Didymos | Didytai Zebrano | Wrap Conversion Mei Tai | 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.
  • Zebrano is the name of the weave and color.

Words I would use to describe this carrier:

  • soft
  • luxurious
  • versatile
  • medium thickness
  • 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 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 ZEBRANO

Zebrano is a black and silvery grey jaquard weave. Didymos states it is 200 gsm, which is typical medium thickness as Didymos wraps go. It has a design that reminds me of a blend of zebra stripes and a chevron pattern. The pattern on the wrong side, is the reverse of the right side. However, because of the pattern, both the right and wrong (front and back) sides of the fabric look very similar. It wouldn’t be obvious which side was facing out, regardless of how it was worn.

It felt medium thickness for Didymos, when wrapped. It had light texture and light grip, and the passes slid easily across each other. It was not too thick or hot, and had pleasant diagonal stretch. I tried it around the same time as the recently released Parapluie, and they felt very similar in texture, thickness, and performance. It was pleasantly soft after just one wash and iron, and would take little to no breaking in. I would imagine it becoming delightfully soft with further use.

It felt like a “happy medium” as Didytai go – not thick, not thin, not too grippy, not too slippery, not too dense, etc. The weave did not seem as if it would pull easily, as others such as Lisca will. It had greater diagonal stretch than the sturdy Stripes weave, but less than the saggy Lisca weave. Perhaps we could call it the “just right porridge” of Didytai fabrics!

The cinch cord on the hood and body panel is a black – and the cinch toggles on the hood are black. They blended nicely and were not visually obtrusive.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Didytai 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”, in production for many years. Others are limited edition. LE will be discontinued after a limited run, and eventually only available secondhand.

CONSIDERATIONS

  • 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.
  • 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 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

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