ByKay Deluxe Denim Mei Tai Carrier

Date: April 10, 2014

We asked GentleParenting Review Panel member Kim, and her 9 week old baby and 3 year old toddler, to test and review the ByKay Deluxe Denim Mei Tai carrier. Here are her thoughts:

ByKay Deluxe Denim Mei Tai Carrier

“My first impression of the carrier was that I loved the fabric – it’s soft but strong, hasn’t been treated with nasty chemicals and, like a good pair of jeans, it goes with anything.

It looks like it is well made and would be hard-wearing, there were a couple of loose threads here and there. We received the stonewash colour carrier to review and although I did think I might have preferred the dark jeans colourway, I concluded that the stonewash colour was more practical for carrying a sicky nine-week old.

I had been using a stretchy wrap with my newborn and – until the middle of my pregnancy – a soft-structured carrier with my toddler. I’d never used a mei tai style carrier before and although the amount of fabric looked daunting when I took it out of the box, I found the instructions and accompanying photos very clear. It would have been helpful if the instructions were in a larger font because it was impossible to re-read them whilst attempting to tie the carrier in a particular way for the first time.

I tried out the newborn carry with my baby. I liked how the stiffer fabric made it feel more supportive than my stretchy wrap and how the waist strap spread the weight to my hips. I also liked the tips on rolling the sleeping hood and using a muslin to provide more neck support. I found it difficult at first to get the right height so that her head wasn’t too low down and this was the only part of the instructions that seemed unclear.

I tried the toddler carry with my smallish three-year old. It was simple to put on and felt comfortable. I think the shoulder pads would help in carrying a toddler for extended periods but I couldn’t get my very independent daughter to stay in it long enough for me to test this.

The main negative that I can think of for this carrier is that it doesn’t come with its own bag. Both of my other carriers do and this makes them easy to store and to sling in the car boot for a day out. A storage bag would be particularly useful if you wanted to use the carrier for a toddler who may want to walk but be carried some of the time.

The ByKay Mei Tai Deluxe comes in two colours, light and dark denim, and retails for £99.95. It is available from a range of stockists.