We’ve talked a lot about baby carriers around these parts and for good reason – it is an important piece of baby gear. There are lots of options some of which are intimidating or uncomfortable and some that are just down right awesome. I would put the Baby K’tan baby carrier in the darn right awesome category and lucky for you all we are giving one away!
The K’tan, like most innovative baby products, was developed and designed by parents who were searching for the perfect carrier. The carrier is made of 100% soft but thick and durable cotton that is machine washable and dryer safe. The real beauty of the K’tan is that is basically a sling, wrap and traditional carrier all in one. However, there is no wrapping, straps, extra fabric, buckles or straps to contend with. The K’tan comes in two pieces – the first is basically an assembled “wrap” which is two loops of fabric connected with a smaller third loop and the second is a sash-esqe piece that helps secure the carrier.
The thing I love most about this carrier is that it is EASY to put on. The K’tan works for babies from 8 – 35 pounds and there are five different positions which grow with your little one. The K’tan can also be used with premature babies to help with the all important skin to skin contact also known as “kangaroo time”. Note, we aren’t suggesting carrying a premature baby under 8 pounds in the K’tan but using it to help aid in skin to skin contact.
Eloise and I tried out all five positions and at her age (4 months) she favored the “adventure” and “hug” positions. The K’tan is comfortable to wear as it evenly spreads her weight over my two shoulders. I definitely felt like Eloise was secure and was comfortable wearing her for long periods of time. The second sash like piece really adds that extra security, can easily be adjusted and tightened as you go. While it is great that I am comfortable, Eloise was very comfortable too. It was much easier to get her in and out of the K’tan versus some other wraps. Of course, the first time is always a bit of challenge but by the second try I had it down. The instruction that came with the wrap were easy to follow and are duplicated online here.
I really wish I would have had this when Eloise was a newborn because it would have been great to wear her around the house to free up both my hands. I was always too afraid to use the carrier I had at this early stage (a Bjorn) but I would have felt comfortable using the K’tan because it is easy to put on and especially easy for a new mom with a peanut of a baby! The K’tan feels very secure no matter the size of your baby (i.e., it accommodates all ages within the specified size range) and the material is soft and cozy. Not to mention, the Kangaroo hold would be great for skin to skin contact with your newborn. For breastfeeding mamas, skin to skin contact can actually help your milk supply and using the Kangaroo hold you can even breast feed! As with other wrap carriers, the K’tan is said to soothe fussy babies which is welcome benefit.
No carrier (or baby product) for that matter is absolutely perfect and I don’t have many issues with the K’tan. However, the wrap does come in sizes, which makes perfect sense since it is already assembled BUT Tyler and I don’t wear the same size so he can’t use the K’tan. Not the end of the world but this could be an issue is this is your only carrier and your husband wanted to use it too. Other than that, I am really happy with the K’tan.
Bottom line, the Baby K’tan is a wonderful product and I would definitely recommend it!
Now for the exciting giveaway! We are giving away ae original Baby K’tan in your choice* of basic black, warm cocoa, heather gray, sage green or eggplant. To enter:
– Like The Wise Baby’s Facebook page (if you do already skip this step!)
– Leave a comment here with the color you’d choose if you won
The winner will be selected at random, using www.random.org, on Friday, November 16th. Open to U.S. residents only and entries accepted until noon CST on the 16th. Good luck!
*Availability may require that second or third choice color is sent. Winner must claim prize within 5 business days or another winner will be selected.