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.