Now that baby Isla is 6 weeks old and I am beginning to regain a sense of normality in my life (if this exists when you have a newborn baby?!), I have been making an effort to get out and about a lot more and experimenting with different ways of transporting my little bundle of joy!
I recently tested the Ergo baby carrier (you can read my review here) and I loved the support that this provided. But with all of the clips and straps I think this carrier is more suited to my forthcoming jungle treks in Costa Rica and long walks through Heathrow airport than it is for keeping baby close while hanging out the washing and doing chores around the house. For everyday household tasks and short trips to the supermarket and such I like I thought that a sling might be more convenient.
When I was given the opportunity to review the K’Tan sling I jumped at the chance. I have always been put off using slings or wraps as they just seem so complicated- I have never been great at things like this and manipulating a huge piece of fabric to support and carry my baby just seemed beyond me! This is the reason that I was intrigued by the K’Tan.
K’Tan market themselves as a ‘ready to wear’ carrier, which isn’t strictly true as there is still an element of manipulation needed, but is certainly is a lot simpler than your standard baby sling. Rather than one long piece of fabric, the K'tan consists of two attached loops that cross over your shoulders, plus a support sash that doubles as a handy storage pouch. The sling comes with a booklet with easy to follow instructions showing you how to wear the wrap and make sure that baby is safe and comfortable.
Unlike most carriers which are “one size fits all,” the K'tan comes in 5 different sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL). The size is dependent on the baby wearer as opposed to the size of the baby (which makes it difficult for mum and dad to use the same carrier unless they are similar sizes, which fortunately my husband and I are). Although they provide a sizing guide, I have found that my sling is a bit loose fitting- so I would urge you to buy on the smaller side if you are unsure!
My baby loves this sling, as soon as I put her in she is calm and relaxed and often falls asleep. For me, the negative is that I don’t feel that she is as secure in it as she is in my Ergo carrier, this is perhaps because the size is a bit big or because the fabric is so stretchy. So whilst I would be happy to use this around the house, I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing it on any long walks or long shopping trips etc. All in all, this is an easy to wear, simple sling that provides a comfortable and warming environment for baby, but I would prefer it to be a little bit more snug and secure.