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If you read my post “As We Were, But Better” about what it really was like through my husband’s deployment, you know that I had a baby while he was away and struggled at times with taking care of both kids while trying to take care of housework and errands. Sure, my older son can pretty much take care of himself now, but the baby needed to be in my arms or a seat at all times. Then I found the Baby K’tan baby carrier.Click here to visit their website
My baby boy always wanted to be by Momma; I couldn’t set him down. He had colic for some time and the only place he would eventually calm down was in my arms. Of course, this made it difficult to complete household chores–dishes, vacuuming, cooking…Then of course going to the store was twice as difficult because I didn’t have my Bright Starts Up, Up and Away Swing to set him in to calm him down. Before I started babywearing I had to set the carseat in the back of the cart (because the front is very unsafe and I purchased a carseat that specifically would not fit so as not to be tempted) so finding places to stick my groceries or paper goods or whatever I was purchasing was like a puzzle. If I didn’t stack the items correctly, either not everything would fit or it would fall all over. Combine that with a 3-year-old whining to sit in the cart or walking along and shopping for himself, babywearing became essential.
I had tried the Moby Wrap initially as I had heard great things about it…I did not like it at all! Having an excessive amount of fabric draping over me, touching the dirty ground, and needing to wrap tightly made it very difficult to want to babywear. I supposed the frigid weather didn’t help and I needed to set up the carrier before we went into the store as I’d otherwise have nowhere to set my newborn as I wrapped. I tried being “pre-wrapped” before I started driving to the store, but I quickly became overheated and by the time we arrived at the store the wrap would have loosened and I would have to re-wrap before putting my son in the carrier. I needed something that was fast, easy-to-use, and made to fit me.
What I Love
I love that the Baby K’tan is pre-sewn so it is simple to use with no excessive wrapping, buckles, buttons, or fuss. Basically it looks like a figure 8 or double loop of two pieces of fabric connected in the middle and it comes with a sash (which turns into a handy carrying case!) There are multiple carrying positions you can easily create thanks to a detailed instructions manual including the following: Newborn Kangaroo Position (your baby is reclined and resting entirely in the carrier,) Hug Position or Two-Hip Position (your baby is facing inward with his legs free,) Adventure Position (your baby is facing outward,) Explore Position (your baby is sitting off to the side slightly with his legs over your stomach,) and Hip Position (your baby sits on your hip facing you.) The instructions even offer helpful tips to make the little bit of wrapping even simpler as well as helping to guide you on what age your baby should be for the various carrying positions. The Baby K’tan manual also shares how you can use the Baby K’tan for breastfeeding and Kangaroo Care (holding your newborn or preemie skin-to-skin.)
I love that the Baby K’tan carrier is made just for me! The other wraps and carriers I had tried in the past were a one-size-fits-all type of deal. I discovered that one-size does not always fit small…well, small and disproportionate. The carriers always seemed to loosen or have too much fabric or too big of gaps to start with on me. The Baby K’tan comes in five different sizes, XS to XL so I was able to find one that fit me perfectly! They even fit most men! The carrier felt so snug and secure and I did not have to worry about it coming unwrapped. The carrier also has a loop in the back so you can adjust where the carrier sits on you for extra comfort and security. I love that this carrier is made not only for comfort but also to truly safely hold your baby–out of all the carriers I have tried previously, this one felt the most secure, especially when my little man was on the smaller side.
I also love that the fabric of this carrier is so soft and stretchy and forgiving. It is so soft against our skin and is extra comfortable on my shoulders.
The Baby K’tan carrier was a huge help to me while my husband was deployed. Here are some of the places you could spot me using it:
And of course on walks as pictured at the top.
What I’m Not Huge On
While I love my Baby K’tan carrier, I cannot see myself using it for much longer as my baby is getting bigger. The Baby K’tan is for babies 8-35 lbs. but my baby, who is now just over 14 lbs., is already becoming a little much to bear and fusses as though he feels squished. As I mentioned earlier, however, this carrier was a life-saver while my son was smaller! My son was a preemie at 5 lbs. 8 oz. so he did not fit in the carrier for some time, but you can use the carrier for your premature baby if your pediatrician gives you the go-ahead and special instruction. Fortunately for me, my son gained 4 lbs. in his first month so I did not have to worry about his size for long and could begin using the carrier.
Another issue I foresee, which is inevitable when you have an item made to fit you rather than “one size fits all” is that you may need to change carrier sizes as your body changes after childbirth, whether you gain or lose weight. The sizes, however, are a range of dress sizes so it should fit for a while at least before you might have to try another size.
Lastly, though the Baby K’tan is made to be ergonomic and to evenly distribute weight across your back and shoulders, I personally had my back and stomach began to hurt rather quickly during use of this carrier. Yes, yes, I am out of shape. Yes, yes, I do have some problems with my back and standing straight; but I did notice I became sore and out-of-breath a little bit more quickly with this carrier than some of the others. I will say, however, that I still prefer the Baby K’tan over other carriers for small babies because I would rather have my baby safer than worry about a minute kink in my back.
Overall, I have heard both sides about the Baby K’tan–those who love it and those who didn’t. Personally, I love how simple the Baby K’tan is to use, how snugly it holds my baby, how well it fits me, and it is my favorite carrier for use during baby’s first few months.
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