Didymos | Didytai Orient | 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.
  • Orient is the name of the pattern and color of the weave.

Words I would use to describe this carrier:

  • soft
  • supportive
  • luxurious
  • versatile
  • medium-thick / thick
  • lightly textured
  • slightly grippy

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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 ORIENT

I have tried perhaps ten different Didytai’s by now. Orient is the thickest I’ve owned, standing in its own class, even among Didytais. It feels cushy on the shoulders and supportive, without being overbearing and hot.

The fabric has texture to it, and just the right amount of grip to hold passes in place without being difficult to wrap. Even among Didymos wraps, Orient holds its own. Thick, cushy, 100% cotton, soft enough for a newborn, and strong enough for a toddler.

The colors look burgundy / wine from far off. In real life, up close, they are primarily black with hot fuschia pink, adding accents of burnt orange, turquoise, sage green, and gold. It reminds me of tapestry.

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 Orient in this post, my baby is only a few weeks old.

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″

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