My littlest munchkin is 9 months old now… and he is every bit as clingy and stranger shy as he should. He is also a chunky 21 pounder. For a while, I used my awesome Moby Wrap to tie him on my back, but he has figured out how to wriggle out of it.
I did some searching and found this excellent and thorough tutorial for making a PADDED Mei Tai (an asian-style baby carrier). The padding really does amazing things for this carrier comfort-wise. Although I prefer un-padded ring slings, I wouldn’t recommend making an MT/ABC type carrier without it.
I decided to skip the Hood/headrest and add a button-on version in the future if needed. Also, I extended the pattern 2 inches. So it would reach above my son’s shoulders.
For materials, I used a brown twill for the sturdy fabric (3 yards was the perfect amount for straps + seat), and some fun quilting fabric for outside and lining, all from Joann’s. I used scrap (Blizzard?) fleece for the padding instead of the batting.
It took me an intense late night of sewing to finish it (4 un-interripted hours), but the construction was uncomplicated, and she does a great job explaining each step in the tutorial.
Mom is happy and baby is happy.