Mei tais (pronounced may-tie) are Asian-inspired carriers that bridge wraps and buckle carriers with support, simplicity and style. Mei Tais are made of a panel of fabric where your little one sits with straps to tie around your waist and long shoulder straps that wrap around you and the baby and are tied off. These carriers can be used for front, hip, and back carries. The fit is adjustable to different size adults and each brand is sized differently some better suited for younger babies and some better suited for older babies and toddlers. The waist band can sometimes be rolled to shorten the panel allowing for a proper fit for younger babies. The features vary and can include a lightly padded waist, infant insert, hood, wide straps (love this style!), and lightly padded neck support. Some wrap manufacturers are now making mei tais that offer the look and comfort of a wrap with wide shoulder straps. If you are wanting to learn back carries but you are intimidated by woven wraps, a mei tai will be easier way to learn to carry your baby or toddler on your back.