Freehand Mei Tai Baby Carrier, Harriet (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 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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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:
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.Read more ›
-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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The good: Can carry a surprisingly heavy baby with ease and comfort, and can be tied in multiple configurations as needed
The bad: This isn't a "modern" baby... Read more
It was hard to fit baby in comfortably because of the size of the front carrier. Maybe when she gets bigger, we'll try again.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
This carrier can be used by any size person and adjusts well. The shoulders are slightly padded which adds comfort. Read morePublished 23 months ago by applepie
I love this carrier! I have used it since my daughter was 5 months, she is now almost 10. I like wrapping her versus some of the other soft structured carriers out there. Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by Stephanie
Not as easy to tie with baby in it as I originally thought it would be but a nice cross between a moby wrap and an ergo carrier. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Rebeka
My wife ordered this thing....it's just a sling.....I could have made this crap myself!!! 70+ DOLLARS FOR THAT???? This isnt a baby carrier..in the traditional sense.. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Sean Robinson