Now, this is hypothetical still, but it seems to me that the ring sling is going to be great for quick errands. Steve and I have decided not to get the infant car seat/baby bucket, and are instead going to use a convertible carseat from day 1. This means that we have to hold Squirt every time we get out of the car, which will be infinitely easier with a carrier like a ring sling.
I also bought a Beco a few months ago, because I wanted a more structured carrier that would work for my long walks, and that Steve would also like to use. I wanted something really easy to use on my back, too, for doing chores around the house.
But then I decided that I also wanted a mei tai carrier. It is almost a halfway point between a wrap and a soft strucutred carrier like the Beco. I wanted something more supportive than a wrap or ring sling, but less structured than a Beco. I also wanted to be able to nurse in it easily, and since there is no fabric between you and the baby with a mei tai, breastfeeding is pretty simple. However, I decided to make my own instead of buying one. I wanted it to be reversible and have well padded straps, and frankly, I wasn’t willing to pay what that would cost me from an online store. Another bonus, of course, is that I got to pick the fabric. 🙂
So after some online searches, I found this tutorial on how to sew a Scandi Mei Tai. I altered it just a tiny bit so that it is reversible. The directions are kind of complicated, but they make a lot more sense as you go along with them and see what you are actually doing. I was surprised by a) how awesome this turned out and b) how quickly it came together. And by quick I mean I probably worked on it for 12 – 14 hours, not counting buying, washing, ironing, and cutting the fabric. This is certainly a more advanced sewing project; I definitely used some new techniques. But if you are a somewhat experienced seamstress, it isn’t too hard.
It does look really good, and I am thrilled with the results. Since mei tais are good to use from newborn on top to toddler, I am glad that this mei tai is quite sturdily constructed. Just a few more months and we’ll get to try it with Squirt!