How to carry your baby in a Meh Dai
Stay aware while babywearing. It is absolutely your responsibility to keep your baby safe. Any meh dai is only as strong as the knots you tie. Check your knots often, and check to be sure that your baby is seated correctly in the carrier while you wear him.
Meh dai carriers are very secure, but babies can and do wiggle, kick, and squirm so while tying the carrier on, always be ready to secure your child with your arms if necessary.
Give your Napsack a thorough inspection of all seams before putting your baby into it, and do not use if there is any question about the safety or stability of the carrier.
Ensure that your baby is seated in the centre of the carrier body and that your child is not sitting lopsided.
The first several times you wear your baby, practice over a soft surface, kneeling low to the ground. This is especially important with back carries. Wait until your baby has good head control before moving on to back carries, usually around 3-4 months.
For newborns and small infants, rolling the bottom of the carrier to shorten it before tying the waist straps helps create a shorter carrier body. The hourglass shape of the Napsack will form a narrower base so that tiny legs don't need to spread so wide. Make sure to tie the straps flat and high, behind a newborn's back, both to close up the sides of the carrier and to provide support to a younger baby's spine.
Babies who like to face outward may also benefit from folding the bottom of the carrier before tying the waist straps. Try to avoid the "crotch slung" position, with baby's knees lower than hips. Take baby's knees and gently pull them upward to correct the hip angle so that baby is fully sitting in the carrier, knees above hips.
Small babies, whether facing in or out, sometimes enjoy sitting in the carrier with one leg tucked in and one leg out of the carrier body. This can bridge the phase between a newborn's fetal position inside the carrier and an older baby whose legs are able to hug your waist comfortably. Again, always tie the straps in the higher position when using this option.
If your baby falls asleep in the carrier while sitting up with arms out, often you can untie the shoulder straps, tug the top of the carrier and give a gentle bounce to slide the baby deeper into the body, and then re-tie with the head support curve in place.
Always use caution and common sense when carrying your baby with ANY type of carrier. We assume no responsibility for injury or misuse.
Start by tying the waist straps around your waist with the Napsack hanging down. Tie a firm square knot.
Bring baby up to your waist.
Older babies straddle your waist (newborns can "froggy" their legs up in the fetal position).
Keeping one hand on baby at all time, bring the body of the carrier up and pass one strap.......and then the other strap over your shoulders.
Keeping one hand on baby at all times, bring the straps around to your front, creating a cross in the back.
The lower you aim the X, the more comfortable you should be.
Older babies can have a knot tied under their seat (ensuring that the straps pass over each leg first).
For a newborn, do not tie the knot against their back but instead for extra support lay the wide straps flat across baby’s back and tie a final double knot behind your own back.
Back Carry (Suitable from 3-6 months onwards)
Spread the carrier out on a bed. Lay your baby down on top of it. Make sure that young babies have their heads adequately supported by the top curve of the carrier. Sit and spread baby's legs around your waist. Tie a firm square (double) knot around your waist.
Reach back and grab one shoulder strap . . . and then the other shoulder strap.
Lean back and slowly pull the straps up to meet your shoulders. Baby will be brought upright and held snugly against your back.
Holding the straps taught, stand up straight. Taking all the slack out of the straps helps seat baby higher.
Cross straps across your chest, take them around to the back, over baby's legs, and cross under baby’s bottom.
Passing the straps under each of baby’s legs, bring them back to the front and tie a secure square knot at your waist.
OR, bring straps up and over your shoulders, and straight down under your armpits, to wear the straps like a backpack (rucksack carry). Again, cross straps under baby’s bottom, bring back around to the front, and knot securely at your waist.
Straps creeping up your shoulders in a back carry? Try the neck flip: