How Can I Tie my ObiMama Mei Tai? Let Me Count the Ways!

I have for you today, 7 of the many different ways to tie your shoulder straps in a back carry.  If these carries are new to you, please attempt these carries with caution. Use a spotter or work over a soft surface.  Also, remember all body types are different and so some carries might not work or feel comfortable for you, that is ok! That is why there are so many ways!  Featured in this post is the beautiful Ankalia wrap, Mako.  This delicious ObiMama is a SS1 with medium waist and medium kombi straps.  Wearer is size M/L and 5’10”, for reference.  Please forgive any untidy tightening, this conversion is brand new and still slightly crispy. 

Back Pack Carry Tied at Waist

Back Pack Carry Tied at Waist

Standard Back Pack Carry Tied at Waist


This is your standard way to use a mei tai.  Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, bring the shoulder strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  Once you have both straps in front, simply tie at the waist. I have the shoulder spread, but you do not need to spread them if you prefer not to. There is beauty in simplicity, never forget!

 
Knotless (with passes spread)

Knotless (with passes spread)

Knotless With Passes Spread


This is another commonly used, comfortable carry.  Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, take the strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  When you have the strap in front, cross it to the opposite side of your body.  Pull the strap up to your shoulder and put it OVER the ruck strap and pull it under.  Repeat with opposite strap.  Once the passes are secure, spread them out over your chest to your liking.  Use your best judgement with this one. If you are constantly tightening, then your wrap straps may be too slippery for this and there are better carries to use.

 
Knotless (unspread, under chest)

Knotless (unspread, under chest)

Knotless Unspread, Under Chest


This can be a comfortable option if you like knotless finish but don’t want the passes over your chest.  Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, take the strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  When you have the strap in front, cross it to the opposite side of your body.  Pull the strap to the ruck strap under your chest, put it OVER the ruck strap and pull it under. Repeat with the other strap.  Again, use your best judgement with this one. If you are constantly tightening, then your wrap straps may be too slippery for this and there are better carries to use.

 
Tibetan (passes spread)

Tibetan (passes spread)

Tibetan Passes Spread


This is another secure comfortable carry. Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, take the strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  When you have the strap in front, cross it to the opposite side of your body.  Pull the strap up to your shoulder and put it UNDER the ruck strap and pull it through.  Be sure to maintain tension, pinning it under your chin while you do the other side. Once both straps are through the ruck straps, bring them in front and tie in a double knot.  If desired, spread the passes.

 
Mermaid 

Mermaid 

Mermaid


This is not my favourite carry, simply because it doesn’t suit my body type.  As you can see, I do not recommend this carry for small busted women, as it may ride down.  But if you’ve got the goods, it is a very pretty and fun carry, I encourage you to try and decide how you like it!  You will need a sling ring for this carry. A medium ring works well with most straps, but I have used a large in this picture.  Always use authentic rings with no weld spots, as they could break!  Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, take the strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  When you have both straps in front, pin one strap between your knees.  Run the other strap through the ring, then place the ring in the center of your chest where you would like it to be when you are finished. Hold the ring in place while pulling the strap into a knotless finish (OVER the ruck strap, and then under).  Take the other strap from between your knees, bring it to the ring, thread it under and over and tie in knotless finish.  Now that your straps are secure you can spread the passes until you have achieved the look you desire!

 
Chest Belt

Chest Belt

Chest Belt


This carry avoids the chest all together.  If you are sore from nursing, this is a good, secure option.  And even if you are not sore, this is still a wonderful carry! Once baby is settled in, take both shoulder straps over your shoulders and tie one knot (make sure it is not too snug, so that it rides up your neck). Then bring the straps down, one at a time, over baby’s leg and under the other.  When the straps are both in front, simply tie at the waist.

 
Sternum Strap

Sternum Strap

Sternum Strap


I like this carry, it suits my body type.  If I am feeling fancy, this is my go to.  Once baby is settled in, take both shoulder straps over your shoulders and bring them in front of you.  Start twisting the straps together, but do not start too close to your neck, as it will become uncomfortable.  Twists downwards until you have reached the length you like, ideally right under your bust line.  Then, one at a time, take the strap over baby’s leg and under the other.  When you have both straps in front, simply tie in a knot at the waist.


These are a sampling of the many ways to tie your shoulder straps. 

A pinnacle of the mei tai is it’s versatility, as you can see here.  Many ways, to suit many needs.  This may seem overwhelming, but if your child is happy on your back, you do not need to take him/her down to try new carries.  Just undo the straps and re-tie them in a new way!  Stay tuned for more fun ways to play with your ObiMama Mei Tai!  Follow the ObiMama YouTube channel for future tutorial updates!

Until then Mama’s (and Papa’s), stay gorgeous in your ObiMama and snuggle those babies fiercely.

Special thanks to Marley @prairie.rebel  for the photography!