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.
I’ve only been a parent for 9 short months and there have already been several of those events. You know the ones… the ones where when you think about taking your little ones you get so excited when you think about how much fun it’ll be (especially if it’s a first for your family) and then in record time you. freak. out.
It’s going to be so much work, what if they’re cranky, should we take them…. Does this sound familiar? I know it does for my husband and I. We are still so new at this and there have been several events where I want to take our son and I weigh the pros and cons and decide if I should, most of the time I do.
One thing you should know about my husband and I is when we got pregnant we decided we wanted our baby to be apart of our lives. What I mean by that is, I did not want to be a couple that stayed in and turned down plans because we had a baby (within reason of course). We wanted adventures and memories with all the good and the bad.
So when the opportunity arose to get semi season tickets to our favorite hockey team when I was 7 months pregnant we took it, knowing that our son would only be 3 months old when the season started. There was going to be so much to figure out but it was an adventure we wanted.
So this is how we take our son to hockey games and pretty much every where and enjoy ourselves.
Most of us moms are planners or at least when it comes to our children we are. We know when it’s time for them to eat, when they will throw that evening fit, and when they are going to get overly sleepy. Knowing these things is part of being a mom and they play a huge roll in planning a successful trip out to a big or crowded event.
Things to figure out before:
- When will your baby need to eat.
My son was still nursing every 2-3 hours when we first started going to games so I knew I would have to feed him before we left, once we were there, during the game, and before we left.
- Where/how will you feed your baby
We decided to do a little of both. Sometimes I would have a bottle pumped so we would take that and save it for during the game to cut down on needing to nurse in public and other times I didn’t so I would prepare for nursing under my cover in my seat or sitting on a bench.
- Do you need to take any medications
My son needed acid reflux medicine so we knew that it needed to be packed and easily accessible while we were at the game.
- What kind of event will you be attending, do you need anything special (swim diaper, head phones, etc)
Hockey games are loud so we knew that we had to invest in some good headphones to protect our little ones ears. We bought these and they have worked so well even as he has got bigger.
- How late will you be out, should you take pj’s to make baby comfortable
Since our hockey team plays 1.5 hour away we knew that packing Pj’s was a good idea. We could get him settled in and comfortable making transition to bed easier when we got home.
After you have answered all the big questions you can move to onto the check list of things to take with you.
Going to the hockey games meant seats that were close together so we opted to take a small draw string bag instead of our diaper bag. So we went down our plan and figured out what we would need to make sure baby was happy and content without packing everything but the kitchen sink.
- Diapers (how many)
- Food (breast milk or formula)
- Nursing cover
- Binky and clip
It was here, our first hockey game as a family of 3. To say we were nervous and stressed would be an understatement. I stuck to the plan of nursing right before we left ( to keep baby somewhat content on the drive), we loaded the car with our condensed diaper bag and headed off to our first big outing. When we arrived I nursed again in the car ( I know I can nurse in public but I always felt more comfortable in the car). We parked and walk to the game. When we got to the arena we changed his diaper and found our seats.
During the game we had our plan. The baby would eat once during the game and then again when we left. I located the nearest restroom just in case and we settled in. We had a blast!!! Once we were in our seat my son (who was SUPER difficult his first 6 months) did amazing. He got his medicine on time, I nursed in my seat and he had his head phones so he could enjoy the game. The bag we brought fit perfectly under my seat making it easy to grab but not in the way and when he got cranky he had his binky or I could walk him up the aisle.
After the game we changed him and learned about ‘Family Restrooms!’ (we were really excited about this haha), took him back to the car changed him into his pj’s and headed home with an amazing night of memories.
He did so well. As a family we had so much fun. Was it different? Of course. Was it a little difficult? YES. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY
As new parents we were probably a bit naive and we probably still are. But who isn’t?? And if a small touch of ignorance gives us memories… well then it’s worth it.
Comment below and let me know what events you have been brave enough or naive enough to take your little ones to.