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BabyHawk Mei Tai Baby Carrier

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #2 in Mei-Tei & Onbuhimo

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Pros: Personalization in size and design

Cons: None

I own three BabyHawks; two regular and one ToddlerHawk. All of these carriers have been wonderful for me.I have owned a variety of carriers in the last 10 years; from wraps slings, to ring slings, various structured carriers and every other variation. I have a large bust and have breastfed continuously since my eldest was born in 2001. I am currently expecting my 5th child in the next few months. I find wearing carriers difficult without making my bust more noticeable or squashing myself. I hate the chest straps on most carriers because they either cut across the top, bottom or across my bust in a back carry. And in a front carry I end up feeling like my baby is suffocating in my breasts. All of these configurations make me look ridiculous in addition to being extremely uncomfortable or downright dangerous. I bought 1 BabyHawk and the ToddlerHawk with a Minkie liner and the extra long straps. I can't recommend both adaptions more highly. The minkie is so soft and warm on the baby's skin and the long straps give so many options for wearing. There are so many ways to tie it so that my comfort and form are unmolested. 

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Pros: Customizable, Easy and Light

Cons: All baby's weight sits on Shoulders

I bought my Baby Hawk as my first ever baby carrier before I had my first baby. I wasn't sure what to look for or what I needed exactly. 

 

I like it but it puts all my baby's weight on my shoulders and it's hard to keep her in it for over 10 minutes now that she is over 14 pounds. I am not confident enough to put her on my back cause she's only 3 months old so I wear her on the front. 

Posted

Pros: Great design, great fabric selection

Cons: Too many choices?

My first babyhawk was a small, minkee lined mei tai that was "middle of the road". I got it sometime in 2005, I believe (all my dates are approximate, and I don't always remember which carriers I've paid for and which I've done as testers, so bear with me on those.) It was cute, but didn't stand out, comfort-wise. They changed a bit of the design after that.

 

We got a Toddlerhawk before going on a cruise, sometime in 2006 or 2007. A deep green with a gorgeous mandala on it, my husband was happy to wear it, and one of my favorite pictures is of him, with our daughter on his back in the Toddlerhawk, walking down the steps at the Panama Canal while she tries to grab the Panama hat off his head.

 

The headrest on the Toddlerhawk is quite good, and the size is ample for toddlers. Shiny was almost two, but about 22 pounds on that cruise, and we both wore her extensively. It is one of the fraction of the total number of slings I've owned that I don't lend out, because it is comfortable enough and "my style" enough that I'd regret it profoundly if it didn't come back. 

 

The number of fabric options is staggering. Despite being a popular carrier, you can still get it styled your way. I haven't tried their new Oh Snap! yet, but if the design sensibility behind it is as good as the Toddlerhawk, it will definitely be something I look forward to exploring for my new baby. 

 

I put "too many choices" as a con, but that's only because there are so many fabrics I love, and so many options to choose from, that it gets overwhelming. But you can get a carrier done your way, and the variety is part of what makes BabyHawk special. :)

 

The Toddlerhawk I have would work well for either toddler or very young baby with feet in, but the base is wide (intended for toddlers) and would require a cinch of some sort for a younger baby to ride feet out. This is not unexpected for this kind of carrier, but is something to be aware of. I have not tried the smaller BabyHawk recently. 

Posted

Pros: Comfortable, easy to use, stylish

Cons: Expensive

I have a high needs baby who always wants to be held, but hates being worn. After going through a couple of different wraps and more structured carriers I was ready to admit defeat in the babywearing arena. But I decided to give it one last shot and ordered a BabyHawk. I had a lot of fun customizing what I wanted my carrier to look like and I was really excited to get it in the mail. It's stylishness did not disappoint, and to my surprise neither did its functionality! My daughter loves being in it!

