Start with your Mei Tai out in-front of you, the outside panel towards you, hanging like an apron.
Tie the waist strap behind you in a double knot keeping the waist band “bandage” tight. Make sure your front panel is nicely centered.
Hold baby to your body with legs around you, getting baby’s knees high and bottom low to form an “M” shape will help to get good positioning in the carrier.
Keeping hold of baby, pull the carriers body panel up over babies back. To ensure baby’s bottom is sat deeply into the carrier hold both straps firmly and bounce baby gently until there is no slack in the seat of the carrier.
Whilst keeping one hand on baby at all times cross the straps on your back and reach behind you grasping the strap from the opposite shoulder, bringing it back in front of you. Hold the first strap you cross in the hand holding baby whilst you repeat with the other side.
Getting the straps crossed in the middle of your back and flat will help keep them comfortable.
Now you have both straps in front, hold them tightly and it’s safe to take your hands off baby. Bounce baby gently while pulling the shoulder straps outwards until the carrier is tight enough to give good support.
Bring the shoulder straps over baby’s legs, cross them under babies bottom (keeping tension) then bring them back under baby’s legs.
Bring the shoulder straps back behind you and tie in a double knot.
Baby is now completely secure. Check their bottom is lower than their knees as this puts baby in the most supportive position making it more comfortable for them and you.
If this position hasn’t been achieved, gently lift baby’s knees, this will tilt their pelvis up and bottom down.
If you have chosen a carrier with a sleep hood, this can be raised over baby’s head and secured to the loops on the shoulders.
There are many ways to carry your child, this is an example to get you started. For more information try your local sling meet or sling library.