The waist ˈbeltˈis padded very little and is quite narrow; but I was pleased that it is not extremely long as in case of some other mei tais, and therefore I did not need to tie it three times around my waist or to be afraid of stepping on the tips. However, it did not hold up to Emilka’s 9 kilograms – it basically cut into my hips in the first moment. My experience is that most of the waist belts that are uncomfortable for me at first kind of ˈsettleˈon my hips while wearing and become comfortable after all or at least bearable. Not this Soul, however. After the walk, I felt like being cut into half. Otherwise, I found the shoulder straps comfortable and padded just enough and I did not have the feeling of being totally tied up in the carrier as in case of Andala tai, for example. As far as the position of the wearie goes, I have to go back to the size of the back panel – I felt there was absolutely no space for Emilka to grow, however her position was fine, she was nicely embraced by the back panel with her thighs and knees well supported.
Mei tai Soul could be a really decent carrier for smaller babies in my opinion, but not really for toddlers – mainly because of the waist belt not being comfortable enough. But if you have hips of steel, why not.