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Baby K'tan Baby Carrier, Black, Small
The Baby K'tan Baby Carrier is a multi-functional, ready-to-wear wrap that keeps your infant or toddler safe and cozy, while supporting your back. Made of 100 percent cotton and free of harmful chemicals, formaldehydes, and azo dyes, this doctor-recommended baby carrier provides the positions and benefits of a sling, wrap, and carrier all in one. It's incredibly easy to use, and unlike some carriers, the Baby K'tan features no buckles, snaps, rings, or hardware. The Baby K'tan Baby Carrier is a great way for on-the-go caregivers to take their children with them knowing that they're comfortable and protected. It comes with a carrying bag and instruction booklet.
A support band distributes your child's weight evenly.
The Adventure Position is ideal for babies who have regained full head control. View larger.
Use the Kangaroo Position for newborns to keep them calm and close to your heart. View larger.
Double-Loop Design for Easy Positioning and Privacy
Invented by parents for parents and caregivers, the Baby K'tan Carrier has a unique double-loop design that makes carrying your baby more secure, provides privacy for nursing moms, and simplifies the process of putting it on and taking it off.
The Baby K'tan is lightweight and compact like a sling, yet goes over both shoulders to evenly distribute a child's weight like a structured carrier. Wearing the Baby K'tan is a simple matter of placing the two loops across your body and then around your baby in different ways, depending on which carrying position you use.
Six Positions for Support and Development
This carrier offers six different positions to accommodate growing children. The Kangaroo position is for preemies and newborns up to four months, and holds the baby close to the wearer's heart, facing in for head support. The Hug position is for babies who have started stretching their legs--it keeps them facing the wearer, but provides a space for each leg to extend.
When babies have full head control (around five months old), there are several available positions to try depending on their needs and your comfort level. The Adventure position keeps both legs and arms free while the baby faces forward. Explore position is a forward-facing version of the Kangaroo--the baby is cocooned in the fabric, but has more head control. In both of two different hip positions, you'll spread the fabric wide to create a comfortable and secure seat while giving your child more upper body range of motion.
Safe for Growing Babies
No matter which position you choose, your baby's mouth and nose are always kept visible and clear of fabric. When adjusting the carrier around young babies, you should be able to fit two fingers between your baby's chin and chest for safety. If your baby doesn't yet have complete head control, simply use one of the loops to provide additional head support.
Adjustable Back Support for Wearer
The Baby K'tan provides plenty of back support. It sits on both shoulders to take stress off the back, and also includes an adjustable back-support band that makes it easy to shift weight distribution.
Gentle, 100 Percent Cotton Cloth
Designed to be gentle on a baby's sensitive skin, the Baby K'tan is made of soft, 100 percent natural cotton that's free of harmful chemicals, formaldehydes, and azo dyes. It's also machine washable and dryer safe.
What's in the Box
Carrier, convertible sash/carrying bag, and instruction manual.
Over 6 positions from preemie to preschool (35 lbs.)
100% natural cotton double Sling design provides extra security for baby and privacy while nursing, with quick adjustability for maximum comfort
No wrapping, no hardware, rests comfortably on both shoulders, and an adjustable back support band makes this carrier easy to use; Instructional manual included
Recommended by doctors, and comes in hip gender-neutral colors
Machine washable and dryer safe
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350 of 353 found the following review helpful:
Almost perfect!Jan 31, 2011
I Just received the carrier and simply love it! I wish I had it from day one as it is very helpful in carrying baby at home. My son is 5 weeks old and Baby K'tan works great.
