When we found out that we were expecting, I knew 100% that I was buying an ergo360. For those of you who don’t know, Ergo is a brand of baby carriers and and the ergo360 means that you can carry your baby 4 different ways – front facing you, front facing forward, on your hip and on your back.
The reason why I knew I wanted one was because everyone had one! It was a no brainer for me. So for months before my due date I would scour the internet for sales and kept a watchful eye on all the babystore newsletters I’ve signed up for and for a deal on Amazon.ca. I bought one from Amazon.ca in the end.
When baby A arrived, I didn’t use it right away… I gave her at least a few weeks since she was so tiny. I was also scared to put her in the big bulky carrier (even though I also bought an infant insert). Of course, eventually I did use it and off we went walking on the few sunny days of winter that we had.
Recently, my husband and I have decided to go to Maui in May. And I knew I should bring my carrier for walks, or for times Ali doesn’t want to be put down and we need our hands free. She’s also getting bigger so just holding her with sheer arm strength is tiring to say the least. However, the ergo is a structured carrier, and it’s pretty bulky to take travelling, especially when we already have a ton of other things we need to bring. I’ve brought the ergo out before locally and it is a pain to pack it with all the Velcro and buckles and pads.
So the lighter and less things that we have to carry the better. I remembered my coworker taking her 4 month old baby to Europe and she bought a wrap carrier (all fabric) so that she didn’t have to lug around her structured one and because it was lighter it wasn’t so bad to bring around. Brilliant! So my hunt began for a wrap.
After a quick search…stretchy wraps came up quickly for light weight baby carriers… I wish someone would’ve told me about these before I gave birth because I bought one recently (daughter is on the smaller side) and I LOVE IT!!! I didn’t even get a fancy expensive one because I know I’ll outgrow it pretty fast (heard it starts hurting the back around 15/20 lbs and she’s almost 12lbs….) so I got the Maman Kangourou wrap because it was on sale at Babies R Us.
However, these wraps make you hot very quickly because you wrap it around your body a couple of times, which creates more layers. They’re great for the fall/winter/spring baby wearing, but we’re going to a tropical place. So it’s going to be hot. Plus we have the ergo, which is quite thick as well and keeps baby warm.
A lot of moms recommended a gauze fabric or special woven wraps for the summer. But after looking at a few YouTube videos about how to put one on…it was too intimidating. Then I saw a term in the babywearing forum that said ‘mai tai’ or more traditionally spelled ‘meh dai’ in Cantonese. That sounded familar to me, I remember my aunt using one on my younger cousins. It’s a traditional Chinese way of baby wearing. Traditional meh dai’s are sewn with a rectangular piece of cloth and four straps. Current ones also have four straps, but are made with more comfort in mind.
So I started googling again to see if I can find any local brands or local baby stores that would sell them so I can try it out. I could’ve also joined the babywearing lending library, but for those who know me. …I get super obsessed with something and I needed that item yesterday! So I couldn’t find any store that I could test out a modern mei dai, and I was too cheap to pay for the lending library to try out a meh dai…so I just decided to read as many reviews as I could and just dive right in and purchase one.
I found a couple of brands that weren’t overly expensive. (Oh that was the other thing about woven wraps, they’re crazy expensive because they’re hand woven! Crazy expensive as in a used one could still cost $300 to purchase! A little too rich for my blood). One brand was from a bigger American company, but the other brand was from Montreal. Made in Canada, with Canadian pricing and free shipping if you spend over a certain amount! BONUS because their meh Dai’s reached that $ for free shipping. They’re called Moa Po (website: www.moapo.ca). Another great thing about this online store was that they had fun modern fabrics and if you buy directly from them it’s at least $20 -$30 cdn cheaper that other online stores. So unless you absolutely want a specific fabric that’s not available on the Moa Po website and only available somewhere else… fine. Otherwise always buy direct, it’s cheaper! I’ll review the actual meh dai in another post as I didn’t find that many reviews out there for Moa Po and I want to promote made in Canada, and I’m not getting paid anything for this. Trust me. I’m just sharing my mommy experience and great products that worked for me!
Until next time!