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Infantino Sash Mei Tai Review

   
Best Value Award

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Overall avg rating 4.0 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: May 11, 2014
Price:  $35 list | Available for $21 from Amazon
Pros:  Sturdy, well made, lightweight, easy instructions, secure hold, excellent hip/spine positioning, great value
Cons:  Lacks front carry facing out position, two sets of ties, back carry with toddler could be more supportive
Bottom line:  The Infantino Sash Mei Tai is an easy to use, quick-tie carrier that travels well and is comfy for both baby and parent.
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Manufacturer:   Infantino
Review by: ⋅ Review Editor, BabyGearLab ⋅ February 28, 2013  
Bottom Line
The Infantino Sash Mei Tai carrier won our Best-Value award due to its combination of low-price and great performance. We consider it an easy grab-and-go carrier that holds baby securely. While we weren't too impressed with the other Infantino carrier we tried, the Swift Classic, thankfully, they got it right with their Sash Mei Tai, a soft structured wrap style carrier. The material is sturdier, the support better and it is a cinch to use. Plus, it remains very affordable. This was one of our favorite wrap-style carriers and landed number three in our overall ratings.

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BabyGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

The Infantino Sash Mei Tai came in third overall and it's easy to see why. It's a simple, lightweight carrier that does most of the work for you. We found it a breeze to put on since there are no buckles, clips or rings. The fabric is soft, supportive and durable and the whole thing can be thrown in the wash for easy cleaning. We do wish that baby could face out when worn on the front, but for the most part, facing in didn't seem to bother the babies in our testing in this carrier. One of our favorite features about this carrier is that it has basic, yet helpful instruction labels directly on it, so you always know which strap goes where. To top it off, it comes in super cute prints and patterns.

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Easy to use instructions on the inside straps remind us which goes where.
Credit: Lindsay Ellis
This carrier comes with clear instructions and we had baby wrapped up in it in no time. As stated previously, we love that there are simple instructions printed directly on the inside of the carrier for easy reference.

There are 3 different carry positions: front carry, back carry, and hip carry. Back carry requires assistance to get toddler in and out. A helpful demo video is on Infantino's website. Infantino also recommends reading the included instruction manual before wearing the Sash with baby.

The Infantino Sash Mei Tai is similar in concept to the ERGO but lighter-weight and minus the buckles. We also like that, unlike the ERGO, this carrier doesn't require a bulky insert for infants.

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Infantino Sash Mei Tai Carrier has 3 different baby wearing positions: Front Carry, Hip Carry, and Back Carry
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We didn't get overly hot in this carrier and putting it on in public was a lot less hassle than the Moby Wrap.

For a basic wrap-style carrier, it was really comfortable. It has a nice, deep seat that supported baby in the proper position and gave plenty of head support. It also comes with a detachable hood which came in handy. The shoulder straps are wide and nicely padded, although most of the weight is distributed to the hips.

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Infantino Sash Mei Tai from the side with toddler in back carry.
Credit: Lindsay Ellis
The Infantino Sash Mei Tai didn't thrill us in the back carry position, and here's why: with our toddler tests, we didn't feel the support was sufficient in the back carry. It seemed like it needed to be tighter, but in doing so, baby's legs would be squeezed by the ties. It also would have been nice if the shoulder straps had a chest clip-type connection over our sternum when in back carry for added security.

Some might not like all the long straps. There's four of them, resulting in two knots, and it can be a lot to deal with.

Conclusion
The Sash Mei Tai received the Best Value Award for many reasons. While simply a fabric panel with four straps attached to it, we found the Infantino Sash Mei Tai to be a sturdy, versatile, easy to grab-and-go carrier, that held baby securely to us. We like the stylish prints and you just can't beat the price. However, it wasn't our favorite in back carry with a toddler because we felt that it didn't offer as much support as some of its other competitors like the Beco Baby Gemini and the ERGObaby Original. Back carry in the Sash Mei Tai also requires assistance with placement and exit.

Lindsay Ellis

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Most recent user review: May 11, 2014
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   May 11, 2014 - 03:11pm
springcalluna · Lexington, KY
I purchased my Mei Tai second-hand for $15, which was a great deal! Of the three carriers I own, my Mei Tai is the best. It's made of tough, durable fabrics, it's the most secure feeling, and has excellent hip support. I've used the Infantino Sash Mei Tai since day three when my daughter was only 5lbs. I rolled the bottom up and extra time to make sure it was the perfect height and supportive for her little preemie body. This carrier makes for perfect skin to skin time, but let's me keep my hands free. Since I tie the carrier as tight as needed, it's extremely adjustable. Often times my now 6 week old (10 pounds) will lean to the left with her head and with this carrier, I can easily loosen that side to accommodate her head and neck. Only con I have for this carrier is that I often drop the ties on the ground (they're SOOO long) when tying it on, which leaves the straps a bit dusty/dirty. This generally isn't a problem though, since the straps don't touch baby and the straps MUST be that long otherwise this carrier wouldn't work.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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Infantino Sash Mei Tai
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