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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

  • Hiking


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. 

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