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People often ask me how Cub is adjusting to having a baby sister. Is he jealous? Does he feel neglected? Has he had to get used to less attention? My answer: he’s doing great because I babywear.
Most definitely, he’s had to learn that he can’t have all of my attention all the time, but I think the adjustment has been much gentler since wearing the baby still allows my hands to be free when he needs a hug, to have his diaper changed (or be lifted onto the potty… depends on the day) or play Lego.
A behind the scenes glimpse at our K’Tan photo shoot (courtesy of my Dad) shows that Cub is still a total Mama’s boy….
Two loops that are joined together (these form the “X” on your front and back) and a long band that you wrap and tie around baby’s body and your waist.
Baby’s legs go through the two legs of the X on your front, then you pull up the fabric from each of those “legs” from hip to shoulder. If you look closely in the picture above, you can see Cub winding up to hit me. Yay for Motherhood!
Once baby is enveloped in those two pieces of fabric, you wrap the band around baby’s back and your waist and tie.
See that band that holds the two loops together? You can see that I pull on it to adjust the position of the bands on my back (bottom middle image).
When Little Miss Cub was newborn, it was even easier. You don’t use the band at the newborn stage, you just seat them comfortable in side one of the loops and wrap the other around them. If that doesn’t make sense, I promise, it took me less than a minute to figure out. (It’s called the Kangaroo Position.)
I found the K’Tan to be the easiest carrier to use when she was at her tiniest and my brain was at its foggiest.
Little Miss Cub liked it too!
Besides the newborn Kangaroo Position and the Hug Position, you can also use the K’Tan with baby facing out, called the Adventure Position (at about 5 months old), the Explore Position, the Hip Position and the Two Hip Position:
I will report back on what I think of the other positions once Little Miss Cub is big enough to try them!
What I love about our Baby K’Tan:
- Learning curve pretty much non-existent: I had the newborn carry on lockdown in 60 seconds, and the Hug Position was equally easy;
- Being able to pull on the small back loop to pull the bands into the right position on your back makes it easy to get comfortable;
- Super cozy way to carry a newborn, and easy enough that I didn’t need to be seated to get her in, for example, in the grocery store parking lot (to use a buckle carrier with infant insert, you need to be seated);
- The fact that the waist belt doubles as a carrying pouch is handy: I try to leave our K’Tan tied behind the passenger seat in our car so I always have a carrier (even when I’m not expecting to need one);
- Made of an easy-to-care-for cotton, just wash like a t-shirt and dry!
- The variety of possible carrying positions is intriguing and I’m eager to test them out!
Things I like less about the K’Tan:
- It’s a bit of a catch 22: I love that it is so easy to put on, but it’s easy to put on because it’s two pieces, and I find I’m always misplacing the waist belt around the house.
- As with any carrier of this style, you would likely need different sizes for both Mom and Dad to use it (my husband is able to squeeze into ours, but would probably do better with a size up).
In order to get the right fit, I had to wash and dry my K’Tan on high to shrink the fabric a bit. (On the recommendation of K’Tan.)
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