Announcement: I will be hosting an exploratory discussion series on the eight “Baby B’s” of Attachment Parenting beginning March 12th at various locations in Spokane. These sessions will focus on the work of Dr. William Sears and the practical application in the lives of families that wish to engage in this style of parenting. If you are local and would like more information, please contact me. A condensed version of the series will be made available online as the sessions occur.
In honor of International Baby Wearing Week, I would like to present the Baby K’tan. As I have mentioned before, I am a mommy to-be (just a few short weeks until I can drop that second part); therefore, I cannot give a review on the product just yet. However, I have found that even most of the seasoned baby wearers I know have never heard of this product.
I feel confident in self-proclamation as a “savvy” mama, because I put a boat-load of hours into research. Naturally, since I have been won over by the idea of baby wearing, not only from what I have read, but what I have observed amongst friends and acquaintances, I want to make the best choice in selecting a carrier that works for the needs of my family. To that end, I have consulted a variety of sources to learn more about my options. I have yet to meet a baby wearer who is anything short of passionate about the type of carrier he or she presently uses. The good news is there is a carrier in existence that suits the needs of anyone. The bad news is it becomes a bit of a challenge to weed through the plethora of information and opinions in order to figure out how to make one’s first foray into baby wearing.
I have come to the conclusion that a wrap-style carrier is best for newborns and small babies, not only because of the snug fit that mimics the close quarters of the uterus, but also for the 2-in-1 functionality of a hands-free breast feeding apparatus that also provides coverage. I originally considered one of the most popular fabric wraps on the market, but quickly became turned off by stories of loose ends of fabric dragging on the ground (gross!), the steep learning curve experienced by some in regards to putting it on correctly, and reports of the length of time it takes to utilize this type of wrap. In reality, I suppose these obstacles are not as great as they seem, since this type of wrap carrier is very popular. As a new mommy, getting into the groove of caring for my baby will be enough to keep me busy without adding the additional task of learning how to tango with a baby carrier.
My hope in using a wrap carrier was revived when I came across the Baby K’tan. Unlike other wraps, the Baby K’tan consists of two rings of fabric held together by a smaller ring of fabric in such a way that combines the benefits of a sling and a wrap into one, easy to use product.
There is an additional sash available for extra support, extra coverage, or as a storage bag when the K’tan is not in use.
Both hubby and I have practiced putting on and taking off the Baby K’tan with a potato-sack “baby”, and it could not have been easier! It will be a bit different with a wiggly newborn, but confidence in using the wrap is half the battle.
Once my angel has arrived, I will be sure to do a photo shoot to demonstrate the ease of wearing the baby k’tan. In the meanwhile, there are several instructional pictures and videos on their website demonstrating the various positions that can be used to carry one’s child, according to his or her age and weight.
Special thanks to my husband, a.k.a. Savvy Vanilla Papa, for channeling his former life as a model for the sake of this post. Too bad my photography skills aren’t quite up to par! I’ll have to work on capturing his image in a more flattering manner for future posts.