Didymos | Didytai India Emerald Smaragd | 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.
  • India is the name of the weave / pattern.
  • Emerald / Smaragd is the name of the color.

Words I would use to describe this carrier:

  • soft
  • luxurious
  • versatile
  • thick
  • cushy
  • squishy
  • comfortable

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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 made at the manufacturer, Didymos, have basically the same structure and measurements. The 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 which wrap they are made from.

 

A ll Didytai have soft and luxurious fabrics.Some Didytai fabrics are “standard line”, in production for many years. Others are limited edition. LE will be discontinued after a limited run, and eventually only available secondhand. Each different wrap used to make a Didytai has 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.

 

ABOUT INDIA EMERALD

India is a pattern Didymos has used for many colors and fiber blends of woven wrap. It is a pattern of elephants and peacocks. The India weave is smoother on the “right” side of the fabric with a little more texture on the “wrong” side. The pattern is more pronounced in other India colorways, such as India Summer (majenta and orange), where the colors have greater contrast. The India wraps I’ve tried have tended to be thicker and heavier feeling than certain other Didymos patterns.

India Emerald or Smaragd, is right jewel tones of blue on the wrong side and deep teal green on the right side.   Didymos states it is 230 gsm, which is on the thick side for Didytai. India Emerald was released 9/19/2013. Since the colors are so close in tone, the pattern of elephants and peacocks is quite subtle, and hard to see from a distance away. It is also not immediately obvious which side of the wrap (right or wrong side) is facing out, since again, the colors are close in tone. I would call this a low contrast color combination.

The thickness of the fabric was up with the thicker Didytai I’ve tried – Orient and Peacock Eye. It was slightly thinner than Peacock Eye. It was more slippery / less grippy than either  Orient or Peacock Eye as well. Thicker fabrics can feel slightly warmer to wear, especially as India is also a dense weave. Thicker fabrics can feel more supportive, but with an wrap strap mei tai, care must be taken to evenly tighten the shoulder straps. Uneven tightening of the shoulder straps, with an unpadded wrap strap mei tai, can lead to discomfort for the wearer.

The cinch cord and toggles for the hood and body panel is are similar in color as the fabric and blend nicely.

This pattern is particularly hard to find in Didytai form. This particular one is the only one I’ve seen for sale within the last three years.

SIZING

 

  • Didytai comes in one size.
  • Body panel has a cinchable base, allowing adjustment of the body width for for smaller / larger children.
  • Generally speaking, can fit newborn through two years old. If the waist is tied traditionally, most users will find it fitting too small around 18-24 months. I have occasionally seen some children three years old worn in a Didytai, as there are ways to wear it differently with larger children.
  • Can be used for front, back, or hip carries.

EXPERIENCE

 

When I tried a Didytai with my three-day old newborn, I had difficulty getting him to remain upright inside the wide body panel. I was an experienced wearer at that point, but it was my first time using a mei tai with a newborn. I put the Didytai aside for about a month. At that point when I tried it again, when my newborn had more core muscle control. At that time, he was able to be supported by the carrier without slumping. I have tried a Didytai with my tall 2.5 year old. At the time, it seemed to small. Since then, I have learned alternate ways to wear a Didytai that extend the usable height of the body panel. With my current eighteen month old, I can wrap the Didytai so that the body panel comes under his armpits, OR I can wrap it differently and get the body panel up to his ears.

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.

The hood is short and functions like a head rest. This is ideal 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

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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