Mei Tai

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Wrapping a Baby to your body using a Moby Wrap, or a sheet, is one of the most common worldwide ways of Babywearing and carrying a baby, but the message from many Mums is that 5 yards of fabric is a huge amount to manage and swaddle and wrap around themselves and their Little One when in a rush. This is where a Mei Tai Baby Carrier fills the gap perfectly, they are just as comfortable and secure as a Wrap but so much easier and quicker to manage.
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A Mei Tai is a traditional Asian Baby Carrier, simple, sleek, and beautiful in its simplicity. A rectangle of fabric forms the body of the Mei Tai, and four straps coming from each corner are the Ties, these types of carriers have been around for many, many years in Asian culture but have only really come into poularity in the Western world from the early noughties. Nowadays you will find all kinds of tweaks and modifictaions, padded shoulders, varying lengths and widths of straps and ties, additional headrests to support your sleeping baby or toddler’s head and neck. There are other Asian-style baby carriers out there but the Mei Tai really is the Babywearing Carrier of choice for many parents.
Babies adore being in the Mei Tai, the contact and closeness is wonderfully soothing for little ones, and your heartbeat and breath relaxes them.
How do I wear a Mei Tai? Is wearing a Mei Tai difficult? Not with a little bit of practise; making the Mei Tai secure really is just two ‘ties’, and popping baby in and tieing everything really is as simple as ABC
How to Tie a Mei Tai
the ABC method
  • A - Around Your Waist – tie the waist straps comfortably around waist
  • B - Baby In Place – Hold Baby in Place with the body of the Mei Tai, the body panel against baby’s front or back
  • C - Cross and Knot – Throw Straps over your shoulders cross at the back and bring to the front and tie Baby in Place
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Simple, huh! Some parents will get the hang of this straight away, some will take a little longer but honestly after a few tries (a few ties) of this front carry you should be able to do it in seconds. With a little practise you will soon be a Mei Tai Baby Carrying expert and will be able to master wearing baby  on your back, the hip carry, on the front facing the world, tummy to tummy and all the many other positions.
Why Choose A Mei Tai?
  • Really easy to get on and off, the learning curve is really quick
  • Great for Back Carrying, very useful if you have another child to look after
  • Perfect for Front, Hip, and Back carrying
  • Breastfeeding is discrete and can be hands free
  • Great for all sizes of infant from little new borns to bulky toddlers
  • Baby’s weight is supported on both shoudlers and hips, spreading the weight out making this the most comforatble Babywearing for long peroids
  • No snaps, buckles, rings, or fasteners to get in the way of you or baby
  • Perfect for use by both Mum and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa as one size fits all shapes and sizes
  • Folds up nice and neat, perfect for travelling and popping in your bag
  • Hands Free breastfeeding is only posible in an upright position, so not ideal for newborns, Baby Slings such as Pouch Slings or Ring Slings may be better
  • You might be looking for something a little more substantial and heavier padding, if you are looking for more padding in Baby Carriers then try a Soft Structured Baby Carrier
  • Long Straps can be hard to get used to, and if tieing up outdoors can sometimes drag on the ground making messy wet straps in rain or snow
Mei Tais come in all different fabrics, many organic, and some have the most beautifully designed ‘bodies’ and decorative panel, or can come in simple block colours, or even better many can be reveresed meaning Mum can use one design and Dad the other, making a Mei Tai a great choice for sharing between both parents.
The Mei Tai
Babywearing
Here is a quick introduction to the different types and styles of Babywearing
  • a length of fabric attached to sturdy rings making an adjustable sling with a pouch or pocket which baby fits snuggly and safely inside
  • a length of fabric sewn into a loop, to be worn across the body as a sling with a curved pocket or ‘pouch’ for baby, these are easier to pop on and off, but lack the flexibility of a ring sling
  • Rectangular or Square body with four straps attached (shoulder and waist), worn as front, hip or back carriers with babies weight spread evenly across shoulders and hips
  • Inspired by the Mei Tai and rucksack/backpack design but with buckles to clip and close to hold baby in place. Usually with supportive shoulder padding and main supportive panel
  • For babies who can sit up on their own, over 4 months recommended, perching your baby on your hip with the help of a little support. These are probably best suited for short carries only but are fantastic for a quick fix of Babywearing
Click on the above to explore the different styles and carriers in the Babywearing World
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