Discover high quality baby carriers by Tula. Tula is one of the best known and most popular ergonomic baby carrier brands across the world.
Tula – The Ergonomic Baby Carrier
Carrying your baby in an ergonomic baby carrier like Tula is a lovely way to travel. It is straightforward to breastfeed and you can have both hands free to complete everyday tasks such as shopping. Babies sleep longer and deeper in a sling or baby carrier so you can have more time to spend with older siblings, or just enjoying the peace of a sleeping baby.
Tula is packed with amazing features that make babywearing a fantastic experience for both parent and baby. Most of the carriers made by Tula feature multiple ergonomic positions, lightweight panels and many more. The adjustable padded shoulder straps on most Tula offer easy adjustment for a comfortable babywearing experience.
While Tula innovative panel body design provides 3 different settings to keep babywearing comfortable for you and your baby as they grow up. Tula are also one size fits all so there’s a comfortable baby carrier for every parent.
Tula is available in a wide selection of prints to fit every personality and taste.
What Tula Standard Baby Carrier Should You Get
At Baba Me we have ten Trageschule and Slingababy trained Babywearing consultants to help advise you on the right baby carrier for your family. When looking at a Tula baby carrier we would suggest you consider whether you are buying for a newborn or an older child. The Tula standard baby carrier fits from 7kg, this is a guide and not a one size fits all.
A carrier shouldn’t extend past the knee, the lower leg should always be able to swing freely if this is not the case your baby will require the newborn insert or could be carried in a stretchy wrap until they grow into the Tula baby carrier.
Likewise, for the Tula baby carrier, most children will need to be in age 2-3 trousers before the Tula toddler size will fit.
Made and designed in the EU, Tula is the brainchild of husband and wife team Mike and Ula. Tula standard baby carriers are very simple, they have a padded waistband and shoulder straps which fasten with buckles. Click, Click, Done! Easy!
Please don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team if you have any queries about Tula or any baby slings, we are always happy to help.
Benefits of Babywearing Using Tula
Tula Promotes and Accelerates Early Development
Babies carried in slings and baby carriers such as Tula babywearing products can help with your baby’s early development. As babies cry less often, they are more alert with their surroundings leading to improved auditory and visual alertness. Also, when babies are carried around in slings and baby carriers like Tula, they tend to be socially engaged with those around them.
Carrying a Baby in Tula Results in Less Crying
Studies have shown that babies tend to cry less when carried using a baby carrier like Tula by their parents. If your baby cries less, it’s a win win for both you and your baby.
Tula Strengthens Bond Between Parent and Baby
If you carry your baby around in a Tula with you, you establish a bond between you and your baby. They feel safe, calm and they can feel your heart, breathing and hear your voice.
Ergonomic carriers by Tula offer so many benefits for babies and caregivers. They allow for hands-free carrying, they offer proper positioning to support babies development of the hips, spine and head, and support brain development through eye contact and talking to your baby more. For mothers they support breastfeeding, allowing you to nurse on the go. And they really do support happy parents and happy babies by encouraging the release of oxytocin that improves mood and helps with bonding. It’s even been shown that babywearing is linked to babies crying less.
Tula make a range of ergonomic baby carriers that are carefully designed to ensure they are safe for baby and allow them to be carried in a fully supported way. They allow for M shape carrying where babies knees are higher than their hips and they are fully supported in the cradle of the carrier. They also allow for the spine, neck and head to be supported.
Proper ergonomic positioning is vital for spreading babies weight while they are in an upright position making sure weight is spread between the hips and legs rather than being carried by the spine.
It is also worth noting that carrying babies in an upright position can also help to reduce the chance of suffering from plagiocephaly, a flattening of babies head, which can occur if babies spend to many of their waking hours on their backs.
Tula Standard Ergonomic Baby Carrier
The standard Tula Carrier is one of the best-known baby carriers on the market. It’s perfect for babywearing from around 6 months although it can be used from 3.5kg if you buy the separate newborn infant insert.
The important thing when deciding if your child is big enough to transition from a stretchy wrap or to use the carrier without the insert is to ensure that the fabric isn’t too wide and doesn’t extend past their knees as it will not be ergonomic if the legs can’t swing freely from the knees.
Babies also need to be long enough that the fabric doesn’t come higher than the nape of the neck, and in older children, you should move up to the toddler carrier if the back fabric is below the armpits.
The padded adjustable shoulder straps and waistband are fastened with buckles making this a really simple carrier to wear and great for sharing between caregivers. It also features a small pocket in the waistband for carrying a card if you are going to shops, and a detachable hood, perfect for protecting little heads from the sun.
The standard Tula can be used for front and back carries.
