How Can I Tie my ObiMama Mei Tai? Let Me Count the Ways!

I have for you today, 7 of the many different ways to tie your shoulder straps in a back carry.  If these carries are new to you, please attempt these carries with caution. Use a spotter or work over a soft surface.  Also, remember all body types are different and so some carries might not work or feel comfortable for you, that is ok! That is why there are so many ways!  Featured in this post is the beautiful Ankalia wrap, Mako.  This delicious ObiMama is a SS1 with medium waist and medium kombi straps.  Wearer is size M/L and 5’10”, for reference.  Please forgive any untidy tightening, this conversion is brand new and still slightly crispy. 

Back Pack Carry Tied at Waist

Back Pack Carry Tied at Waist

Standard Back Pack Carry Tied at Waist


This is your standard way to use a mei tai.  Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, bring the shoulder strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  Once you have both straps in front, simply tie at the waist. I have the shoulder spread, but you do not need to spread them if you prefer not to. There is beauty in simplicity, never forget!

 
Knotless (with passes spread)

Knotless (with passes spread)

Knotless With Passes Spread


This is another commonly used, comfortable carry.  Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, take the strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  When you have the strap in front, cross it to the opposite side of your body.  Pull the strap up to your shoulder and put it OVER the ruck strap and pull it under.  Repeat with opposite strap.  Once the passes are secure, spread them out over your chest to your liking.  Use your best judgement with this one. If you are constantly tightening, then your wrap straps may be too slippery for this and there are better carries to use.

 
Knotless (unspread, under chest)

Knotless (unspread, under chest)

Knotless Unspread, Under Chest


This can be a comfortable option if you like knotless finish but don’t want the passes over your chest.  Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, take the strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  When you have the strap in front, cross it to the opposite side of your body.  Pull the strap to the ruck strap under your chest, put it OVER the ruck strap and pull it under. Repeat with the other strap.  Again, use your best judgement with this one. If you are constantly tightening, then your wrap straps may be too slippery for this and there are better carries to use.

 
Tibetan (passes spread)

Tibetan (passes spread)

Tibetan Passes Spread


This is another secure comfortable carry. Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, take the strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  When you have the strap in front, cross it to the opposite side of your body.  Pull the strap up to your shoulder and put it UNDER the ruck strap and pull it through.  Be sure to maintain tension, pinning it under your chin while you do the other side. Once both straps are through the ruck straps, bring them in front and tie in a double knot.  If desired, spread the passes.

 
Mermaid 

Mermaid 

Mermaid


This is not my favourite carry, simply because it doesn’t suit my body type.  As you can see, I do not recommend this carry for small busted women, as it may ride down.  But if you’ve got the goods, it is a very pretty and fun carry, I encourage you to try and decide how you like it!  You will need a sling ring for this carry. A medium ring works well with most straps, but I have used a large in this picture.  Always use authentic rings with no weld spots, as they could break!  Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, take the strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  When you have both straps in front, pin one strap between your knees.  Run the other strap through the ring, then place the ring in the center of your chest where you would like it to be when you are finished. Hold the ring in place while pulling the strap into a knotless finish (OVER the ruck strap, and then under).  Take the other strap from between your knees, bring it to the ring, thread it under and over and tie in knotless finish.  Now that your straps are secure you can spread the passes until you have achieved the look you desire!

 
Chest Belt

Chest Belt

Chest Belt


This carry avoids the chest all together.  If you are sore from nursing, this is a good, secure option.  And even if you are not sore, this is still a wonderful carry! Once baby is settled in, take both shoulder straps over your shoulders and tie one knot (make sure it is not too snug, so that it rides up your neck). Then bring the straps down, one at a time, over baby’s leg and under the other.  When the straps are both in front, simply tie at the waist.

 
Sternum Strap

Sternum Strap

Sternum Strap


I like this carry, it suits my body type.  If I am feeling fancy, this is my go to.  Once baby is settled in, take both shoulder straps over your shoulders and bring them in front of you.  Start twisting the straps together, but do not start too close to your neck, as it will become uncomfortable.  Twists downwards until you have reached the length you like, ideally right under your bust line.  Then, one at a time, take the strap over baby’s leg and under the other.  When you have both straps in front, simply tie in a knot at the waist.


These are a sampling of the many ways to tie your shoulder straps. 

A pinnacle of the mei tai is it’s versatility, as you can see here.  Many ways, to suit many needs.  This may seem overwhelming, but if your child is happy on your back, you do not need to take him/her down to try new carries.  Just undo the straps and re-tie them in a new way!  Stay tuned for more fun ways to play with your ObiMama Mei Tai!  Follow the ObiMama YouTube channel for future tutorial updates!

Until then Mama’s (and Papa’s), stay gorgeous in your ObiMama and snuggle those babies fiercely.

Special thanks to Marley @prairie.rebel  for the photography!



