Why We Love The Tula Baby Carrier
If there is one sling that we have heard you asking for over and over again, it has got to be the Tula, and until recently that meant the Standard Size Tula Baby Carrier, or the Toddler Tula Baby Carrier. You have loved these carriers, and that is why they have earned such a large role in our online rental sling library and our retail stock! You have heard about them from friends and been advised to try them yourselves, and so many people have so many memories made using their beloved Tulas! Now, I have never heard anyone actually shout “Tula in the Wild!” (to which the response, should you be unsure, is “Caw-caw”, of course), but there is a sense of eyeing up other people you spot in a Tula. Can you name that design? Is it a wrap conversion exclusive? Tula do pretty, boy do they do pretty! They also do straight-forward, urban, classic and chic. Really, when it comes to designs, Tula have it covered. Now, I don’t mean to suggest that people judge a book by its cover, but people are definitely drawn to a carrier that allows them to pick from hundreds of designs, so the carrier that they use everyday can really reflect their personality and for this Tula is amazing!
Here’s just a few of the Standard and Toddler Tulas we stock in rental and retail.
OK, OK, enough about their stunning good looks, are they comfy. Yes they are, with a supportive structured waistband and really padded shoulder straps they are great for distributing the weight down through your hips and avoiding any digging in on your shoulders. The canvas is sturdy but breathable, and there are also Coast version that have a mesh panel for extra cooling effect on your baby’s back. The built-in chest strap slides up and down a webbing rail on the shoulder straps, which allows you to set it to your preferred height, which for most people is just below their shoulder blades, well away from their neck. Our videos show you how to fasten this strap in a comfortable position so it does not end up high on your neck.
Tips and Tricks for the Tula Baby Carrier
Ruck Style straps
Tulas have rucksack style straps, joined by a chest/back belt. Knowing how to fasten this in a front carry can be a bit tricky, but we have some tips here:
This video demonstrates how to do a preclipped chest strap front carry in a Tula. The carrier used in the video is baby sized, but this method works for Toddler Size, as well as the Tula Free-to-Grow.
This video, from Jody at The Carried Baby, shows 3 methods that can be used for fastening the chest strap in a front carry.
Perfect fit adjustors
These are little straps at the top of the straps that shorten the top of the straps bringing the top of the panel closer to you, which allows you to get a tighter fit and reduces flopping when the top of the panel is not supportive enough for your baby. They can make a huge difference to the comfort and fit of the carrier. In a front carry they are easy enough to adjust yourself once your child is in, however in a back carry it usually needs someone else to do them once your child is on your back, and then as long as you don’t alter them, they should be in the correct set up for you for the next time.
Tightening the Tula Baby Carrier straps in a back carry
To tighten the straps in a back carry requires pulling backwards, which can be an awkward movement to do with enough strength to tighten all of the slack out.
This video shows how you can use your elbow to create more tension and pressure on the strap for easier backwards tightening.
Tula Infant Insert
For a newborn baby, up to around 6 months, it is necessary to use an infant insert with the Tula Baby Carrier. This is a wraparound insert with a cushion at the base, that you fasten your baby into with the velcro straps before putting them, in the insert, into the carrier.
This video demonstrates how to assemble a Tula Infant Inset and how to position your baby in it.
Points to consider
How broad or narrow shouldered are you? For very petite people it can be difficult to get a good fit in the Tula, especially the Toddler size. This is because, where the panel is significantly wider than your shoulders, bringing the shoulder straps closer together to put them on your shoulders means that the top of the panel forms a “U” shape, which may not give enough support at the top of your child’s back, this will feel like the weight pulls on your shoulders or that baby pulls away from you. Petite people may find carriers that are less wide at the top of the panel and have shorter padded strap length, or the ability to be worn in a crossed strap style provide a better fit.
Where can I try or buy a Tula Baby Carrier?