Pros: easy learning curve
Cons: had to wash a lot to regain shape
I agonized over what baby carrier would best fit my needs. Being the cheapskate that I am, I didn't want to end up getting a whole slew of carriers (ha! says the girl with 5 carriers now...), and I thought the Baby K'Tan would be the most versatile. After all, the product description did say that it would work up to 35 lbs...and look at all the different carrying positions you can use with it! Well, while it didn't live quite up to the idealistic expectations I had for it, it was a great first carrier for me. First off, I shied away from the Moby because I was afraid I just wouldn't get the hang of wrapping. I believed in babywearing so much that I didn't want such a silly obstacle as not knowing how to use the darn thing stand in the way of me and wearing my baby. But, being the silly vain mama that I am, I really like the look of a Moby. So when I heard of the Baby K'Tan, which has been described as a wrapless wrap, I figured it was pretty much genius. And for the first couple months of my DD's life, it pretty much was. Really pretty easy to get the hang of it. Even my DH (who is about the same size as me, which is important to point out, since we only have one baby K'Tan, and it is a sized product ) who has no use for reading directions was able to figure it out from me just showing him how to use it. It is a very 'poppable' carrier to use-- great for running errands. I have, however since graduated to other carriers, partly for a couple reasons pertaining to the Baby K'Tan. Like its stretchy wrap counterparts, I did notice some sagging issues after wearing it several times in a row, necessitating the need to wash it to shrink it back up a bit. Now that I have used a Moby type stretchy wrap (homemade), that is an advantage to stretchy wraps-- I could get a little more life out of my homemade wrap before having to wash it to shrink up. I don't think the Baby K'Tan will last to 35 lbs and be comfortable. My DD is 15 lbs, and I now use my Storch woven wrap and a ring sling almost exclusively. I may revisit the baby K'Tan for the hip carries, which I haven't tried. I would recommend the Baby K'Tan for a mama just starting out wearing a newborn. It's snuggly, molds well around the baby, and has an easy learning curve which is a plus in those early weeks when there's just so much to learn already!