ObiMama: A Story of Our First Date

So I've been a wrapper for the entirety of my son's life. I've lurked on the buy/sell/trade pages, casually asking people to take pictures of themselves wrapped in fabric and complimenting their chest passes... That looks a lot weirder when written down...

Through my travels from group to group, I stumbled across a hybrid creature- part wrap, part hug. I purchased my first ObiMama after searching for the perfect one made from the perfect wrap. It traveled across the United States from a friend I made through the babywearing world. I stalked and tracked like a crazed woman. It arrived in an abnormally large box, but considering it came from a friend, I figured she probably smuggled some goodies as she usually does. After shredding the box, I find the surprise gift: a bag of southern biscuits. *Whispers* "yassssss." She knows me well!

Now, onto the gold. I pulled out the goods and was immediately in awe of the craftsmanship. It's flawless. Every seam. Every pleat. Every line. I'm convinced Jen is not human. Anywho, moving on! The waistband and neck rest are wonderfully padded for comfort. The wrap used for the conversion, Kokoro Mon Cheri Disco, is swarming with chubby little kawaii cherries. My favorite part? The Kombi straps: Padded to perfection. Accordion style fabric tucked behind. Reminds me of little bat wings to hug your shoulders. I strapped it around my waist and captured my little snowflake. He gave me a slight side eye because... This is different... Holy comfort!

He reached up giggling and stroked my face. He approves of mommy's new contraption. Nestling his head under my chin, I feel him start to breath heavier while twiddling my necklace between his tiny fingers.

This moment is everything.
This moment is brought to you by: ObiMama
- Jessica @jesskawaii

INTRODUCING TEAM OBI

In response to our job post, ObiMama has brought on a team of nine fascinating and inspiring mothers to help us grow with you! With the welcoming of these talented baby wearing ladies, we’ll be innovating more ways to get you more content and have more fun with us. Meet the team!

 

I'm Adriane. I'm 32 and we are a military family with four children currently in Charlottesville, VA. I like to read, explore, craft and bake. I've been a fan since 2011 and came to ObiMama with my second baby. I was looking for something a little quicker/easier than a wrap that both my husband and I would be comfortable in. I tried just about every carrier on the market at the time. I hated them all and my husband just never felt comfortable in any of my beautiful wraps. ObiMama was the perfect combination of everything I loved about wraps and everything he loved about the SSCs.

 


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My name is Melissa. I have a 2 year old son and I am wife to a husband that works 'beyond the wall' up North in Canada (Oh hey, you game of throne fans- I see you)! I spend half the year parenting solo while my husband is away. I balance motherhood while staying true to my artist roots. I'm a freelance illustrator, passionate about babywearing and so thrilled to be a part of the new ObiMama team. My son Ryland is the king of picky and when I finally got my hands on an ObiMama, it was like something clicked for him and we both fell in love hard. I'm excited to share this journey of motherhood, babywearing, and all around geekiness with you, and I can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.

 
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I'm Colleen. I am a wife, mother to 5 young children, and WAHM in accounting/finance, living up in Alberta, Canada! ObiMama has drawn all my attention because it truly is an exceptional carrier, helping keep the littles stylishly and comfortably close as needed. The charm, wit, and integrity of the brand has me hooked, and I'm honoured to be part of the Team!

 

 

 

I'm Amanda, mother of 5, living in Texas. I am currently actively wearing my 25 month old. He is a seat popping professional and how I found the obi love. ObiMama allowed me to keep the beautiful wraps I was so accustomed to while allowing me the ease and convenience of a more structured carrier. As my babywearing days die down I hope to continue helping other moms with their journeys, very excited to be apart of team obi and for all the amazing things to come!

 
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My name is Jessica. I’m 28, a mother of 2, and reside in Houston, Texas. I’m a skilled daydreamer. I enjoy art, fashion, and interior decorating. The first time I saw an ObiMama, there was just something about the way it molded to babies perfectly. Almost like they were giving them hugs to let them know they were safe. The lines and symmetry were very appealing: Sleek. Beautiful. A fashion statement. All the while being something so dear to a mother.

 


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I'm Kim, 40 (gulp), and the mom of two boys. We live in Gainesville, FL. I fell in love with ObiMama in 2013 when my eldest and I were learning to babywear. He has a wiggly seat popper, and our Obi saved our babywearing relationship.

 

 
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My name is Dorothy Joy, often shortened to Dorothy or DJ. I’m 23, married, and a SAHM of two children and two German Shepherds. Our family just left the military and recently moved to Vermont to start our journey as civilians, and work towards our family dream of homesteading. I enjoy languages, literature, and film photography (babywearing being a given), and am currently studying to be a postpartum doula and herbalist. I first stumbled upon ObiMama when I saw the owner of a textile company share her WCMT. I was blown away by the beauty and simplicity of ObiMama’s mei tais, and I can’t express enough how incredibly excited I am to be a part of this team!

