When it comes to researching baby products there is So. Much. Information. When I was looking for products when I was pregnant I relied heavily on Pintrest and other mom reviews. So I wanted to share with you my opinion on the best baby carrier.
When I was putting together my baby registry I fell in love with the Moby Wrap. It had so many great reviews, moms raved about it, and it was all over Pintrest. All of that was good enough for me so I excitedly added it to my registry. When I got it at my shower I was over the moon! After our shower I went home and tried to learn how to tie it. I wasn’t very good at it but I told myself I would learn once baby was here.
My son was born a month after our shower weighing in at 6 lbs 12oz. I got home excited to try my Moby and realized he was so small and I could not tie it tight enough to support him. I was super bummed. I had done all the “research,” why wasn’t this wrap AMAZING?!
The first issue was my son was small. The Moby carrier is good for babies 8-30 lbs. By the time we were home from the hospital my son was closer to 6 lbs than 7. So I set out to research yet again a carrier for a smaller baby that didn’t require so much tying.
The Baby K’Tan Carrier!
This carrier was hands down one of the best products that I bought as a new mom. I could get so much done while wearing my little one. Here is us on the first day I bought it.
There are so many reasons why this carrier worked so well for us.
1. The weight limit
Almost all the cloth carriers I could find had an 8 lb weight limit, which is great unless you have a small munchkin like we did. With our sons weight being 6 lbs I wanted to make sure he was safe. This carrier allowed us to support him even though he was a smaller baby. I could adjust how snug is felt just by folding the fabric on my shoulder. This made me feel so much better wearing him while he was so fragile.
2. It was cheap
By the time we realized we didn’t have a carrier that would work, our baby shower had come and gone. Our little human was already here so we didn’t have hundreds of extra dollars to drop on a carrier. Baby K’Tan has a few different wraps you can buy the one pictured above was $49.95 on their website. That is half the price of a lot of the carriers I found online or in the store. On Amazon I have found it even cheaper than that at times.
3. It traveled well
Because the Baby K’Tan is made of amazing cotton material it can be folded up and shoved in your diaper bag. Convenient right?! Who doesn’t like easy to grab items for baby. I could keep this in the house for house work and then just throw it in our bag when we were headed out. It was way more convenient than taking the stroller everywhere. I loved having a way to keep my son close even when we were at the mall or out for a walk.
We bought the Orignal carrier when our son was born but when he was about 4 weeks old we had my family reunion in Tennessee. It’s always in June and our first carrier was black. I was so worried my son would get too hot so we ordered the ‘Active’ carrier. It’s made of this super breathable material. But those are not the only ones they have.
This was our first carrier. It comes in a few colors (we have the black one). It is made of really soft cotton material that feels like a broken in t-shirt.
5. It’s Easy!!!!
If you read my previous post What I Wish I Would’ve Registered for and What I Regret, then you know that I registered for the Moby because you can wear it in multiple ways.
Except with the Moby there is a lot of tying and pulling. The K’Tan on the other hand is sooooo easy to use. The carrier is already tied so you simple follow the first these steps for the kangaroo hold. Every position starts with steps 1-4 and then all the steps after are for each specific position.
Once your little own is able to hold their head up there are so many ways to wear this carrier.
You can check out all the different ways on the K’Tan website.
I wish I would’ve registered for this carrier to start with but I’m so glad that I found it even if it was a little late. This carrier helped me get so much done. Not only is baby wearing good for mom and baby. It was especially good for us having a super cranky baby (you can read more about that here). When our little one was screaming this was about the only way I could get anything done around the house. This was also our go to for leaving the house. We much preferred to wear him in the grocery or while out walking around then hauling the stroller or his entire car seat.
Don’t make the same mistake as me, register for the K’Tan from the start.
When you are expecting a tiny human you need stuff. Now I am a big believer in living with just stuff I need but even with the bare minimum registering for your shower can be over whelming to say the least. The amount of stuff you can register for is INSANE! If I could do it all over again I would change a few things on my registry. Let’s start with items I wish I would’ve register for and didn’t.
Whether they were wants or needs these are the things I wish would’ve ended up on my registry because we ended up running out to get them while we were still in the crazy newborn stage.
