Didymos | Didytai Stripes Martin | 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.
  • Martin is the name of the color and pattern.

Words I would use to describe this carrier:

  • strong
  • sturdy
  • smooth
  • versatile
  • medium thickness for Didymos

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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). The texture and fabric qualities of each Didytai are as varied as the woven wraps they are made from.

ABOUT MARTIN

I have tried perhaps ten different Didytai’s by now. Olaf is part of the stripe family. The weave is dense and smooth. It is sturdy, not at all pull-prone, and quite supportive. It has little diagonal stretch compared to many other Didymos fabrics. This made it not at all diggy on my shoulders.

I’ve also owned Iris stripe, and it felt just a smidge thinner than Martin, but it was also more broken in, which tends to make wraps feel thinner.

The colors are a simple wide stripe pattern in orange, deep burnt orange, mustard yellow, and a sort of green-undertone yellow that I might call chartreuse. The colors look like fall leaves.

BACK CARRY SHOWN IN PHOTOS

For this back carry, I began with ruck straps, passed reinforcing passes over/under baby’s legs, then came around to my front. There I made a single knot between my collarbone and breast, then put each tail over and under its opposite ruck strap. This pulled some of the weight off my shoulders and onto my upper body / rib cage (compared to a typical Tibetan or knotless finish). It was very comfortable and supportive.

I also showed in the photos how I remove a baby from a back carry in a mei tai. I have used this method from when my baby was a small infant (I started learning while kneeling on top of my bed just in case I dropped him!). Keeping tension on the straps, lift above my head, and move both straps to one hand. Scoot him around my side, keeping strong tension on both straps, to sort of hammock him inside the carrier body panel. Continue scooting around to my front, placing my free hand on his bum to help with the scoot. Once he is in front of me, I can hold his body, letting the carrier fall away from us.

SIZING

Didytai only comes in one size. However, this particular Didytai measured slightly larger in the body panel than most others I’ve owned. This leads me to conclude there can be some variation to the body panel sizing, between different Didytais, perhaps just cutting / sewing variations.

  • Ideal 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.
  • In these photos, my baby is 12 months old, 21 lb, and 30 inches tall. I have the body panel cinched several inches, to narrow the base. This allows it come up higher on his back, and fit him knee-to-knee a bit better.

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.
  • Some DidyTai fabrics are “standard line” that have been in production for many years (such as this one), 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.

MEASUREMENTS – BODY

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

Body Panel Width – 18″ wide, cinches to 6″ wide

Body Panel Height – 24″ tall from bottom of U-shaped base to top of hood, fits more like 16″-18″ 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 – 32″ from where body panel ends, to end of one side (making a total of 82″ 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 – 76″ long from shoulder to short taper, 81″ 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″

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