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Tula Photo Shoot

A few months ago we participated in a Tula Baby Carrier Photo Shoot. I though I would share just a couple photo’s.

Awe …… from all the photos that were taken and edited, 18 of them had parts of our family in them. DD was having a very rough day that Saturday evening (6PM dinner time). She was not very willing to smile for photos.

Sadly out of all 18 I would guess that this photo will be the most likely to make the pamphlets, and such.


Photo taken by
http://www.chrystalcienfuegos.com/

Yes, yes, yes, you can tandem. The weight actually distributes pretty evenly. For this photo, I actually had the toddler on my back first and then put the baby on after. That is backwards of what I have done in the past, but works best with two SSC’s.


Photo taken by
http://www.chrystalcienfuegos.com/

 This is one of the three photo’s that I have printed and framed on our wall from this photo shoot. We really just went to participate. I mean why wouldn’t I? I love my Tula. Of course I will take time out and give back-ish. Getting three print quality photo’s from the shoot was a bonus.

Chrystal from Chrystal Cienfuegos Photography really did a great job, shooting, selecting, and editing.

Oh and if maybe you were thinking about it, you should check out Tula baby carriers. They have some new prints available. There are also some wrap conversions available.

Gwen

Just in case there was maybe a passing thought in your mind, this is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Photos used with permission from Chrystal Cienfuegos Photography.

Tula Baby Carrier Review

Alright readers, I finally got the carrier that I wanted. Little did I know that it would lead me right into another carrier purchase, but that is for another time.

I finally got myself a Tula. Let’s just start with saying, I love it. It is great. Worth all the money.

 

 

After wearing a Moby wrap for the last three months it is considerably easier to use. Two buckles, two straps to pull, and it is on. For me this is quick and easy to get on and off, at least compared to anything else in our arsenal of carriers.

 

Why I wanted this carrier over other SSC’s (soft structured carriers)?

 

I like that the fabric panel is larger than most, therefore coming up higher. Keep in mind that I wanted to use this with a toddler, however chose the standard size so that it could be used with either child. That being said the panel comes up to my DD’s shoulders. This is great for those moments when she decides she wants out and arches her back. Picture her leaning away from you. The further away from my body she arches the more pressure/pain I feel in my lower back. This is how the higher panel is helpful, less to no arching ability. When my DS is in the Tula on the front of me, the panel reaches eye level.

 

This carrier is definitely designed with the developing spine in mind. What that means is that it keeps baby’s knees higher than their butt, also known as the M position. This an important feature for my household in a baby carrier.

 

Buckles at arm to adjust size/height for daddy arm’s or nursing

 

Being that it was designed by a baby wearing pair, it is made to fit the daddy’s of the world too. There are convenient little extenders for larger arms. Nursing mama’s can try to use these too, to nurse while carrying.

 

I like that the hip clip is not in the center. It is off to the side, even though can be awkward to clip on if you are multi tasking. With the clip located on the side there is no plastic digging into either a belly or back. It also means you can get if off while holding a baby, because you can use just one hand. This is super nice.

 

There are convenient little elastics sewn into the ends of every strap. This eliminates the octopus look you have when you let everything dangle down and around.

Arm buckle opened all the way

 

It comes with a detachable hood that you can use to cover baby, or toddlers, head if they fall asleep. I think that is nice. DS doesn’t love the light in his face. He will turn to try and hide from it. If he is sleeping this means burying his nose into me, so having the hood lets me block the light and keep his mouth and nose visible. (which is how they should be)

 

There is a little pocket in the middle of the waist strap too. By little, you can not fit a granola bar, but you can fit cash, cards, and keys … as long as they don’t have 8 million key chains.

 

This carrier is good for babies about 15- 44lbs, or 8 lbs with an infant insert. I did not try the infant insert so I can not say anything more than that it exists. I will say that when I first got my carrier,  it looked like DS fit, however he was not particularly happy. So I waited and tried it once a week until he didn’t seem upset. I bought this when he was about 14 weeks, so he might have been under the weight and that was why. Now he does not mind at all. He actually tries to suck on it!

 

I should also mention that there are Free to Grow extensions, which attach to the panel of the carrier and allow you to comfortably wear your older children. It does this by extending the fabric out closer to their knees so their legs are not dangling down. So if you are like me, and get the Standard Tula you can add this for your toddler to sit a bit more comfortably.

