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Baby K’tan: a smart alternative to the Moby wrap (review & giveaway)

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A while back when I did the Babywearing Series I started to hear a buzz about the Baby K’Tan wraps… but had never seen or tried one for myself. Much to my delight, Tiny Little Elefants emailed me that same week asking if I’d be willing to test and review one.

It must have been fate. (hee!)

I generally say no to product offers and reviews, but this was one I couldn’t pass up – it was a perfect fit for us and for the Memos. Plus, I knew it also meant a fun giveaway for my readers. Bonus.

Tiny Little Elefants graciously answered all of my bazillion questions before I finally settled on the Baby K-Tan Breeze (which I received straight away).

baby k'tan product package

By that time, Judah was already seven months old and I had fully transitioned over from my Moby to the Ergo. To be honest, it was very hard for me to let go of the Ergo (which I use daily) and pick up a new carrier. I’m just too familiar with it and comfortable in it.

Nevertheless, I was very grateful to try the Baby K’Tan, and I waited to write my review until I had worn it in different settings and circumstances.

Here’s what I like about the Baby K’Tan:

  • It has all the comfort of a moby-like wrap without the long material to get tangled in (or get dirty on the ground).
  • It’s small, lightweight, and compact – so perfect for traveling or storing in your purse.
  • The fabric is cozy and soft.
  • It feels sturdy and secure once you get the hang of how to put it on.
  • There are several ways to wear it for newborns, older babies, twins, breastfeeding, and hip carry.
  • It works from newborn right through to toddler age. (Note: I did not try Levi in this wrap. Although I do carry him on my back in the Ergo, I can’t actually imagine carrying him on my hip for any period of time. At two-and-a-half he’s just too big to be worn anywhere but my back.)
  • The sizing was easy to figure out. (Just order you t-shirt size.)
  • I chose the Breeze which is half mesh fabric – should be perfect for our summers here in the tropics. By the time I got it the height of summer had already passed, but we’ve had enough hot days since that I can confidently say the K’Tan is far more pleasant to wear than the Moby when the temperature rises.

Here’s what I don’t like about Baby K’Tan:

  • It’s not a one-size-fits-all so my husband can’t use it.
  • You can’t wear baby on your back.
  • I didn’t feel like it was as secure (as my Ergo) for my strong, active older baby. (Perhaps this would change with time as I/we get more comfortable in it, though I’m not sure.)
  • The one I was given is white, which easily shows dirt and mess.

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Overall, I really, really like the Baby K’Tan.

The Moby was my go-to wrap for both of my boys when they were newborns, but I can see how the K’Tan will easily replace it as my favorite since it is smaller, less bulky, more breathable, and you don’t have to wrap it around and around. (Generally just less complicated and tedious!) For older babies and toddlers I still prefer my Ergo.

Tiny Little Elefants has agreed to give a Baby K’Tan to one of my readers.

To enter, please leave a comment, making sure your email address is linked. For bonus entries, share on facebook, twitter, or on your blog and leave separate comments for each letting me know you’ve done so. Feel free to enter as many times as you’d like (though no more than once per day please). Entries will close on Monday, June 25, 2012 and I’ll announce the winner soon after.

p.s. Tiny Little Elefants provided me with a wrap for review but all opinions stated are my own.

 

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  • Reply rebecca koops 19 June 2012 at 12:30 am

    Adriel-
    Thanks for your review on this baby carrier- I am currently trying out a few ideas/options and this sounds like a great fit for me and my 5 month old. I appreicate your insight!
    Rebecca

  • Reply Kathryn P 19 June 2012 at 12:50 am

    I appreciate the review – I am currently pregnant with my second child and have an ergo… but as you said I would love something that would work better for a smaller baby… this sounds like the perfect solution!

  • Reply e wiebe 19 June 2012 at 12:56 am

    I am always on the lookout for more baby carriers! While I have no kids of my own, I do have 13 children that I am currently taking care of (we work at a refugee centre) and baby wraps are a life safer! I hadn’t heard of baby K’tan, but it looks great! LOVE that its compact, for travelling! Thanks for being honest about the pros and cons. Lightweight is perfect for our weather here too!

  • Reply Alicia 19 June 2012 at 1:43 am

    I’m glad I ran in to this review. Currently I’m looking for new ways to manage/travel with both my little ones while out on my own and the Baby k’tan sounds like it would work well with my newborn. My 2.5 year old would never let me put her in slings or any other carrier like this she’s been very independent and wanting to be free to move since the day she was born. I’m kind of glad my new little one loves being swaddled and cuddled close. 🙂
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  • Reply Hannah 19 June 2012 at 2:12 am

    Awesome to know! I have been planning to buy a moby wrap but have been hesitant because all of the wrapping and extra material just looked uncomfortable. Thanks for the info!

