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MiniMeis Baby Carrier Product Review

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By Al Ferguson

Al Ferguson is the CEO and founder of The Dadsnet.

Published on 25/05/2016

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Does wearing my baby make me less of a man?

A lot of men have very vivid memories of being carried on their father’s shoulders as a child. I certainly do, which is why I think I enjoy carrying Ted on my shoulders as much as I do. My heart melts a little when he runs ahead of me to stand in front of my legs, reaches up and says, ‘shroshro.’ His arms are up and I know he wants to jump on my shoulders to enjoy a new perspective of his surroundings and save some energy in his little legs.

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The trouble is, he’s recently discovered my ears. In particular, he’s discovered that his index fingers are the perfect size to fit into my ear holes. This wouldn’t be so bad if he would stop jamming them in as far as he can…

On top of the ears, he’s developed a rather vicious fish hook concept where he loops his finger under my eye socket and pulls backwards.

And don’t even get me started on the hair pulling. I’m receding enough without the extra encouragement from him.

You’d think that all of this would deter me from offering my shoulders as a feasible method of transport from him, but you’d be wrong. He’d have to explode some kind of nuclear device to deter me from doing something I love so much. Plus, it all adds to the fun.

When MiniMeis got in touch to share with me there ‘shoulder carrying device,’ I obviously took the opportunity gladly. I haven’t personally experienced any accidents from shoulder carrying, touch wood, but there is certain element of risk involved. None less than the fear of your child falling backwards.

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The MiniMeis offers shoulder carrying, but reduces the risky aspects; namely the falling backwards, due to the great back support.

Some key points about the MiniMeis Baby Carrier

  1. The MiniMeis is suitable from children aged 7 months until… well, until they’re too heavy for you to carry on your shoulders.
  2. It folds away compactly, for easy storage and ease when travelling.
  3. It’s relatively simple to use. From 2 years upwards, it’s a walk in the park to use, but I did find the straps a little awkward to get Ted into. Nothing major, but more fiddly than I’d expected. The chap on the video looks well rehearsed!

The price point for the MiniMeis, of £84.95-£104.95, is at the high end of the baby carrying market. There are carriers that are cheaper, are equally easy to use, store and travel with. However, for me, the USP of the MiniMeis that traditional carriers don’t offer, is the unobstructed view for the baby/child. How lovely for them to have a 360 degree view of their surroundings, rather than the hairs on your chest or the back of your head. That’s where this carrier supersedes others on the market.

The freedom for both parent and child is another great USP. Both have their hands free to clap, wave, hold a walking stick etc. The leg straps are key to this freedom. Without the carrier, shoulder carrying is still remarkably easy and far better than carrying the child on your hip the whole time, but you do have to hold on to their feet, which means you’re not hands free.

The question in my mind before testing this out was, “Is this a solution to a problem that doesn’t really exist?” However, since testing this out, having my hands free and having the peace of mind, knowing that it’s near impossible for him to fall backwards, is a real bonus and pretty much expels any doubts I have on this product.

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The question is whether these 2 things are worth the £100 fee? For those hardened walkers & hikers, it’s a no brainer.

With all that in mind, the MiniMeis receives an official Dad Network star rating of 4 / 5 stars.

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  1. Phill Palmer

    What was it like weight wise? I’ve not got a great back so I want one of these but I’m afraid the extra weight is going to make it redundant.

    • Al Ferguson

      I couldn’t tell you the exact weight off the top of my head, but it certainly wasn’t too bad.

    • Mark Sorenson

      Absolutely the worst customer service ever. Do not buy from theses people. They will charge you double and won’t return calls or e-mails. Even the googled phone number canube understood if you speak english.

  2. Alvin

    Doesn’t it strain your neck too much? Like how long can you use this on before you feel muscle pain in your shoulder.

    • Kurt Antonio

      Well you’re wearing it wrong if your neck is strained, otherwise, the shoulder will be strained for long period of use, since this is not strapped to your back, but your shoulders; that’s the only negative experience I have for this product.

  3. Jackie Sehgal

    I am looking for long term back safety information about carrying a ‘heavy’ child on one’s shoulders v the traction way from a traditional backpack that pulls the shoulders back not down and bears the load at the hips with a waist belt.

    • Kirsten

      This is my major hesitation for this product.

  4. Sanné Mestrom

    I’m wondering how this compares to a back pack? I go on a lot of 2+ hour Bush hikes with my 2yo in a backpack. He’s fine on my back, but we’re in Australia and it’s just so hot that it puts me off walking with him in the summer months. It looks like the minimeis might be a bit cooler as it’s not covering your whole back. Can they nod off to sleep in it, or would they loose balance? How stable are they in there? We climb a lot of mountains. Thank you in advance!

  5. Justin Young

    For anyone who has used this product, I have two questions. 1. How easy or difficult is it to strap your child in or remove your child from the carrier while it is still on your shoulders? Or is this not possible? 2. Does it put a lot of stress on your shoulders When child is in it? Is it ok for longer hikes? What is your limit?
    Thank you

    • Jonathan

      I got this device this week and have used it twice so far, longest I wore it for was 30 minutes and my shoulders were finished. I’m not sure if I just don’t have the muscles in that place or just haven’t broken them in yet. I’m a general contractor, so hard work, repetition, and general wear of my body isn’t something foreign to me But this was almost excruciating.

      Wish me luck! Because my son absolutely loves it, I can’t bring myself to return it knowing how much fun he’s having up there. My son is 30Lbs

    • Graeme Roberts

      It’s fairly easy to get your child in and out of it on your own and safely secure them. Between the backrest and their legs around your Meg that secured them enough whilst you strap them in.
      I’ve gotten to the point now where it’s so easy to put on myself I can do so whilst holding my 1yr old in one arm. As for duration of use. I’ve done a few 2 hr walks with no issue and other than some red marks on my shoulders it’s been fine

  6. Marco

    I bought this a month ago I have gone on 5 walks short ones here around my block and my daughter likes it . I however don’t like the fit I have a big chest and arms . I wear 2x shirt and the straps cut into me . I don’t buckle the chest buckle because it doesn’t reach. My shoulders are dead tired by the time I get home . Seem like a good idea for anyone who will fit into it good. I went off reviews on their own website and found that all the positive reviews are listed first and all the negative reviews are pushed and buried in the last pages meaning you would have to go through 50 pages before you saw the cons . I saw how my review got pushed to the end and only the good 5 star reviews stayed on the front pages . Not cool for someone who wants an honest review

  7. Hongming

    Hi, How can we get you guys to review our product which is supposed to be a improvement on minimeis. It’s called OE carrier, it has the hip support for parent and a backpack for storage. check us out at and send us a message if you can do a review. Thanks

  8. Tim McManus

    As a guy with a big chest and shoulders, this did not fit well. The straps provide little room to extend and I would only be able to wear it with a tshirt. Really disappointed.

    • Cynthia Nelson

      I bought one for my son-n-law who is about the size of a pro football player with big shoulders and arms. The straps are not long enough for someone that size, they cut sharply into his underarms. so disappointed.

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