Thursday, March 2, 2017

LOVA Sling Meh Dai!

LOVA Sling is brought to you by a fantastic partnership of trained babywearing and fashion design. Alice and Helen have married their backgrounds and drawn on Estonian traditional patterns and designs to create lovely textiles and carriers appropriate for tiny babies through to toddlers. They sent me a Meh Dai carrier to trial and I've enjoyed using it with demo dolls, at meets with a range of babies and on a range of caregivers, both male and female. 
Meh Dais are generally easy to use and great carriers for switching between carers - with two sets of straps to tie rather than an array of buckles and adjusters, they are often a less intimidating option and very easy to adjust for differently sized babies with a quick roll or cinch. 
This particular meh dai is very simple to tailor - featuring adjustable ties at the top and base of the body panel, it can be quickly resized to accomodate little babies or tall toddlers, and the sleep hood can be secured up or down to keep baby clearly visible and safe. 

I really liked the fresh blue and white of this geometric pattern and when I checked out the website I discovered it's not just a pretty square, it's actually inspired by Estonian folk art, with each corner of the quadrangle holding specific meanings - wisdom, diligence, creativity and love. The LOVA Meh Dai is well constructed and features wide wrap straps for a snug fit and great support, and at 240gsm is lightweight but not flimsy or diggy. 
I very much appreciated that the body panel is not enormous and I felt it could very easily support a small baby safely without much option for user error. Having a babywearing consultant design a carrier really does make a difference!  You can see it in action above, and head over to LOVA Sling to browse their full collection. 

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