About the Baby K’tan Team
What is a Baby K'tan? ~ Sizing Info ~ Instructions ~ About the Company

Baby K’tan was founded in 2007

by the Chesals and Wernicks - two families who have been close friends for years. Each family was 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, both families 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 and Isaac created the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier!

We trust that you will adore our carrier as much as we do. The more you use it, the more you’ll love it!

Meet the team and their goofy personalities!

Michal Chesal

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 placed his legs in excessive abduction (spread too far apart). Michal wanted to hold Coby closely and show him the world in a developmentally appropriately way, but she was not satisfied with the 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.

Isaac Wernick

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.

Thus, the Baby K’tan® Baby Carrier was born!


Sister to Baby K'tan co-founder Michal, Tali has been part of the business since day one! She tries not to let her big sis boss her around too much, but it's tough when she IS the boss. Tali rocks our graphic design, sales, customer service and more. If you've called us, chances are you've spoken with Tali!


Working out of our cozy Chicago office, Reina is a marketing maven. From social media, to blogs, to all those awesome baby shower events across the U.S., Reina gets us there! And she makes it look so dang easy! How in the world does she do it?!


Singing show tunes while processing and filling orders, Abby makes sure that all our customers get their Baby K'tan in a timely manner. Every order has a theme song, and Abby works to the beat. We are convinced that she performed on Broadway in a previous life.


You buy it, she ships it! Lurline is a warehouse manager with style! Jamming as she packs, she'll box your K'tan with amazing grace and speed, and most importantly, love! She’s also lived and breathed Baby K’tan as long as the owners!


Payroll, cost of goods sold, expense reports, commissions... you lost me at payroll! Thankfully, Roberto "gets" this stuff! Phew. Our books would be a mess without him. Roberto can calculate Baby K'tan prices in his sleep and has been doing it for years!


With a long history selling juvenile products, and now managing our national accounts across the U.S., we seriously don't know if Valerie ever sleeps. What we do know is that we’re lucky to have her on our team, and we get super excited when she finds the time to pass through our offices!

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of every Baby K'tan Baby Carrier will be 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.