The Baby K'tan eliminates the extra fabric and complicated application common to wrap-style carriers, while providing the same close, swaddled support. Described as a hybrid, the K'tan features interlocking fabric loops with several possible positions to soothe and carry newborns to toddlers while parents keep their hands free. However, unlike a wrap or sling, the K'tan isn't adjustable for different sized parents and may not be as comfortable or useful as the baby grows.
Keeps baby close and secure. According to parents, the Baby K'tan distributes weight more evenly across the shoulders and middle back than a sling for decreased back and shoulder strain. Many say that they can wear their baby for hours without discomfort. However, some still complain that the carrier pulls on their shoulders particularly as the baby grows. Some reviewers find that the K'tan doesn't provide enough support for bigger babies who stretch the fabric more on this non-adjustable carrier.
Most parents say their babies love being carried in the K'tan and swear by this carrier for soothing colicky babies and for enabling babies with reflux to sleep in an upright position. Many older babies with head/neck control enjoy the facing-out option provided with this carrier. However, some parents say that their children do not like the feel of this carrier.
Because the K'tan is a snug carrier, some say that it gets hot, particularly when used with the sash. K'tan makes a version of the carrier with partial mesh fabric construction for warmer climates. Some parents don't object to the added warmth, saying that wearing the baby makes it easier to regulate temperature for both baby and parent.
A wrap with no wrapping. The Baby K'tan is comprised of two snug and stretch fabric loops of fixed size and a separate sash that ties around the middle. The fabric loops are worn in an X-shape that goes around both shoulders crossing in the front and joined in back by a fabric connector loop. The baby is placed within the stretchy fabric loops in a variety of positions and further secured by tying the sash around the middle. The loops can be fitted over the baby's head for full neck support and can support the baby's head while nursing. Additionally, the two-loop design accommodates newborn twins.
Parents love that they don't have to wrap, knot or loop excess fabric with the K'tan carrier. The vast majority say that the learning curve is far shorter than with other wrap-style carriers and that it is easier to get the baby into and out of the carrier because of the simplified design. That said, many note that you can't adjust the K'tan for size or tightness. For this reason, the K'tan can only be used by child carriers of the same size, which is a disadvantage for moms and dads who want to share the same carrier.
The K'tan sash doubles as a storage bag, and most parents say that this lightweight carrier fits easily in a diaper bag making it a great choice for travel and use on the go.
Non-adjustable carrier may stretch. While the Baby K'tan is rated for toddlers weighing up to 35 pounds, most parents and reviewers say that it is most useful and comfortable for smaller babies and newborns. The carrier offers at least five carrying positions, including parent-facing and forward-facing. According to parents, the fabric loops stretch over time, making the carrier less secure as the baby gets bigger. Alternately, some say that this natural stretching means that the carrier grows to accommodate the growing baby.
Parents say that the K'tan is easy to machine wash and dry, and that drying the carrier can shrink it back to its original size.
Review Credibility: Excellent The BabyBjorn Miracle comes in second out of 15 baby carriers tested, with an overall ranking of 77 out of 100. Ellis notes that the K'tan offers the close swaddling and multiple positions of a wrap carrier without the difficult wrapping.
Review: Baby K'tan Review, Lindsay Ellis, Feb. 28, 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby K'tan is Babble's best pick carrier for newborns. Babble.com editors tested dozens of carriers in all available styles to establish their best picks. They say that the K'tan carrier beat close second Moby Wrap due to its relatively simpler design with less loose fabric to deal with. They also like the large variety of positions that the K'tan offers.
Review: Babble Best Picks: Baby Carriers, Editors of Babble.com, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby K'tan Breeze (same design as the original) makes this roundup of top baby carriers as selected and reviewed by parent testers for iVillage.com's top product picks of 2012. It was tested by a mom and her 6-month-old son. She says it's comfortable and easy to use, but she would prefer more adjustment options so her husband could use it as well.
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Slings, Carriers and Backpacks of 2012, Kate Bayless, March 20, 2012
4. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Very Good "Baby Bargains," a comprehensive book by Denise and Alan Fields, reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors review a number of popular baby carriers, including the Baby K'tan. They list pros and cons and give each manufacturer an overall letter grade for their products.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers and More, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good Michelle Horton consulted with baby-wear experts, personally tested, and interviewed dozens of moms to develop her list of top baby carriers. The Baby K'tan makes her list. She says it's best for new parents who want a wrap without the wrapping. She says it's versatile, can be used for twins and is easy to get the baby in and out of. On the downside, she says that because the K'tan is sized for your body, it is not good for multiple wearers or weight fluctuations.
Review: Babble Blogger's Favorite Baby Carriers: Picks for Wraps, Slings, Structured Carriers and More, Michelle Horton, Sept. 12, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby K'tan receives an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 based on over 270 reviews posted on Amazon.com. The majority of users describe the carrier as comfortable and easy to use. Parents love its ability to soothe fussy babies, its compactness and its ease of use. Parents warn that the K'tan fabric can stretch and become less secure. Many recommend buying a size down. Some parents warn of back pain with extended wearing.
Review: Baby K'tan Baby Carrier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Fair Editors of TheBump.com recommend 10 baby carriers, including the Baby K'tan. There is no mention of testing, and the products are not ranked. The review is very brief; the editors just note that this is a carrier that grows with your child and works without any extra inserts. There are no cons mentioned.
Review: Best Baby Carriers, Editors of TheBump.com, Not Dated