When Zahra was small, she loves to be carried around, especially after spending 8 hours in the careday centre, when got home, she became very clinging. I was very lucky then to stumble upon the Malaysian Babywearers’ forum and got to know that there’s a gear just to carry/wearing your baby. These gears can be a pouch, ringslings, mei-tai, structured soft carrier (ssc) or a long simple piece of cloth known as a wrap.
These are few of my pictures wearing Zahra in different kind of carriers:
And I even made my own pouch.
As you can see, my gears vary from pouchs, ringslings, SSC and wraps; however, I never own a mei-tai. Thus for this coming newborn, I’ve plan to sew a mei-tai. And since meitai consists lots of fabrics (in order to make the straps), I changed my plan by sewing an Onbuhimo instead.
So, what is an Onbu? It is exactly like a meitai, but the straps around the waist were replaced by rings.
This is what I’ve sewed:
Basically, the measurements are:
Straps: 6” wide, 65” long with half padded
Body panel: 15” x 17”, padded with flannel fabric
Waist band: 24” long, 5” wide with full padded
Rings used was Large size
If you wish to make your own Onbuhimo you can refer to the tutorial below:
And yes, sewing this Onbu is not that easy; no wonder they’re quite pricey in the market (either local or international). I like my outcome very much and can’t wait to try it with my new baby, insya Allah.
Ok, that’s all.. Happy weekend, people….:-)