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17 July 2009 @ 09:50 am
full or half buckle tai? or plain mei tai?  
Thanks everyone for providing SO MANY awesome answers to my last couple entries. I'm learning so much! But once again, questions lead to more questions ...

Speak to me about this -- what are you thoughts on mei tai variations:
* Normal mei tais?
* Half buckle tais?
* Full buckle tais?

I like the idea of the buckle tais for convenience, but am confused about the advantages of each -- especially the half buckle tais ... Thanks!
Little BuhNee: baby wearinglittlebuhnee on July 17th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
I prefer full for convenience's sake. Most of the time I'm using a carrier is when I'm running errands and need to get in and out of the car quickly, and it takes entirely too much time for me to tie and untie. :) I'll use a normal mei tai when time isn't a factor, but it rarely isn't. ;) Also, I seem to need to adjust a normal mei tai often as the knots shift as I move, a problem I don't really have with full buckle.

Edited at 2009-07-17 05:15 pm (UTC)
Katie Bugk_t_bug on July 17th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
I think having ties, whether all or half, makes it easier to support a smaller baby when the ties need to go behind their backs, not under their bum. We used a "normal" Kozy Karrier when Adeline was smaller and then graduated to a full-buckle Dream Carrier. It's hella more convenient!
Jenny: babywearingpinkjammastar on July 17th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
I prefer normal mei tais. I don't exactly know the differences between half and full buckle, but I have had a half buckle before, and I just wasn't fond of the buckle aspect. I thought it would be quicker and easier and more convenient, but I just found it to be more uncomfortable, so it wasn't worth any time I might save tying. That being said though, I know tons of people love buckles and SSCs; I just wasn't one of them. I prefer tying; I found it much more comfortable and still do and my DD is 16 months.
kirstenlj on July 17th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Once you're experienced with a mei tei it should take you all of 30 seconds to tie. The only real advantage I can imagine is that buckles might be easier to learn.

I use a SSC now because my son is 18 months old and I find it a lot easier to do back carries with it than with a mei tei, however when he was under a year and on my front, I preferred a mei tei. It honestly did not take any less time to put on than any buckle carrier.

The other advantage of a normal mei tei is that you don't need to adjust it between people. My husband and I would go out and just take one Babyhawk. If we wanted to use SSCs we'd have to spend time readjusting the length of the straps etc.
MJincipience229 on July 18th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
i had the tie kind, it was ok, i did get really fast at tying it up, but i didn't like when it was wet outside and inevitably, i'd drop the end of one of the straps in a puddle! haha

now i prefer the full buckles because i have a toddler and she's squirmy!! not to mention, with the buckles, i just had to adjust it once and now i just put it on and always have the right fit. (well, unless i put her on my front cause i'm preggo now- but 99% of the time now she prefers to be on my back anyways!)

neurotic_orchidneurotic_orchid on July 18th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
When I was used to the mei tai and first got a full buckle tai, I wanted to run back to my mei tai. But once I got use to the buckle tai, I decided it was much easier, quicker, and created a more comfortable, consistently good fit. I would use a mei tai for a newborn but would graduate quickly to a Beco or something similar. I love them all, though.