SAFETY:

PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU TRY THE CARRIER!
When learning to buckle your carrier practice with a doll, then have an adult to help you when you tie it on with your baby till you master it. Do it by the couch or other soft surface when you try it with your baby. Check the steps in a mirror. Always keep one hand on your baby when putting in or taking out of the carrier and support baby when you bend over.

Do not run, jump or excersize when wearing your baby in a carrier.

Always check your carrier before using for any signs of damage or wear and stop using when you find any. These carriers are made of fabrics. All fabrics breaks down with use and washing which you can delay with proper care, but can't stop completely. Think about your favorite jeans! Fabric carriers are not a hand me down baby items.
Be aware of your surroundings! Baby can grab and pull down things, stick arms/legs out and bump them in doorways, furnitures.

Please be cautions and use extreme care when putting your baby in the carrier and while wearing it. Roll up all hanging extra webbing and secure with the elastic. Tuck away extra hanging straps on the hood and always tie or clip the strap to the hood loop on the shoulders when the hood is in use! 

Always make sure baby is not smushed against your chest or back, and has adequate airflow.
Please always use common sense when wearing your baby. Safety is your responsibility.

 

 

FRONT CARRY:

1.With the side of the carrier you want facing out facing toward your body, tie waist straps in a snug knot around your waist.   2. Pick up baby and hold him next to your chest. Until you master it, it's easier to do this while sitting.      
3. With one hand, pull the carrier up between his legs and over his entire body, while supporting him with the other hand. 4. Put shoulder straps over shoulders. While holding your baby with one hand reach behind you and grab the opposite side's strap. Crossing your back bring it forward to hold baby, then reach behind you with your other hand and grab the other strap.    
5. Cross the straps across your back, making sure they are not folded or twisted. Pull it tight, it'll be more secure and comfortable. Hold the straps tight, you are supporting the baby with the straps now 6. Bring both straps around under your arms to the front of your body and tie them in a tight knot under baby's bottom. With younger babies you tie behind the baby's back .If straps are longer, cross under baby's bum and under her legs pull them back and tie there. Gives a little more support.    

 

HIP CARRY:

   
1. Tie waist straps around your waist, the carrier hanging on your hip 2. Take baby on your hip and pull the body up between the baby's legs.    
3. The strap on the front of your body go across your chest and over your opposite shoulder. Make sure you are holding the baby snug with your other hand. 4. Grab the strap on your back side and pull under baby's arm and cross your back, while holding baby securely with the other hand..    
5. Bring the back strap around your side and across your waist to meet up with the front strap that you put over your shoulder before and now cross your back. 6. They'll go under baby's arms, over the thighs and cross under baby's bottom. Now you lead the straps under baby's legs back to your opposite side.    

 

BACK CARRY:

   
1. Tie waist straps in a snug knot around your waist with the carrier hanging on your front toward your side, the side of the carrier you want to be facing out, facing your body. 2. Pick up your baby, spread her legs around your waist. With one hand, pull the carrier up between her legs and over his entire body, while supporting her with the other hand.    
3. Put the straps under baby's arms grab both firmly with one hand, while support the baby with your other hand. 4. Gently slide her around toward your back. Keep firm grip on the straps and also support your baby with the other hand.    
5. When baby is almost on the back, separate the straps. One strap in each hand, lift one hand over your head and bring the strap down onto your shoulder. 6. Now that you have both straps on front, grab them again with one hand and hold firmly.    
7. Reach back under baby's bottom with the other hand. Slide her to the center of your back. Lightly bounce to get out the slack and settle baby in the right position. 8. Take one strap in each hand and cross them on your chest or bring them down and under your arms, like a backpack. You can also twist them on your chest. With time you'll figure out which style is the most comfortable for you.    
9. Bring the straps around your sides. Always keep the straps firmly in your hands! 10. Twist them under baby's bottom, then back around to your front going under baby's legs.    
11. You can also cross them instead of twisting, the straps stay spread and smooth this way. 12. Tie a firm square knot on front. Always make sure the knots are secure and snug, and retie if necessary.    

 

BACK CARRY USING A COUCH:

   
1. Spread the carrier on the couch, about half up on the back. The waist straps straight on the side, the shoulder straps up on the back of the couch. 2. Sit baby on the carrier, with her back against the back of the couch. Fold up the bottom part of the carrier between baby's legs.    
3. Sit right in front of her and tie the waist straps around your waist. Make it snug. 4. Reach back and pull the shoulder straps over your shoulders to your chest. Make sure baby is sitting safely in the carrier.    
5. Now lean forward and stand up keeping a firm grip on the straps. 6. Bounce lightly to get the slack out and get baby in a safe and snug position. Now you can do a cross or a twist on your chest with the shoulder straps, or pull it straight down as a backpack. Refer back to step 8 in the back carry instruction to tie.    

USING THE HOOD:
Instruction pictures were made with a non-hooded Mei Tai, but there is no difference in tying, just follow these instructions. The hood gives support to the baby's head while sleeping or nursing and against the sun. To attach, unsnap the straps, pull up hood and thread the straps through the loops on the shoulder straps. Adjust and snap. When the hood is not in use, all snaps should be snapped and the straps possibly tuck away. If you don't plan on using the hood, it can be turned inside the carrier, out of the way.


MATERIALS AND CARE:
Straps and back are constructed of sturdy and durable preshrunk 100% cotton twill or canvas. The front and hood is decorator's weight fabric or quilter's cotton backed with canvas.The shoulder padding is 100% polyester, mold and mildew resistant, does not hold water, dries fast. I use only high quality Guttermann thread.

To extend the life of your Mei Tai carrier, avoid machine washing if not neccessary, as frequent washing break down the fibers and weaken the fabric. Spot cleaning recommended whenever possible. If you choose to machine wash your Mei Tai, please do so on gentle cycle in cold water and line dry. Remove promptly from washer, do not let the damp carrier stand in it. If possible, use a mesh bag or pillow case to avoid strap tangling. I do not recommend using a dryer.

Use extreme care if your Mei Tai lined with dupioni silk. I recommend spot cleaning, or dry cleaning as mashine washing is extremly hard on silks. Bright and dark color dupioni silks might bleed even after repetead pre-washing. I wash all silks before cutting to preshrunk and remove extra dye. Please keep this in mind when cleaning your Mei Tai, I'm not responsible for fabric bleeding issues.
Silk is a strong natural fiber, but fragile when wet, don't handle the damp material, just let it dry. Use warm iron when completly dry.

If your Mei Tai's hood made with minky, it requires the same gentle care as silks, but do not iron it. You can use warm iron from the back side of the hood, which usually made with cotton.

Don't iron the snap straps.

FRONT CARRY:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. With the side of the carrier you want facing out facing toward your body, tie waist straps in a snug knot around your waist. 2. Pick up baby and hold him next to your chest. Until you master it, it's easier to do this while sitting.