 

I noticed that the website doesn’t say how long the buckle waist straps are. They are long! Like I should go measure them and tell you how long. The adjustable portion is 30″ and the structured waist section is about 27 1/2″ … lot’s of room.

 

 

 

With all of the times I have had the little guy on my front I do not have a single photo to show for it.  However there are plenty of babies snuggled on the front available for you to see on their website.  I am also missing a photo of me carrying a 6 year old …. gosh I suck huh?

 

Definitely if you have the chance, put one on and try it. I can not stress that enough. Looking is no where near close, to feeling and trying.

 

This is not a sponsored post. I purchased this product and wanted to share my experience with it, as I loved it.
All photos taken by me, and may not be used with out prior documented consent.

I gotta have it!

You may or may not know that I have been lusting after a back carrier for my DD.

Photo via Chiccousa.com

I carried her in a FF (front facing) carrier until it was physically painful while I was pregnant. So I wore her until she was about 16 months. Side note, I did wear her facing in as well. The carrier was not my favorite, I do not really know which one my favorite is, however it was sent to me and did the job. I am a trooper and do what I have to to make things work. This carrier was free, it was the only one I needed.

The Chicco You & Me Deluxe and I had a rough rough start. The very first time I put DD in it she almost died. No no no it was not a malfunction of the carrier. I had my friend, who sent the carrier, tell me stories about her daughter expecting to eat every time she got in it. She had also told me I could use it to keep baby upright after eating. So I decided to try it. DD was maybe 2 weeks old, had just fed, and apparently needed to spit up.

She couldn’t.
It turned into violent vomiting, and choking.
Crying, lots of crying.

I can still remember her eyes turning red looking at me to help her. I couldn’t get her out of the carrier.
I couldn’t get her out fast enough. I was the first time using it, I was inexperienced. It was not adjusted to me properly.

Photo via Chiccousa.com

We didn’t use it again for 4 months.

Then it worked fine, and I knew other mom’s using carriers. It worked until I wanted to go for a hike with a 5 month old.

I had received another Chicco carrier, the Smart Support Backpack. It is for 6-36 months and works great for hiking. we still use it. I feel evenly balanced, which I did not with the You & Me Deluxe.

Photo via nellsnaturalbaby.com

This carrier clearly states not to use with another carrier. This is kinda sad because I want to believe that I will still be able to go hiking with my two babies and no daddy.

Daddy got a Moby Wrap for me for Christmas. I had been talking about how I needed to get a wrap type of carrier so that I would be able to nurse the baby while standing by to catch DD at the playground. I also did not want to buy one if I wasn’t going to use it for that because then it would be a waste of money.

I wear DS everyday. He loves it. He does not complain at all. I have used two different wrap folds with him so far. I have to admit I have only nursed him in it a few times …. like less than five. It seems a little difficult to move him into the correct position.

Now I NEED a backpack carrier that you can wear tandem with the Moby wrap.

I have finally decided that I really really need one. I have decided that I will find a way to come up with the money for it.

I have been hunting and reading about SSC’s (Soft structured carriers) for weeks now. Maybe even months. Daddy is not concerned. He is tired of being updated on how this one has a higher back. He doesn’t GET how it will make life easier.

Clearly he has never had to play the toddler juggling game while wearing a baby.

Photo via http://www.tulababycarriers.com/

My arms are tired.

It is awkward to carry a 20 something month old while wearing a 3 month old. Right arm hurts switch, passing over baby, left arm hurts, try walking and holding hands for a bit …. and on and on.

I brought up the need for one again yesterday. I was going to bid on some Ergo’s on ebay, but I was made aware of people counterfitting and selling them as new or used. You can read about that here.
After reading about this again I decided that I will not be getting a deal on any SSC’s. I would rather a safe baby than save $50.

Daddy at one point looked at me and said “Do you need it?”

Now he asked me this because I am the logical one. I justify ever dollar I decide to spend. I turn off the wifi at night and the surge protectors to save $13 on our electricity bill. I always have a way to not need something. So when I looked at him and said “Yes I do”, I think he was surprised. I then proceeded to drift off and daydream about cooking dinner with DD on my back. (She always wants to watch) ….. he said “did I ask the wrong question” …. no he didn’t. When I explained where I went he was confused asking if it was an indoor carrier. There is no rule that says outdoor only, or indoor only, it is a baby carrier, and I need one.

I am pretty sure I want a Tula baby carrier, or a Boba 3G baby carrier. I’ll let you know when I get one.

You can still enter in my giveaway here.

Happy Wednesday!

Gwen

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