Wednesday 29 January 2014

Snugiwraps Deluxe Mei Tai Review

Since having Layla, I've become a huge fan of babywearing. I wish I had done it with my other children, not only does it mean you get the best cuddles with your little one, it also leaves your hands free to get on with all those day to day tasks.

The lovely Steph at Snugiwraps recently asked if I would like to review one of her carriers. You all know I'm a pushchair addict, well I'm a sling/carrier addict too, always looking for which one to buy, so I of course jumped at the chance to try out a new carrier.

Snugiwraps stock and create a variety of baby carriers including stretchy wraps and buckle carriers, I opted to review one of their deluxe mei tais.

snugiwraps deluxe mei tai

I received a standard size deluxe mei tai which measures 16 inches by 17 inches. It came complete with a padded waistband and padded shoulder straps as well as a beautiful minky lined pixie hood. I have to say it looked even better in real life than it did in the pictures. The fabric was gorgeous. I received a mei tai that had already been made however these carriers are usually made to order and you can choose what fabric you would like it to be made with. 

snugiwraps deluxe mei tai

If you know how to use a mei tai, it is very simple to put on. If you don't know how to use a mei tai, perhaps visit your local sling library for help or do like I did it and watch tutorials on You Tube.

The padding on the waistband and shoulder straps meant that it was very comfortable to wear even when I had been carrying Layla for a few hours. Her weight was distributed evenly so I wasn't left with  sore back or shoulders.

I was able to wear Layla both on my front and on my back and it must have been just as comfortable for Layla as it was for me because she fell asleep within minutes of me placing her in the carrier.

For an extra cost you can even add on extra things like toy straps, head rest padding and plush body lining, making the carrier even more cosy and luxurious. 

I did find a couple of things that made it not quite perfect for me, these however won't be the same for every person. 

The standard carrier is advised to be used from 6 - 24 months however I think the standard carrier is more suited to around 12 - 14 months. I say this because Layla is quite a small 18 month old, she has only just started wearing 12 - 18 month clothes and I found the mei tai to be slightly too small in both height and width. 

When on my back I found that she wasn't quite as well supported, not helped by the fact that Layla likes to have her arms out but I felt the carrier could do with coming a bit further up her back. 

Also the carrier wasn't quite wide enough for us however the straps provided extra width, allowing me to keep Layla in a perfect knee to knee position.

Overall I loved the carrier. Extremely well made and definitely has an expensive look and feel to it, with pricing starting at £40, you will definitely be getting value for money. You can see more of Snugiwraps creations and keep up to date with their news by checking out their facebook and twitter pages.


Disclaimer : This product was sent to me free of charge for reviewing purposes however all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Looks good!! But like you say, it does look a bit small on leyla, especially as you say she's quite petite. Do they do toddler sized mei tais?


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