Friday, August 24, 2012

Baby K'Tan and other Baby Carriers

When preparing my registry, the baby carriers most highly recommended to me were the Beco Gemini, ErgoBaby Sport, and the Moby Wrap. I wrote off the Moby almost immediately because the idea of a single, 15' long piece of fabric being responsible for supporting my baby scared me. Babies in these wraps always seemed to look engulfed by the fabric so I worried about a suffocation risk. In choosing between the Ergo and Beco, deciding factors included the ability of the child to face inward and outward when carried in the front, as well as the cris-cross straps in the back which seemed more secure and supportive.

Claiming to fit babies 7-35 lbs and featuring straps that could be positioned like a backpack or in X, I selected the Beco Gemini. In the store it worked great! It was comfortable and most importantly, it felt secure. However, when I enthusiastically placed my 7 lb 5 oz newborn in it, he hated it with a passion as he was engulfed by thick canvas. Moreover, since he's so little, he couldn't really do the position which required him to straddle me comfortably.

Anxious to find a carrier that would comfortably fit us (me, baby, and my husband), I started looking seriously at the Moby. In my search, I stumbled upon the Baby K'Tan. Advertised as a cross between a wrap and a structured carrier, this has been a lifesaver for my husband and I (and hopefully, baby). We purchased it in size medium (I'm 5'3" and my husband is 5'10", I think). In the "kangaroo" position, which is recommended for newborns, baby is cuddled securely close to my heart. I've comfortably held baby this carrier sitting, walking around, doing laundry, and preparing a meal. The Blueberry seems happy both awake and asleep. My husband, as you see below, uses it when playing computer games. We love it! While I don't know how well this carrier will serve us as the Blueberry grows (and gets heavier)--I'm thinking I'll try the Beco again in a few more pounds, the K'Tan is perfect for now.

Here's the K'Tan in use:

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2 comments:

  1. They'd just become repopularized, when Justin was born and I was given one. Never used it because of all of the back problems that mom-friends appeared to be having from it, so be careful! xoxoxo

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