Tula Free to Grow Ergonomic Baby Carrier
The Tula free to grow baby carrier is suitable from birth to approximately 3.5 years without an insert thanks to its clever adjustable design. The soft lightweight cotton is also a good option for warmer babies or carers as it is slightly cooler than the standard Tula.
There are two height settings and three width settings making this a great option for babies all the way through to toddlers with no need to buy a second carrier to continue your babywearing journey.
Tula Toddler Ergonomic Baby Carrier
This carrier is perfect if you want to be able to carry toddlers for longer and is especially great for avoiding taking pushchairs out with you even when you know little legs might get tired.
The Toddler Tula is designed to be ergonomic for toddlers still providing comfort and support allowing you to carry them up to 60lbs (27kg) and can be used from 25lb (11kg) so long as your child fits in age 2-3 trousers as the fabric is quite wide to accommodate older toddlers.
h2>What Tula Baby Carrier Should You Buy
Baby wearing is a wonderful practice with many benefits for both you and your baby. A practice that has been around for thousands of years and is being discovered by more and more people. Deciding on the best baby carrier in general or the best Tula baby carrier specifically is all about assessing which size and style of carrier will best meet your needs.
When deciding on what Tula carrier you should buy you need to think about the size and age of your baby, how long you would ideally like to be carrying for, and who is doing the carrying. Tula makes a range of different carriers. We stock their Classic Carrier, Toddler Carrier and Free To Grow Carrier as well as their 4.6m Woven Wrap. All are excellent carriers and deciding which one to buy should be a fairly simple process once you know what you are looking for.
Ensuring You Choose the Best Baby Carrier
There are so many benefits of baby carrying. Babies cry less, they sleep better, they have better digestion, they bond more with their caregivers and their hip, spine and head development are all supported providing of course you choose an ergonomically designed carrier like the Tula baby carriers or a number of other great brands.
If you have decided on Tula then choosing the best Tula carrier for you depends on the age and weight of your baby as well as personal preferences.
If you have a newborn you may either wish to choose a structured carrier that can be used from birth (depending on the size and weight of your baby), or start with a stretchy wrap or woven wrap to begin with.
If you would like to carry from birth you can opt for either the Standard Tula carrier with the addition of the infant insert or the Free to Grow carrier. The Standard Tula Carrier is a classic carrier that is loved the world over. This is a wonderful ergonomic carrier that is easy to wear and allows for inward-facing front carrying from 3.5kg if you purchase the infant insert or from around 6 months without.
Once your child is around 6 months you can then carry without the insert up until they are around 20kg providing they are not too tall. The back fabric needs to not be below the armpits. When you are deciding if your baby is big enough to be carried in the standard Tula without the insert you need to ensure the back fabric doesn’t rise above the nape of the neck, and that the fabric of the seat does not extend past the knees as babies legs must be able to dangle freely from the knees.
Alternatively you can carry from birth (3.5kg) with the amazing Free To Grow carrier. The Free to Grow carrier has a clever adjustable design to allow you to carry from birth to around 3.5 years making this a really versatile and long-lasting carrier that is hugely popular with new parents.
If you have an older child and are either looking to start or continue your babywearing journey it’s not too late with the fantastic Tula Toddler Carrier. This is a larger carrier that is suitable for toddlers aged around 2 years. They need to fit into age 2-3 trousers to have legs long enough to use this size of carrier safely and comfortably.
Can You Front Carry in a Tula
While all Tula Baby Carriers are designed to allow you to wear your baby on your front. Not all of them are designed to allow the baby to face forwards while you are carrying them. And so it depends what you are thinking of when you think of front carrying.
Carrying your baby facing your chest on your front is the most natural position for them to be in especially when they are very small. It’s where you would naturally hold them in your arms and if you are breastfeeding it’s where you hold them to feed them.
Front Carrying in a Tula Baby Carrier
All our Tula carriers are designed to be used to carry your baby on your front when they are small, and can then be used for back carries as they get bigger and heavier. Carrying on the front is perfect for small babies as they are held close, can feel your heartbeat and your breathing, and you are able to respond quickly to their cues.
Most Tula carriers are only designed to be worn with baby facing inwards towards your chest. Although the Tula Explore has been designed to allow for outward facing front carrying as well as inward facing front carrying.
Front Facing Babywearing
While almost all carriers allow for babies to be carried on your front, other than some carriers designed specifically for back carrying toddlers, not all carriers are designed to facilitate outward-facing babywearing and there are a number of reasons for this.
Those that are, and allow for baby to be worn in this way ergonomically and safely, such as the Tula Explorer, have a special design that supports baby in an M position, where their knees are above their hips, even when they are front-facing. This means they are not dangling from their crotch as can be seen with some carriers and is not a good position for babies to be in for extended periods of time.