  • Reply Sara 19 June 2012 at 2:35 am

    Baby is due any day now – and I NEED a sling for our hot hot hot southern weather! I’d be interested in trying the K’tan! 🙂 Will facebook and leave another comment as well. 🙂 Enjoy your trip!

  • Reply Jess S 19 June 2012 at 2:37 am

    I would love to win this! I wear my seven-week old everywhere in the Moby but it’s 98 degrees here today, plus humidity, so I would love a lighter option. 🙂

  • Reply Sara 19 June 2012 at 2:37 am

    Shared on fb, too!

  • Reply Krista 19 June 2012 at 3:50 am

    Thanks for posting this! The baby K-Tan wrap sounds great! I’m also considering trying out the moby wrap but am concerned about how hot all that fabric would be for our summer baby!

  • Reply Lindsy Griffis 19 June 2012 at 4:08 am

    I would LOVE to try this on my newbie coming in 9 (!!!!!!) days. 🙂
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  • Reply Lindsy Griffis 19 June 2012 at 4:10 am

    Shared on Facebook. 🙂
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  • Reply Lindsy Griffis 19 June 2012 at 4:12 am

    And shared on twitter. 🙂
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  • Reply Natalie furlong 19 June 2012 at 4:17 am

    I’ve been researching baby carriers for #2 due in July! I’d love to try this one out!

  • Reply samantha 19 June 2012 at 4:28 am

    Hi Adriel, thanks for your review! i’m on the look-out for a new carrier as mine super sucks!! I have an Evenflow Snugli and it’s so horrible, so many snaps and buckles, it’s really a 2 person job getting that thing on…then trying to get the baby in there; so difficult. This one seems a lot easier and with a little one time is of the essence!

  • Reply Rachael 19 June 2012 at 4:53 am

    This video on Youtube has me convinced that the K’tan is the way to go over the Moby wrap: http://youtu.be/1ThAv6JeVmA

    I am really counting on a lot of use for this wrap when our baby boy arrives in October!

  • Reply Dianne V. 19 June 2012 at 5:22 am

    Thanks for the review! I currently use the Moby for my 1.5 month old and am looking for something for when she gets older!

  • Reply Katie O 19 June 2012 at 6:46 am

    Thank you for the review and great giveaway!

  • Reply Greta 19 June 2012 at 7:37 am

    I’ve been following along on all your baby wearing stuff because we never had one that we loved for either of our other 2 and I’m anxious to find something for #3. I greatly appreciate your honesty in what you don’t like as well!

  • Reply Bec Touzel 19 June 2012 at 8:47 am

    Hi Adriel, love your blog! I’m a Sydney mummy but I live at an outdoor rec kids camp (teen ranch Australia) so baby carriers are life savers! Love our ergo for older babies and the sleepy wrap for our 2 month old Jemimah but baby k’tan sounds great!

  • Reply Alicia 19 June 2012 at 8:55 am

    Thanks for the review. While I really like our (homemade) moby style wrap, I would love to have an easier, lighter weight alternative.
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  • Reply Alicia 19 June 2012 at 8:55 am

    Shared this on FB too!
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  • Reply Lindsey Whitney 19 June 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Always on the look out for a new baby carrier!!!
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  • Reply Lindsey Whitney 19 June 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Shared on twitter
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  • Reply Amanda Huckins 19 June 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Would sooo love to try out this carrier, I would be a baby wearing Mommy but instead I hold my sweet girl nonstop and have worn my back and shoulders beyond repair, literally,I have tendonitis in my left shoulder and my hip and back will not stay aligned! If only we could afford a baby carrier, and this 1 looks great! Enjoyed your review!

  • Reply Lindsey Whitney 19 June 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Shared on facebook!
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  • Reply Lindsey Whitney 19 June 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Shared on Google+ (does that count?)
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  • Reply Lindsey Whitney 19 June 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Pinned it!
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  • Reply Life As Wife 19 June 2012 at 10:00 pm

    The Moby is just so hot so I live hearing about other options!
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  • Reply Joy C. 20 June 2012 at 12:15 am

    I’d LOVE to win a Baby K’Tan!!! Love the perks of less material for the summer! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Joy C. 20 June 2012 at 12:17 am

    Shared on facebook (Joy Burmania Cox)!

  • Reply Jess S 20 June 2012 at 3:49 am

    Would LOVE to win this to wear my seven-week old!

  • Reply steph 20 June 2012 at 5:25 am

    I’d love to win this – I am due in November!

  • Reply steph 20 June 2012 at 5:26 am

    https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/215163280208044033

  • Reply Cindy 20 June 2012 at 6:38 am

    This sounds like a great baby carrier. I would love to win it for my newest grand baby.

