Enter to win the brand new Baby K’tan Active Baby Carrier! You’ll loooove this super soft hi-tech performance fabric. Enter at www.babyktan.com/giveaway.html!
Our very own Coby Joshua gives an amazing demonstration of the Baby K’tan at a recent trade-show! Coby was born with Down syndrome and is the son of Baby K’tan founder, Michal Chesal. He was the inspiration behind the brand!
You can read more about Michal’s story and how the company was founded at www.babyktan.com/info.html
A misleading photo circulating the Internet has spurred completely baseless allegations of racism, taking the models on our packaging out of context. The photo in question shows two of our several packages, representing but a sample of our full line:
a Caucasian/Hispanic couple using our baby carrier, and an African American woman using our baby carrier. Other Baby K’tan packaging currently in the marketplace portrays various mothers or caregivers holding their baby in our carrier.
Since Baby K’tan was founded in 2007, our mission is to provide great baby products for parents and caregivers all over the world. Our employee base and customers are diverse, and our company has prospered because of our focus on quality products and diversity and inclusion.
Frankly, it’s insulting that some choose to infer that an African American woman alone with a baby is automatically a single mother – that itself is a form of racism that has no place in our company whatsoever.
We wholeheartedly reject these false and unfounded claims of racism, and we will continue to showcase a variety of loving caregivers utilizing our nurturing and simple to use baby products.
We are a small company, founded by necessity when our own children with special needs required a carrier with more support. To even suggest that we meant anyone any harm is both shocking and hurtful, and against everything we believe in as inclusive and caring business owners.
It has come to our attention that there is a misleading photo circulating around the internet. Our company takes these matters very seriously and wishes to address them without any further delay.
The photo in question shows two Baby K’tan Baby Carriers on the shelf at an unidentified retailer. One Baby K’tan product features an African American woman holding her baby, and the other Baby K’tan product features a Caucasian couple with their baby. This portrayal has left many of our loyal patrons concerned that this is an unfair representation of African American families. Furthermore, the box bearing the African American woman was inaccurately priced lower than the box with the Caucasian couple. Let’s address these pressing matters head on:
1) We have a total of 5 different products, each featuring a different image on the front of the packaging. One box has the Caucasian couple on the front, and the other four boxes have individual mothers with their babies on the front (including African American and Caucasian women).
2) The Baby K’tan product featuring the African American woman is from our organic line which should actually be priced higher than the other product displayed.
3) The couple considered to be Caucasian is actually in fact an international couple, featuring a Caucasian mom and a Hispanic dad.
Our company was built and has prospered because of our focus on diversity and inclusion. We wholeheartedly reject any false, unfounded and baseless claims of discrimination as depicted in the above misrepresentation. We here at Baby K’tan fully support exposing any unfair and inaccurate stereotypes, racism and/or discrimination wherever it may exist.
We plan to continue including diverse parents, both individually and as couples, throughout our images. In fact, we are proud to have such wholesome and loving caregivers as the faces of our company.
by Michal Chesal, President of Baby K’tan | www.babyktan.com
Before I developed the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier, I was faced with so few options on the market for baby carriers. Today, the options are almost limitless. With such a wide variety of carriers on the market, including wraps, structured carriers, unstructured or Asian-style carriers such as the Mei Tai, slings and pouches, it is easy to get overwhelmed.
At Baby K’tan, we are dedicated to safe baby wearing and truly believe in the benefits of doing so since our company was founded on those very ideals. In hopes of helping you find the best carrier for you and your baby, we’ve developed a few attributes to consider.
We believe that wearing your baby safely and properly will always have benefits associated with it. Studies show that babies whose mothers’ wear them in slings are calmer and cry less. Carrying your newborn in a carrier can serve as a natural transition from the quiet womb into the world. Being close to your baby has also proven to help them regulate their body temperature, enhance their visual and auditory alertness as well as promote healthy speech development.
One of the first things you will notice about a carrier is the type of material it is made with. Some carriers on the market consist of many different types of fabric including cotton and polyester. Others are 100% cotton. And most recently, many carrier brands are offering organic versions of their carriers. When looking at the material, you should consider your geographical location. In cooler climates, you may want a carrier with a softer, warm fabric like thick cotton, whereas in hotter weather, you may want to choose a carrier that is lightweight and made with thinner layers of fabric such as mesh or gauze.
