The next carrier I’ve decided to review for my series on Babywearing is the Didytai Mei Tai carrier. A Didytai is considered a Wrap Conversion because it is made from a Wrap material.
What does Mei Tai mean?
A Mei Tai (pronounced “may tie”) is a generic term for a type of baby carrier. Generally it’s a square shaped body with straps on all four corners. The traditional Mei Tai has it’s roots from Asia. It’s simplistic design has become popular in the West and allows a baby to be worn on the back and front.
What is a DidyTai?
A DidyTai is a Mei Tai made from wrap material. The wraps are made from Didymos and come in a variety of designs and colors. The DidyTai in particular, is made to fit many sizes of moms and babies. The wrap straps are long and can be tied in a way that is comfortable for both mom and baby.
The following are pros for the DidyTai:
- Wrap is cool looking. Okay I have to admit this is a little silly, but it really is! It reminds me of my punk/ska roots. I feel cool wearing this wrap and it’s a design that works for a boy or girl.
- Wrap is comfortable and soft.This wrap was pretty floppy (meaning soft and comfy). It also didn’t feel too warm when wearing pumpkin in it.
- Ease of use Wrapping with a wrap seems very difficult to me, but a Mei Tai makes it really simple. Once you learn how to tie the straps, it’s pretty easy to get a baby in the carrier.
- Easy Storage Because there are no buckles, the DidyTai is extremely easy to store and take with you on the go. I think it’s too bulky to go in a diaper bag, but it’s definitely lightweight and easy to take on the go.
And here are the cons to the DidyTai:
- No padding. There isn’t any padding on the shoulders or waist. I can do without the waist padding, but it definitely limits the amount of time I can wear pumpkin without any padding on the shoulders.
- Learning curve to useI watched many Youtube videos to learn how to use the carrier. A buckle carrier is much easier to use. If the baby is fussy, you want to be able to get the baby in the carrier as fast as possible. This probably gets better with more practice.
In the end, the DidyTai did not work out for us. I couldn’t get pumpkin high enough on me to make it comfortable. I also felt like the back was too short on her. I love the way it looks, but in the end it just wasn’t practical enough to keep.