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Price: $35 list | Available for $30 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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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: February 28, 2013
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