- very easy to use (I saw demos online while waiting for delivery and got the hug, cradle and kangaroo positions right away), I can use it much faster than buckle carriers,
- the sizing is correct, right now I'm 5'6'' and around 145 lb, but my pre pregnancy size is between 6 and 8 (130-135 lb), and size Small is perfect. Although after washing and drying it shrunk and it was to small for me, it stretched out. next time I will air dry, because baby cried and it was squished. The sizing seems correct but I keep thinking if will fit when the baby will grow, but K'tan website ensures that will be ok, especially with different positions,
- the material is very soft and keeps my 1 month old snuggle to me. Cradle position seems to cramp the baby but he doesn't mind, so far because of no neck control yet we both love the hug position. He is very curious and loves to see the world, and at the same time when falls asleep can be hold tight,
- carrier feels very comfortable and truly hands free; it feels the most natural from all the carriers I've tried,
- the sash is also a storage tote at the same time so it is easy to carry the whole thing in a diaper bag, matching hat is cute but doesn't fit my 5 weeks old yet even after washing and drying (size 0-3 months; but he will grow to it eventually),
- I can do a lot stuff at home with my son next to me, he sleeps better and longer.
- the description says it can be used on preemies but baby k'tan website and instruction booklet says to use from 8-42 lb (the box says 5-35 lb, so I don't know which one is right). Although I can see that would work with smaller babies for sure, especially kangaroo and cradle positions,
- I can not properly position the baby for breastfeeding,
- it really can hurt shoulders area so proper adjustment is a key.
-Infantino Wrap and Tie, and it is mediocre;
-Beco Gemini way to big for newborn and seems a bit bulky for me (my husband and I ended up using this carrier max 5 times, takes too much time to readjust the straps, it is not easy to figure it out-it takes too much time and everybody is sweating in clothes before walk, very annoying; unsnapping is almost impossible to do it due to safety click, especially when holding the baby after unbuckling first straps), must air dry as recommended otherwise will pick up every lint from the drier, air dry takes some time too because it is thick carrier; expensive and so inconvenient,
-Munchkin sling and definitely it is not for small babies, it's not stretchy and didn't feel right and safe,
-and some old Snuggli my friend passed it to me, it worked for newborn and I used it till now, but it was killing my back due to the bad ergonomics of the buckle system).
I highly recommend Baby K'tan and might get light color for the summer or mesh one (depends how hot it will be in black one). UPDATE: I ended up will only black carrier that was used during winter in Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas summer, worked great. During the winter I wore it under the jacket to keep baby warmer.
UPDATE: my son at 11 months old, I lost some weight (128 lb now) and carrier still fits great, I don't use gemini one at all, K'tan rocks. I can take the baby in and out very fast. My son loves facing forward position to enjoy the views. Still both hands are free and I can walk my two dogs on the leashes, go to the store for some groceries and never get any back pain. Now when my son is over 20 lb it is also great work out. Highly recommended and never want to try other carriers with regulated belts ans hard to use snaps (like Gemini is pain to adjust for different positions, is akward and does not fit right, plus hard to unsnap).
I bumped it to a 5 star review because it is truly the best carrier I've tried and I am very happy that I got it. Before I took 1 star because I couldn't figure out the breastfeeding position, but this actually doesn't matter.
UPDATE 2: baby is getting heavier, 26 lb now but I still use baby K tan but not for super long walks, 20-30 minutes max. Awesome work out on the hills. My son is 15 months and he almost looks to big for it but it still works! Carrier looks great, still very black.
UPDATE 3: soon after update#2 I realized that I don't use the carrier anymore. Baby got bigger, walks by itself and for longer distances I use umbrella stroller. But I am pregnant with second one and Ktan looks like new, waiting for being used from the very beginning!
126 of 132 found the following review helpful:
Very versatile and comfortable baby carrierOct 15, 2008
By A. House
This is my third sling, and I really like it. My other two are both pouch slings: a Hotsling and an adjustable Mayawrap pouch sling. You can't beat a pouch slings for pure simplicity of use. However, I think the Baby Ktan baby carrier is quickly becoming my favorite. It is essentially two pouch slings tied together, plus a sash to use as extra support for some of the positions. Here are the pros and cons:
Pros: Very versatile -- wear your baby like you would in a regular pouch sling, or wear her facing forward or backward like you would in a Baby Bjorn. There are also hip carry and back carry positions -- 8 positions in all. Very comfortable -- the stretch cotton is wonderfully soft and in nearly all the positions, you can have the carrier go over both shoulders. This was a big selling point for me because I find that my back aches after about an hour or so in a regular pouch sling. In the Baby Ktan, with both shoulders carrying the load, it's much easier. Packable -- much less bulk than a Baby Bjorn or other structured/padded carrier; about the size of two pouch slings. Large weight range -- I can also put my 30 lb. toddler in the hip carry position with this thing. Machine wash, tumble dry.
