Didymos | Didytai Peacock Eye | 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.
  • Peacock Eye is the name of the weave and color.

Words I would use to describe this carrier:

  • soft
  • cushy
  • cuddly
  • squishy
  • luxurious
  • versatile
  • thick

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ABOUT DIDYTAI

Didymos is a German brand that makes woven wraps. Some of their wraps, they also sew / convert into mei tais , also called wrap conversion mei tais. All Didytai are made at the manufacturer, Didymos, and have basically the same structure and measurements. They wraps used to make Didytai are usually 100% cotton, although a few limited editions exist in other fiber blends. The wrapping qualities of the finished mei tai will take on those of the wraps they are sewn from. So while all Didytai will be approximately the same size, they will feel different when worn, depending on which wrap they are made from.

ABOUT PEACOCK EYE

This Didytai is Peacock Eye, sometimes called Peacock Eye original, since a subsequent wrap of the same pattern was released in a different color. That second release is called Emerald Peacock Eye, and is the same pattern but a different color – deep teal with a salmon colored wrong side.

This is the thickest Didytai I have tried. Peacock Eye is a thick and dense weave, with a smooth right side and a lightly textured wrong side. The color is stunning – a pale aqua with shimmery white and gold accents. The “shimmer” is hard to detect in photos, but is lovely to the natural eye. The color also seems a bit faded in photos, due to how the fabric reflects light. It is a pastel color, and quite beautiful.

Although this fabric would not be too thick for an infant, it is especially supportive with a heavier baby. The thick, pure cotton is squishy and marshmallow-ey on the shoulders. The diagonal stretch provides comfort. The thickness helps prevent any sag or dig, yet is smooth enough for passes to slide easily.

The only Didytai I have tried that was a similar thickness was Orient. Orient has a slightly more airy weave however, as Peacock Eye has a dense weave. It was slightly warmer to wear than other Didytai, because of the thickness and density. It was not so hot that I would reject it for use in a Texas summer.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Didytai only comes in one size.
  • Body panel has a cinchable base, allowing adjustment of the body width for for smaller / larger children. (Although my newborn slumped inside the wide body panel until he was 4-6 weeks old and had more trunk control). It seemed small on my tall 2.5 year old. There are ways to wear the Didytai, that allows it to be used with larger toddlers.
  • Soft and luxurious fabrics.
  • Some DidyTai fabrics are “standard line” that have been in production for many years. Others are limited edition, discontinued so only available used, and come up for sale rarely.

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 be different in thickness.
  • 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.

BODY PANEL

Unstructured and floppy, no defined height or waistband. The base has a U-shape that allows it to be worn differently than other mei tais, if needed. Two layers of fabric. Cinch mechanism at base of body panel (uses cotton cord).

16″ wide, cinches to 6″ wide

19″ tall including U-shaped base. Used traditionally, fits between 14″-16″ tall; may be worn differently to use closer to 18″ of height.

WAIST

Unstructured, no defined waist area. Waist ties are double layer of fabric.

4″ tall / wide

34″ from where body panel ends, to end of one side

Total of 84″ of waist belt from end to end

SHOULDER STRAPS

Single layer of fabric, unpadded wrap strap style shoulders. Gathered attachment of shoulder strap to body panel. Tapered ends.

11″ wide

80″ long from shoulder to short taper

82″ long from shoulder to long taper

HOOD

Double layer, cinching, extra small, folds in half to make a head rest or unfolds to make a very small hood. Functions like a head rest more than a head cover. Has cotton cord cinches on either side, to adjust the position and support of the head rest.

7″ tall

11″ wide

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