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The Original BabyHawk Mei Tai
The modern Mei Tai is borrowed from the ancient Chinese method of babywearing. Traditionally a large square or rectangular piece of cloth, the Mei Tai was secured by tying its four corners together. Today's Mei Tai come in a variety of colors and patterns, offering on-the-go families an excellent, comfortable, and stylish solution for carrying babies and toddlers. Mei Tai offer caregivers three positions for babywearing (front, back, and hip) and can be tied for a custom fit.
BabyHawk Mei Tai can fit women up to size 22/24 and men up to an XXL. Lightly padded for comfort and durability, Mei Tai straps are 3 3/4 inches wide and is designed for children weighing between 8 lbs. and 40 lbs. Mei Tai can be machine washed with a small amount of detergent; line drying is recommended to preserve color.
BabyHawk is dedicated to quality carriers that reflect the style of each baby wearer and the creation of jobs in USA. Your new Mei Tai is proudly made to order in in Oceanside, California with 100% cotton chino twill and 100% quilting quality cotton.
All of our carriers are made in Oceanside, CA, of 100% cotton chino twill and 100% quilting-quality cotton. When purchasing a BabyHawk, you have the knowledge that while you're supporting your baby with an excellent carrier made of high-quality materials, you're also supporting the local economy.
Benefits of Babywearing with Babyhawk Carriers
1. Baby cries less; you'll both smile more! Research has shown that babies who are carried cry (on average) 43% less overall and 54% less during the evening hours.
2. Good for baby's mental development. Babies spend more time in a "quiet, alert state" when carried - the ideal state for learning and brain development. Baby benefits from seeing the world from where you are, and how you interact with it.
3. Good for baby's emotional development. Babies are quickly able to develop a sense of security and trust when they are carried. Parental rhythms have a soothing and balancing effect on little ones: the baby is in tune with the parent's breathing, heartbeat and movements. This encourages healthy and secure attachment, and helps the baby to regulate his or her own physical responses.
4. Good for baby's physical development. Babyhawk carriers provide for a natural sitting position, with the baby's legs spread and supported. This is the healthiest sitting position for your baby's developing body. Also, babywearing can help prevent head flattening as compared to car seat carrying. Babies also gain the many benefits of being in close proximity to you, both as a newborn adjusting to life outside the womb, and as a developing baby through the stimulation and comfort of physical contact and closeness.
5. Comfortable and stylish, Babyhawk frees your hands, while letting you be close to your baby. As a parent, it can be tough to get things done. Babyhawk carriers free up your hands while keeping you close to your baby.
When putting the carrier on, tie the carrier upside down against your body. The pattern should be towards your body in this position. If you have a reversible carrier, the pattern you wish to display should be towards your body.
Tie the straps behind the back of a younger baby for more support and under the bottom of a larger baby or toddler.
When wearing a child on your back, frequently look at yourself when passing a window or another reflective object. You should be looking for proper positioning, that the ties are in the proper place, and that the child still looks comfy.
Use a square knot instead of a bow when tying for security. If you have enough tail length left over, feel free to tie it in a bow.
You can tie the waist straps above or just under your breasts to get the baby higher on your body. Note: this for back carries only! It is not recommended to wear the waist straps above your breasts in a front carry.
It is safe for babies/toddlers to have their arms out over the top if that is what they prefer.
The practice of babywearing keeps babies in the safest place possible -- a parent's arms, with the baby's face visible to the carrying adult. Babies are vulnerable in their first four months of life. They require constant supervision, which is why we believe that baby wearing is critical to the well-being of children.
Baby carriers are meant to mimic in-arms carrying positions. Your baby should be in the same position in which you would hold him or her in your arms. Check your baby's position by embracing him or after settling him into the carrier; his position should not shift significantly in your embrace.
Visible is kissable. You should always be able to kiss your baby's head while she is being carried.
Your baby's bottom should never fall below your belly button when he's in the carrier.
After nursing in a carrier, remove baby from breast and return baby to proper carrying position with head above the breasts and face free of fabric and turned away from the mother's body.
Attend to and check on baby often, especially those under 4 months of age.
Never jog, run, jump on a trampoline, go mountain biking, or engage in any activity that shakes your baby frequently.
