Wrap Mei Tai instructions (fast access):
- Place the mei tai upside down against your waist. Tie the lower straps behind your back. Bring the mei tai body up, and the shoulder straps up over each of your shoulders (be careful your baby does not slip down; his hips should be at your waist level!)
- Supporting the baby with one hand, reach behind your back and catch the opposite shoulder strap, then pull it across the back to the front. The second strap should still drape over your shoulder.
- Switch hands. Supporting your baby with the hand holding the shoulder strap, pull the second strap in front (back view).
- Cross the straps behind baby’s back (in the middle of his back, not under his bum).
- Bring the straps under baby’s legs and tie them behind your back.
Remember to change shoulders for your hip carries, giving equal time to your right and left sides! Your posture and the physical development of your baby depend on it. Before hip carrying, your baby should be capable of holding his head up, and well on the way to sitting independently.
- Place the mei tai upside down against your hip. Tie the lower straps behind your back at your waist.
- Take the baby on your hip and pull the mei tai body up over him.
- Holding your baby on your hip with the closest hand (over the mei tai body), grab the strap on your back side and put it across your back. Then pull it under your arm and to the front.
- Hold the strap under your armpit.
- Bring the second strap up over your shoulder and change hands. Supporting your baby with one hand, reach behind your back with the other. Grab the strap draping over your shoulder and pull it to the front.
- Pull both straps tight.
- Cross the straps behind your baby’s back (in the middle of his back, not under his bum).
- Bring the straps under baby’s legs and tie on the opposite hip. Adjust the shoulder strap to avoid it digging into your neck.
- Hold the mei tai upside down at your waist, and tie the lower straps behind your back.
- Pick the baby up and place him in the carrier, then pull the body of the mei tai up and over him. Hold him with one hand and the carrier’s top straps with the other.
- Slide him around your hip onto your back; you should hold his calves or his bum. When you try a back carry for the first time, have someone assist you, or stand over a soft bed.
Holding baby under the bum with one hand over the mei tai body (your palm should be open), grab the closest strap with the other hand and pull it over your shoulder.
- Switch hands. Grab the second strap with your free hand and pull it over your shoulder, holding your baby with your second hand.
- Now holding both straps firmly, stand up and pull the mei tai up.
- Bring the straps down under your arms. Cross the straps behind your baby’s back (in the middle of his back, not under his bum).
- Bring the straps under your baby’s legs and tie in front. Adjust his arms and legs so he sits straight, and check if that the mei tai is comfortable for him.