About Us

Baby K'tan was founded in 2007 by the Chesal and Wernick families - two families who have been close friends for years. Both couples were raising a child with special needs, in addition to two other children. Wanting to carry their babies as much as possible and provide the nourishment they require for healthy development, each family experimented with different baby slings, carriers and baby wraps. Unsatisfied with the options on the market, they began creating different designs that combined style, ease of use, and comfort.

Improving on and incorporating these aspects, Michal Chesal and Isaac Wernick created the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier!

We trust that you will adore our carrier as much as we do!


Meet The Baby K'tan Team


Chesal family Photo

Michal Chesal

President & Co-Founder

Michal’s oldest son, Coby Joshua, was born with Down syndrome in 1999. Coby’s disability presented the need for Michal to create an environment for him that would facilitate his development and provide the extra stimulation he needed for optimal growth. Coby was also born with hypotonia (low muscle tone) and was adversely affected by carriers that did not support his natural hip positioning. Michal wanted to hold Coby closely and show him the world in a developmentally appropriately way, but she was not satisfied with the special needs child carriers on the market. She began modifying existing slings and wraps to provide positions where babies can see the world while being held in a developmentally appropriate posture.

 

Wernick Family Photo

Isaac Wernick

CEO & Co-Founder

Isaac’s youngest son, Eitan Lev, was born in 2003 with a rare and serious heart defect known as TAPVR. He underwent a successful open-heart surgery at Miami Children's Hospital when he was four weeks old. After his surgery, Eitan was fragile and sensitive to pain. The Wernick's looked for the best baby carrier for carrying Eitan close, but were not satisfied with the carriers available on the market. They then borrowed Michal Chesal’s modified carrier, and after a few months of use, both families began to make further improvements to its quality, design, safety, structure, and style.

And thus, the Baby K’tan® Baby Carrier was born!

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of every Baby K'tan Baby Carrier is allocated to the American Heart Association and to help fund education, medical research, advocacy programs, and promotion of awareness and inclusion for individuals and families living with Down syndrome.