#1 K’Tan Baby Carrier
I can’t say enough but how much I love this baby carrier. I wish I would have had this the moment I came home from the hospital. This carrier required NO tying you just cross it over your body and pull your arms through each hole. It’s so easy! It took me 2 tries to be able to do it on my own. It’s made of super soft material and you can just fold it up and stick it in your diaper bag. If you are looking to register for a baby carrier I suggest this one.
Before I was a mom I would’ve never thought about a humidifier or that I baby would need one.. which is probably why it didn’t make it on to my registry. But if you are a newbie parent, a little secret you are going to need one of these. I live in an older home and and we needed one of these once it got cold. Our little one would wake up sounding like Darth Vader every morning. Which lead to the decision to buy a humidifier. Make sure you have one on your registry. We like this cute one we have. It’s simple to use and made a world of difference in our sons breathing.
#3 Sleeper Sacks
Another item that I had NEVER heard of until I was in the hospital the first night with our son. They informed me he had to wear a ‘sleep sack.’ Little did I know was a new mama that babies and blankets are a BIG no-no (what I’ll admit it, I didn’t know). So when we left the hospital we invested in some sleeper sacks that had wings so we could safely swaddle him. But once he was done with swaddling we had to invest in more sleeper sacks so moral of the story this is another item I wish I would’ve asked for.
#4 Mesh crib bumper
When I made my registry I didn’t think very far beyond the newborn stage (again I’ll admit all my flaws to y’all). I pictured a tiny newborn when I thought of things I needed. But once these little ones can roll over and/or crawl they can get their limbs stuck all up in those crib slates. So we had to go out and buy one of these mesh crib bumpers. They are really cheap and I don’t worry about him falling asleep next to it because it is breathable. I wish we would’ve had this from the beginning so he wouldn’t have got his limbs stuck.
#5 Baby Bullet Blender!
If you have read any of my post before this one then you know how much I love this set. When I was registering I thought “How silly is that set, it’s just a blender.” Just. a. blender. yeah right! This thing has been amazing! It comes with everything you need to make your own baby food. My favorite part is the freezing trays are in the same shape of the food containers so I just pop a frozen food in a jar and go. Hindsight, this would’ve at the top of the registry list!
Now that you know some things I wish I would’ve had, I am going to share things I THOUGHT I needed or things I thought I needed a lot of and didn’t.
Not all of these things are useless or weren’t helpful but some were.
#1 A Moby Wrap
Now, I am not saying this is a bad baby carrier it just wasn’t the one for me. Out of all the items on my registry I was most excited about this one. But it was really complicated to learn how to wear it. I wanted to baby wear so things would be easier but I could never get the hang of this thing. I know people who loves these but if I would’ve known about the K’Tan I would’ve picked that one to begin with.
#2 Baby Bath
I know a lot of people who really love these but my baby cried basically all the time so when he needed a bath he got a shower with one of us or a bath with us. We never used our baby bath. When he was really little it was too hard to keep him sitting up and by the time he could hold his head up he wanted to splash so we would put him in the sink. I only put this on our registry because I thought I had to. Where else would I bathe my child? I learned, almost everywhere except in the baby bath.
Don’t get me wrong baby towels are awesome and so soft but babies don’t bathe that often. I ended up with at least 15 baby towels. My son only uses one at a time and towels take up a lot of space. If you are like me and are short on space register for only what you will actual use. I think 3 towels and a couple of wash cloths would’ve have sufficed. This also would’ve save me a whole lot of space in his closet.
#4 Burp Cloths
I don’t even know how I ended up with so many. I probably have a least 40! My son had acid reflux and we still never used that many. I think almost everyone got us some and we went home from the hospital with MORE.
40 of anything is just too much, again I would have so much room for more useful things if I had not gotten so many burp cloths.
#5 Baby Mittens
Although SUPER cute and in theory a really awesome idea, just nope. I registered for 3 packs of these things and like socks they just get lost some how. Also, almost all the newborn clothes I got had the sleeves that rolled down over his hands. I’m not saying these were pointless but they were definitely something I did not use often enough to have 3 packs of. So maybe this one wasn’t a regret but if I had the chance again I would nix them.
What were some items you just HAD to have and some that were not so useful after all?? I would love to see what you have to say. Comment below some of yours 🙂
Lots of Love,