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Meh-Dai is the traditional East Asia Babycarrier that is said to have originated from China. Attached to the rectangular body panel are two short waist straps and two long wrap-style shoulder straps. The wide shoulder straps wrap tightly around your shoulders and spreads baby’s weight evenly across your back. The absence of buckles allows the fabric to mould comfortably around you and your baby’s body. Meh-Dai can be used to do front carry, hip carry, and back carry. You can find the pictorial diagram for the different carry by clicking here.
A slightly modified version is called the 'half-buckle', where the waist belt is being replaced with a buckle to make fastening the carrier easier.
On the other hand, onbuhimo is the traditional Japanese baby carrier. The word 'onbu' implied back carry, and this carrier are used specifically for back carry. The traditional version have two long shoulder strap, and one ring at each end of the waist strap. The modified version has the shoulder strap attached to the waist strap, taking a shape that looks like a backpack.
The onbuhimo carrier is worn high on the back and designed for children who can sit unassisted. It looks like a rucksack and can be put on and taken off just as fast and easily - ideal for toddlers who love frequent ups and downs! Moreover, it is light and fits folded in any bag – very convenient when you’re out and about. Without a waist belt and worn on the back, it is also a perfect choice for a pregnant mother who can carry her child without putting pressure on the growing belly.