In this section you will learn how both are used with a newborn through to a toddler. Here is an example of a tip for positioning a newborn in a Mei tai from the Asian Carriers Chapter. The Mei tai originates in China. Although there are many variations it is generally a rectangular piece of material with a long strap coming from each corner. Traditionally a baby is carried on the back of a mother or grandmother so they can continue to work. The straps were simply twisted and tucked.
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Disclaimer: I am an individual who does not speak for a group as a whole, whether that be an entire ethnic group, country, volunteer group, etc. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all East Asian carriers. There are many I do not know the name for, so this post is necessarily incomplete. The Bei Dai has a pliable rectangular body panel, with four straps attached at the corners. The two straps on the bottom are shorter and are used to tie the body panel around your waist, apron style.
Chinese-style baby carriers (孭带) in Hong Kong
I've looked at this photo many times over the last few months, as it's one that's going into the Gwulo book. It got me thinking about how the cloth baby carrier has gone in and out of fashion. The photo above was taken in I also found one in my collection that looks older, I guess taken sometime where in the s - s. The carrier has a very simple design: just a square of material with a strap at each corner, often with embroidery to add some colour.