- Over 6 positions from preemie to preschool (35 pound )
- 100% certified organic cotton
- Rests comfortably on both shoulders, and an adjustable back support band makes this carrier easy to use
- Recommended by doctors, and comes in hip gender neutral colors
- Machine washable and dryer safe
- The double Sling design provides extra security for baby and privacy while nursing
- 100% certified organic cotton, the 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
Great for babies that want to be held 24/7 but killer on your back/shoulders
The Baby K’tan was great for me for about 1.5 months while my son was <13 pounds. I had to use it for a good 6-8 hours a day because he did not want to be put down for naps, EVER. As he approached the 14 pound mark, however, the carrier began to kill my back and shoulders (I am very petite – 5’1 and 120 pounds postpartum). Consequently, I recently purchased an Ergo Baby Organic carrier to help distribute my little one’s weight more evenly.It was a great solution while I used it, however, which is why I gave it 4 stars. The organic fabric is soft and the fact that it’s organic put my mind at ease when my little one used to suck on it as he fell asleep. Due to the record heat-waves this summer, I often placed my baby in this with just his diaper on so that he would not overheat. That seemed to do the trick, as he rarely seemed to sweat profusely while in the carrier. Also, knowing that the baby is ergonomically sitting, rather than being dangled by the crotch, was a plus.
Better for smaller babies
I absolutely adored the Baby K’Tan while my son was small. I could carry him around hands-free and he was snug, often just sleeping while I puttered or while we were out and about. I’m so sad that now that he is bigger, I find that my back is starting to hurt when he is in the front-carry positions, and I really just think it’s that he is so heavy – 17 pounds at almost 4 months. Now I find that I’m going to my Mei Tai style carrierBabyHawk Mei Tai Organic Baby Carrier Eyes of the World on Avocado Straps and Dainty Baby Reusable Bag BundleI have not yet tried the rear carry positions with him, I’m waiting for him to get a little bigger, so I’m hoping to get more use yet.One note, I’m not a fan of the hip carry position, it just doesn’t feel secure to me, even with the extra sash. I think that is typical of the sling style carriers. I’ve had no issues with the other front carry positions, having the crossed straps and the tie around feels plenty safe.This carrier washes well and seems to be holding up just fine to wear and tear. I was worried about the light color, but haven’t had any issues with staining so far. It’s definitely going to be a keeper for Number Two in the future.
Medium fit size 16
I wasn’t sure whether to get M or L. I wear XL in women’s clothing and dress size 16. Got M and it fits. It fits my husband who wears L and XL- up until now. We bought this before our baby was born. We used it right away once our baby came home. Baby loved sleeping in it. It’s super easy to put on (watched a short video on youtube). We tried Moby Wrap with our first baby, and K’tan is just way way better. Now that our baby is four months old, baby still likes it. BUT- my husband wonders how long he’d be able to use it- he thinks it’s getting too tight. Although there is still more room for baby to grow when I wear it, I think I’d like another one that won’t tire my back and shoulders in the future. We still love it. We think it’s a must for newborn stage. It’s just that as the baby gets heavier, we might like something else better.
Good for short sessions with very active occupant
I did some internet research on this item before purchase. Based on what I read, especially for an occupant already at 14 pounds, I got this in non-mesh style, in a smaller size than I’d usually get, and so far it’s about right for snugness. However, I’ve only used it a few days at this point so I can’t report on long-term functionality.Watching the instructional video on the company’s website was very helpful. Using a mirror is also highly recommended.The biggest issue so far is that the aforementioned 14 pound occupant is an extremely active one who likes to arch backward and sideways, and, reminiscent of Houdini, slip arms and shoulders out in an effort to grab everything in reach. Aside from these acrobatics feeling completely UNsafe, apparently the shoulder(s) should be covered. I tried to enforce this rule with various adjustments and configurations, including with the sash, but Mini Houdini shrugged off my attempts (almost literally). However, as the instructions say to keep one hand on the carrier while moving around anyway, the current workaround is to keep a restraining grip on the passenger pretty much all the time. While certainly not ideal in terms of usage, it is still better than hauling 14 pound Mini Houdini around without a carrier.On the plus side, the K’tan is lightweight, compact, lacks annoying safety straps and buckles, doesn’t smell like chemicals and foam (important because chewing the fabric appears to be a carrier passenger’s prerogative), is undyed (I assume the Natural is undyed? maybe not, who knows) – and as a bonus, the occupant is very quickly and easily removed from it (occupant does not enjoy carriers for very long). These are the exact reasons I got it in the first place. It would also probably be a great item to have ready in any emergencies.So far, it seems convenient for short sessions around the house. For a longer session I will probably need to resort to a full-blown strap-and-buckle item.
