For all you “woven wrap” babywearers, our regular “Carry of the Week” (COTW) will be returning next Friday. For this week, let’s talk about the Mei Tai! Some popular Mei Tai brands include: the Infantino Sash (a very budget-friendly option available at the “big box stores” like Target, Walmart, Buy Buy Baby, and Babies R Us for around $30-35), the FreeHand Mei Tai (retails for approximately $50-75), the Babyhawk Mei Tai (retails for approximately $80-90), and the Kozy Carrier Mei Tai (retails for approximately $70-115). There are also several companies that make custom Mei Tais in various price ranges.
To learn more about Mei Tais, check out our blog post “All About Mei Tais and Other Asian-Inspired Baby Carriers”
Check out the video tutorials linked below for some great tips on how to use a Mei Tai!
Safety: Please read our Disclaimer and also please keep in mind that if this is your first time doing a back carry, or even this using this particular style of carrier, you should have a spotter and/or practice over a soft surface such as a bed or a couch, or even kneeling on a carpeted floor. You can also practice with a doll or stuffed animal first until you feel comfortable.
If you are a beginner Mei Tai user, we recommend that your child be approximately 6 months old, with good neck control/head support, and able to sit before attempting any back carry.
How to use a Mei Tai for a Newborn or Smaller Baby
Mei Tai Front Carry
Mei Tai Hip Carry
Mei Tai Back Carry – Hip Scoot Method
Mei Tai Back Carry – Superman Toss Method