Didy Meh-Dai (DidyTai) Ocean
Zyanya of Adapting to Love tested our Didy Meh-Dai (DidyTai) Ocean
“I was very excited for the opportunity to review Didymos’ Meh Dais. My love for meh dais has recently grown and grown and I’ve been eager to try out as many as possible. As a babywearing consultant I consistently find parents gravitating towards meh dais when they come to me without any preconceived notions of what type of carrier they want. I show them all the main carrier types and very often families are drawn to meh dai because of their natural ability to fit all bodies (adult and baby) and because they find them to be intuitive and easy to use. One parent observed, “I like that it has a shape.” And that shape tells you intuitively just what to do with it! A meh dai made from a quality woven wrap, like the Didymos meh dai, means the carrier can be easily adjusted and shaped to form around the baby at all sizes and stages.
Didymos has kept the simplicity of the meh dai without adding too many features and accessories that would begin to make it feel like more of a buckle carrier, moving away from its traditional form. However, Didymos has added just a few simple features that make it easy to use quickly. There is a drawstring at the base of the panel so that the seat can be adjusted to the perfect width for your baby. By simply tying a knot you can keep the carrier ready for use and as your baby grows you can let the string out little by little. Similarly, the upper width of the panel can be adjusted in the same way to customize the fit for a young baby and improve neck support. The hood is generous and is easily adjusted and secured with toggles, and it can also be used to extend the panel of the carrier as your child grows.
I have found that I personally prefer meh dais with wrap straps, so I love the moldable Didymos meh dai straps that are not too thin and not too wide. The trick is in paying attention to how you prefer them over your shoulder the first several times you wear the meh dai: spread, gathered, closer to your neck, further down your arm, etc. Once you know your preference you can make the carrier more comfortable for yourself as you are adjusting and tightening.
My husband and I wore our 2.5 year old son for several long outings and travels with the meh dai. We wore him through the airport on an international trip from Europe to the USA and back again. I used the meh dai on the airplane to help Rem fall asleep on me and then easily transferred him across our laps. We stood in the rain under umbrellas during the youth-led People’s Climate March in Amsterdam, Rem napping through most of it. We went out for early snacks and drinks one evening and kept Rem entertained on my back most of the time. The carrier easily supports the width of Rem’s knees because the straps passing under the knees function to extend the width of the seat. To support Rem’s upper back more fully we used the hood pulled up and secured about half way. Rem is 87cm tall and I would say he is likely the upper limit in height for this carrier, meaning it lasts from birth to about 87cm!
Though my husband is not very comfortable using a woven wrap by himself to get our son on his back, he felt confident with the meh dai very quickly. He liked how close and how high he could get our toddler on his back and he said he preferred the straps tied around his waste to a thicker buckle waste band. I personally agree.
If you are considering a meh dai be sure to look up the variety of ways you can tie the straps. The versatility means you can find several ways that are most comfortable for you and your shoulders and back, as well as avoid muscle fatigue and pressure points by mixing it up from time to time.
The Ocean Meh Dai is a subtle blue, simple and soft fabric that makes for a very functional and easy-going carrier. This carrier is quickly becoming my go-to for travel. With the white drawstrings it reminds me of a favorite cozy sweatshirt to be worn for any and all reasons.”