The Mei Tai is a square or nearly square piece of cloth with parallel unpadded straps emerging from the sides of each corner.
The word Mei Tai is Chinese for:
Mei: to carry on the shoulders.
Tai: strap, band
Mei Tais come with a variety of different features. The straps could be wide across the shoulders to encase the shoulders or thinner and padded to sit on the shoulders like a carrier. The ends are able to be tied. In some brands of mei tais you can sinch the bottom to make the seat a little narrower for smaller babies.
The mei tai is a good cross between a soft structured carrier and a wrap. It has less structure to it than a Soft Structured carrier and is as comfortable as a woven wrap, but has more structure to it than a woven wrap making it sometimes easier and cooler to use than a wrap.
For very comfortable long carries
Could replace the stroller especially when walking over uneven terrain
Carry baby on the front, side or back
Depending on the brand of mei tai, it is possible to wear a newborn to toddler in a me tai.
Birth to approx 15kg*
*Some Mei Tais can hold a heavier baby.