The Catbird Baby mei tai baby carrier is a comfortable way to carry your baby with a number of options for positioning. I was unfamiliar with this type of carrier but found it to be much better to wear than other carriers with lots of clips and hooks. The mei tai carrier is intended for infants or toddlers from 8 to 40 pounds so it can be used for a long time. There are several different ways you can use it to accommodate even the smallest babies who aren’t holding their heads up yet.
All positions for this carrier are upright but you can place the baby in it quite a few different ways. For an infant who isn’t holding their head up yet you can keep the carrier wide so it holds their arms and legs in while supporting their head. There is the option to have your child front carrying either facing you or facing out. They can also be on your hip or placed on your back. The back carrying method is recommended for 5-6 months and up. In the front and back carrying position you can put baby’s arms under or over the straps. The carrier comes with instructions on how to place the baby in each position; the directions are written and there are pictures to demonstrate as well. Even with the pictures I found of few of the positions a little tricky to figure out. I needed my husband to help me the first few times to make sure that I had our daughter in securely. Once I got it figured out it wasn’t hard to put on at all. If you need extra help there are more pictures on the company website with an actual person putting on the carrier in each position which makes it a little clearer.
The straps that go over your shoulders are padded for extra comfort, but not too big and bulky. Because all that is required when you put it on is tying straps there is no adjusting necessary. With another carrier that we have, everything needs to be readjusted when my husband uses it. This becomes a problem if I am trying to grab it quickly and go. The straps are long enough to fit around any parent and baby comfortably with room to spare. The material itself is really soft so it’s comfortable for baby and parent. The actual carrier material itself isn’t too thick so it doesn’t get too hot. It’s recommended that you spot clean spots or stains first and try to wash it as infrequently as possible to maintain the life of the carrier. It can be machine washed on delicate and line dried.
The carrier comes in lots of different fun patterns and colors. They all look very trendy and not to girly so dads shouldn’t have a problem using these! This carrier also becomes very portable. It folds up easily to fit in a diaper bag or in luggage for traveling.
I really am excited to get more use out my mei tai carrier, not just around the house but also on the go. It’s stylish looking and comfortable and most importantly my baby is happy when she is in it!