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Freehand Mei Tai Baby Carrier, Harriet (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.9 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • 3 in 1 baby carrier, front, back or hip carry
  • One size fits all
  • Tie on straps allow for almost unlimited versatility
  • Reverses to solid color, its like 2 carriers in one
  • Can comfortably carry a newborn or a two year old
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Product Description

Product Description

Harriet FreeHand Baby Carrier from TogetherBe features cream and brown floral buds against an avocado green background with natural straps. The FreeHand is a Mei Tai style baby carrier that can be used to carry your baby in a front back or side (hip) position. The two padded shoulder straps and two waist straps of the FreeHand baby carrier (as with all Mei Tai style carriers) can be wrapped or tied in a variety of styles and combinations making the one size FreeHand baby carrier a perfect fit for mom, dad, grandma, grandpa AND care giver....and the list goes on. FreeHand Mei Tai style carriers can be used comfortably with babies and toddlers up to 35 pounds. Harriet Tubman is the inspiration behind the Harriet FreeHand baby carrier by TogetherBe. Harriet Tubman escaped the slavery she was born into and along with other abolitionists worked the Underground Railroad saving countless people from slavery. Sizing Information: Fits babies: 5-35 lbs Shoulder straps: 75 inches Made By: TogetherBe

From the Manufacturer

Avocado green with cream and brown flower buds on natural Straps, the Harriet FreeHand Mei Tai Baby Carrier helps you keep your baby close and your hands free. The FreeHand Mei Tai borrows its design from a traditional Asian Style Baby Carrier that has been used for centuries. The tie on design allows for parents and babies of all sizes to be comfortable and secure. One size fits all, and can be used with a newborn or a toddler comfortably. The FreeHand can be worn on your front, back or hip. Sometimes you just need a free hand.

Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight1.2 pounds
Product Dimensions15 x 15 x 1 inches
UPC891168002308
Item model numberFreeHand Mei Tai Baby Carrier Harriet
Target genderUnisex
Minimum weight recommendation8 Pounds
Maximum weight recommendation45 Pounds
Batteries requiredNo
  
Additional Information
ASINB0036OROG0
Best Sellers Rank #242,107 in Baby (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Customer Reviews

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By Melissa Ransom on May 27, 2010
I am a mother of 3 and have gone tried many different types of baby carriers, and this is by far my favorite one. To be fair, I did not buy from Amazon, but directly from BabyHawk. Their website is awesome & I was able to design my own. If you don't mind waiting a little longer, its the way to go.

I have used, the ring sling, the Baby Bjorn, the pouch sling, to name a few, but the Mei Tai is by far my favorite. My first child LOVED to be in a carrier, but the ring sling started to really hurt my back once she was a few months old. I couldn't carrier her in it for more than half an hour or so. My second child HATED all carriers - but I hadn't tried the Mei Tai - I bought a pouch sling (Hotsling) which he screamed whenever I put him in. So we tried a Baby Bjorn, which he liked for a week, then screamed. With my third, I decided to wait & try out all those above. The Ring Sling was too bulky to take anywhere (its a padded style). The Baby Bjorn was just plain hard to put on. The pouch sling he outgrew in a few weeks (or maybe we outgrew together - I am 5'10 and the Hotslings are NOT adjustable).

I researched carriers & read many reviews before deciding on BabyHawk Mei Tais. IMO the pros & cons are as follows:

PROS
ADJUSTABLE: Unlike the pouch sling the design of the sling allows for growth of the child & variance in size of the wearer - one size really does fit all
MULTIPOSITIONAL: Unlike the Baby Bjorn - and the pouch sling to an extent - the Mei Tai can be worn many different ways - front, back, different ways to tie. There is a way that will feel best for you.
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I really loved this carrier - for MYSELF. It makes carrying my 17 pound baby SO easy! However - since day one, he's hated it. He's really uncomfortable in it, and I can see why:

-The strap that you can either wrap around the baby's back or legs seems to keep him in a rather uncomfortable position if it's on his back, and if I try wrapping at the legs, it digs into them.

-He also doesn't like to be held right up against me, he likes to be able to see what's going on around him, and this carrier doesn't really allow for that.

-This carrier is also made of very thick fabric, which doesn't really allow for air flow, so even in decent weather, I'd pull him out and he'd be sweating.

-I also find that I have to readjust and keep retying the carrier every half hour or so. He just keeps slipping down and getting more uncomfortable.

We've tried 3 carriers now, and the one he likes best is the Baby Bjorn Air Carrier. It's harder on my back, but he's the most comfortable in it. I did look up several videos on how to wrap the Mei Tai, and tried following them. I still had all the issues listed above.

Wish it had worked for us, because it was expensive. If you're interested, try borrowing one first.
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I am a slender person. I had an infantino carrier with my first child and the straps and buckles always jabbed me in the ribs. Within an hour my back would start to hurt along with my shoulders. I decided to spend the money on this without a test drive with my second child...

As a newborn my baby loved it. When she was too big for the newborn carry she would cry when I put her in it. It was my mistake...as I didn't read the directions thoroughly (they weren't dreadfully long). The directions were great and simple including tips for smaller babies which was our case. After I figured out why she was uncomfortable she enjoyed the ride. I also sometimes carry my 2 year old on my back. She is only 20 pounds so it's not too rough on my back. She loves it. She giggles the whole time she's inside.

Pros:
When this is on correctly there is absolutely NO PRESSURE on my shoulders or back. The shoulders are padded so it's really comfortable.

I love that this holds the baby up in natural positions (side carry, front carry).

The reversible material is great. It's tough and durable. Not to mention easy to wash when needed.

The designs are awesome. I get a lot of positive comments on it. If you really want to go all out you are able to design your own.

My baby's head doesn't flop backward when she falls asleep. Her head falls onto my chest naturally.

Cons:
It takes a little effort to fold it back up. Most of the time I toss it in the back seat until I have time to fold it back up into the carrying case.

It can definitely become a heater for both mom/dad and baby during warmer seasons.

If you want to see how it works you can see videos here:
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I got tired of the intricate and sometimes dirty method of wrapping my baby using a Moby wrap and the back pain I got from my Baby Bjorn, so I was on the hunt for something simpler.

Pros

1. Lightweight - you can pack this easily in a diaper bag.
2. Pretty comfortable for my baby and me, very little back pain even with hours of use.
3. Cute designs and reversible nature of product a plus for Daddy.
4. Relatively easy to put on, a little harder to take off (if you have knots tied behind you). Much better than a Moby, little harder than the Bjorn.
5. You can use this with a newborn, I also own a Boba carrier, which I LOVE, but it cannot be used on a newborn (6m+).
6. This carrier is perfect for hot weather, there is no padding between the baby and the back of the carrier (Bjorn), which makes it cooler. The Moby wrap was pretty HOT due to all the layers.

Cons

1. Paying over fifty dollars is too much in my opinion. I'd say the same for the Moby wrap. Get this item on sale or maybe even used.
2. Still has the straps that hang on the floor, just like the Moby, the difference? These are not as long and are much lighter to work with.
3. I'd prefer if the straps had a little stretch to them, kind of like the Moby - It might make them a bit more comfortable for Mom & baby.
4. Sometimes the straps kind of dig into you and/or the baby, you need to make sure they are positioned correctly. You might need to readjust after wearing for awhile.

Overall, I would highly recommend this for a newborn (haven't tested on older child yet). I prefer my Boba carrier (a bit more comfortable) so far for an older child (6mo+), but this is definitely a good buy as long as you can get it on sale, seventy to one hundred dollars is a bit much for this carrier. I gave this four stars in stead of five due to price.
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