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Overall avg rating 4.8 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: February 7, 2015
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.
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (2/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Baby K'tan
Review by: ⋅ Review Editor, BabyGearLab ⋅ February 28, 2013  
Bottom Line
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

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Ultimate comfort. We love that you can tuck baby's head under the soft material of the K'tan for extra snuggles or if they fall asleep.
Credit: Lindsay Ellis
The Baby K'tan is a wrap-style carrier that is unique in the fact that it comes "ready to wear." We compared it closely with the Moby and and found that it to be much more user-friendly, without losing any of the positions or baby-wearing benefits. Rather than one long piece of fabric, the K'tan consists of two attached loops that cross over your shoulders, plus a support sash that doubles as a handy storage pouch. We were thrilled with how easy it was to grab and throw in our diaper bag. On the go, it was easy to slip on and insert baby. Baby can look around in many of the positions, but we also loved that if they fell asleep, we could just tuck their head into the fabric for perfect support.

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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.

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Baby K'tan turned in to it's stuff pouch.
Credit: Lindsay Ellis
Easy to use and clean. Instructions are simple and it involves no straps or hardware. The K'tan can be machine washed and dried, and that's a big plus for us.

Folds into itself for storage/travel to become the most compact carrier we tried.

Dislikes


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.

Conclusion


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
Summary of All Ratings

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100% of 2 reviewers recommend it
Rating Distribution
3 Total Ratings
5 star: 67%  (2)
4 star: 33%  (1)
3 star: 0%  (0)
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   Feb 7, 2015 - 11:41pm
I'm very very glad I have this carrier but will buy another type of carrier for back carrying on bush walks.

I discovered that it stretches so regular washing helps shrink it… Or…I decided to do a quick stitch up to make it smaller instead!

Con: When my 5 week old wants to look up at me I can't go hands free as his head pops out of the fabric.
Back carrying is considered unsafe with the ktan

I bought the white breeze version for $60 on ebay. I dyed it lilac using diluted RIT purple dye and cold water (boiled water to start the dye, then cold water so I wouldn't damage the fabric). I also dyed my canvas shoes so they match :)

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Mar 1, 2013 - 02:12pm
RChad · Parent of 1 · Chicago, IL
The Baby K'tan has been my go to carrier. I love that it grows with your child. I've been using it since my LO was 3 mths. I don't like the front carry now that he is 18 mths. Instead, I use the two-hip or hip carrier when LO wants to be held since its usually only for short periods of time. No way his long legs would work with that front carry!

Lindsay: You should try the hip carrier with your toddler - it works great for us!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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