As a new dad, I love spending time with my son whenever I can, but I also have so many things to take care of around the house. We have a swing and a bouncer that I could place him in when I’m doing chores or trying to sneak in a meal for myself, but I hate just leaving him in the corner of the room by himself while I do my things.

I thought maybe I could try one of those baby carriers so I could have him close to me as I did my things.

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We got one of those fancy-looking baby carriers with all the straps and pouches and attachments, but we returned it. I tried it on and it was way too complicated for what I needed it for. Besides, we needed to purchase an additional insert if we wanted to use it right away when our son was born. I looked at other alternatives, such as the Moby Wrap, but that too seemed excessive for me.

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I finally came across a style of carrier called the Mei Tai. It’s simply a rectangular piece of fabric with four long straps that are tied around your waist and that go over your shoulders. It might seem overly simple but that’s what I love about it. It goes on easy, comes off easy, and can be used from when the baby is an infant to when he’s a toddler. In fact, I’m wearing it right now as I’m typing this. Gabriel is happily sound asleep.

I went with the Infantino Sash Mei Tai carrier. This carrier has some very nice features. The fabric is soft and durable. The shoulder straps are nicely padded for comfort. There is a padded head support that really helps baby before he has head control. It also comes with a hood that snaps right on that can be used to protect baby from the sun or rain.

wearing our tiny nine month old!

wearing our tiny nine month old!

Now, this carrier isn’t for heavy duty use. I wouldn’t recommend taking it on an all day outing. Although it’s comfortable to use around the house or at the playground for short periods of time, it doesn’t have the comfort features that a full-featured carrier has. Also, it does not have any storage pockets, clips, etc. As our son gets older and we start taking him on outings, we will probably look at getting a full-featured carrier, but for now this one is working great.

view from the back - notice the baby leg!

view from the back – notice the baby leg!

Despite its lack of features, I love this carrier. It’s perfect for using around the house while doing chores. It’s easy to put on and take off. I don’t have to deal with buckles and straps and sizing and adjusting. It’s easy to store and wash since it’s all one piece. I really recommend trying one out.