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Price: $60 list | Available for $50 from Amazon
Pros: Simple, versatile, lightweight, easy to take along, ideal for newborns
Cons: One size does not fit all (5 sizes), not toddler friendly
Bottom line: Offers the perfect close swaddle for newborns and younger babies.
Manufacturer: Baby K'tan
The Baby K'tan landed on top when it came to "wrap" style carriers for newborns and younger babies under 1 year old. It comes with the claim "A wrap without all the wrapping" and we found this to be pleasantly true. After struggling with fabric a mile long and complicated how-to videos with the Moby Wrap, the simplicity of the K'tan brought a welcome sigh of relief. As much as we loved it with newborns and younger babies, we didn't like this carrier for use with toddlers because it didn't provide the support we feel is necessary for older/heavier babies.
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BabyGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
We found the K'tan to be very comfortable for both mom and baby. It's made of soft, stretchy, 100% cotton (also available in organic cotton Baby K'tan Organic) and we didn't have any trouble with it sagging or losing shape. The fabric is wide and can be stretched over your shoulders as well as baby's seat to distribute weight and offer proper support. The K'tan also comes with a sash which is used in some positions to provide added support.
There K'tan has 6 different baby wearing positions: Kangaroo, Hug, Adventure, Explore, Hip, and Two Hip. Above is video explaining sizing information and tips. Easy to use illustrations on getting started and videos for each type of hold are available on the Baby K'tan website.
Folds into itself for storage/travel to become the most compact carrier we tried.
Unlike most carriers which are "one size fits all," the K'tan comes in 5 different sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL). Although they provide a sizing guide, it might be difficult to find the right size for you and your baby on the first try. If it's too small, it can be very difficult to insert baby.
For us, this carrier isn't that great for a toddler. We just didn't get the support we needed. The front carry positions don't work well, and there is no back carry position. The hip-carry is the best option, but it is not our favorite since it often requires you to tie up one hand to help support the carry.
The Baby K'tan was the second top scoring carrier in our roundup of 15. It won a Top Pick for babies under one year as it offers baby a close, snuggled hold and is comfortable for parent to wear.
If you prefer organic materials next to baby's skin, be sure to check out the 100% organic cotton Baby K'tan Organic.
— Lindsay Ellis
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Most recent user review: February 7, 2015
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