Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between the Baby K'tan Baby Carrier and a wrap?
The Baby K'tan Baby Carrier does not require any wrapping. Traditional wraps are made of one long piece of fabric -- generally around 5 yards long -- which you wrap around yourself and tie. The Baby K'tan Baby Carrier is made of a patented double-loop design -- two loops which are connected by a third smaller loop. This innovative design allows you to wear the Baby K'tan without any wrapping, while still providing all of the positions and benefits of a wrap. Simply slip it on like a shirt.
How do the Original, Breeze, Active, and Organic Carriers differ?
Original and Print:
The Baby K'tan BREEZE is made of 100% cotton - with jersey knit cotton on one half of the loops and a unique cotton-mesh on the other half of the loops. This cotton-mesh construction allows for added airflow. This is a great option for people who want a more breathable carrier with a natural fabric.
The Baby K'tan ACTIVE is made of a 100% polyester hi-tech performance fabric (similar to a sports shirt). This material provides a unique temperature control for parent and baby, is breathable, quick-dry, wicks away sweat and moisture, and blocks over 90% UVA and UVB rays. Excellent for summer, outdoor use and humid conditions.
The Baby K’tan ORGANIC Cotton Baby Carrier is made of a 100% GOTS certified organic cotton with unique one-way stretch. This environmentally-friendly carrier is made of a soft natural fabric that will give you and your little one a warm and cozy hold.
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Can the Baby K'tan Active Carrier be used in the water?
The Baby K'tan Active Carrier is made of a high-tech performance mesh (100% polyester). This innovative material is quick-dry, wicks away sweat and moisture, blocks over 90% of harmful UVA and UVB rays, and provides a unique temperature control and breathability.
Due to the quick-dry and moisture-wicking features of the fabric, the Baby K'tan ACTIVE Carrier is great for use at a sprinkler pad, in high humidity climates, or other minimally wet activities; however, the Baby K'tan ACTIVE Carrier has not be tested for showering, swimming or other immersive water use and we do not recommend water immersion while wearing any Baby K'tan Baby Carrier.
The Baby K'tan Active Carrier is not waterproof or water-resistant.
What is the age/weight limit of the Baby K'tan?
The Baby K'tan is recommended for use with babies from 8 to 35lbs (under 8 lbs consult medical professional). Be sure to follow all instructions and safety tips when wearing your baby in the Baby K'tan.
The Baby K'tan is offered in sizes XXS, XS, S, M, L, and XL (varies by style). Sizing is based on your pre-pregnancy fitted dress size (or jacket size for men). Please refer to our sizing calculator to determine your size. If you are in-between sizes, we recommend choosing the smaller size.
What size Baby K'tan Baby Carrier should I buy?
The Baby K'tan is offered in sizes XXS, XS, S, M, L, and XL. Sizing is based on your pre-pregnancy fitted dress size (or jacket size for men). Please refer to our sizing calculator to determine your size. If you are in-between sizes, we recommend choosing the smaller size.
I am a plus-size mom. Will the Baby K'tan fit me?
Yes! We are very proud to offer our size XL which accommodates women’s dress sizes 22-24 and men's suit size 50. As you may know, women’s size 2X is the equivalent to number (or dress sizes) sizes 18 – 20 and women’s size 3X is the equivalent to number sizes 22-24.
Can my partner and I share the same size?
The Baby K’tan is meant to be fitted, like a snug article of clothing. Two people can share one carrier if they are around the same size, however if one size will fit your [husband/partner] and a different size would fit you, we would recommend that you each purchase your own size to have a secure fit. The Baby K’tan carrier comes in unisex/men’s sizing.
Is the Baby K'tan Carrier adjustable?
The Baby K'tan is a sized item and does not have any buckles, snaps or rings that need to be adjusted. When the correct size is purchased, the Baby K'tan will fit the wearer securely.
Can I breastfeed in the Baby K'tan?
Yes! See Breastfeeding Tips for details.
Can I carry twins at the same time?
We do not list a Twin Position in the Baby K’tan. The ASTM Sling Safety Standards have been modified recently to allow up to 2 babies in one carrier. Baby K’tan has not yet made the decision to introduce a Twin Position at this time. As such, there are no instructions on using the Baby K’tan for twins in our owner’s manual or website. Should we make the decision to introduce the twin position, we will make it available on all our platforms.
