To find out about Asian Style Carriers and their different features and options, read the information page here: About Asian Style Carriers
The South London Sling Library currently has the following Asian style carriers:
Amazonas Mei Tai – A great value starter mei tai with a reverable body, lightly padded straps and a seat narrow enough to comfortably fit from a young age without needing to adjust the width. We think this mei tai is best suited for babies under 12m. Loan fee is £5, deposit value is £45
BabyHawk Mei Tai – Fantastic starter Mei Tai with padded head support and shoulder straps. Our BabyHawks are all patterned on one side and reverse to plain. Bigger parents may find the standard BabyHawk straps are not quite long enough and so we’ve also got an XL BabyHawk with longer straps too! Suitable from newborn to toddler. Our review. Loan fee is £6, deposit value is £65
Bamberoo Regular Mei Tai - Great quality, sturdy medium sized mei tai suitable for bigger babies and toddlers. Has a hood and light padding for baby’s legs, plus padded waistband and shoulder straps for the carrying adult’s comfort too! Loan fee is £7, deposit value is £75
BB-Tai – Made from specially woven wrap fabric, this carrier has wide ‘wrap straps’ that you can spread out to help distribute baby’s weight better. Has an infant insert for small babies, and is very comfortable and supportive for bigger babies and toddlers. Loan fee is £5, deposit value is £50
Catbird Baby Mei Tai – Sturdy, comfortable, middling sized mei tai suitable for babies and toddlers. This organic mei tai is a great unisex colour with padded shoulder straps and a sleep hood/sun shade. Loan fee is £6, deposit value is £60
Didytai – Made from specially woven organic cotton wrap fabric with wide, mouldable straps to help support baby and distribute their weight comfortably. Easy to reduce the body size for newborns, and big enough for toddlers too. Loan fee is £10, deposit value is £100
Freehand Mei Tai – Another great starter Mei Tai with padded neck support and shoulder straps. Recommended for parents who find the straps on the BabyHawk too short. Reverses to plain black. Suitable from newborn to toddler. Loan fee is £5, deposit value is £50
Hop-Tye – Made from specially woven wrap fabric with wide, mouldable straps to help support baby and distribute their weight comfortably. Easy to reduce the body size for newborns, and supportive for older babies too. Loan fee is £6, deposit value is £65
JoeySlings Mei Tai – Lightweight Mei Tai with lightly padded headrest and longer shoulder straps than the Babyhawk. Suitable from newborn to toddler – Loan fee is £6, deposit value is £60
Kitten Creations Wrap Conversion Mei Tai – custom made from a comfortable and supportive BB-slen woven wrap this mei tai fits best from birth to 2. With wide, spreadable ‘wrap straps’, width adjuster and a comfortable padded waist this carrier is supremely comfortable. It even has bespoke SLSL applique! Loan fee is £10, deposit value is £120.
Lenny Lamb Mei Tai – the new improved design of the very popular and great value Lenny Lamb Mei Tai. Generously sized to fit a larger baby or toddler, but very soft and cinches down well for smaller babies. Loan fee is £6, deposit value is £60
Melkaj Mei Tai – With soft, grippy cord straps, reversible design with patterned fabrics and beautiful embroidery to suit all users plus a roll away hood and padding for both parent and baby comfort, these Mei Tais are a great off-the-shelf option for those not quite ready to delve into the world of custom carriers. The Sling Library has 4 sizes to suit from baby to pre-schooler. Loan Fee is £7, deposit value is £75
Napsack Baby Mei Tai – a comfortable, reversable Mei Tai made from strong and soft twill fabric with extra wide canvas straps to help distribute the weight of your baby more easily. We have one in very gender neutral black/khaki colours. This carrier is suitable from birth to toddler. Loan Fee is £6, deposit value is £65
Neobulle Evolubulle – a very adjustable carrier made from comfrotable Neobulle woven wrap fabric and shoulder straps that are padded on the shoulder and flare out to add extra support under baby’s bottom. Adjust the width with poppers and drawstrings, and a zip up panel to adjust the height – this carrier can fit well newborn to preschool! Loan Fee is £9, deposit is £90
