Mei Tai Carriers
A Mei Tai is an extremely versatile baby carrier of Chinese origin. This ancient design It is composed of a rectangular body with four straps. While traditional
Mei Tais typically have four narrow straps of equal length, Western
versions of this baby carrier usually have shorter straps for the waist
and longer, wider, and sometimes padded straps for the shoulders, to
allow for more variation in wearing them. Many modern versions of this
baby carrier have a headrest or even a sleeping hood to hold up the head
of the sleeping child, particularly useful when they are positioned on
What remains of the traditional Mei Tai is their
decorative aspect and their enduring practicality. Mothers and fathers
alike enjoy wearing this workhorse of a baby carrier. Most are
reversible from a decorative side to a plain solid coloured one,
allowing for more wearability.
Children can comfortably be worn
in a Mei Tai from birth to about 40lbs. The Evymamas have found that
wearing a tired-out 4 year-old on your back in this carrier is
also quite possible, meaning that a Mei Tai is one of the few carriers
that can truly be said to take your child from birth until they no
longer wish to be carried.
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