Baby K'tan Baby Carrier How To

Getting Started

Get ready to place baby in the Baby K'tan Baby Carrier by following the Getting Started steps below. 

 
Hold the loops together & place them over your head like a necklace (with connecting loop at back of neck)
Separate the loops and place one
arm through each
Take the outer loop (the one farthest from your body) and lower it from your shoulder so that it hangs at your waist.

(Note: Hip Position does not require these Getting Started steps)

 

Kangaroo Position 

For use from newborn up to about 3 months old

 

Helpful Tips: Babywearing in the Kangaroo Position

Try your carrier when baby is fed, rested and in a good mood. If baby is fussing, calmly take him/her out and try again later.

Your baby will let you know when he/she is ready to move out of the Kangaroo Position by stretching his/her legs and trying to "stand up" in the fabric. At this point you can begin to use the Hug Position. Many babies may prefer to skip the Kangaroo Position all-together and begin right away with the Hug Position. For helpful tips on wearing a newborn in the Hug Position, see this user submitted video.

Baby can sense your mood. If you are stressed, baby will sense this & will also be stressed! Keep practicing and stay calm :)


Kangaroo Care in the Baby K'tan Baby Carrrier

The practice of holding or wearing a newborn skin-to-skin

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To practice Kangaroo Care in the Baby K’tan, simply remove your shirt and your infant’s shirt and place your newborn skin-to-skin in the kangaroo position. Benefits to Baby
  • Helps regulate baby's body temperature
  • More rapid brain development
  • Close hold enhances successful breastfeeding
  • Decreased crying
  • Earlier parent-child bonding
  • Warmth mimics calming environment of the womb

 

Hug Position

Introduce when baby starts stretching legs (1-2 months)

 

 

Helpful Tips for Babywearing in the Hug Position

Try your carrier when baby is fed, rested and in a good mood. If baby is fussing, calmly take him/her out and try again later.

Ensure that the fabric is spread wide between baby's legs - reaching the bend in baby's knees - to create a comfortable seat.

Baby can sense your mood. If you are stressed, baby will sense this & will also be stressed! Keep practicing and stay calm :)

Introduce when baby has full head control (about 5+ months)

 

Helpful Tips: Babywearing in the Adventure Position

Try your carrier when baby is fed, rested and in a good mood. If baby is fussing, calmly take him/her out and try again later.

Ensure that the fabric is spread wide between baby's legs - reaching the bend in baby's knees - to create a comfortable seat.

Baby can sense your mood. If you are stressed, baby will sense this & will also be stressed! Keep practicing and stay calm :)

Introduce when baby has full head control (about 5/6 months)

 

Helpful Tips for Babywearing in the Explore Position

Try your carrier when baby is fed, rested and in a good mood. If baby is fussing, calmly take him/her out and try again later.

Ensure that the fabric is spread wide between baby's legs - reaching the bend in baby's knees - to create a comfortable seat.

Baby can sense your mood. If you are stressed, baby will sense this & will also be stressed! Keep practicing and stay calm :)

Introduce when baby has full head control (about 5+ months)

 

Helpful Tips for Babywearing in the Hip Position

Try your carrier when baby is fed, rested and in a good mood. If baby is fussing, calmly take him/her out and try again later.

Ensure that the fabric is spread wide between baby's legs - reaching the bend in baby's knees - to create a comfortable seat.

Baby can sense your mood. If you are stressed, baby will sense this & will also be stressed! Keep practicing and stay calm :)

 

 

 

Safety Check

baby has clear source of air
Baby has a clear source of air
Nose and mouth are visible and
baby's chin is off his/her chest.

baby in seated position
Baby is in a seated position
Knees above baby's bottom and fabric reaching bend in knees.

sash tied securely
Sash is tied securely around baby
For positions that require the sash.

baby's head is supported
Baby's head is supported
If baby does not yet have head control or if baby is sleeping.

 

 

Additional tips for safe and secure babywearing:

Practice before you begin. Try your carrier with a weighted doll or sack of potatoes. Practice bending (bend your knees), moving through doorways (watch out for his "head"!), and getting "baby" in and out of the carrier. Most accidents involving babywearing are due to the wearer tripping and falling, so it's important to develop the reflex of holding and protecting your baby when something unexpected happens. Going through the motions in advance can really help with this.

Always watch your step. Your balance can be affected while wearing baby in a carrier.

Support baby. When you start wearing your baby, support him/her with your arm until you are confident. Always support baby whenever you bend over.

Practice in front of a mirror. Using a mirror will help you see how the fabric is adjusted and how baby is positioned. 

Swap positions. Sitting in the same position for a long period of time can be uncomfortable. Physical therapists recommend changing baby's positions every so often, especially if you are wearing him/her for long periods of time. Use your instincts and follow baby's cues.

Build up your endurance. This happens naturally if your baby is still small. If you are starting out with an older baby, try a few short sessions each day rather than one long one. Gradually increase the duration as your muscles adjust.