Ocah Wrap Conversion Mei Tai. Made from a supportive Hoppediz woven wrap with a decorative fabric panel. This has a shaped seat and part padded straps that flare out to add more support under baby’s bottom. Standard size. Loan Fee £10, deposit value is £120
Opitai Wrap Conversion Mei Tai - Made from a supportive Didymos woven wrap with a decorative fabric panel. This toddler sized carrier has unpadded wrap straps, a hood and padding for the child’s legs. Loan Fee £10, deposit value is £120
Simply Mei Tai Deluxe – With soft grippy cord straps, padded waist, hood and a luxurious silk lining, this standard sized deluxe mei tai is very comfortable and great for bigger babies and toddlers. Loan fee is £9, deposit value is £95
ToddlerHawk Mei Tai – The same shaped design as the popular BabyHawk, but with a taller body size to support a growing toddler. Suitable for toddlers from 12-18 months upwards, but can be rolled down to fit smaller babies from birth too. Our review of this Carrier. Loan fee is £6, deposit value is £65
Wearababy Wallabi Wrap Tai – made from girasol woven wraps, Wallabi Wrap Tais have unpadded ‘wrap straps’ and a comfortable padded waist. They come in 4 sizes; at present the Library has the ‘medium’ size, which best fits from age 1-3, though it can be cinched down for smaller babies. Loan fee is £10, deposit value is £120.
Half Buckle Carriers:
Mei tais that have a buckled rather than tied waist fastening.
Ellaroo Mei Hip – Half Buckle Mei Tai style carrier that can be used for hip carries only. Great for babies with good head control and upper back strength (from about 3-4 months). Light to carry around and quick and easy to use. Loan fee is £5, deposit value is £35
Lana Half Buckle Mei Tai Carrier – With a buckled waist, and long, wide ‘wrap straps’, this reversible carrier is really comfy for parents and babies. Suitable from birth to toddler and for parents of all sizes. Can be used for front, back and hip carries. Loan fee is £9, deposit value is £90
Softai Half Buckle Carrier – With a buckled waist, a large hood to support a tired head and Mei Tai style straps for front, back and hip carries. Suitable for larger babies and toddlers from about 12 months upwards – Loan fee is £6, deposit value is £60
Storchenwiege Baby Carrier – a highly adjustable carrier with mei tai shoulder straps and a buckled waist. Adjusts to fit newborn to toddler for front, hip and back carries. Loan fee is £8, deposit value is £85
Other Asian Style Carriers:
The carriers below all share certain features and adjustability of fit with mei tai style carriers listed above, but may have different tying or fastening methods (such as buckles or velcro rather than ties).
Daisy Chain Wrap Conversion Podaegi – With a long, wide body panel, long wide shoulder ‘wrap straps’ to fit all sizes of adult and no waist fastening, this carrier is suitable for back carrying and can adjust to fit baby to toddler. Recommended only for those already confident with back carrying. Loan fee is £7, deposit value is £70
Grisefanten Onbuhimo – A soft carrier with grippy cord straps that thread through rings at the bottom of the carrier to fasten. Suitable for bigger babies and toddlers and best for back carrying (though can also be used on the front or hip). Recommended for confident sling users only. Loan fee is £6, deposit value is £60
Hoppediz Bondolino – Made from mouldable, comfortable fabric specially woven to have diagonal stretch to mould around you and your baby, this is a highly adjustable and comfortable carrier. The Bondolino fastens using very strong velcro and is incredibly easy to use. Suitable for newborns and toddlers. Loan fee is £8, deposit value is £80
Marsupi – This clever carrier fits and adjusts like a mei tai, but fastens using velcro so no knotting ot tying required! Great for quick carries and if you don’t get on with ties. This is the size L, which fits a wide range of parent sizes. Suitable for front and hip carries only. Loan fee is £6, deposit is £65
Wilkinet – this is similar shape to many modern mass-produced baby carriers, but ties on like a mei tai and has additional support for baby’s thighs to support a better hip position and reduce pressure on the pelvis and lower spine. It’s best for younger babies and suitable for front and hip carries. – Loan fee is £5, deposit value is £30
Coming soon: Pouchlings mei tais in 2 sizes!
We’re always on the lookout for new carriers – please let us know if there’s anything you’d like us to stock!