The Skinny

The Baby K’tan Original carrier is a wrap type carrier without the wrap design. This unique carrier is made of two loops of fabric joined by a smaller third loop that provides a wrap style final position, look, and feel. This carrier works for babies from 8-25 lbs in five positions. We like how easy this carrier is to use and clean, and we think it is fairly comfy for parents and passengers. This “wrap” is budget-friendly, but it is size specific so parents may not be able to share the same one, and there is no adjustability for fit or comfort. However, given the ease of use and lower price, it may be just what you need for simple baby carrying without the expense or hassle of more complicated carriers.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Baby K’tan makes a variety of products for baby, but their main focus is baby carriers. The company has a unique carrier that functions like a wrap without the wrapping that makes traditional wraps difficult to use. The K’tan wrap is two rings of fabric joined together which functions like a wrap without the extra fabric and need to wrap yourself while holding your baby. The company started in 2005, by two families with special needs children. The company relies heavily on organic growth and word of mouth for advertising and continues to grow exponentially since its first product launch in 2007.

The Baby K’tan is easy to use and works for little ones from 8-35 lbs.


Performance Comparison

The chart below shows Baby K’tan Original’s overall score (in blue) compared to the other products in this review. The K’tan earned a higher than average score and provided better performance for the price than the competition.

Overall Score (0-100)020406080100Tula Ring SlingComfortFit SlingBabyBjorn OneTula Free-to-GrowOriginalBabyBjorn OriginalBabyHawk Meh DaiBoba WrapMoby Wrap ClassicBeco GeminiInfantino SashWoven WrapErgobaby Omni 360Onya Baby OutbackComplete All SeasonsFlip Advanced87857976726963636356565150504645

Product Overall Score (0-100)
Tula Ring Sling 87
ComfortFit Sling 85
BabyBjorn One 79
Tula Free-to-Grow 76
Original 72
BabyBjorn Original 69
BabyHawk Meh Dai 63
Boba Wrap 63
Moby Wrap Classic 63
Beco Gemini 56
Infantino Sash 56
Woven Wrap 51
Ergobaby Omni 360 50
Onya Baby Outback 50
Complete All Seasons 46
Flip Advanced 45

The sections below have information on the K’tan’s overall performance. These metric scores were used to evaluate and calculate the scores for each carrier reviewed.

The K-tan is comfy for most little ones and many fell asleep in during our testing.


Baby’s Comfort

The K’tan earned a 7 of 10 for baby’s comfort. Only two of the other products we tested are more comfortable for little ones than the K’tan.

Child Comfort Rating456789ComfortFit SlingTula Ring SlingOriginalBabyBjorn OneBoba WrapMoby Wrap ClassicTula Free-to-GrowBabyBjorn OriginalBabyHawk Meh DaiInfantino SashComplete All SeasonsWoven WrapBeco GeminiErgobaby Omni 360Flip AdvancedOnya Baby Outback8877777666665555

Product Child Comfort Rating
ComfortFit Sling 8
Tula Ring Sling 8
Original 7
BabyBjorn One 7
Boba Wrap 7
Moby Wrap Classic 7
Tula Free-to-Grow 7
BabyBjorn Original 6
BabyHawk Meh Dai 6
Infantino Sash 6
Complete All Seasons 6
Woven Wrap 6
Beco Gemini 5
Ergobaby Omni 360 5
Flip Advanced 5
Onya Baby Outback 5

The K’tan is fairly comfortable for parents but the lack of adjustability means it may grow uncomfortable on longer trips or if you or baby change size.


Parent’s Comfort

The K’tan earned a 7 of 10 for parent comfort. This score is above average, but we think the K’tan may be less comfortable the longer you wear it due to lack of structure or adjustability.

