Archive for the ‘mei tai’ Category

Susie and Ryan in a Ball Baby Overall mei tai, circa 2006

Celebrate International Babywearing Week by making your own faux Ball Baby Overall mei tai with us on Wednesday, October 12, from 10a.m. to noon at the Hancock Fabrics store on Hwy. 280. Basic sewing skills are needed. This project involves some straight seams, but there are no zippers, buttons, rings or other hardware to install. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Click here for all the details and to register.


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At the 2010 International Babywearing Conference in Rigby, Idaho

Mandy and I went to Rigby, Idaho, June 8-12 for the 2010 International Babywearing Conference. We learned a lot and met a lot of interesting and inspirational babywearers. (And we came back with a lot of swag to share with our members!)

Here are some posts from around the web to give you a taste of the conference as well as some of the important information shared:

Inspirational post by a babywearing dad who got help at the conference. What does babywearing mean for parents and their children? Why do we volunteer to help people with babywearing? Read this!

Article about carseats by Jan at Sleeping Baby Productions based on the all-conference session by M’Liss Stelzer. Very important information!

Traditional babywearing, and museum exhibit of traditional and modern baby carriers, from Beltway Babywearers, our sister BWI chapter in the Washington, DC, area. Lots of great pictures from the museum display!

IBC 2010 post 1 from Beltway Babywearers.

IBC 2010 post 2 from Beltway Babywearers.

Idaho Babywearers post about conference attendees trip to Yellowstone National Park. And don’t miss the immediately prior posts about the medical panel, the Dutch Oven dinner (complete with cowboy band, rodeo queens, hula hooping, and celebrity babywearers), keynote speaker Kelley Mason (who sparked a babywearing revolution in the U.S. when she founded the Kozy Carrier company) and observations about the conference and the role of babywearing as “the fabric of a global community,” the theme of the conference.

The next International Babywearing Conference will be in San Diego in 2011, and after that, the Beltway Babywearers will take it to DC for 2012.

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If you’re a Do-It-Yourselfer, there are plenty of good tutorials, patterns, and instructions for making baby carriers. Many require basic sewing skills and some are more advanced. Making a mei tai with padded straps has generally been considered a bit advanced, or at least a bit “involved,” and one reason is that getting the padding into the sewn mei tai straps requires the assitance of tiny little fairies is tedious.

Well, it doesn’t have to be.

Thank Diana from Bucureşti, România, for giving you the Diana Mei Tai Applicator. (You will need a free membership at TheBabywearer.com to follow the link. If you don’t already have one, you need one anyway. 🙂 ) The DMTA is made from folded and cut cardboard with a clever little notch in the end. She posted complete photo instructions for your mei tai strap padding pleasure.


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Luxurious mei tais are all the rage among babywearing devotees, and some of the most popular mei tais today start off as woven wraparound slings. These are so popular that they can often be hard to find, as the demand is very high and the supply … well, this is custom work. If you’re a DIYer, though, you can do your own wrap-to-mei tai conversion. Check out Dr. Dawn Berta’s tutorial about converting a wraparound sling into a mei tai.

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With the recent Beco and Ellaroo recalls, sling safety has been on my mind and the minds of many babywearers.  At Magic City Slingers meetings, and in our internet presence as well, we try to promote safe babywearing practices.  For example, we try to raise awareness about positioning newborns so that their airways remain open and unobstructed.  Now is a good time to think about what makes a particular sling more or less risky than another sling.

I think it’s helpful to think of babywearing as a skill rather than as a function of a particular baby carrier.  There are lots of parenting skills … diapering, burping, feeding, bathing … pretty much everything you do with a baby involves skill, so it’s no stretch to think of babywearing as another baby-care skill.  Thinking of it this way, to me, helps remind us that we as caregivers are the most important factor in babywearing — not the sling, which is just a tool.  Nevertheless, slings are essential tools, and we need them to work properly.  So on with some nuts-and-bolts comments about sling safety. (more…)

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Our readers who aren’t from Birmingham may not be aware of how significant our Greek population is.   (Here’s a great article on the connection between the Magic City and the Greek village of Tsitalia.)  That’s just one more excuse for us to love this Greek babywearing website with photo and video instructions for just about any carry you could think of with a pouch, ring sling, mei tai, or wrap.  Don’t skip it just because you don’t read Greek!

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