My babywearing journey: discovering the Mei Tai carrier and Rebozo wrap

I have been baby wearing for close to 9 months now.  Up until Taylor was 6 months old, all I had ever tried were my trusty ring slings and Moby wrap.  Once she was able to sit up on her own I decided to try out carriers and wraps that would allow me to carry her on my back.  Being the thrifty person I am I searched the web to see if I could find DIY tutorials.

My first project was a Mei Tai.  Here are some pictures of two carriers that I made.

Sunset Strip Mei Tai
Cool Stripe Mei Tai

I do love them, but also wanted to try out the long, woven baby wraps that I see seasoned babywearers rocking.  Before I had a chance to make one, a friend of mine requested a custom order for a Rebozo.  Silly me didn’t understand her request since I thought Rebozo’s were limited to midwives and birthing women.  After searching the net once more I learned that I was mistaken.  Short wraps make great baby carriers too.  They just require a bit more width than the longer ones.

After making the wrap for my friend, I had to take it for a test drive.  I couldn’t possibly send it to her without checking it’s durability ­čśë  Here are some pictures…

Simple sling tied with a knot
 Ruck tied under bum
 Double Rebozo tied at shoulder

Needless to say I am hooked on woven wraps!  I can’t wait to make a short and long one for myself.  I am finding that babywearing gear is a lot like shoes.  I couldn’t possibly limit myself to one since each one has a specific purpose depending on the activity that I am doing.  No, I must try them all!

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