Didymos | Didytai Lisca Viola | Wrap Conversion Mei Tai WCMT | Review

 

This carrier is:

  • Didymos brand.
  • Mei Tai (an Asian-style carrier).
  • Wrap conversion mei tai (WCMT), meaning sewn from a woven wrap.
  • Manufacturer made (the same manufacturer who weaves and sells the woven wraps, sews and sells these carriers).
  • 100% cotton.
  • Lisca is the name of the weave.
  • Viola is the name of the color.

Words I would use to describe this carrier:

  • ultra-soft
  • cushy
  • cuddly
  • squishy
  • luxurious
  • versatile
  • smooth
  • slippery

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Of all the mei tais I have tried, the Didytai stands out for having the most luxurious fabrics.  Didymos is a long-standing brand (since 1972).  Their expertise is in the fabric itself. Someone once asked me, “Can’t you just buy fabric at the store and sew a baby carrier?”  Well, you can. And many people do. But you can’t buy THIS fabric at the store. The sheer variety, incredibly quality, and vast beauty of Didymos woven wrap fabrics is incomparable in the woven wrap world thus far, in my opinion.

The texture and fabric qualities of each Didytai are as varied as the woven wraps they are made from. Not every baby carrier fabric becomes soft. Not every one will hold up to decades of use and washing. Didymos will. And the Didytai will as well.

ABOUT LISCA VIOLA

I have tried perhaps ten different Didytai’s by now. Lisca is a the herringbone pattern weave that Didymos has made in many colors. The different colors vary in thickness. The thicker Liscas are more supportive for a heavier baby. The thinner Liscas are suitable for a newborn, but tend to sag and stretch with a heavier baby. It is the weave itself that has such give and stretch to it.

I have owned Lisca Karabik, Pastell, Grigio, Viola, and Rosso, in Didytai form. I listed them in order from thickest to thinnest, based on how they felt in-use.

The Lisca weave is by FAR the softest, squishiest, cuddliest woven wrap fabric I’ve touched.  If it was cheaper, I would buy a bunch of them, stitch them together, and cuddle under them all day.

The stretch in the fabric was more than I was expecting, given that I am a linen-lover and linen is pretty much the opposite of Lisca. Linen tends to be textured, rough, grippy, sturdy, rock solid, and unflinchingly strong. I absolutely adored the thicker Lisca Didytais (Karabik, Pastel, Grigio) when my baby was about 2-4 months old. Once he reached fifteen pounds or so, the sag was too much for my taste, and I wanted something a bit sturdier.

The thinner Liscas I owned (Viola and Rosso), I only tried on once my baby was born, and the thinnest and sag was too much even at the 10lb he weighed at birth. But this is really personal preference, as many people use Liscas for toddlers, especially in multi-pass carries.

Viola is a perfectly plum purple color that even someone like myself who prefers neutrals, blues, and greens, can enjoy. The threads are purple as the primary, with red and orange in the weave also. If my baby boy had been a girl, this would have been one of my favorites!

SIZING

Didytai only comes in one size.

  • Best for about 2/3 months old through about 18 months old.
  • I personally found my newborn to slump inside the body panel until he was 4-6 weeks old and had more trunk control.
  • I personally found my two year old was too big. I was able to make it fit “in a pinch” by completely changing how I put the mei tai on. I would personally not purchase a Didytai for a child older than 18 months.
  • In the photos of Grigio in this post, my baby is about three months old. (Note: Generally speaking, babies should be worn on the back only once they are old enough to sit up unassisted. For experienced wearers, or wearers with help from babywearing educators to ensure safety, infants can be worn on the back in a high-back carry, in a woven wrap – never stretchy wrap – or wrap conversion mei tai – never buckle/soft structured carrier. In my photos, my baby is still a bit low, and should have his face more on top of my neck).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cinchable base in the body panel allows adjustment of the body width for for smaller / larger children.
  • The most beautiful, luxurious fabrics of them all. The sheer variety of appearance and wrapping qualities of Didymos woven wraps is a significant part of what the brand is known for. The variety and beauty of Didymos woven wraps are available in mei tai form with the DidyTai.
  • Didymos has been making baby carriers since 1972!
  • Some DidyTai fabrics are “standard line” that have been in production for many years, and are easy to find new or used. Others are limited edition, only available used, and may come up for sale rarely.
  • Most Didytai are made from Didymos 100% cotton wraps. A few limited edition Didytais were made from fiber blends such as linen, alpaca, or silk, but almost all are 100% cotton.

CONSIDERATIONS

  • Each different fabric of a DidyTai will have different characteristics such as breathability, support, texture, thickness, – just like the woven wraps they are made from.  Even different colors of the same weave can have different characteristics.
  • Straps are medium length within the range of mei tais. My husband is six foot and wears size XXL shirts; he could not wrap the straps in the reinforcing pass and had to tie off under baby’s bum.
  • Hood is short and functions like a head rest. This is perfect as neck support for a small baby or after baby falls asleep. It isn’t large enough to shield a baby’s head from the sun, or to shield them from looking around.
  • Without a structured, padded waistband, it is possible for the waist straps to become uncomfortable for the wearer as the ties can press into the waist and hip area.

MEASUREMENTS – BODY

Body Panel Structure – completely unstructured and floppy, no defined height

Body Panel Width – 16″ wide, cinches to 6″ wide

Body Panel Height – 19″ tall including U-shaped base, fits more like 14″-16″ usable height, depending on how it is worn

MEASUREMENTS – WAIST

Waist Band Structure – completely unstructured, no defined waist, double layer of fabric throughout

Waist Band Height – 4″ tall / wide

Waist Band Length – 34″ from where body panel ends, to end of one side (making a total of 84″ of waist belt from end to end)

MEASUREMENTS – SHOULDER STRAPS

Shoulder Strap Structure – Single layer of fabric, unpadded wrap strap style shoulders

Shoulder Strap Width – 11″

Shoulder Strap Length – 80″ long from shoulder to short taper, 82″ long from shoulder to long taper

MEASUREMENTS – HOOD

Hood Style – double layer, cinching, extra small, folds in half to make a head rest or unfolds to make a too-short hood

Hood Height – 7″

Hood Width – 11″

We would be thrilled if you would add YOUR OWN review of this carrier! Reader reviews located at the end of the post near the comments section.

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