Is it super-soft and snuggly for baby? Yes. Is it made from organic cotton? Oh yes. Is it suitable from newborn? Indeed it is. Can I use it with my toddler?….. OK, let’s tap the imaginary pause button here. This is where you’ll here different answers from varying sources. 6 months, 9 months, 1 year………you see where I’m going with this……..Well, there is no magic age that you need to stop using your Didytai. Use it, use it, use it!! Until you can’t possibly squeeze anymore baby in! Well, not quite. I usually respond with a vague ‘you can use it until you stop carrying’. And I definitely don’t recommend squeezing baby in. And when I say you can use it until you stop carrying, I really mean it. I know it sounds vague, but it’s exactly what I mean.
How can this be?……Well, honestly, it’s not complicated, you just need to adjust your typing technique to the size of the baby you’re carrying. In the same way you adjust the carrier for a newborn (cinching the seat width, folding the waist etc), you adjust the carrier for your very big baby. When you’re carrying a bigger baby, a toddler or even a child (I’ll explain the photo very soon!), there are a few things you can do to ensure both of you are comfortable. The Didymos wrap fabric is a dream to work with, so let it do its thing - don’t tie the waist tie as tight as you normally would for an younger baby. Leave a little space - it will allow that wonderful diagonal stretch to mould to your toddler and give you maximum wrap fabric for fit. As you lift the body panel up baby’s back, remember to gently pull the fabric out and up slowly and deliberately (as much as you can with a toddler!). This will help you get a good fit around your little one.
But it’s not knee to knee?! Well, perhaps it can be. Those wide, super-comfy wrap shoulder straps aren’t just a comfy hooks-over-the-shoulder-and-spreads-comfy-over-the-back kind of shoulder strap. You can also use them to extend the knee to knee positioning - essentially widening the seat. So as you pass the strap over baby’s thigh, make sure to spread it out, right to the knee pit, and nice and smooth across their bottom. And there you have it - an instant seat extension.
If you want to use your Didytai with a bigger baby, then you most definitely can. It’s just a matter of figuring out how to do it.
Now, that photo……:D Our eldest was 5 years old when this photo was taken. At that point, he was no longer carried, but when asked, he was happy to help. You can see from the photo, that I couldn’t quite make the straps fit to his knee pits exactly. However, what you can see is the awesome deep seat and ‘M’ position that can be achieved with the Didytai, even when wrapping a rather tall and bold 5 year old.
Happy, happy carrying <3