Never use a baby carrier when riding in a car or other motorized vehicle. If you are in a car, the baby is in a car seat. No exceptions.
If a certain activity is inadvisable during pregnancy, it is also inadvisable while wearing your baby. Remember that a baby in utero has the added protection of being in your belly, a carried baby does not.
If an activity requires protective gear, do not do it while wearing your baby. This rule includes, among other things, cooking, lawn mowing, boating, water or snow skiing, and bicycle riding.
Be seasonally appropriate, do not over or under dress your child, and always use sun protection. There are several options available that can be made at home with natural products.
Be keen to your child's curiosity and his or her desire to grab things - especially when he or she is on your back
Like many areas of child-rearing and parenting, knowledge is always expanding. The information contained in this site is given to you in good faith and based upon our understanding of baby wearing as it currently stands. Like all other topics regarding health and safety, the benefits of baby wearing are numerous for the wearer and the child being worn, however, safe practices must be strictly adhered to.
Remember that safety always comes before fashion. A beautiful carrier that is damaged or worn incorrectly is not safe. Be certain to check stitching and the components of your BabyHawk frequently.
Consult an expert if your infant was born with a low birth weight, such as a preemie or twins, or if your infant has respiratory illness or other respiratory problems, or if he or she suffers from other chronic conditions. Extra vigilance is required with these babies.
Remember to discuss your plans to baby wear with your health care practitioner for all children. You will gain support for your baby wearing plans as well as invaluable pointers.
Baby wearing is best learned in a hands-on fashion. We strongly encourage you to visit one of our retailers to learn the specifics and to further your knowledge. Additionally, baby wearing groups are flourishing all over. Join one and meet other families like yours.
While we can provide you with many safety tips, it is important to remember that there is no absolute set of guidelines; nobody can anticipate every possible circumstance a baby wearer will be in. You are responsible for your child's safety as well as your own.
Baby carriers grant baby wearers free hands. These free hands do not mean your carrier is a babysitter. Be an active caregiver for your child. No baby carrier can ensure that your baby always has an open airway; that's your job.
Newborn Front Carry
Practice age-appropriate baby wearing! This position is intended for children weighing at least 8 lbs. until such time he or she can easily wrap his or her legs around you without force, which usually occurs around 3 - 4 months.
Step 1: Tie the shorter straps around your waist in a secure double knot with the pattern you want seen by other people to be against the back of your legs. The carrier should look like an apron hanging down your legs, and it should hang to your knees (approx).
Step 2: Hold the baby so that he or she can wrap his or her legs around your waist.
Step 3: While supporting the baby, pull the body of the carrier up and over his or her back.
Step 4: Pull the straps straight up over your shoulders. We recommend doing a little hop while you pull on the straps because it helps to ensure that the child is nestled into the carrier.
Step 5: While supporting the baby with one hand, use the other to grab both of the top straps that are now over your shoulders and hanging down your back.
Step 6: Cross the straps across your back while making sure you are pulling them tight enough to support the baby. You can also do another little hop and pull to make sure the slack is completely out of the straps and the body of carrier.
Step 7: Bring the straps back around the front of your body and over the top of the baby's legs. Twist the straps together, interlocking them under the baby's bottom and wrap the straps under his or her legs. Bring the straps around to your back and tie in a secure double knot.
Practice age-appropriate baby wearing! This position is intended for children with good trunk and neck control, which usually occurs around 6 months of age.
Step 1: Tie the shorter straps around your waist in a secure double knot with the pattern you want seen by other people to be against the back of your legs. The carrier should look like an apron hanging down on your backside, and it should hang to the back of your knees (approx).
Step 2: Put the child on your hip and scoot him or her around onto your back. You should be leaning forward while positioning your back flat like a table
Step 3: Make sure the child's body is centered on your back.
Step 4: While holding on to the child with one hand, pull the body of the carrier up between his or her legs and over his or her back.
Step 5: Pull the straps straight up over your shoulders. We recommend doing a little hop while you pull on the straps because it helps to ensure that the child is nestled into the carrier.
Step 6: Pull the straps over your shoulders then cross them across your chest
Step 7: Wrap the straps around your body to behind the child's back.
Step 8: Cross the straps over the child's legs and then under the opposite leg. Bring the straps to the front of your body and tie with a secure double knot.