Bottom Line: Comfortable and stows away very conveniently, but just too much fabric for me and not convenient to wear without baby in it. Doesn’t work well to pre-tie.
Pros: A Mei Tai is very much like the ERGObaby or Beco carriers in that baby sits with their legs around you and most of the weight is supported at your waist and hips, making it comfortable for long carries. Also, it allows most of the same carry positions (front, back, hip). It doesn’t have any buckles or rings, so fingers can’t get pinched. Lastly, it folds up fairly small, which makes it handy for travel. Like the ring sling, it’s a nice carrier to store in the car for emergencies, if one has the luxury of owning an obscene number of carriers (like me).
Cons: Much like the woven wrap, which you also can’t really pre-tie, I just find the Mei Tai to be too much fabric to deal with most of the time. With such long straps, it’s difficult to put on in a parking lot without letting the fabric touch the pavement. Unlike the Moby wrap or the K’Tan, it’s not very comfortable to hold your baby over the Mai Tai after pulling the baby out, since the fabric is pretty stiff. It’s also not very easy to pop them in and out, making this one of my least favorite carriers.
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