I first heard of the Baby K’Tan through some of my blogging friends. I was asking for recommendations for wraps while I was pregnant. (You can see what Stefanie and Dionna thought of their Baby K’tans for a perspective other than mine.) I mentioned being intimidated by the wrapping process and the Baby K’tan was brought up as a great option. I was very interested but was told the sizing was very important. When I looked at the size chart, I was nervous they would all be too big on me. I contacted Baby K’tan and told them my concerns but they assured me I shouldn’t have a problem with the extra small so I ordered one.
By the time I got my Baby K’tan, I had actually used two different wraps (a cotton gauze wrap and a Moby). I was prepared for the Baby K’tan to be easier to use. I had the instruction book in front of me, but I was still confused. I freely admit that I am not good at figuring things out. So, I turned to youtube and found a video that showed me how to use it and then I was able to figure it out.
Once I did get it on, I really liked the way it felt. Although for me it was harder initially to figure out than the wraps, the Baby K’tan feels the most secure to me. I think it’s because it is not dependent on the wearer having to attempt to get a tight fit. This is where the size you order comes in, and it is important you get the smaller size if you are between sizes. It turns out that the extra-small did indeed fit me well. I just feels very, very secure and I like that a lot.
The Baby K’tan’s fabric is similar to that of a Moby or other stretchy wrap. The best way to describe it is that it is a ready-to-wear wrap. It is made up of 2 loops of fabric connected in the back with a band that moves up and down. It also comes with a support band that converts into a carrying bag. I REALLY like this feature a lot. It is very easy to store and take with you. If I wear it out somewhere and later want to take my baby, Jude, out it is so easy to just throw it in the bag. There really are very few carriers that are that easy to store.
As far as putting it on, now that I have done it several times, it’s pretty easy. I do still mess it up though if I’m not paying enough attention. (This is probably more of a reflection on me than the carrier though honestly. :)) You can see instructions in their manual, but basically you put the two loops together in a circle, place them over your head, separate the loops so that one loop is on each shoulder and then drop the loop farthest from your body to your waist. Putting your baby in is dependent on the position you choose, but it is very similar to a wrap in that you put them in the first pocket (or loop of fabric) and then you take the other loop and bring it up around your baby and then up onto your shoulder. This part was the part I kept struggling with until I saw it on the video. And it is also the part I mess up if I’m not paying enough attention. The sash is then wrapped around your baby for extra support. I do have trouble getting the sash tight enough. Mine always seems a little loose on the bottom for some reason but it is always fine support wise. I just have to re-tighten it sometimes.
I use this carrier A LOT doing chores around the house. Because it feels so secure, I feel confident and am able to bend over (supporting his head of course) more than with other carriers which is more conducive to cleaning. He mostly sleeps in it. It’s great to put him in when I know he’s ready to nap. He’s nice and cozy and the motion of me walking around lulls him right to sleep. I’ve worn it out some, too but since it is still warm here in the South, I don’t as much. I’m sure I will be wearing it out more in the winter. Because of the fabric, we just both get sweaty more quickly than I’d like. (I’ve since learned they carry a Baby K’tan Breeze that is more breathable and not as hot.) As I mentioned above though, it is super easy to grab it and through it in my car or the diaper bag. It makes it excellent for travel.
I’m been very happy with it definitely once I could figure out how to put Jude in it! I have heard that it will start to get stretched out some when my little Jude gets bigger but I have not noticed that at all at this point and he’s somewhere between 12 and 13 lbs. It’s recommended if you notice that happening to throw it in the dryer. Speaking of drying, it can be washed in the washing machine and mine washed up nicely. It does require more drying time though. It was still damp when I took it out of the dryer and I had to lay it out some to get all of the areas dried out.
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. I purchased a Baby K’tan carrier at a discount for the purpose of this review. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are 100% my own. I only review products that I either have purchased myself and love or products I have been given a chance to review by the company that I believe are products my readers would benefit from. Amazon links are affiliate links.