Similarly to ˈManducaˈ being used as a synonym for practically any carrier, ˈFly Taiˈ is often used as a general name for any mei-tai (at least by a considerable part of the babywearing world). It is simply so classical that the trade name became a common name. And I have to point out that it is completely well-deserved.
However, I have to poke a bit right from the start. The ˈnumberingˈ of the Fidella carriers is slightly confusing. Let’s take the ˈNew Sizeˈ – do you also hear ˈnewbornˈ in it? Far from it! The smallest size of this mei-tai, suitable for infants from birth, is the ˈBaby Sizeˈ. The New Size is, according to the manufacturer, “suitable for infants from 3rd month of age and the size of 74, to 104 cm/15 kg”. In my opinion, it is just wrong wording – the right being ”from 3 months of age“ (the 3rd month of age = 2 months finished, the third in progress). But even so, I am quite interested in seeing a baby actually measuring 74 cm in two or three months of age… Emilka had the mentioned size when she was about 18 months old. Of course, my tiny kid is certainly no standard, but I still insist on the fact that the vast majority of children wear the size of 74 when they are at least 6 months old. In any case, I think that the mentioned 74 cm is an overcautious specification. As Emilka was not very much taller at the time of our testing, I would not be afraid to say that the carrier is suitable even for a slightly smaller baby. On the contrary, the upper limit of 104 cm is too optimistic, in my humble opinion. While it is perhaps technically possible to position that tall kid in the carrier, the practical part would not be that easy. Such a tall ˈbabyˈ is rarely that cooperative to be tied in a mei-tai (this statement is based on my experience with still-younger Emilka, who I sometimes have problems to agree with during the process of tightening).