Carrying my baby in natural style


I ordered a beautiful Mei-Tai from Oyako last week, having read about them on Juggling Motherhood’s ‘5 great finds‘. I already have a ‘front-pack’, but it’s heavy, bulky and doesn’t fold up easily in a bag. I love carrying my little ones for naps and trailing around after my older girls. When I saw the beautiful fabrics of Emily’s baby carriers I couldn’t resist – plus they are New Zealand made.

Oyako Designs Mei Tai

My Mei-Tai arrived on Wednesday. I road tested it straight away with a visit to the Zoo. Alice had a wonderful nap in it whilst I trailed Sophie and a couple of her Kindi friends. She even breastfed discreetly in it, whilst I continued to amble around.

On the home-front she’s napped whilst I’ve baked scones with Sophie, put the hoover round and strolled around the garden.

As soon as she starts to rub her little eyes and give a yawn I pop her in and she quietly nods off to sleep watching all that is going on around her.

Alice  5 months

I so love the freedom and flexibility baby carrying gives me. Alice sleeps happily with the rhythm and sound of life around her. I don’t have to stop what I’m doing with Charlotte & Sophie to settle Alice in a cot. I don’t need to worry whether or not I’ve switched on a baby monitor. I am free to wander out into the garden or down the drive to the mail box, knowing she’s safely in my arms sleeping.

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A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
– Victor Hugo –

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In the morning she nods off whilst we’re still getting ourselves organized for the day and I’m then able to head out the door, with her napping peacefully, to walk Charlotte up to school. Flexibility is my best-friend and my Mei-Tai allows me to have this in natural style.

I walked down to the bay the other day, whilst Sophie was at Kindi and Charlotte at school. I stood with Alice sleeping peacefully at my chest and listened to the calming rhythm of the waves thinking, ‘This is bliss.’

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It is the nature of babies to be in bliss.
– Deepak Chopra –

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  • That is so cute! I love it! I’ll have to remember this if/when we have children :-)

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  • I’m so glad that it is working so well for you! Love the fabric you chose as well.

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  • I love this! Wish they had been around when my 2 were little.Your daughter looks cosy & happy! S

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  • aww…Alice is such a little cutie :)

    I had one of those silly Baby Bjorn carriers and it was difficult to put on/take off so I never bothered with it…but the Mei-Tai looks super comfy for both the carrier and the carried!

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  • jen

    loving the two beauties in these photos :)

    love the design of the mei tai too

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  • What a beautiful photo of you and Alice, and a lovely carrier, great that it is working so well for you. I have never been able to master the art of baby carrier breastfeeding. A friend has loaned me her ergo for our trip to Canada, so you have inspired me to practice.

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  • This might be the perfect gift for our latest arrival in our UK family. Looks nice a comfy for Alice!

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  • Chicken Grandma

    Just love the new Mei-Tai….how very comfortable it looks for Alice and you look so happy and well too…just wonderful!!

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  • That is a gorgeous carrier. I don’t know what I would have done without my baby carrier. It was so nice being able to keep my baby near and safe, whilst tending to my oldest, hands free. Made things soooo much easier.

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