Cons: A little bit of a learning curve and not quite as quick and easy to use as a pouch sling. Takes up about twice as much room as a pouch sling in the diaper bag.
One buying tip: Pay close attention to the sizing recommendations, and if you are at all in between sizes, get the smaller one. The material is quite stretchy. I bought a small to begin with, but returned it for an extra small, which fits me better. I'm 5'4" and average weight.
122 of 140 found the following review helpful:
Same as Moby...May 08, 2011
I got this because I have a Moby and was tired of tying it when I was out in places like parking lots of grocery stores and the airport. I was hoping this would be a lot faster. I'm disappointed. THe material is very similar to the moby only it has a little less stretch - which means it's still HOT. You DO still have to wrap it, it's just that it starts you off by having two loops instead of one long piece of fabric. You still have to use the sash to get it secure whatsoever and that's a pain to drag around. All in all, it's way too similar to the Moby and I wasted my money by getting a second. Buy this OR Moby, but don't expect it to be a second type of carrier like I did.
46 of 52 found the following review helpful:
Don't know what i would do without this!Aug 09, 2012
By Jessica E. Wright
I ordered the Baby K'tan in Sage green back in 2010 to use with my first daughter, Kalina. I knew that I wanted to wear her based on all the benefits I'd read about, plus it just made sense that it would be easier for me to go about life hands-free while keeping her close and happy. I researched a lot of carriers to include all the Infantino line, the Moby Wrap, the Maya Wrap, Baby Bjorn and Ergo Baby. One of Kalina's hips wasn't completely formed so she needed to spend a lot of time in the "froggy" position (legs open, like a frog's rear legs). That meant the Maya Wrap was out because it only offers two positions: sling style (laying across my body, which would put her legs tightly together), or with baby riding on the hip (not appropriate for a newborn with no head control). The Baby Bjorn requires a minimum weight of 8lbs, so I wouldn't be able to use it for Kalina as a newborn since she was only 7lbs. Also, I read a lot of information on how the Baby Bjorn doesn't offer enough support for the baby because of the small "seat" in the carrier. This could cause discomfort in the babys hips. That's the last thing Kalina needed for her bad hip, so the Bjorn was out, too. That left the Moby Wrap and the Baby K'tan (the baby can be placed facing the wearer, in the froggy position). I bought the K'tan on Amazon and while I waited for it to be shipped (we are military stationed overseas, and sometimes the MPO is slow)I also bought a used Moby Wrap. The Moby Wrap took a couple of times of practice to get on correctly. It's not that the steps are difficult, but the LOOOOOOOONG piece of fabric dangling and getting tangled was a bit tricky. I got the hang of it and Kalina felt comfortable inside, while I felt comfortable wearing her. Kalina was a winter baby and I wore her wherever we went, which meant standing outside the car to wrap myself up and then put her inside. The fabric is so long that it would hang all along the ground and get dirty and wet in the snow and rain. Not cool, especially for something that will be wrapped around your child.
When the Baby K'tan arrived I was excited to try it out because it seemed to offer all the comfort of the Moby Wrap, without dealing with all the wrapping and long fabric getting dirty. The directions were a bit tricky at first, just like the Moby, but with a couple of tries, it was a piece of cake! I placed Kalina in it for the first time, started walking around and bouncing, and within 10 minutes she was fast asleep. The ease of putting the K'tan on and placing Kalina inside of it was exactly what I was looking for. Add to that the comfortable fit while wearing and how much Kalina loved being in it.....we had a winner! I sold the Moby Wrap to the first interested party.