Easy to Use
Buying a carrier that you will enjoy using is a vital part of wearing your baby. The truth is, if you purchase a carrier that you won’t take the time to figure out, you will end up storing it in your coat closet. Many retail locations have a carrier expert that can show you how to use the carrier before you purchase it. Some online retailers like Diapers.com also feature Instruction videos as well as Consumer Review Videos on their website to help give you the low-down from a real parent’s perspective. It is always important to read through the entire instruction manual to be sure you are using your carrier safely. Remember, it may take a few tries until you are able to get your carrier on without looking in a mirror!
There are so many different types of carriers on the market today including structured carriers, backpacks, slings, wraps, Mei Tai style carriers and even “ready-to-wear” wraps. When choosing a baby carrier, you should consider when and where you will be using it to care for your little one. For example, if you live in a city where you do a lot of walking, you will want a carrier that is lightweight, comfortable and can fold up easily for quick storage. Or, if you will use your carrier mainly for running errands, you will want to make sure that the carrier you choose will be easy to pop on in the parking lot. If you are hiking or doing a lot of outdoors activities and your baby is a bit older, a framed backpack might be a good choice for you.
Newborn babies have very different characteristics and needs than those of 9 month olds. When choosing a carrier, consider the changes that your baby will go through during the primary baby wearing stages. At first, your baby will want to be close and tight to you. They might enjoy being swaddled on your body in a wrap style carrier. Then, when he or she is a little older, they may want to stretch their arms and see the world! Try to choose a carrier that will grow with you and your baby. A carrier that has multiple wearing positions will allow you to choose the best position based on the age of your baby.
As you explore the many options available for baby carriers, these tips will help you find the right carrier for you and your baby. Remember, not every carrier is right for everyone. Consider your needs and expectations for wearing your baby and consult experts at your local retailer as well as online to help you make your decision. Your local baby wearing group may also have a lending library that will allow you to try out a few different carriers before you buy your own. Also, be sure to check the store or retailer’s return policy.
These tips should get you on your way to safe and healthy babywearing with your precious baby.
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Ju-Ju-Be for a “Perfectly Purple” giveaway! Here’s your chance to win a prize pack with goodies from Ju-Ju-Be in Lilac Lace and from Baby K’tan Baby Carrier in Eggplant! Scroll down to enter using the Rafflecopter form. But hurry! The giveaway ends at midnight (est) on Thursday!
To enter, complete the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win a Perfectly Purple prize pack from Ju-Ju-Be and Baby K’tan.
- Ju-Ju-Be BFF Backpack in Lilac Lace(Valued at $165.00)
- Ju-Ju-Be Be Neat Bib in Lilac Lace (Valued at $20.00)
- Baby K’tan Baby Carrier in Eggplant (Valued at $49.95)
- Baby K’tan Baby Hat in Eggplant (Valued at $5.99)
Giveaway ends on November 21, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. EST and the winner will be announced here on November 21, 2013 in the afternoon. See Terms & Conditions on Rafflecopter form for more information.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL OF OUR LITTLE BABY K’TAN MONSTERS OUT THERE!
In celebration of this spooky day, we’ll be “treating” you with an awesome FLASH GIVEAWAY! This is no “trick!”
Enter below for a chance to win a Baby K’tan Baby Carrier in Basic Black! To enter, comment below & tell us your Halloween costume idea.
Giveaway ends today at 5:00 PM EST, so don’t miss it! Complete terms & Conditions are at http://www.babyktan.com/terms.html
This week is international babywearing week, and we are loving every minute of it! Although it is already Friday, and the week is nearing its end, we still have plenty of babywearing talk left in us . We wanted to point out a few of the great benefits of babywearing and remind parents (mom and dad alike) why their little babes just love to be cuddled so close!
|Check out these awesome babywearing facts:
babywearing promotes healthy mental and physically development
carried babies cry less
babywearing helps you bond with your baby
babywearing enables caregiver to have hands free
babywearing helps prevent “flat-head” syndrome
babywearing counts as tummy-time!
In honor of this week, we have donated a whole bunch of Baby K’tan Baby Carriers for giveaways throughout the country! Be sure to take part and don’t miss your chance to win! Here are a few giveaways:
Baby K’tan was also featured along with a whole bunch of other awesome carriers, wraps and slings in this month’s issue of Green Child Magazine! Read it here.
Wow. We got some amazing Alaska glacier photos from fan Anne Hope – wearing her Baby K’tan on what looks like a beautiful vacation!
“Baby K’tan has been fabulous this summer for our June baby. We have to make the most of the short summers here in AK and it helped us to not miss a thing – baby was comfy, close, warm, and happy! These pics are from a trip to Juneau in August, by the Mendenhall Glacier. I love that the carrier is compact and easy- baby even loved it on the plane from Anchorage to Juneau!! Thanks so much for making this product:)”