Infantino just released a new baby carrier without buckles based on the Asian Baby Carrier design, like Mei Tais. This new carrier is called the Eco Sash Wrap & Tie carrier.
It works like other Asian Baby Carriers. The shorter straps tie around your waist and the longer straps tie around your shoulders and hold your baby close.
I am a small person and the carrier almost seemed too wide for me to wear. I have worn Mei Tai’s before and this seemed like a much wider one than I am used to. It also has a much longer body piece. If you are going to wear a small baby in your Wrap & Tie be sure to fold the bottom waist band up until it is a comfortable height for you and your baby.
All my complaints of the Eco Sash can be remedied with folding techniques, so I am very thankful for that.
It is very nice to see an Asian Baby Carrier being produced by a company with as respectable a name as Infantino. This will be a wonderful way to introduce moms new to babywearing to other types of carriers.
Another thing that struck me as odd at first were the loop holes you thread the shoulder straps through before you tie them. You can see them on the model and the photo of the carrier itself. Using those loops is quite easy when putting baby on a front carry but I found them to be troublesome to put David in a back carry with them. When I asked Infantino about them (and I wanted to know if it was ok not to use them, as none of my other mei tai’s have them and he is quite safe) this is their response:
The loops have been created as an added safety feature allowing it to pass 3rd party testing standards for carrier design. While we understand that most Mei Tai’s do not require looping, we feel confident that this added safety feature insure that the proper leg hole has been created and is secure.
Now with that said, a mom comfortable with babywearing may choose to fasten it like she would other Mei Tais and wouldn’t find anything different about it. With that said she would be doing it at her own risk as she would no longer be following the manufacturers guidelines.
They also directed me to a demo video that shows how to wear your baby in a back carry safely using the loop holes in the Eco Sash Wrap & Tie:
In that video you will see different moms wearing their babies – please note the headrest. You can fold it down, this is important to note because when you first put it on without folding down it is slightly bulky but this headrest comes in handy when the baby falls asleep.
You will see on the Infantino website that this carrier allows for an outward facing carry, where the baby faces out and not towards the parents. This is accomplished by tying the body panel together, making it slender enough to allow the baby to see out and not have all the bulk in front of it. Some babies are definitely happier if they can see out and I really like that the Wrap & Tie allows for numerous positions. Once you get comfortable with your carrier definitely try to mix up different positions. In fact, The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends against only using the outward facing position and suggests varying positions and allowing the baby to spend more time facing the parent.
These back lying seat carriers offer little neck support and those infants with even slight side neck and head tilt usually spend too much time in their distorted postures, resulting in additional spinal compensations.
Ultimately it is a well made carrier and thankfully can be very versatile. It does have a learning curve but that is only the beginning of the fun of babywearing! Once you start learning more about different ways to wear your baby and fall in love with all the variety of baby carriers there is no turning back! If you need more information about safe and fun babywearing check out the informative forum “The Babywearer.”
I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products to as part of my participation