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« on: February 18, 2008 11:26:40 AM »

1. would a wriggly 2 year old (28-30lbs ish) be happy in one?
2. instead of heavy duty fabric can I use funky teacloths/teatowels? they look about the right size!
3. how long should the straps be? some say 72", some 90", some say shorter...Huh
4. what's more comfy, round the shoulders or crossed betweem the boobs?
5. I'm only 4ft 8, can I pull this off??!?
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2008 01:49:50 PM »

Hi,I have made a lot of M.Ts' I would seriously recommend looking at wwwthebabywearer.com  the DIY board is amazing and full of great tips links and suggestions for good safe fabrics to use Smiley

Tea towels or whatever may be fine for a decoration only panel ,but a baby carrier with straps must be made from sturdy bottom weight fabrics

www.sleepingbaby.net

is also an awesome place to check out,i have made many many carriers now and trust me there is a lot of difference between a good one and a bad one Wink Grin
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2008 01:58:29 PM »

I've made quite a few MTs myself, and I also happen to have one that Jayne made  Grin

I definitely second Jayne here, tea towels would be fine for decorative purposes, but for safety PLEASE use a sturdy bottomweight fabric for one side, or as a hidden inner layer  Smiley And the straps should be in a heavy fabric too, as you definitely don't want them to tear! Also make sure the straps are securely fastened to the body of the carrier, extending them into the body of the carrier and using reinforced stitching and x-boxes.

Strap length is a matter of preference, as is whether you cross them or wear them rucksack style. I personally don't cross them as I seem to end up with torpedo boobs!!!  Shocked

As for whether your 2yo would be happy in one... well my DS is 2yo and heavy and he still gets a ride most days, so give it a go  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2008 02:06:12 AM »

thanks, i meant to clarify on the decorative tea towels bit lol!
well, searching through my material box i have enough heavy canvas for a safe butt-support but need to go buy material for the straps.... wish me luck!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2008 08:30:49 AM »

I agree that it is going to depend on the child.  Some kids don't like to be held.  After about 1.5, my daughter, unless she was sick or hurt, wanted to walk. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2008 10:26:35 AM »

I always use at least 2 layers of heavy bottomweight, but a tea towel would be fine for a decorative panel!
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