90% of the time I wore Kalina in the froggy position because that's what she liked the best. Once her hip was developed I wore her a couple of times in the "sling", or cradle, position. It was still comfortable for me, but she seemed to prefer the froggy position. Once she had head control I wore her facing forward, which she loved when she was curious and wanted to see the world. When she was tired or crabby, I wore her in the froggy position and she would calm down and sleep very quickly, or simply ride around quiet and awake. We travel A LOT, and the K'tan goes with us. No hassling with a stroller. I began to call the K'tan "The Zone," becuase when I put Kalina in it, she was in the zone: happy. I sincerely attribute her calm, good-natured baby ways to her personality AND "The Zone."
The K'tan is perfect to wear during nearly any activity: house cleaning, grocery shopping, vacuuming (put Kalina to sleep like THAT!), going for walks...the list goes on and on! I even wore Kalina while I mowed the lawn and while I did squats and lunges! She was always in the zone, which meant she very rarely cried, took longer naps and I could continue my life.
When Kalina began walking and was too big to be worn, I lent the K'tan to a friend who had a 3 month old son. He was fussy unless being held, so she couldn't get anything done. I helped her put it on and put him inside and he passed out within 10 minutes of being worn! Then he stayed asleep for 3 hours! She was so impressed and happy that she ordered her own and became hooked on using it....just like me!
I ordered the size medium (I am 5'7" and weigh between 135-150lbs) and after wearing it for awhile it fits a little big. The fabric stretches out, like most fabric will if it's in a constant state of tension (like having it stretched around a body with weight in it). However, I simply wash and dry it and it's back to fitting perfectly. I laundered it countless times and it still looks brand new. No color fade, no worn look, whatsoever.
I now use the K'tan with my second daughter, Amara. Kalins is 22 months old and Amara is 10 weeks old. The K'tan was a lifesaver with one child, but with two young children, it is priceless! I can wear Amara while chasing around and taking care of Kalina. It's great and I don't know what I would do without it. I highly recommend the Baby K'tan over any other wrap or carrier out there. We actually bought an Ergo Baby Carrier for my husband to wear because he can't wear the same K'tan as me (and doesn't want to wear a wrap because he thinks they are too feminine). The Ergo was uncomfortable to wear and Amara fit in it ackwardly, even with using the newborn insert. Not a fan, though I see many people using them here in Germany. As fo me, I'm a Baby K'tan fan through and through!
I hope this wasn't too long, but I wanted to give the reader an idea of how wonderful the K'tan is compared to the various other products out there. I hope I can save you some time in your search. Just by a K'tan!
13 of 15 found the following review helpful:
Better when baby is older?Apr 26, 2012
By M. Biando
Note: when I was reviewing baby carriers, I found it useful to know size/stature of other reviewers. I am very petite: 4'11", 98 pounds before getting pregnant. This review is for the XS Baby K'Tan.
I bought my Baby K'Tan upon recommendation from my local baby store. I was committed to "wearing" my baby as much as possible. Not only did we buy the K'Tan we also bought the Ergo and inherited a Baby Bjorne. I started carrying my son when he was 8 weeks old. We didn't want to buy the infant insert for the Ergo (more $$$) and he was too little for the Baby Bjorne. The Baby K'Tan seemed to swallow him up. I was constantly shifting him around so he would not get lost in the K'Tan and it was never a guarantee that he would enjoy being in the K'Tan. I would put him in, and if he wouldn't protest, I'd walk around the house with him or go for walks until he did protest. I will say we didn't use it much those first six months. We started using the Ergo when he was about 4.5 months old and the Baby Bjorne shortly after that.
Fast forward to 7 months old. The K'tan had gotten lost at the back of the closet and one day I found it. At 7 months he was lighter than average (17 pounds) but longer than average (28"). That's when the K'Tan became useful. We were getting out of the house alot and the K'Tan is fairly easy to get off and on (I find trying to get that back clasp on the Ergo impossible!). Now that he's bigger, I've found it much more useful. We alternate the K'Tan with the Baby Bjorne (which my husband loves), so I would say it just depends on what feels good to you. Being petite, I find that many of the structured carriers are too long for my smaller frame, but the K'Tan is perfect. Besides, having a couple of baby carriers has been helpful. We leave one in the car, one in the house, and I tuck the K'Tan in the diaper bag so that when my son is tired of being in the stroller, I can tuck him in the carrier for a change of environment.
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