Mei Tai Baby Carrier

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I’ve been wanting to make a new carrier for MB for a long time, and I finally found the pattern I wanted on sale at Hancock’s over Labor Day weekend.  It was my first time in a Hancock’s in AGES, and I only had about 30 minutes before closing time!  What a fantastic store!  But I found my pattern, for $.99 (!), and this fabric, a 50-inch decorator cotton that I adore for 60% off.  The pattern only called for 1 and 3/4 yards, and along with the fleece I got from JoAnn’s and some thread I already had, this project probably cost around $10.  It went very fast, too.  It took about an hour to cut it out, and would probably take only a few hours to sew.  It took me 4 hours with frequent breaks to nurse and amuse my little one.  It’s a very easy project that’s totally doable for all levels, although it helps to have sewn from a McCall’s pattern before.  I have a detailed review of the pattern on patternreview.com ( http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=43759 ).  I warn you: do not visit this site unless you have hours to kill.  The “Review Gallery” will suck you in, I kid you not.  Some of the projects are amazing.  This is also a great site if you’re planning on getting a new machine, as they review machines, too.  Be sure, if you go there, to add your own reviews and pics of patterns you’ve worked from and machine’s you’ve worked on.

As I was sewing, I wondered whether the carrier would work very well for me, and now that I’ve had a chance to try it, I LOVE it.  This style of carrier is extremely comfortable, for both M and for me.  I can also put L in it on my back, which is great since he would honestly crawl inside my skin if he could (the child is more than a little attached).  I definitely recommend one of these carriers — I believe it’s called a mei tai — whether you make it or buy it.  I’d like to note there are a number of manufactured carriers that tout themselves as this type, but the kind I recommend is one that is basically a pocket for baby with ties that go around the stomach/hips and around the shoulders to tie underneath baby’s bum.  This type of carrier feels different from carriers like a Snuggly or Bjorn.  M feels much closer and more secure in this carrier to me, I think because of that under-the-bum tie and the way her legs sort of wrap around me.

I’d also like to note that the picture above was taken pretty soon after I woke up.  Don’t look too closely, and please ignore the fact that I’m wearing one of my husband’s shirts.  Just focus on the adorable baby and the beautiful fabric.  Thanks.

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