Saturday, March 1, 2008

Newest Addition: Soft Structured Mei Tai Hybrid

I combined the ease and supportiveness of a structured buckle waist with mei tai straps with this hybrid.

I found I was using my Ergo more and more because I like the supportiveness of the structured waist. There are some drawbacks, however. I can never get the chest strap where I want it in a front carry and it's a pain to adjust the shoulder strap buckles. Enter MT straps with a structured waist DIY! Now I have the supportive waist plus the adjustability of tied straps. The straps are a chocolate brown canvas and I backed it with chocolate brown baby cord. The body also has an inside layer of canvas and is padded with one layer of cotton batting. I added seat darts as well. The structured waist was made with one layer of high density foam cut from a camping mat. The mat was around $6 at Wal-Mart and I probably have enough to make 5 or 6 more.

Can I just say this thing is amazing! It really hugs my babies in close and literally I feel nothing on my shoulders in a back carry. It's like they are glued to my back. I think this is because the straps also provide a lot of support when they are twisted or crossed at the baby's back: something a traditional SSC lacks.

Sorry I don't have time for a tutorial right now, but if you can make a MT, this really isn't that much different. The waist takes a little bit of time, but if you already own an SSC you can study it to see how the waist band is sewn and attached and replicate it.


Leigh Anne said...

Thanks for posting this DIY hybrid. I had ideas about making one like this because I don't like the shoulder straps of my Ergo as much but I do love the waist belt. I will try this for my next carriers.

Leigh Anne
Soddy Daisy, TN

itmightbe said...

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Megan said...

One question - are the shoulder straps regular MT straps or do they have buckles? I've been thinking of doing something like this for the past few months (just had my 2nd baby 1 month ago). I find tying knots in my MT that I made for baby #1 too fiddly for popping in and out all day long, but it's the top straps that I fiddle with most frequently; been imagining how to arrange them with buckles but haven't made lots of progress.