Organic IS softer!! Great for newborns & small babies!
I wish I had this when he was just born, but better late than never. Rented at 4 weeks and absolutely had to buy. I then compared the feel of the organic and conventional in the store and the organic is markedly softer. Really. Worth the extra $ to me. My baby absolutely loves this at 5 weeks old. Wish I had it when he was a newborn. He settles very quickly in here when he’s sleepy. The only downside is that it is a bit hard on my back to carry my 14 lb son (he is a giant). But, he is seriously so happy that I just go with it for now. I’ll move him into our Beco Gemini soon, but right now it’s just not really that snuggly & newborn friendly like this one. 🙂
Better than other wraps
I like this. It’s really simple to use and for the most part, it’s comfortable. My only complaint is that the fabric gets really twisted and is difficult to put right, and it gets twisted while im putting it on at times which can make it really uncomfortable and difficult to work with, so i have to start over. This isn’t something that would prevent me from purchasing though. The fabric is really soft and I like that the organic cotton is so breathable.
My baby hates this!
I found this sling complicated to use. They have an instructional booklet with photos but it isn’t clear on how to position the baby correctly. I eventually figured it out but my baby really hated it. He’s normally a very placid baby but cried the moment I put him in it and didn’t stop until I took him out. He loves his other carriers but this one didn’t work for us and I wouldn’t recommend it to any babies who don’t enjoy being swaddled. I appreciate that they offer this carrier in organic cotton but it ended up being a waste of $60 for us.
Didn’t like it
Too many directions, not easy to just throw on and get out the door…fit too tight and we never ended up using it. My daughter did not like being inn this carrier. We ended up getting slings and Baby Bjorns!
I tried Ergo, Moby, and Baby K’tan. My baby is three month old and this one works the best. It used to take at least 30 minutes to put my baby to sleep. As soon as she yawns, I put her in Baby K’tan and it takes just 10 mins for her to fall asleep or when she is fussier, I’ll say 30 minutes the most. When my baby is overtired, I just let her sleep in the sleep over an hour while I do easy house chores or sit on a glide and read. When I take her outside, I carry her facing outward so she can see people and objects. She loves it.Like some other reviewers said, it is similar to Moby but it is so much easier to use (no hassle wrapping around the fabric esp when the fussy baby wants you badly) and not as hot as it’s got less fabric. It feels a little too tight but it stretches as I wear it and shrinks back when I wash it. The sizing worked pretty well too.My only wish is that Baby K’tan comes with more fashionable colors and designs(I got ivory), and not as pricy.
better than moby
It’s way easier and lighter than the moby. I wish i would have known about the mesh version and would have gotten that instead. This isn’t great for back pain but it’s a good around the house wrap. I use my Beco Gemini when i really have to walk somewhere.
Confusing instructions, but good product overall
I really like this carrier. It’s not like the slings where I worry about baby suffocation. The only thing I’m not so jazzed about is the instruction manual. It is really confusing, because it shows the different positions of the baby in incorrect or correct versions. The thing that bothers me is that the incorrect versions are almost identical to the correct versions, so I’m constantly worried about whether or not my baby is in the right position. Our baby is a five week old, not able to hold her head up, and one of the warnings is to make sure your baby’s chin isn’t touching her chest. Well, my baby can’t hold her head up, so her chin is almost always touching her chest.I guess if you buy this product for a younger baby, like mine, keep in mind that the baby probably won’t look like the pictures in the instructions, nor will the ‘correct’ and ‘incorrect’ versions make any sense whatsoever.Overall, good product. Comfortable carrrier. I got a small and my pre pregnancy weight is 130-140 while my post pregnancy weight at this point is 170. Fits great.
Love it! So soft.
This carrier is so much softer than any carrier we have found. It almost feels like your old favorite teeshirt that’s been worn in. The more we use it, the softer it gets! It came with a booklet with a ton of ways to use it plus we have found at least 5 more ways to use it to carry our son safely.The only downside I have found is that it tends to hurt my upper back if I carry my son around in it too long.
