Every month we feature a carry or carrier to highlight at our monthly meetings and online (“BWITCCOTM” stands for Babywearing International of the Twin Cities Carry or Carrier of the Month).
Bei Dai/Meh Dai (bay-dye/meh-dye) – originated in China
Formerly referred to a “mei tai” (which is still used by some commercial brands); this spelling and pronunciation, however, is not accurate to the carrier’s history and should be avoided. Meh dai (Cantonese) or bei dai (Mandarin) are rectangles of fabric with straps at the top and bottom. Meh dai means “back carrying strap” where “meh/bei” means “carry on your back,” and “dai” means strap.
Share your pics, your tips, your successes, your bloopers in our closed Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/babywearingtwincities/).
Volunteer babywearing educators (VBEs) will be ready to show these off to you at an upcoming BWI meeting (https://www.facebook.com/pg/Babywearingtwincities/events/)!
Bei Dai/Meh Dai Resources
BWITC Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/bwitc/bei-daimeh-dai/
BWITC blog post on East Asian and East Asian-Inspired Baby Carriers: https://babywearingtwincities.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/east-asian-and-east-asian-inspired-baby-carriers/
If you have any questions about babywearing, we encourage you to contact us and/or come learn in person at one of our meetings! Check out our Instagram @Babywearing.Twin.Cities and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Babywearingtwincities/).
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