1. Tie the waist straps very snugly around your waist, with the body hanging down in front of you. Secure with a double knot.
2. Hold baby in front of you with one hand and bring the Mei Tai body up behind baby to create a seat. Very young babies should have their feet “froggy-style”, entirely in the carrier. Older babies can sit straddling your body.
3. Holding baby’s weight with one arm, bring one shoulder strap up over each of your shoulders toward the back.
4. Holding baby’s weight with one hand, reach around your back. Grab both shoulder straps. Reach around with the other hand. Take one shoulder strap in each hand. Cross the straps behind your back. Pull them taught to snug baby securely into the seat.
5. Bring the straps back around to the front of your body, and cross them under baby’s bum. (You can tie the straps behind baby’s back at this point, if you like.)
6. Bring the straps under baby’s legs and tie them in a double knot behind your back.
7. The straps should be tied across the side openings of the carrier, for security. The headrest is shown in the up position.
8. Baby should be sitting above your waist, close to your body.
When wearing a baby on your back, the most secure position for the fabric is pulled up to the armpits (arms out) or neck (arms in), depending upon the mood of your baby. A baby carrier is not meant to be a safety restraint in the car or airplane. Always be aware of your baby’s position in the Mei Tai. Do not use the carrier with an uncooperative child.