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Advantages of the Bei Bei and how it differs from the Mei Tai
A frequent question that people ask me is:

Do you have a Mei Tai? The Mei Tai is a Traditional Chinese carrier that has originated in the same province, Yunnan, as the Bei Bei. The Mei Tai has been a popular carrier with Americans because of it’s comfort and ease. The Bei Bei is a new carrier to the United States, as of 2005. I arrived back in the states and brought this traditional,redesigned carrier to share with others.

I had the privilege to live in China for a year and when I was there I was able to experience traditional babywearing with the yunnanese minority baby carrier known as the Bei Bei. I feel honored to have taken this carrier and redesign the strap and bring it to America for others to enjoy it ease, comfort, and versatility. This carrier can be worn on the front, back, and side. You can view me demonstrating all 3 positions in a video on my website.

I have been working at the local artisan market for the last 3 years, Portland Saturday Market. When people have come to my booth to try on carriers I let them try on both a Mei Tai and a Bei Bei, and 75% of the time they will choose a Bei Bei over a Mei Tai. This is when they are looking specifically for a back carrier, or a carrier which holds a bigger baby. The baby is usually happier in a Bei Bei versus a Mei Tai, because it only has one strap and can be worn high up on the caregivers back, and still give enough head support when the child falls asleep. The child can look over their caregivers shoulder and see everything that you can see. The other advantage of a Bei Bei over a Mei Tai is that the baby can either be worn with the legs straight down or straddling the mama,papa, or caregiver. I wore my youngest child with her legs straight down my back until she was 12 months old, and this worked well for both of us.
A third differnce in the Bei Bei and the Mei Tai is that with a newborn or small infant the swaddling of the baby helps support the spine giving the baby more spinal structure. In a Mei Tai a newborn or small infant has to be put in the carrier with froggy legs. If your child likes to be stretched out I would wear a Bei Bei, but if your newborn or small infant liked to be curled up with froggy legs than I would wear a Mei Tai. I was blessed with two beautiful girls and one would like to be curled up and the other loved to stretch out.

I would not recommend a Bei Bei if you live somewhere humid, or hot, (100 degrees on a regular basis).
Posted on 04 Sep 2007 by Tanya Woods

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Baby wearing Conference
The first babywearing conference happened this weekend and it was a wonderful feeling of support from the people who attended. There were a lot of informative classes that talked about how to carry your baby, toddler, and young child in as many possible carriers that are out there, and two of these days there was an open exhibit hall to buy carriers, environmentally friendly toys, and clothing. I would highly recommend this conference for pregnant woman, families or friends of expecting moms, new families, and families that are new or old to babywearing.

The end of the 3rd day there was a fashion show which was great! I was able to see a few different carriers that I have actually never seen before in person. Everyone talks to me about the traditional Podaegi, but I have never in person seen it worn! It was true entertainment. I think babywearing conference fashion show was the first show to include discreet breastfeeding. It was helpful to see that nursing clothes are truley discreet on stage or off.
The babywearing confernce for me was a step in the right direction in bringing together families that are raising there children in arms.

Thanks to Jenrose for all of her hard work and making this event happen!
Posted on 23 Aug 2006 by Tanya Woods

In categories : Experiences of traditional babywearing
Share your positive birth stories!
We need to believe in ourselves as woman and the power of our bodies. I strongly believe that what we surround ourselves with is what creates our reality. I think a lot of us live in a fear based reality and I want to try to shift this, especially when it comes to giving birth. I want to create a space for all woman to share their positive birth stories to give inspiration to pregnant woman preparing their bodies to open. Planting the seeds that giving birth is a natural process, and giving the gift to your baby a drug-free entry into this world.

In this space I am placing the intention of non-judgement. I want positive birth stories to come from your heart. I do know a few woman that had planted the seeds of having a natural birth, but in the course of an emergency had to have a ceaseran birth. Some of them felt disappointed and depressed afterwards, and others made an emerency situation into a positive birth experience. I want to emphasize that this is a place to write only positive birth stories, because when I was pregnant I felt like I was surrounded by a lot birth stories that scared me and made me feel constricted.

Please feel free to add photos if desired.

Tanya
Posted on 28 Jul 2006 by Tanya Woods

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