  • Reply Cindy 20 June 2012 at 6:41 am

    Shared on facebook

  • Reply Lindsey Whitney 20 June 2012 at 10:02 am

    tweeted!
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  • Reply Paula 20 June 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the review Adriel. It’s great to hear about a lighter weight alternative to the Moby. We are currently are caring for a preemie baby at our foster home in Asia and don’t have a carrier that is light weight enough for our 40 degree C summers but supportive enough for his floppy wee body. This looks like it could be a goer! Love your blog & perspectives on parenting.

  • Reply Jess S 21 June 2012 at 12:28 am

    Thanks for doing this giveaway! I would love one of these as a cooler alternative to my Moby.

  • Reply Lindsey Whitney 21 June 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Tweeted again!
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  • Reply Kayla H 22 June 2012 at 2:03 am

    Expecting #2 in six weeks! I never used a carrier with sweet babe #1… even with my broken foot and all!!! Not sure what I was thinking. Praying for no broken bones this go around AND the use of a carrier – my life will be completely different. Thanks for the review.

  • Reply Melissa Buyarski 23 June 2012 at 7:14 am

    I’ve been hoping to get a K’Tan for little guy #3 coming later this summer. I’m glad to find more reviews from actual babywearers that like it!

  • Reply Megan 23 June 2012 at 7:42 am

    Great review! I’m 38 weeks and only have a sling but have been looking at the different wraps. I like that it’s more breathable than a Moby. Would definitely be a plus in Texas heat 🙂

  • Reply Laura E 23 June 2012 at 9:49 am

    Would love to try this with my new little guy!

  • Reply Jen L 24 June 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I also love my Ergo, and I have two Didymos wraps that I adore; but I would love to try a Baby K’tan. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  • Reply Katrina 24 June 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try one of these

  • Reply Tara 25 June 2012 at 7:59 am

    Love the review! Been debating one for awhile!! Thanks!

  • Reply Lindsey Whitney 25 June 2012 at 8:38 am

    Tweeted! Hoping to win!!
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  • Reply Danyelle Franciosa 25 June 2012 at 11:36 am

    This is perfect timing for me. I will have a baby soon and I need like this one. I am very much excited to see my baby. Thanks foe sharing!
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  • Reply Justine 25 June 2012 at 11:47 am

    New(er) to baby wearing and love the moby but it can get pretty warm! Would love to give this a try for the summer.

  • Reply Rebecca (Archer) Lamb 25 June 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Adriel!
    Have been absolutely loving your blog from here in Nigeria. After reading your reviews, I have just ordered an ergo for Neriah since she is getting huge now. We are moving to Indonesia in about 4 weeks, and the k’tan looks really good for the hot weather and for our next little bubba (coming soon…) x

  • Reply laura 26 June 2012 at 5:11 am

    i would love to try one of these! i hope im not too late!

  • Reply Jess S 26 June 2012 at 11:24 am

    This sounds like a great alternative to my Moby for the summer – it’s supposed to be 102 degrees tomorrow! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Jess S 26 June 2012 at 11:26 am

    This sounds like a great alternative to my Moby for the summer – it’s supposed to be 102 degrees tomorrow! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

    • Reply Jess S 26 June 2012 at 11:29 am

      Oops! Sorry for the duplicate! Having Internet issues. 🙂

  • Reply Jill Ludwig 26 June 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Adriel,

    Thanks for your review of this wrap…I would be very interested in winning it. I actually have never used a baby wrap, but presently have many scenarios with my 4 month old baby, in which I think I would really benefit in having one of these. Thanks for this chance of a free baby product!

  • Reply Lindsey Whitney 30 June 2012 at 6:29 am

    Adriel, I’m dying here! Who won?? 🙂
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  • Reply Adriel Booker 3 August 2012 at 10:45 pm

    GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.
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  • Reply Steph 5 June 2013 at 6:02 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful option for summer, since we don’t have air conditioning and I walk for all my shopping. I’m pretty sure my little one (18 days!) would love it…she loves to nap in the Moby!

  • Reply Michelle 27 October 2014 at 4:51 am

    Did you know the K’Tan was derived by a mom that wanted a better way of wearing her Down syndrome son? She tried to make the best of both worlds between the Moby and a sling. I love that story. I have a K’Tan & L.O.V.E. it! I was seeking a Moby alternative and found it at our local Nappy Shoppe. My son has Down syndrome & at the time I was trying the K’Tan on I was unaware of the history of the K’Tan. When I got home I found this article. God lead me to the K’tan. I am sooo grateful!

    http://www.babyktan.com/info.html

    • Reply Adriel 11 November 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks or sharing. I hadn’t heard that story. 🙂

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