When you are out and about with your baby, an easy and versatile baby carrier is the most convenient way to haul your kids and belongings back and forth. However, different carriers work better for different activities and ages. Wraps are the most versatile, but a more structured carrier is easier to configure when you’re tired and frazzled. Which is why I am pretty stoked about the Baby K’Tan Baby Carrier! It is a wrap, sling, and baby carrier all in one. Your baby gets the security and comfort of a quality wrap, while you avoid the confusion of wrapping.
I am happy to be featuring a Baby K’Tan carrier as part of the Traveling with Baby Event! Baby K’Tan is a soft, sized, cotton carrier that is made like a wrap, so it offers wrap benefits. However, it is sewn into a loop with an adjuster so it is easy to put on without all of the fuss and confusion of standard wraps. The Baby K’Tan is sized, so you don’t need to keep re-tightening and adjusting after you get it secured. And, since it is sewn in one piece with an optional sash, all of the guess work is gone for what to do with yards of extra fabric.
To date, I have tried six different carriers in wrap, sling, and structured styles and I have never found any to be my ultimate carrier. Slings are really only convenient for one type of carry and both wraps and structured carriers are bulky. I have always wanted a carrier that was easy to use and could slip right into my bag and the K’Tan carrier has fit the bill. This is the best carrier for traveling in my opinion.
When you open the box, the carrier is contained in a drawstring pouch which unravels into a sash with a pocket. It is basically a stuff sack that triples as a security sash and a convenient pocket.
My daughter is 15 pounds, so we went with the hug carry which allows her feet to be out, but keeps her secured between the legs. The medium size fit my husband and myself perfectly and the one direction stretch cotton is cool and comfortable.
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I debated between a medium and large, since I still have quite a bit of pregnancy weight to lose, but I am glad we went with the medium. The fabric obviously loosens a little after wearing and I wouldn’t want it any looser for security reasons. If you are debating between sizes, I feel it does run a little big so I would suggest the smaller size. (Baby K’Tan also suggests sizing down when between sizes.)
Baby K’Tan criss crosses across the back and has a loop you can pull up or down to adjust where it crosses to offer the most comfortable position for the wearer. The sash is also long enough to wrap around the back and double back to the front for most wearers. Here is my husband in the size medium. He is around 5’9″ to 5’10” and a size medium in shirts to give your an idea of the sizing.
You can pull the shoulder fabric down over your upper arms for extra support and coverage if needed. I LOVE how it covers just enough in the front. As a fairly chesty woman, I honestly think this the only baby carrier I could comfortable breastfeed in without risking an embarrassing exposure.
It only takes me about a minute or two to get the Baby K’Tan on and situated, whether on me or my husband. With the ease of use and the stuff sack built into the sash, this is a fantastic carrier for travel. The carrying pouch can tuck right into your carry-on luggage or diaper bag. I have had to grab connecting flights in Chicago so many times with just minutes to run to the next terminal and the thought of carrying babies and bags while doing so is daunting. A carrier is an absolute must to me.
We recently made a trip to our local zoo and our toddler was acting up and needed to go in the umbrella stroller. It was nice to get the Baby K’Tan on in a snap and slide my infant right into place so her brother could calm down in the stroller. I have tried wraps before and I never did master the steep learning curve for getting all of that fabric where it needed to go. I always ended up frustrated and hot since it felt like I was wearing 20 t-shirts. Baby K’Tan takes out most of the guesswork and vastly cuts down on excess fabric.
The only con I can see is the fact that it is sized. I love that it is sized since it makes it easier with less to adjust, but obviously couples who are very different sizes would have to buy two carriers. Currently the K’Tan retails for around $50 or more, so the cost could add up if you needed to buy multiple carriers. My husband and I close in height and weight so it was not an issue for us.
Overall, I definitely give this carrier an A! It is cooler, easier, more versatile, and a must have in any stroller or diaper bag. I plan on using the Baby K’Tan for shopping trips at the Mall of America so I don’t have to try to push a double stroller through the holiday crowds!
*I received this item free for reviewing purposes. I was not otherwise compensated and all opinions are my own.