The BabyHawk Meh Dai is mei tai design similar to a soft structured carrier but without the buckles and other adjustments. This carrier is good for parents of different sizes and is very comfortable to wear, even for longer adventures. It is machine washable, easy to transport, and works for children up to 40 lbs. Unfortunately, the BabyHawk is harder to use because you need to hold baby as you put the carrier on and make your tying adjustments. This can be difficult in the front carry position and so hard in the back carry that you may need help. While we like several things about this carrier, it failed to perform as well as the competition, even at the below average price.
BabyHawk Meh Dai Review
Pros: Comfy to wear, fits different body types, good head support
Cons: Need to hold baby while you put it on, no pocket
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BabyHawk Meh Dai
|Price||$100.00 List||$135.00 List||$95.00 List|
$94.95 at Amazon
$158.88 at Amazon - 16% off
$49.95 at Amazon
|Pros||Comfy to wear, fits different body types, good head support||Ease to use, soft fabric, comfortable||Comfortable, easy to adjust, pocket||Easy to put on, super comfortable to wear, cozy for kids||Budget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dry|
|Cons||Need to hold baby while you put it on, no pocket||Price, extra hanging fabric||Hang to dry, rough fabric||Long drying time, lots of buckles and straps, expensive||Size specific, no adjustability|
|Bottom Line||Comfortable to wear but there isn't much here for the price||Comfortable to wear and sit in, this sling is easy to use and clean||Easy to wear and adjust with comfort for baby but the fabric could be softer||Most comfortable to wear with a cozy seat and easy attachment||Inexpensive, easy to use, wrap style without the wrap hassle|
|Rating Categories||BabyHawk Meh Dai||Tula Ring Sling||Maya Wrap...||BabyBjorn One||Baby K'tan Original|
|Child Comfort (25%)|
|Parent Comfort (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (10%)|
|Specs||BabyHawk Meh Dai||Tula Ring Sling||Maya Wrap...||BabyBjorn One||Baby K'tan Original|
|Min/Max Weight||8 - 40 lbs||8 - 35 lbs||8 - 35 lbs||8 - 33 lbs||8 - 35 lbs|
|Carry Positions||Facing In (Newborn - 40 lbs) Back Carry (6 mo. - 40 lbs)||Facing In (8 - 35 lbs) Hip Carry (8 - 35 lbs *BGL recommends Head/Neck/Torso Control)||Facing In (0 - 3 mo) Facing Out (3 - 6 mo) Hip Carry (6 mo - 35 lbs)||Facing In (0 - 36 mo./33 lbs) Facing Out (5 - 15 mo./26 lbs) Back Carry (12 - 36 mo./33 lbs)||Kangaroo Position (8 - 35 lbs) Hug Position (8 - 35 lbs) Adventure Position (8 - 35 lbs) Explore Position (8 - 35 lbs) Hip Position (8 - 35 lbs)|
|Weight||1.32 lbs||sm 1.05 lg 0.97 lbs||sm 0.92 lg 1.16 lbs||2.26 lbs||sm 0.89 lg 1.04 lbs|
|Fabric||100% Cotton||100% Cotton||Cotton, Polyester||Cotton, Polyester, PU Foam||100% Cotton|
|Storage Options||None||None||Zippered pocket on tail||None||Pouch on the belt.|
|Other Features & Notable||Reversible||None||None||Adjustable Seat Width, Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1||Azo Dye-free|
|Optional Accessories||None||None||Ring Covers, Wet Sac||None||None|
|Care Instructions||Machine wash cold, hang dry.||Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.||Machine wash cold, hang dry.||Machine wash warm, hang dry.||Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.|
Our Analysis and Test Results
BabyHawk was started by a mother with a need for a great hands-free carrier to help her take care of her special needs children. The carriers on the market failed to offer what she was looking for at a price she could afford. As a result, Robyn bought some twill and made her own, and Meh Dai was born. After receiving so many compliments, she decided to sell her first one on eBay, and they began selling quickly. The BabyHawk company is now partners with Moby who make Moby Wraps.
The chart below shows the BabyHawk's (in blue) overall score in comparison to the competition in this review.
The sections below provide information on how the BabyHawk performed during testing compared to the other products.
The BabyHawk earned a 6 of 10 for baby's comfort. Several of our little testers fell asleep while using this carrier, so we assume they were at least content. The fabric is supportive and allows for the natural curve of little one's backs when in the rear facing position. Unfortunately, the fabric isn't as soft as the Infantino Sash and the head support could be larger for taller babies.
The BabyHawk earned an 8 of 10 for parent comfort. Only three of the other products in this review were more comfortable than the BabyHawk. This carrier has wide padded shoulder straps and a nice supportive belt. No matter what your size the majority of the strap is comfortable for supporting baby's weight. Baby's weight distributes evenly in this carrier and testers feel they could wear it for longer than similar options without discomfort. Unlike the Infantino Sash the straps on the BabyHawk do not rub the neck of the wearer or place undue pressure on the neck shoulder transition area.
Ease of Use
The BabyHawk earned a 5 of 10 for ease of use. While it has no buckles or adjustment to make which means it is somewhat intuitive and more adjustable than the soft structured carriers, you have to put it on while holding baby which can be difficult. This process becomes even more difficult when you try to use the back carry position because you need to be really flexible or have help. The manual can help you figure out the strap wrapping with good descriptions and pictures.
Ease of Cleaning
The BabyHawk earned a 5 of 10 for ease of cleaning. This carrier is machine wash on cold and hangs to dry. Most of the carrier will dry quickly, but the padded straps and supported headrest will take longer which means you could be without your carrier for a couple of days. It is also not the easiest to spot clean thanks to the fabric type and the longer drying time.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team