DIY Mei Tai Baby Carrier

This past Summer, I purchased a woven wrap and was so excited to be able to wear Little Man on my back so that I could get some housework done. Although I loved the look and feel of the wrap, I didn’t love putting it on. It took too long for me to get on and I didn’t feel comfortable putting Little Man on my back by myself.

So I began the search for a soft structured carrier. The two types of carriers that fall into this category are buckle carriers and Mei Tai’s. I was able to try on both styles at a La Leche League Parenting Conference. Although a lot of people prefer buckle carriers, I found them confusing and difficult to adjust. When I tried on a Mei Tai, it just felt right. It was easy for me to tie on and no adjustments had to be made. Plus I liked the way the tied straps looked over buckles.

So then I began my search for the perfect Mei Tai. Nice padded ones can be fairly expensive, costing around $100+. I looked online and found several tutorials showing how I could make my own. I was nervous because I’d never sewn anything this complicated before, but I decided to give it a shot. I used this tutorial and the materials and supplies only cost me about $35. I made A LOT of mistakes and I kept running out of thread. It took me about a week to finish. But I am VERY happy with the results.

It’s a little wrinkly in this picture because I wear it all the time. In fact, I just wore Little Man on my back for two hours this morning while I was finishing some Christmas decorating around the house. It is so fast and easy to put on and I feel very comfortable putting him on my back by myself. And he loves it too!

Here’a picture of me wearing him in a front carry while we were out and about in the city.

And here is a picture of me wearing him in a back carry after church yesterday while we were wrapping presents for our upcoming Christmas outreach. If I hadn’t had the Mei Tai, I probably wouldn’t have been able to participate.

I have worn him while cleaning, doing laundry, cooking, putting on makeup, shopping, sightseeing, preparing for a meeting, and even directing a wedding rehearsal. This thing sure has come in handy! If you are looking for a baby carrier, I would still recommend a ring sling for the first few months. After that, a Mei Tai is the way to go!



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  1. That looks super cute and much more comfy than the mei tai I had with Levi…which I loved but it wasn’t so cushy. We splurged on an Ergo with Sophia, and I’m in love.

  2. This looks great! I’ve been needing to get something else to use for my son. I loved my ring sling when he was little but it’s just not working for us anymore.

  3. nicely done, mama!!!

  4. Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife says:

    Wow, looks great mama! Very inspiring!

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