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Mei-Tai Instructions


How to Wear Your Sweet Sling Mei Tai

Please remember that learning to use a baby sling will take time for you and your baby.  Practice, patience, and persistence will allow you to learn to easily and quickly place your baby comfortably and securely in your sling.  Allow yourself at least 3-5 wearings to establish familiarity with your new sling.  Before you wear your sling for the first time, be sure you understand these instructions and practice with a doll or other baby sized item.


Front Carry

Newborn up

Sit down with your baby nearby.  Lay the body panel of the Mei-Tai out on your lap, contrast fabric up.  Wrap the waist straps around you back and tie in back or wrap back around front and tie.  Place the baby tummy to tummy with his legs straddling your body.  Pull up the body of the Mei-Tai with the shoulder straps.  You can either criss-cross the straps across your back, or just bring them down under your arms.  Bring the straps back around the front and tie under (or over) the baby’s legs and bottom, or around his waist.  Tighten and secure all straps with the baby in place.  The shoulder straps should be worn spread wide over the shoulders to distribute the weight.

 Check your knots and straps often to be sure the sling is tied properly and baby is not entangled in the straps.


Back Carry

6 months up
baby should have good head and body control

 Lay your Mei-Tai out on a bed or similar secure location.  Spread the straps out so they can easily be reached.  Place the baby on his back on the body panel, with his shoulders even with the shoulder straps.  Turn around with your back to your baby (making sure he is secure) and tie the waist straps.  Lean back and grab each shoulder strap in each hand.  Pull baby up against your back and lean forward holding baby tightly to your body with the shoulder straps.  Wrap straps back around your back, under the baby’s bottom, and tie.

Back carries should be practiced with another person present to assist until you are 100% comfortable getting baby secure.

Sweet Slings is not responsible for damage or injury, it is your responsibility to make sure the sling is worn properly and the baby is secure!


Hip Carry

Start by tying the waist straps of the Mei-Tai on your hip, body panel offset to one side.  Take baby on your hip and pull the body up like you would with the front carry.  The strap on the front side of your body should cross your body and go over your opposite shoulder.  Make sure you are holding baby snug with your other hand.

 Bring the strap down behind baby holding baby and strap together.  Grab the strap on your back side.  It should go under baby's arm and cross your back.  You can either bring the strap over your shoulder, on top of the other and back around tying both straps under baby’s bottom or behind his back.  You can also take this back strap horizontally around your waist to meet up with the other shoulder strap and tie around baby’s back.

 If your baby has slipped down some make sure to hoist them back up and give a pull on the straps to take up any slack, they should be snugly at your hip.  There are many alternate ways to tie your Mei Tai. As long as Mom and baby are comfortable and baby is safe and secure, discover what works best for you.

Tips for using your Mei Tai

  •  Make sure your straps are spread out, over your shoulders and around your back and waist!  If they bunch or wrinkle they may dig into you and be uncomfortable.
  •  If your waist straps are uncomfortable, your shoulder straps are not tight enough.  Baby should NOT hang from waist straps, but sit above it.
  •  Baby can have arms in, or arms out with the Mei Tai under his armpits.
  •  If the Mei Tai is too tall to allow baby to see or have his arms out, you can shorten the body by folding the waist up (w/ the contrast showing) and around like normal.
  •  Fold headrest up if baby falls asleep, so his head won’t flop backward.

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Last modified: March 14, 2006