 

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Posted

Pros: Versatile, beautiful, comfortable

Cons: Long straps

I purchased my BabyHawk after hearing from a few friends that they liked their mei-tai style carrier and because it was more afordable than the popular Ergo carrier.  At the time of purchase, my baby was 1 month old and I was desperate for a way to hold my baby while being hands free to do other chores.  I am a simple person and I was skeptical about whether the BabyHawk was a functional carrier or just was something that looked pretty.  I was pleasantly surprised that the carrier was durable, comfortable and versatile. My daughter is 13 months old now and I still use the BabyHawk daily both inside and outside the home.  We make dinner, rake leaves, vacuum- you name it.  My husband and I are avid backpackers and we took our little girl into the backcountry thanks to the BabyHawk.  My daughter loved riding in this carrier and we put on over 100 miles in it.  She would happily ride and sleep all day at 8 months old.  I highly recommend this carrier to anyone considering an affordable and comfortable mei-tai style carrier.

Posted

Pros: Perfect fit every time, skin to skin possible, customizable, multiple carry options, not bulky.

Cons: VERY small learning curve.

This is without a doubt the single best "baby" item I own. I LOVE the fact that since you retie it every time you put it on, it fits everyone perfectly, every time. I love that you can use this in a front, back, OR hip carry, without overly heavy padding or bulky straps and buckles around my neck. The unbelievably endless options for strap and fabric make this one of the most exciting and personal items I purchased for my daughter (or is it for myself? :) )

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Pros: Comfy, cute, perfect

Love the BHMT.  It's easy to use, super comfy for baby, versitile, cute with all the prints.  I reach for this over any of my other carriers.

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Pros: Easy to use, support for baby, long life, fits wide size range

Cons: Not as much padding for heavy older child

My son disliked wraps so we were thrilled to discover Mei Tais when he was one month. This is our favourite. Supportive for his little body, comfortable on mine. Great fit on me, my husband and anyone else. I loved the huge variety of fabric options and an glad I went for the pocket on the back to hold the spit up cloth. It was a dream to have it on a seven hour bus ride when he was two months old.

It worked great to put my son on my back at four months, but as he got heavier that 25 lb I found I needed a carrier with more support. My husband still prefers the ease of this carrier.

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Pros: Good colors, comfort

Cons: Babies cannot face outward

This is a great baby carrier for babies who like to face toward their parents. Very well made. When my baby was small he liked to be able to see out, but he couldn't see past the headrest...so he would rather be in the Bjorn. Then when he got bigger he only liked facing outwards so it did not get used.  I am keeping it for future use, because I love this carrier!  It was a great color, very comfortable.  It just wasn't for this type of baby. 

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Pros: Stylish, wide variety of ages

BabyHawks are a classic in the babywearing world, and for good reason. They are highly stylish, practical, and fit a wide range of body sizes. I got mine custom made and loved the ability to add a second panel to make it reversible for only a little more than the normal price - almost like two carriers in one!

The BabyHawk is a mei tai, with angled top straps and straight waist straps. The regular sized straps fit a wide range of sizes and longer straps are also available. The mei tai design is great for all ages - from newborn (when you can tie the straps behind baby's back for security) to toddler (when the weight distribution is especially nice).

The only problem I have with the BabyHawk is that the straps are a moderate width which isn't always attractive on a plus-sized frame. They're pretty comfortable, just not exactly a fashion statement for those with more fluff!
BabyHawk Mei Tai Baby Carrier
Description:

The BabyHawk Mei Tai is one of the most loved carriers and is the perfect choice for your newborn through toddler age. Stylish print on one side reverses to a solid color of the straps on the other, giving you two looks to one carrier. Use the lightly padded headrest up to support your younger babies, or sleeping babes. Fold it down when not needed so your child can see! Shoulder straps are lightly padded as well so the carrier is super comfy. The Mei Tai is a traditional Chinese style of baby carrier, consisting of a rectangular "seat area" with four straps: two that tie around the wearer's waist and two that go over the shoulders. It is great for carrying babies of all ages, on front or back.

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