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ABOUT: A Meh Dai (Beh Dai) Baby Carrier

A Meh Dai is a baby carrier that has a lot of fit flexibility and is easy to use.  Due to tying off the shoulder and waist straps. it is a great family (or multi-wearer) option.  Here is everything you need to know about meh dai’s!

What is a Meh Dai?
Originating in Asia the Meh Dai (Cantonese), also referred to as a Beh Dai (Mandarin) is a baby carrier that has a back panel and tie off shoulder straps and waist straps.  As you tie off to fit your body, there is a lot more flexibility compared to carriers that have limited strap options.

In front carry, you cross the shoulder straps on your back which is helpful with a different weight distribution and for anyone that has narrow or sloping shoulders.

What is it made from?
Depending on the brand – Meh Dai’s can be made from canvas or woven wrap material.  Cotton is the most common in both canvas and woven wrap but woven wrap can also include blends such as bamboo, linen etc.

What carries can I do?
You can wear your baby in a front (inward facing), back or hip carry depending on their developmental ability.  The beauty of the Meh Dai is that you can tie the straps off in different ways to make it as comfortable (and pretty) as you would like!

What sizes are available?
Most brands have a baby and toddler/preschool size available.

When can I start using it with my baby?
With an adjustable Meh Dai’s (eg one that you can fit in width and/or height for your baby) – you can start wearing your baby from newborn (usually 3.5kg).

Other Meh Dai’s that aren’t adjustable in height and weight can be used from  4-6 months depending on the fit for your baby.  If in doubt, have a look at manufacture recommendations.

How long does it last for?
Baby size usually last for 1-3 years (up to 15kg) and you can use the shoulder strap to add additional seat width which is amazing!
Toddler size, you can use from approximately 1-2 years to 3-5 years (up to 20-30kg depending on the brand).

Miss 2 weeks in our Fidella Meh Dai (Flytai) Baby Size

 

 

 

 Miss 2.5 years in our Fidella Meh Dai (Flytai) Toddler Size

 


Are there different types of shoulder straps?

Yes!  With a woven wrap Meh Dai – the shoulder straps are wide straps that you can spread over your shoulders with or without padding.
With a canvas Meh Dai – the shoulder straps are usually thinner and padded.

Are there different types of waist straps?
Same as above however the waist strap is thinner with or without padding.  This is so you know which strap you are undoing when you are taking baby out (a nice safety feature).

What does reinforcing the carry mean?
An amazing part of Meh Dai’s is you can tie off under/over your baby depending on their development.  If you tie off the shoulder straps under your baby’s bum, there is no pressure on their developing spine and allows for better airflow.

When your baby gets bigger, you can reinforce the carry by tying off the shoulder straps over their back and under their opposite knee which helps with weight distribution and keeping your baby secure.  This is especially useful in back carry.

Miss 3 months with the straps tied off under her bum, you can see there is no pressure on her back and airflow from the sides.

 

 

 

 

Miss 9 months in a back carry that is reinforced.  Keeps her secure and distributes her weight.

 

What does apron/non-apron mean?
Apron means you wear the waist belt higher than other carriers as the fabric hangs down like an apron.  The benefit is that it hammocks your baby, can shorten the back panel and sits higher so is great if you have any c-section issues or just prefer it higher.
Non-apron is where the fabric hangs over the waist belt and usually sits lower than apron.

Will it suit my body type?
Yes!  As you tie off the shoulder and waist straps, it will fit your body perfectly and they are generous in their strap length so tend to fit a wide variety of body types.

Is it good for multiple wearers?
Absolutely!  There is no adjusting between wearers as you tie it off to fit your body.  Due to this, it makes a great family carrier.

Is it hard to use?
It’s much easier than a woven wrap but does require some skill as you need to tighten it yourself and keep the tension while tightening so it is safe for your baby.  Still it doesn’t take long to master it!

Can I breastfeed in it?
Yes!  You just loosen the the shoulder and waist straps and position baby at boob height to feed.  I always recommend mastering babywearing and breastfeeding separately before you look at combining them.

Advantages:

  • Most suitable from newborn to toddler
  • Fits a range of body types
  • Easy to use between multiple wearers
  • Allows for optimal positioning for your baby
  • Is a lot easier than a woven wrap
  • You can use the shoulder straps to extend the width of the seat so it feels more comfortable for you and your baby longer term
  • The waist strap isn’t as structured as a full buckle so will mold to you better and feel more comfortable
  • Versatile in terms of carrying, fit and options

Disadvantages:

  • Requires some skill to tighten yourself
  • Canvas Meh Dai’s may not mold to your baby as well
  • The shoulder straps are long so can get dirty when you are putting it on out and about
  • Takes a little longer to put on than a soft structured (full buckle) baby carrier

Brands of Meh Dai
Meh Dai brands include Fidella, Kokadi, Ankalia, Didymos, Neko and so many more.  Each has different adjustability options, strap length, material and sizes – picking one is based upon your needs and which design you like best.

If you have any questions about Meh Dai baby carriers please PM me or contact me at info@babywearingandyou.com.au

To see our full range head to: Meh Dai & Half Buckles

Enjoy those babywearing snuggles,

Kylie
Certified Babywearing Consultant
Kangatraining Instructor