Ellaroo Mei Tai Review


A Mei Tai carrier is like a cross between a wrap style carrier and a backpack style carrier and can hold a newborn up to a toddler. As you can see in the picture this carrier has long straps that you criss cross over your back and the baby’s back for a supportive fit. The Ellaroo Mei Tai carriers are made with organic cotton and have beautiful prints like the one pictured above. Like a wrap a Mei Tai style carrier has long straps so my only qualm with this style carrier, like the wrap, is that there is a bit of straps to juggle with and I don’t like to put it on outdoors (not a huge deal, because you can throw it in the wash, but it’s so nice I don’t want it ruined!). It folds down pretty flat so you can take it on the go in your diaper bag. 

I purchased this carrier from Sprouting Up last fall when my cuddly DD was getting too heavy for extended wear with a pouch sling or knit wrap. I was drawn to it for it’s organic materials, structure and gorgeous pattern (I got the pattern pictured above). We didn’t get too much use out of it unfortunately, because she kept getting heavier and heavier and I needed even more support. I wish I had gotten this carrier sooner, because this is a perfect carrier to use between a knit wrap and heavier duty carrier, although this one carrier will get your little one from birth until they are too heavy for you to carry. If your munchkins aren’t off the growth charts like mine is you will get a lot more use out of this carrier and it may get you through the toddling years just fine. 

Overall Rating: 8.5

Overall Fit: 8.5

Fabrics used: 
Luxurious organic cotton and batting. 


Fit on:
Shoulder 
Placement of straps on your shoulders can be adjusted, but there is no padding on the straps. Would love if the straps were thicker where they hit on the shoulders and more padding would provide better support, however, will add some bulk. 
Back 
Comfortable with younger/lighter children or for shorter periods of time with older/heavier children. Although it does a good job distributing the weight, you may experience some back pain with heavier children when wearing it for extended periods of time. 
Waist/Hips 
The waist strap can be loosened or tightened and the shoulder straps reinforce the fit around waist when tied. 
On baby 
Keeps baby’s knees even with hips, which is optimal for their spines. 


Weight range: 
Birth – 35 lbs. 


Durability: 
The fabric is sturdy and the carrier is well constructed. No buckles, rings or other features that will experience wear and tear. 


Where available for purchase:
Sprouting Up


Affordability/Price:
$94


Compare to:
Babyhawk
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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.
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Comments

  1. I love my Glory Baby Mei Tai because the straps are padded and I don't think it adds to the bulk at all. My GB also has a hood that folds into a headrest :) I also love that with a Mei Tai it is so easy to customize the fit no matter who wears it – just tie, no buckles to mess with!

    Great review!

  2. Bobbi Janay @When did I go from a kid to a grown up? says:

    I love my ellaroo mei hip.

  3. I have always wanted to try one of these carriers. It sounds great and looks beautiful.

  4. Great post! I love babywearing and want to try a mei tai so bad! Now I REALLY do!

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