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Wearing a Newborn in a Meh Dai: High Back Carries

I’ve shared one way you can get a small baby high on your back using a woven wrap.  If you aren’t into wrapping, a meh dai is another great choice for newborn/small baby back carries (for other recommended newborn/young baby carriers, check out our guide).  I suppose Eleanor isn’t technically a newborn anymore (or maybe she is – when does that stage end?), but this technique works well for any wee baby who you want to get nice and high on your back.

First, a word about meh dais…  Our meh dai page has basic info on styles of meh dais.  But here are a few things to consider if you are thinking about a meh dai for your young baby.

  • While there are many fabulous padded waist meh dais on the market, I think a non-padded waist is a better choice for a small baby.  You don’t really need the extra support a padded waist offers and a non-padded waist allows you to cinch the bottom of the carrier to allow baby to go legs out sooner.  You certainly can use a small sized padded waist meh dai with a newborn, but you’ll probably need to stick to the froggy leg position for a while.  A non-padded waist meh dai is also easy to wear higher on your back as a padded waist is meant to be worn at your waist or hips.
  • If the body of your meh dai is too tall for your baby, simply roll it a time or two to make it the right height.  If you meh dai doesn’t have a built in cinching mechanism, you can use a ribbon.
  • Meh dais often come with hoods or headrests to support baby’s head.
  • Because you can wear a meh dai high on your back, you can back carry much earlier than you can with a buckle carrier.  Remember, a newborn/small baby should always be worn high – her head should be at the nape of your neck.  Most buckle carriers are designed to sit low on your hips so you can’t get a young baby high enough to be safe.  I also don’t feel comfortable recommending a froggy legged back carry in a meh dai so you’ll want something you can cinch if need be.
  • Meh dais are a nice alternative for someone who isn’t a fan of wrapping.  True it does involve tying (although that also allows for a custom fit), but they are quite simple to get on and may feel more secure for someone nervous about back wrapping.

And now, without further ado, here’s our video tutorial of a meh dai high back carry with a young baby.  Remember, always use a spotter (or practice over the bed) until you are very comfortable with the carry.  Practicing in front of a mirror can help too.  You’ll be a pro in no time!


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