When J-man got a bit bigger (over the 7kg mark) wearing him in the RS for long periods wasn't as easy as it was when he was a newborn. For me that was when the Mei Tai style came into its own. It gave me the comfort and security of being able to hold him close while also giving me support by having his weight distributed through the two shoulder straps and waist strap.
For me a hood is an important feature of a carrier. It works head support for a sleepy bub, a sun and wind shade during outings.
Mei Tai carriers do take a little bit of practice to master- but they are not as hard as they look.
The Mei Tai style can be used as a front and back carrier.
There are different techniques for tying a Mei Tai's straps, Youtube, or an experienced baby wearer are great for helping to learn different techniques.
Here are some pics of my favorite Mei Tai carrier- Kleinsmekker.
with a toddler
Baby wearing while Lawn bowling (hood up and bubba sleeping)
On a sunny Summer day.
All the carriers pictured here are Kleinsmekker carriers, sadly Lotte is closing her store at the end of November. There are other makers of Mei Tei style carriers. Always buy from a reputable retailer or maker.
The is a variation to a Mei Tai and it is commonly referred to as a Half Buckle. It either has clip up shoulder straps and a tie waist or a clip waist and wrap straps. If you are feeling the woven wrapping love, but would like more structure a wrap tie could be what you are looking for.
At the end of the day, no matter what you use to carry you baby, so long as it is a safe carrier, and is comfortable for you and your baby, then your on the right track.
If you would like more info on carriers, or would like to see my stash and have a play please feel free to get in touch, i love sharing the baby wearing love.