 
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I'm Kristin. I live in Ohio with my hubby and our 3 year old twins and 5 Month old. I'm a SAHM during the week, and a labor, delivery, postpartum nurse some weekends! I stumbled into obi's about 2 years ago with a vice versa Cuervo obi that was the magic sleepy dust that never failed to put my daughter to sleep. They're still holding true for me with my new baby, letting him nap and me be comfortable while wearing him!

 
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I'm Sara, 27, and from Virginia. I have 2 littles with one on the way. I fell in love with Obi shortly after having my first. The attention to detail is unmatched. The perfect combination of ease of use and versatility makes it my go to carrier. I'm beyond excited to be a part of Team Obi.

D.A. and You

Dumbledore's Army. What started as a underground rebellious club for kids turned into an unstoppable force that returned balance to the battle between good and evil. Be a part of that force. Every handmade mei tai baby carrier shown here is one of a kind and will be for sale in our online store on at random times Friday, February 20, 2015.

Each mei tai has super-wide linen wrapping straps with kombi-folded shoulder padding, a padded and quilted waistband, knee pads, and an adjustable sleep hood. The body is made entirely from Irish linen. The sleep hoods are tailored to resemble official Hogwarts school uniforms with duo-toned robe lapels, white collared shirt with felt buttons, and striped 100% silk house neck tie.

Harry Potter | Inspired Mei Tai SS2 $350

The boy who lived. A short stage 2 is a versatile toddler-sized body. Comes complete with school crest on the lapel.

Hermione Granger | Inspired Mei Tai SS2 $350

Not only was Hermione pretty much the best character in the entire series, she also had style! A short stage 2 is a versatile toddler-sized body. Comes complete with school crest on the lapel and a frog-closure button.

Ron Weasley | Inspired Mei Tai SS1 $350

That Ron, he's a keeper. A short stage 1 is perfect for babies 3-month-old and up.  Comes complete with school crest on the lapel, and plenty of gingery comic relief.

Luna Lovegood | Inspired Mei Tai SS2 $350

She was distinctly dotty, but also smart, loyal, essential, and surprising! A short stage 2 is a long-lasting and versatile body size. No mythical creatures here, this is the real deal.

Neville Longbottom | Inspired Mei Tai SS2 $350

There was more to Neville than we suspected at first, and in the end we wouldn't have gotten far without him. A short stage 2 is versatile, durable, and always grows into something quite handsome.

Griffindor Inspired | ObiMini $50

If you don't teach them, then where are they going to learn it? Raise your children the right way: by giving them attachment parenting toys with over-the-top handmade geekery motifs. Yes, that is a real silk house tie. No, I will not get out.

Dr. Who #4 and #11 Handmade Mei Tais

Regeneration

The Doctor. Who? THE Doctor. If you are a fan, a real fan, a true fan, then these carriers need no introduction. For all the rest of you humans, just enjoy the eye candy.

Everything you see here will be fore sale in our store on Friday, 2/6/2015. If you are able to use the TARDIS at any point, don't worry about stalking the stocking. Normal people will need to be a bit more on point.

Number Four, arguably the best Doctor ever (and please, let's do have this argument), memorialized in baby carrier form. Because Dr. Who.
His signature scarf (the best souvenir ever, created here entirely in wrap scraps), CHECK. Jaunty cravat? CHECK. The rest is all done in natural, un-dyed linen.

On the reverse: Number Eleven. Notice the details, please. Real woolen bow tie. Real woolen tweeds. Braces. For heaven's sake, this baby carrier has braces (that's suspenders for you Yanks--believe me, I've made that mistake!). Oxford cloth shirting, with buttons done in soft felt.

Regeneration | SS2 $350

short stage 2, the toddler size. Medium linen wrapping straps with padded shoulders. Medium tie waist. Reversible Irish linen body. Knee pads. Adjustable hood with double character treatment. Hand wash only.

Regeneration | SS1 $350

short stage 1, the baby size. Medium linen wrapping straps with padded shoulders. Medium tie waist. Reversible Irish linen body. Knee pads. Adjustable hood with double character treatment. Hand wash only.

Dr. Who ObiMini | $45

If you don't teach them, then where are they going to learn it? Raise your children the right way: by giving them attachment parenting toys with over-the-top handmade geekery motifs.


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Because "Good" wasn't good enough. My brilliant and generous web designer has given obimama.com a facelift, a tune up, and his signature pat on the behind. We have liftoff.

Take a look around! Lots of hard work has gone into designing the site so that it's easy to navigate, the products are easy to understand, and the custom mei tai situation is a breeze.

By the way, whadaya think about this slick blog? Pretty cool, huh? What's that you say? Oh, the old blog with all those great photos of custom and ready to ship mei tais your adore? Yeah, it's around here somewhere....