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!
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.
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.
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!
VP, New Business Development
With an impressive history selling juvenile products, and now our VP of Sales, we seriously don't know if Val 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!
Customer Care Manager
AKA Rockstar. Jamie has taken Baby K'tan customer service under her wings, and is killing it! She's all about making you happy. Chances are, if you've called us you've spoken to Jamie,our K'tan Care Specialist.
SVP, Global Sales & Marketing
Massachusetts native Tracie Schor’s entire 25+ year career has been focused on direct global sales and marketing, sales and marketing management, relationship management, and product development in infant, toddler, junior sportswear, pet, and related markets. Her history is rich in both incremental sales development with established accounts and the development of new lines of business with both existing and new customers worldwide. She also has recruited reps and established new rep organizations worldwide, facilitating global expansion for her employers. Tracie is well known within the industry for her ability to significantly grow both small- and large-scale businesses.
VP, Product Design & Development
Sandra joins Baby K’tan as the VP of Product Development & Design from some of the biggest names in the industry. Sandra comes to Baby K’tan with over 20 years of experience designing juvenile products & Infant carriers. As the mother to two teenage girls, she’s test-driven all the gear a parent can buy! Passionate about designing for babies, she loves to keep up with fashion, trends innovations, and bring them into her designs.
Whoa! You did what? While we ate lunch you built the Empire State Building? How are you so productive?! Never a moment wasted when it comes to processing and shipping your precious orders. Cheryl is on it.
Director of Operations & Logistics
Something about the words EDI, order processing, logistics and all that other funny jargon somehow makes sense to Eda... and we are thankful for that! Working hard with a smile and stealth she'll get your accounts managed and ready for business!
AdrienneCust Service/Mktg Admin
Corresponding with customers and celebrities, serving as another set of eyes for editing and writing, planning and organizing team-building events, and treating us to her deliciously-famous homemade banana pudding (yum!), Adrienne is a party-in-a-package.
Have you ever seen the video of that guy who broke the record for folding pizza boxes? No? You should. It's pretty cool. Well we'd like to challenge him to a fold-off.
Marketing & Project Manager
As a new member of the Baby K’tan team, Nicole brings the serious marketing prowess she earned working for some of the juvenile products industry’s leading lifestyle brands. Whether she’s negotiating successful brand partnerships or producing fabulous influencer events, her desire to foster connection and community is always at the center of her work. Nicole is mother to one rambunctious five-year-old boy, and loves sharing those real life ‘mom’ents with the parents and influencers she has the privilege to work alongside.
Operations & Logistics Manager
Here to save us from those logistical nightmares, Christeen whips up those orders and helps manage those back-end systems (hehe, back-end) with expertise. From webstore to warehouse, she has this process under wraps.
Customer Service & Marketing Coordinator
Jennifer Galeano is the newest member of the Baby K’tan team. This mom of two, wife, and student has now added Marketing Coordinator and Customer Service to her resume and couldn’t be happier! As a former babywearer herself, she’s committed to helping moms, dads and caregivers get the perfect fit in their Baby K’tan carriers! Fun Fact: Her water birth was featured on Motherly’s This is Birth series!
The Baby K'tan Office Video
An oldie but goodie. Some of the team members featured in this video are no longer at Baby K'tan, but we still consider them a part of our family and this video still speaks to our team dynamic today! Meet the team and their goofy personalities:
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