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    ME TOO!! Seriously...I can't tell you how much I am enjoying BWing again, thanks to this board. I had fallen into a stroller rut once she got to be a toddler...so glad to be out of it! ETA: I also like this board because I finally see the possibility in sight again of getting my crowns, haha.

    I have a question about the Mei Tai, though...in all honesty, at this bigger toddler stage especially, what would be the reason that would cause you to grab a Mei Tai over an SSC? In my limited experience with Mei Tais, it seems that they are really just a less comfortable, less convenient version of the same basic type of carrier (although more adjustable, so I can see the benefit for smaller babies) But if there are other differences that make a Mei Tai preferable in certain situations, I'd love to hear them! I still have two that I made and almost never use...although as I mentioned somewhere else on here, I definitely did not make the straps comfy enough. Live and learn...
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    Leigh, I have to say, the mei tai wins for me right now because of pregnancy! I can't wear the Ergo above my belly (well, I can't imagine that I can!), so being able to use the mei tai makes it a total winner for me! That said... we otherwise only use the Ergo too... and I think it is largely because of the ease of portability of the Ergo (vs the long straps of the mei tai) that make it more preferable. The only other thing I can think of... I think the Baby Hawk especially has a very high body... so it would be good for a back carry + sleeping. I tried to get Beni as deeply into the mei tai as I could today because I wanted her to sleep back there... and she ended up with a floppy head. Personally, I find the hood on the Ergo to be really small and restrictive to pull over a sleeping toddler's head to try to keep it from lolling right back. But, your mei tai has to have a tall body for this to make a difference.
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    For me I don't have a SSC, so the mei tei is my only back carry option. I also need a new mei tei because the straps on mine are too short and I have to do the dodgiest back carries, but thats about all I do lately (you would be proud Jackie, I can even throw him up there with some skill, though not as much as you)
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    Ah yes, I can see how it would be really helpful if you need some flexibility in where the straps hit (like with pregnancy). The lolling head issue I can see too, but neither of the mei tais I made are any better for that than the Ergo--probably worse.

    Thanks for the perspectives! I think for us we'll probably be sticking with the Ergo, but now at least I know what to tell people when I'm recommending babywearing
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    Wendy, are you able to tie under his butt when in a back carry? That's perfectly fine, especially at this age!

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    I am working on it, just have trouble trying to do it in the mirror or without finding where everything goes backwards. I've got something working for me he hasn't fallen out yet and is pretty comfy up there. He may have to go up in it on Saturday as we are travelling for a family party but have a few other things on, one is my Nanna going up in a plane, you really think he will stand safely at an airfield.

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