How I learned to tie my mei tai

I’m a fan of mei tais. They are versatile for different ages of baby, easily adjust to fit the wearer and are very comfortable.  They also are available at many budgets. My infantino was a gift from a friend but is also a great option for a smaller budget. The MT can be worn with babies 8-36 pounds. It can be worn in front, hip and back carries. I’ll be doing tutorials of front abd back because I’m dreadful at all hip carries. I’m by no means an expert but I can offer some insights.

A front carry can be done at 8 pounds. The tutorial however is for a baby with good head control. A newborn can be worn by rolling up the waistband so there’s less fabric.

FRONT CARRY-
1. Tie the MT on like an apron with the safety tags against your body

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2. Grab your baby
3. While supporting baby, toss each strap over the corresponding shoulder
4. Reach around to the back and one a time grab straps and pull to front on opposite sides so they criss cross
5. If the need tightened, pull out and down piece by piece
6. Wrap straps over legs and under bum (infantino instructions say their back but this creates a “c” shape rather than an “m”) then cross under legs
7. Tie off in the back

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8. Check position as baby should be close enough to kiss, on your chest and seated on an “m” position

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A back can be done once baby is starting to seat well semi-supported. Many places will say once they have good head control and for an experienced wearer that’s fine. I just feel better waiting. 

BACK CARRY-
1. Tie like an apron but in the back
2. Grab your baby

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3. “Superman” your baby to your back while standing over a bed or couch (you can also do hip scoot but I don’t )
4. While supporting baby, toss each strap over the corresponding shoulder
5. Hop baby into a deep seat by holding each strap, tugging and hopping until baby is good and deep
6. While pulling tightly, wrap each strap over the legs and under the bum
7. Wrap strap under leg and tie off in the front

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8. Check position.  Baby should be high and in the middle of your shoulders. 

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He insisted on a bow. But knots are better.

It’s very important that you double (or triple in my case) knot your straps and waistband. The knots insure a tight wrap.

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When I first started using the MT,  I tied it funny under his bum. I tied it under the bum then wrapped it around his legs and tied again.  It was still safe but not as comfortable for him. Below is what should look like.

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Safety-
Always pay attention to positioning and fabric placement.  Allow for room to breathe near the face and be aware if development stage.

There is no way to forward face carry in a MT. I’ve seen it tried on the Internet.  Just no. 

We love the back carry for getting work done but I still stand over the couch to do it daily.  (Except I’m the tutorial above). He got away from me once abd could have been hurt except that I was standing over the couch. Be mindful of wiggling and babies with opinions and just practice caution. 

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He gets excited for back carries

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I get him off my back by sitting down and untying

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After 3.5 years of infertility, we were beyond thrilled to discover our last IUI had been a success! Our RE called it a miracle but we knew it was divine. Now I blog about motherhood after infertility. We practice attachment parenting with a focus on natural and gentle methods. We babywear, cloth diaper, advocate for breastfeeding and many others. I hope you enjoy.
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