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Asian Based Carriers (ABC)

Mei tai’s are a traditional Asian carrier originating from China made up of a shaped body with waist straps and longer shoulder straps that wrap around the wearer and baby. They are extremely comfortable for even long periods of time and also very versatile being suitable from newborn to toddler, they can be used for front, back and sometimes hip carries depending on the design. It can take a little time to get used to tying them but it soon becomes second nature, they can be put on quite quickly no matter how many people use one carrier. Other Asian carriers include the podaegi from Korea, which is similar to the mei tai but without waist straps and the onbuhimo from Japan, also similar to the mei tai but with rings at the bottom of the body that the shoulder straps thread through rather than separate waist straps.

Mei Tai’s in the Library:

Amazonas – Tree *On loan until 06/02/14*



Babyhawk – Cranberry with pink beads


ByKay – Dark Denim *On loan until 27/02/15*


Didymos Didytai – Lilac Labyrinth *On loan until 13/02/15*


Hoppediz Hop-Tye – Stockholm *On loan until 23/02/15*

Inspired By Elsie – Beige and Blue


Lenny Lamb – Tangata

Ling Ling D’amour – Prune


Melkaj – Russian Dolls


Melkaj Wrap Conversion – Purple


Napsack – Brown/Khaki


Pouchlings – Infant sized in Purple Haze



Victoria Slinglady Ezium – Olive/Hungry Catapillar




Podaegi’s in the library:


Rock Solid Slings – Green Birds



Simply Mei Tai – Emerald diamond weave


4 Comments leave one →
  1. karenne Brighouse permalink
    March 6, 2014 11:14

    Hi Katrina
    I’ll be coming to the library tomorrow to return the connecta I borrowed last week. If possible I’d like to borrow either the pouchling or didymos mei tai, depending which I like ‘in real life’. I know the website says you can’t always bring the full library so just wanted to see if you will be be able to bring those with you?

    • March 6, 2014 18:45

      Hi Karenne,

      The Didytai will definitely be there tomorrow for you to try but unfortunately it won’t be possible to get the Pouchlings mei tai over in time. We do have other wrap strap mei tais available to try or if you’d particularly like to try the Pouchlings let me know I’ll look at getting it over to Darwen for next Friday.

  2. Nina moffett permalink
    October 12, 2014 08:34

    Hi Katrina in addition to the ring slings please could you also bring the lenny lamb tangata mei tai and the hungry caterpillar mei tai thanks from nina

    • October 13, 2014 09:25

      Hi Nina, that’s fine and I’ll bring them along with the ring slings.

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