as well as they get older. The mei tai does look really nice, the main reason I havent bought one is Ian is already 9 months and our last child. The slings and my patapum work fine for us, and if i do get another carrier it will be the patapum toddler version.
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May 10th, 2009, 10:00 AM
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Mei Tai's are my favorite because to me it is the most comfortable to wear the longest. My youngest is 12 months and 24.5 lbs. I can wear him for hours and still be comfortable. It's easy to use, easy to nurse in, and doesn't make him too hot in the summer.
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May 10th, 2009, 10:10 AM
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I have a mei tai and I love it! I use my mei tai and wrap the most right now, but I always go for my mei tai first.
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May 10th, 2009, 10:47 AM
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I love my mei tai. I have no problem nursing my 1 year old in it either. Just loosen the straps enough to lower her and then use one hand to lift/hold the boob for her. I have done this while browsing in a shopping center. My girl takes her boob seriously and doesnt get too easily distracted. I found it discrete enough, between her head and my hand there was little to see.

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