The term mei-tai refers to a type of Asian-based carrier. Pronounced may tie, its meaning in Chinese (Cantonese) is Mei : carried on the shoulders and Tai : carrying strap. Its simplicity is what makes it so popular. There are many variations in existence, and the basic common element is a waist-belt and shoulder straps attached to a central panel where baby is seated. The carrier adapts to a wide range of body types. The Chimparoo Mei Tai has a number of unique characteristics: soft woven cotton twill, system of lateral adjustments for a newborn, seat adjustments to accommodate a baby younger than 2-3 months of age, a sleep hood, and padding in the waist, shoulder straps and under the thighs. All these elements make an ideal carrier for the newborn. The carrier is certified for use with a child weighing 7-35 lbs, and thus can be used for as long as you feel comfortable. Your child can be worn in 4 positions: on the front facing in, on the front facing out, on the hip and on the back. The Chimparoo Mei Tai is often considered a hybrid, the compromise between a woven wrap and a soft structured carrier such as the TREK or MULTI 2.0. Made for both men and women, with a look that is both urban and natural. It owes its cozy feel, comfort and support to the same supple, lightweight cotton twill found in our woven wraps. Lightweight and simple to use, it is compact and easy to master. You will find it indispensable, both inside and outside the home. The long shoulder straps will accommodate most body types and allow the carrier to be worn outside your coat.
Note that there may be variations in the Mei Tai.. The front pocket of the Mei Tai can have up to 9 different versions for MELI. The Mei Tai that you will receive can be different than the picture. We made the model FIESTA without pocket for those who do not want surprises. These baby carriers are handmade in Canada. They are beautiful in all cases.
The colors MELI and FIESTA differ only by the transverse wire. The MELI is woven on a pink background and FIESTA on a red background.
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Front carry with a new born baby
During the first few weeks, the baby is more comfortable with the legs inside the carrier as in the fetal position with good vertical back support. A baby’s back is fragile, requiring support until the spinal column develops enough strength to keep the body upright against gravity. This carrier can be adjusted in many ways to provide adequate support during this critical period.
Install your baby in the Mei Tai with the use of the lateral and horizontal straps, and also adjust the length of the body of the carrier.
Always keep a hand on baby's back while you are tying the straps.
The lateral slots angle the straps for a more secure positioning of a tiny baby. When they are used with a baby weighing less than 15 lbs, the slots also increase the tension in baby’s lower back. This helps to keep the back upright, and deters the baby from assuming a curled up position with the neck bent.
When baby is worn in the front, cross the straps on the back and thread them through the slots. You now have two ways to tie the straps.
1- Continue pulling the straps to the front and tie off under baby’s bum. This conventional way to use the Mei Tai is recommended for babies over 15 lbs. Verify baby’s back and head position. If adjustments are needed, start by tightening the top of the straps and reposition baby’s pelvis and back. If this is unsuccessful, go to method #2 below.
2- Instead of tying off in the front, bring the straps behind you, pulling firmly on each side to create adequate tension. Tie off on your back. Alternately, cross the straps and bring them to the front before tying into a knot. Please note that although the slots are reinforced, they will weaken easily if used with a child over 15 lbs.
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When the knees are completely outside the body of the carrier, the horizontal toggles are no longer necessary and the slots are less important. To prevent the legs from dangling straight down, position the straps to help lift the knees. The straps cross under baby’s bum, skipping the slots altogether. Pass the straps under baby’s knees and bring them around your waist. Tie your final knot. Verify that the straps do not leave any marks on the skin or are fastened too tightly. Add a small cushion or towel under the knees if desired. Spread out the fabric of the straps to avoid having the straps dig into the skin. Avoid twisting the straps.
When wearing baby on your back, attach the waist belt as high as possible, even at the level of the armpits if this is comfortable for you. Adapt the height as needed for your comfort.
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We recommend this position from the age of about 3-6 months when the baby is strong enough to keep his head straight or is able to sit up by himself. Be sure to have someone else nearby to help you the first few times. After having practiced some manipulations on your back, first with a doll, then with the wrap, you can now try the technique that is best suited to you. According to your level of comfort in the handling of your child, you will develop your own technique.
By glancing at the different knotting techniques, you will see many different ways of putting your baby on your back. According to your baby’s age or your degree of ease in handling your baby against your body, you will find the method that works best for you. Here, we show you a knotting with a 2 year old child, but it is possible to do them with a small baby. Only placing baby on your back will be different.
1- Place the right side of the Mei-Tai against yourself.
2- Attach the belt straps around your waist.
3- Make sure that the Mei-Tai is properly centered in your back before placing the baby.
4- Place your baby on your back.
5- Always keep one hand on your baby and never hesitate to ask for help to insure the safety of your baby.
6- Bring the material up against baby by grabbing each strap and pulling upwards tightly to keep baby close to you at a comfortable height while keeping his back nice and round.
7- Pass the straps over each shoulder and hold them firmly in front of you. Pull on them until you obtain a comfortable position.
8- Babies arms can be placed under or over the straps according to his age and comfort. It is possible to adjust the height of the baby carrier so that it supports the head or so baby can stick his arms out. All you have to do is attach the belt at your waist a little higher or roll the belt straps around the carrier to shorten its length.
9- There are many ways to attach the shoulder straps. We have 3 to suggest to you. With the first two, you pass the straps around your shoulders like a backpack.
10- With the first way, you cross the straps under the buttocks of baby and pass the straps around your waist to complete the knot after passing under the babies legs.
11- With the second way, instead of making the knot on your waist, you bring each strap around the shoulder straps to stabilize your shoulders and add support. Bring the ends together so you can knot them above your chest.
12- With the third way, you cross the straps in front of your chest before bringing them in back of you. You can also cross the material over the babies’ bottom before doing the knot in front of you.
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Facing out carry
Always be carefull when using this position. It is important that the knees be well supported upwards. Use the slots on each side to secure the baby to fall on the side os the carrier.
Continue pulling the straps to the front and tie off under baby’s bum or bring the straps behind you, pulling firmly on each side to create adequate tension. Tie off on your back.
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If you are alone, and there’s a good chance your baby may fall asleep, the sleep hood needs to be opened before placing baby on your back. Once unrolled, the head support is easily accessed by the straps. Grasp one strap with one hand and pull up the head support to cover baby’s head. Bring your other hand over and behind your head to grasp the other strap and repeat as above.
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My Chiropractic Opinion on the Chimparoo Mei Tai
The Chimparoo Mei Tai ticks all the boxes for ergonomics. Baby is held in the M position whereby their knees are higher than their bottom and their spine is cradled in a C curve. This ensures their spine and pelvis are supported correctly with no undue stress. For the wearer, the mei tai has padded shoulder straps that cross over which distributes pressure and holds baby in nice and close to ensure there is no extra strain on your spine. My Highlights. So comfy!
Feels less bulky than a buckled carrier.
Easy to use once you get the hang of using a Mei Tai.
Very ergonomic for both wearer and baby.
Lovely soft woven fabric.
Can be adjusted for baby’s size both in the back panel and the legs.
My little one is only 8 weeks old and this carrier is super comfortable. I love that the straps can cross in the back for added support when carrying! Lovely colours to choose from as well. I love the woven material it is made from. I am excited to use it for years to come!
It's the library's chimparoo im in love with it! Its so soft! kiki emoticon
Just playing around with the Chimparoo. I love that it matches my dress!
Become a member last month and checked out the chimparoo mei tai! We loved how much support and comfort it provided (and the hidden sleepy dust!)
Lexi Davis Playmale
Enjoying the chimparoo a ton!
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