This next tip is pretty easy but I’ll admit that it took someone sharing it with me before I realized what a good idea it is. This tip is about mei tai straps. I am using the library’s Catbird Baby Mei Tai with my 14 month old. When wearing a mei tai or a SSC it is very important to undo the wrap strap last. This is so your baby doesn’t fall. It is easy to know the waist strap on an SSC but it can be trickier with a mei tai.
Here I am tying on the mei tai.
Now, adding my son.
Crossing the straps over his butt and then going under his legs like normal.
Okay, here is the trick. When you tie the straps, always tie them above the waist strap.
This way, when it is time to remove the carrier, you will know to always untie the top strap first.
This is now something I always do. I hope you find this as simple and helpful as I do.
Bamberoo Mei Tai
Reviewed with child age: 16 months
The Bamberoo MT from the BWI Peoria library has the regular style body (which is a bit more structured than many other mei tai carriers) with extra long straps. For me, extra long straps are a big bonus since I prefer to be able to tie Tibetan (adding a chest strap).
Long straps give a few more tying options and a little more to your babywearing style! Long straps can also be helpful when parents have different body sizes.
I wore this carrier to the farmer’s market, grocery shopping and on walks. My 16 month old felt even lighter than he does in a soft structured carrier (my usual carrier) and I could easily carry him long distances.
Using a mei tai carrier is fairly easy to learn. With my 16 month old, I use a back carry and found that after a couple of uses I had the hip scooting and the tying down pat. The tying takes a bit more time than a buckle, so I would probably use something different for quick in and out trips, but for those mid length trips, the extra time is worth the comfort. Mei tais make it easy to get just the right amount closeness in your carry and are easily adjusted.
Bamberoo carriers come in a variety of colors and patterns. They also make soft structured carriers and wrap conversions. Custom work is available. They are in high demand, so start looking for yours soon!