Better than slings, carriers, and moby wraps
Okay, so apparently I’m weak backed! I see women carrying their babies in carriers all the time with no issue. I wore my baby for 15 minutes and felt like I got hit by a truck. It’s not the wraps fault, I’ve tried before when my son was born, and It just kills my back to have the weight in-front. If you don’t have my problem: This wrap seems very durable and is quite stretchy. The best part is how easy it is to use. There are literally 3 pictures on the directions that show how to put it on in 3 steps and you don’t even need to read the directions. One thing I figured out after making baby really mad is that it is much easier to put the baby in it laying down. Lay on the bed, put baby on your chest (on her/his belly) and put the wrap on while she’s/he’s on you. Otherwise you’ll be fumbling with one hand, trying not to drop the baby, and having a hard time supporting her head, if she’s newborn. This was so much easier. I’ve tried on moby wraps and all other kinds, this is definitely way easier and seems very safe.
Not a fan
Just not impressed 🙁 tried a medium and a large. My baby boy just never could get comfortable or position correctly.
The k’tan saved my life during the early months. My son had ‘colic’ and walking around with him outside was the only way to calm him. He also hated his car seat and stroller so he was in this every time I was shopping.I also have a one piece popular wrap and I don’t like it as much because it seems every time he falls asleep in it it’s time to retie it. You don’t have to worry about that with the k’tan.It also cleans well. He had a spectacular blow out and I was certain it was ruined. It still looks brand new. 🙂
When my little one was 0-4 months this was my go to carrier.Pro’s:Small and lightweightOrganic fabricLooks like a scarf when baby is not in it. This was great for wearing out of the house and hopping in the car – then placing baby in it once we got where we were going.Many, MANY compliments and "why didn’t they have that in my day" comments.Con’s:A little too hard on the shoulders and back to wear for long periods of time. Think school backpack vs hiking backpack. This doesn’t have the waist weight distribution like a moby or ergo.
9 months and 25 lbs later…
I highly recommend the K’tan! I was unsure about it at first but it has been an amazing tool for us. I have traveled all over using the K’tan and have used it for everyday stuff like taking out of the trash, grocery shopping, cleaning around the house, etc. My husband has a very demanding job and this has really helped me manage our son alone. It is super easy to use and after you practice a few times, you will have no issue using it alone. Also, if it starts to stretch out, wash it. I have washed mine numerous times and it still looks new. The only con, which isn’t a problem for us, is it is fitted to the adult wearing it. For example, I am petite and around 130ish lbs. – my husband could not use the size small. Some of the other carriers on the market allow for multiple people to use them. My son is now over 25 lbs and I still wear him. I have never had any issues with my back hurting, only my shoulders being a little sore in the beginning. Babywearing has been such a great experience for us. I find that my son feels very safe and is very well-behaved when he is in his carrier. Most of the time at the store, he just snuggles up against me and goes to sleep.
Can’t imagine being a mom without it!
I’m in love with my baby k’tan! All I have to do is put my 2 month old in it and start walking and he falls into a deep, peaceful sleep…and then I get all my work done! Anytime he’s especially fussy, this does the trick…but walking is key to helping him fall asleep. I love that he’s right up against me – and so does he! I usually put him in it in just his diaper. The fabric does get stretched out after a few uses, but a quick wash and dry gets it back like new! Highly recommend!
I love that it’s organic!
I have yet to use this with our baby, since he is coming in May. However, it seems really well made, is soft and I love that it’s organic. The instructions seem super easy to use and I think it’s great that there won’t be fabric dragging on the ground each time you wrap it like the Moby. It is sized which has it’s pros and cons. The pro being that it’s made to fit your body type and because of that it offers great support. Cons being my husband won’t be able to use it. We will be going with an Ergo for him, and also for when baby is bigger anyway so it wasn’t a huge issue for us.
Decent baby carrier
I purchased the Baby K’tan to use when my baby was a newborn as I also had a Boba 4G to use long term. I love how easy it is to use (I didn’t want to have to deal with wrapping something like a Moby). However, I only used the carrier for short trips such as the grocery store because if you use it for too long it does start to hurt your back.
I can put it on with one hand and position baby in or out. I have noticed my back hurts wearing this after a while but not wearing my Mei Tai wrap I got off Etsy. But I can not face my baby out in a Mei Tai.
I have not used this on the baby yet because I’m due in Feb, but I tried it out on my cat and it was easy really comfy and cute.