Parent Comfort Rating024681012BabyBjorn OneComfortFit SlingTula Free-to-GrowBabyBjorn OriginalBabyHawk Meh DaiTula Ring SlingOriginalBeco GeminiBoba WrapMoby Wrap ClassicInfantino SashWoven WrapErgobaby Omni 360Complete All SeasonsOnya Baby OutbackFlip Advanced10998887777664443

Product Parent Comfort Rating
BabyBjorn One 10
ComfortFit Sling 9
Tula Free-to-Grow 9
BabyBjorn Original 8
BabyHawk Meh Dai 8
Tula Ring Sling 8
Original 7
Beco Gemini 7
Boba Wrap 7
Moby Wrap Classic 7
Infantino Sash 6
Woven Wrap 6
Ergobaby Omni 360 4
Complete All Seasons 4
Onya Baby Outback 4
Flip Advanced 3

The K’tan lacks any kind of padding or internal structure which could make longer trips more difficult. It is also size specific which means you can’t adjust it like a traditional wrap and as you change size or baby grows the carrier fit will also change. However, we think the soft fabric and wide shoulder strap design means it provides a comfortable cocoon of fabric, at least for shorter outings. The fabric can feel restrictive like tight clothing and for most positions, you will have three layers around you and baby which could get hot in warmer weather.

While the K’tan may take some getting used to, once you have the positions down it is easy to use and much simpler than a traditional wrap.


Ease of Use

The K’tan earned a 7 of 10 for ease of use.

Ease of Use Rating024681012Tula Ring SlingComfortFit SlingOriginalBabyBjorn OneBabyBjorn OriginalFlip AdvancedTula Free-to-GrowBabyHawk Meh DaiBeco GeminiErgobaby Omni 360Infantino SashOnya Baby OutbackBoba WrapComplete All SeasonsMoby Wrap ClassicWoven Wrap10977766555554443

Product Ease of Use Rating
Tula Ring Sling 10
ComfortFit Sling 9
Original 7
BabyBjorn One 7
BabyBjorn Original 7
Flip Advanced 6
Tula Free-to-Grow 6
BabyHawk Meh Dai 5
Beco Gemini 5
Ergobaby Omni 360 5
Infantino Sash 5
Onya Baby Outback 5
Boba Wrap 4
Complete All Seasons 4
Moby Wrap Classic 4
Woven Wrap 3

The K’tan is the easiest wrap to use in this review, primarily because it isn’t a standard wrap. While traditional wraps are long swaths of fabric, the K’tan is two rings of fabric joined with a loop. This means you can easily put the carrier on without holding your baby and use similar holds and positions to traditional wraps. While you still need to review the manual to learn the exact process, the K’tan is more intuitive and by far easier to use.

The K’tan is machine washable and can be tossed in the dryer for a quick turn around time that gets you back out and on with life.


Ease of Cleaning

The K’tan earned a 9 of 10 for ease of cleaning.

Ease Of Cleaning Rating0246810OriginalBoba WrapMoby Wrap ClassicTula Free-to-GrowTula Ring SlingErgobaby Omni 360Onya Baby OutbackComfortFit SlingWoven WrapBabyBjorn OneBabyBjorn OriginalBabyHawk Meh DaiInfantino SashComplete All SeasonsBeco GeminiFlip Advanced9999988665555544

Product Ease Of Cleaning Rating
Original 9
Boba Wrap 9
Moby Wrap Classic 9
Tula Free-to-Grow 9
Tula Ring Sling 9
Ergobaby Omni 360 8
Onya Baby Outback 8
ComfortFit Sling 6
Woven Wrap 6
BabyBjorn One 5
BabyBjorn Original 5
BabyHawk Meh Dai 5
Infantino Sash 5
Complete All Seasons 5
Beco Gemini 4
Flip Advanced 4

The K’tan can be machine washed in cold and tumble dried on low. This means you can be using your carrier again with only a small break since it doesn’t need to air dry. Spot cleaning on the go is also easy as the fabric scrubs clean and air dries fairly quickly.

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