Facing outward may be enjoyed by babies but they do also need respite from this position. When they are facing toward you they are able to block out a lot of auditory and visual stimulation by burying their head in your chest. Facing you is also a preferable position if they are sleeping or if they are upset.
Forward facing is also only suitable for babies of around 6-12 months even with a specially designed carrier. Before 6 months and they are not generally strong enough to be carried in this way, and beyond 12 months they tend to be too heavy causing back strain to the wearer and are better off being carried on your back where they are still able to see what’s going on around them.
Benefits of Baby Carrying Using Tula Baby Carriers
Baby wearing, the act of carrying your little one close in one of many styles of baby carrier, is a practice that has existed for thousands of years. It is not only practical, allowing you to keep your baby close and happy while your hands remain free, but has many benefits for both babies and caregivers.
Benefits of baby carrying using a Tula Carrier include:
- Baby carrying causes the release of oxytocin in both male and female caregivers which helps with the bonding process.
- Using a baby carrier is a great way to facilitate more skin to skin contact. Regulating temperature, breathing and heartbeat.
- Allows babies to be carried in a way that supports proper development of the spine and hips.
- Provides emotional comfort and reduces crying.
- Supports connection and brain development by allowing more eye contact and talking.
- Keeps babies upright and helps digestion.
- Allows you to breastfeed on the go.
The Calming Effects of Baby Carrying
One of the most amazing things about babywearing is the calming effect it has on both babies and caregivers. For caregivers it allows you to move around, hands-free and get things done either at home or while you are out and about which can be a huge stress reliever in itself.
Carrying babies also instigates the release of oxytocin, the love hormone which not only helps with bonding but can also relieve anxiety and improve your mood.
For babies the calming effects could be due to a variety of reasons. Being held, especially if there is skin to skin contact helps them regulate their temperature and breathing. Then there is the fact that their caregivers tend to be more responsive and more attentive to their needs.
Because they are in the upright position they also have an easier time digesting which can also result in a calmer baby that is less likely to be uncomfortable and therefore get distressed.
The Physical Benefits of Baby Wearing
Ergonomic babywearing not only has social, emotional and neurological benefits but can also help with babies physical development.
It is important of course that you choose an ergonomic baby carrier such as the Tula baby carriers, and make sure that you have fitted it properly for both baby and caregiver.
Babies should be positioned in the M position with knees higher than the hips so that weight can be adequately distributed, as well as having the spine and neck supported. Babies should also be able to dangle their knees without pressure so the cradle needs to not extend beyond the knees.
Carrying a baby in an ergonomic upright position not only supports the healthy development of the hips and spine but can also help support the development of their heads as well.
Are Tula Carriers Worth It
There are so many baby carriers available on the market and of course there is a big difference in both price and quality between brands. Tula Ergonomic Carriers are one of the most popular brands for good reason. Tula carriers are made of the highest quality materials and expertly designed to ensure the safety and comfort of baby and carer alike.
Baby wearing is such a wonderful way to bond with your baby and it’s practical too as it allows you to hold your little one close, be hands-free, and not have to worry about bulky pushchairs.
Carrying your little one is not only perfect for long walks but great for a trip to the shops or even just wearing them around the house. Babies tend to be happier when being carried and many parents find putting a baby in a carrier is one of the best ways to get them to sleep.
So if you are going to putting in some serious miles and time with the carrier it really is worth investing in one that is made well and designed ergonomically.
A good quality carrier like a Tula baby carrier is designed to ensure you are able to achieve proper positioning of your baby, with knees above their hips and their spine and head being properly supported to spread their weight and encourage healthy development.
And it’s not just baby that needs to be comfortable and well supported while you are babywearing. These carriers are designed to be used in toddlerhood aswell which means you can end up carrying babies that are actually quite heavy, far heavier than you would want to carry for much distance without a carrier.
Wide padded straps make the Tula comfortable to wear and the waistband is designed to be comfortable and effectively distribute the weight.
Choosing a well known and respected brand such as Tula also ensures high-quality materials have been used to make your baby as safe as possible. These carriers are also beautifully designed so they are easy to use and adjust. Giving you the confidence you need to carry your baby.
Tula carriers are also designed to be used for years, making them an incredibly versatile carrier choice. Both the Free to Grow carrier and the Standard carrier (with insert) can be used from birth so this could be the only carrier you need to buy.
Although you may love it so much you decide to extend your babywearing journey by investing in a toddler or pre-school carrier when they do eventually outgrow their first one.
The Free to Grow carrier is especially versatile as it has two different height settings for the back fabric and 3 different width settings allowing it to grow with your baby and making it suitable from birth to around 45lb (20kg) providing they don’t outgrow the height before that point.