We still recommend wearing one baby at a time, and having a second adult wear the second baby. It is also still an immense help to be able to wear one baby and have your hands free to tend to the other!
How do I wash and dry my Baby K'tan Baby Carrier?
Our Baby K’tan Baby Carrier are made of soft fabrics (no buckles or snaps) and are machine washable and dryer safe. Care Instructions: Machine wash cold, with like colors only. Non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low. Wash separately before first use. *For carriers with Spandex, hang dry and do not iron.
Will my Baby K'tan Baby Carriers shrink after washing?
The Baby K'tan Baby Carrier is designed to stretch with use and tighten up in the wash. Accordingly, the carrier may feel a bit snug after washing; however, the cross stretch of the fabric enables the K'tan to stretch back out.
If your Baby K’tan Baby Carrier feels a bit snug after washing, Click here for some helpful stretching tips.
Is the Baby K'tan Carrier comfortable for my back?
Yes! The patented double-loop designed of the Baby K'tan distributes baby's weight evenly across your shoulders and back, and the back-support band helps the wearer to adjust and center the loops of the carrier. The wide fabric can be spread over your shoulders to further distribute baby's weight and the included sash should be tied around you and baby for support.
Is the Baby K'tan good for my baby's hips?
Yes, the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier is recognized as a hip-healthy product by the Hip Dysplasia Institute when used as directed. The Baby K'tan offers ergonomic positions that promote healthy infant development. The wide fabric can be needs to be spread open to create an ergonomic and comfortable seat, with baby's legs in an "M" position (fabric reaching the bend in baby's knees, with knees at or above the level of baby's bottom).
Is babywearing good for my baby?
Absolutely! Babies enter the world with fragile, easily over-stimulated nervous systems. Infants that are carried in slings, wraps and infant baby carriers experience the stimulating sounds, sights, and smells that their parents experiences, while at the same time being securely swaddled, providing safety and assurance to the infants. Baby carriers offer a gentle way of transitioning your baby from the calm environment of the womb to the busy outside world. Before using any baby carrier, sling or wrap always make sure you consult your pediatrician healthcare provider regarding any health complications your infant may be experiencing. The Baby K'tan Baby Carrier has been endorsed by several medical professionals
Can I wear my special needs child in the K'tan?
Yes, you can. Before using any baby carrier, sling or wrap always make sure you consult your pediatrician healthcare provider. Children with developmental delays and special needs benefit from being carried close to the wearer, especially during the infant stage. The Baby K’tan creates the ideal environment for development and growth. At the same time, it offers infants a tight swaddled, deep pressure input, providing security and assurance to infants with sensory integration dysfunction and other developmental disorders such as Autism and Cerebral Palsy. Studies have also shown that infants with hypotonia (low muscle tone) are adversely affected by baby carriers that place their legs in excessive abduction (legs spread too far apart) before their muscles are fully developed. With the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier, there is a position where babies can still face forward and see the world while having their legs in a more developmentally appropriate posture.
The Baby K'tan carrier was also developed by two couples trying to find the best babywearing solution for their children with special needs. Read more about it here.
Is the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier safe?
Baby K’tan Baby Carriers are tested for quality and safety under FHSA (Federal Hazardous Substances Act) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) guidelines. Read and follow all instructions and warnings before use.
The Baby K'tan Baby Carrier is carefully tested and meets the following ASTM and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards and requirements:
The requirements of 16 CFR 1228, "Safety Standard for Sling Carriers"
The requirements of ASTM F2907-19 "Consumer Safety Specification for Sling Carriers"
The flammability requirement of Canada Textile Flammability Regulations, SOR/2011-22, section 4 - Products
European standards BS-EN 13209 PART 2:2005
Meets CA Prop 65 limits, no label is required
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Where can I purchase a Baby K'tan Baby Carrier?
You can purchase our award-winning baby carrier online or find a store near you.
What is your return and exchange policy?
Carriers purchased directly via our website may be returned or exchanged within 30 days of purchase. See complete return/exchange information.
If you purchased through another retailer, please direct your refund or exchange question to the store where the item was purchased.