What is Baby Tula?
Baby Tula is a Poland manufacturer of handcrafted baby carriers, mini toy carriers, blankets, infant inserts, Torba handbags, and kid’s backpacks. Below is their website’s homepage:
About baby Tula/where are Tula baby carriers made/why are Tula baby carriers so expensive?
Baby Tula was founded by Ula Tuszewicka in 2009, and its factories are based in Poland and Mexico, where they make unique and trendy carriers. Tula came about from the name Ula and the “T” from the initial of her last name. It started selling on-demand bases in Poland from small mommy groups and later expanded to stores in Poland than the US, and now their market has grown to 85 countries around the world.
If you have been shopping around for some carriers, you have probably noticed that the Tula carriers have a steep price tag compared to other brands and there are several reasons for that.
First, the carriers are made from top quality 100% cotton textile and canvas, and they are then handcrafted, according to the company, by one person from start to finish. Talk about being artistic! You will also notice that they come in exquisite print patterns and designs you will not find anywhere else. Because of customers’ need for unique designs, some people have been reselling the Tula carriers four to five times their retail price. The rarer the print and design, the higher the pricier it is.
The other reason is these carriers are luxuriously soft and well-padded to be comfortable for the baby and parent. Additionally, they are designed to grow with your child from infancy until they are toddlers and preschoolers (at least 4-5 years). Some of their carriers also provide 6-in-1 carrying positions so you can wear the baby from the back and front facing in and out.
In terms of safety, the carriers feature a wide seat , which gives an ergonomic position, and the design hugs around the baby’s back for spinal support. The wide belt is designed to reduce weight from the shoulders and distribute it around the parent’s hip area.
Also, all their carriers allow breastfeeding and include a hood to nurse you little one discretely-no need to sit.
A lot of Tula lovers attest that it is easier to wear the baby in these carriers than in wraps and slings and it offers the same skin to skin contact for bonding.
Based on those factors, you can expect the price to be really pricey.
The Baby Tula carrier has two sizes; one for babies, and the other for toddlers. The former has a weight limit of 15 to 45 pounds while the latter is 25 to 60 pounds. That said, both models can be used to carry newborns and smaller babies weighing from 7 pounds with a Tula infant insert, which is sold separately. All other aspects are similar for both models.
The Tula Standard offers two ergonomic carrying positions; front and back, to allow your baby’s healthy hip and spine development.
The shoulder straps are well padded and wide for comfort and, they can be adjusted to fit the wearer.
The waist belt is wide to help distribute weight evenly around the hips and keep it off your shoulders. On the front, there is a Velcro pocket for your storage needs. The belt is a one-size-fits-all for people with a waist of 28 to 61 inches.
If you prefer a breathable material suitable for hot weather, you can get the Baby Tula Coast Mesh Standard carrier. And all Tula models have the Coast Mesh version.
The Tula Explore features an innovative body panel with an adjustable design so you can find the perfect fit for your newborn, baby or toddler. It offers 6-in-1 carrying positions as follows:
Front carry infant, front carry baby, front carry toddler, forward facing, back carry baby, back carry toddler.
How to wear Baby Tula:
Tula recommends preparing the carrier for your infant before-hand by doing the following:
- Adjusting the width of the carrier to the narrowest setting
- Securing the neck support pillow inside the carrier by tucking the end into the interior flaps.
NB: Infants should only be worn in the front and facing in only
Tula also recommends that the thigh support for babies 0-2 months be buttoned on to the top most outer panel button in this carrying mode.
Front carry facing in
- Place the waist belt with the panel at the center in the front of your body.
- Hold the baby facing you with their legs in an “M” shaped position.
- Use on hand to support the baby and the other to smooth the panel up the baby’s back.
- While supporting the baby with one arm, slip the free arm through the strap and over your shoulders. Switch hands until you have worn the straps on both shoulders.
- Reach behind your neck, and clip shut the buckle of the shoulder strap connector.
- You can tighten or loosen your shoulder strap connector webbing to your comfort.
- Adjust both shoulder straps by pulling forward on the webbing under the arms, tightening the straps for a snug fit, and it is comfortable for you and your baby.
- The panel should be snugly around your baby, and support their torso.
- Ensure that the baby is seated in the “M” position by having their bottom seating deeply in the panel above the waist belt and gently pushing up on their calves to assume this position.
Front carry facing out
- Place the waist belt so that the panel is centered in front of your body.
- Hold your baby against your chest, so they are facing outwards and support their thighs on one hand.
- Using the free hand, smooth the panel up their front
- Remember always to have the neck support below the baby’s chin whenever they are facing out.
- With one arm supporting the baby, slip the other arm into the strap and then switch hands until you have worn the straps over your shoulders.
- Reach behind your neck and clip the buckle.
- Tightening or loosening the shoulder strap connector webbing to your comfort
- Adjust shoulder straps by pulling on the webbing under the arms and tightening the straps for a comfortable fit for you and your baby.
- Your baby’s arms should be between the under-arm webbing and shoulder straps and can move freely.
- To ensure that the baby is comfortably seated, pivot their pelvis forward and pull the seat under their thighs.
NB: do not use this position if your baby has not yet gained full head, neck, and torso control.
- Position the waist belt so that the panel is at the center on your back.
- Slip one of the straps over one of your arms.
- Place your child on the opposite hip.
- Use the arm that is not inside the strap to move your child from your hip into the carrier and the other arm secures the baby. You will need to lean forward slightly to position the baby and have their weight resting on your back.
- While maintaining your forward-leaning position, smooth the panel up your child’s back, and slip your free arm through the second strap.
- Stand upright and clip the shoulder strap connectors together in front of your chest, and adjust to your comfort.
- Ensure that your child’s bottom is seated deeply in the panel by pulling the shoulder straps upwards while you gently bounce the baby into the carrier, so the panel is reaching higher up your child’s back.
- Adjust the carrier by pulling back on the adjustable straps under your arms for a snug fit around the leg openings and to support your child’s torso.
- Gently push up on their calves so that the legs remain in the “M” position.
You can use Tula Free-to-grow for your newborn (7 pounds) until they are toddlers weighing 45 pounds. And just like the Tula Explore, FTG has an adjustable panel that allows you to get the most comfortable fit for your baby.
It is a 3-in-1 carrier allowing you to carry your baby in the infant position, front facing in and back.
Also, like all the Tula models, it has plush shoulders and a wide waist belt for your comfort. The waist belt can be used by people of different body types from 27 to 57 inches waist.
It allows discrete breast feeding and has a front waist Velcro pocket where you can keep a few of your must-haves.
How to adjust Baby Tula
Baby Tula allows you to adjust the shoulder straps and width of the waistband using straps that you pull to loosen or tighten to your comfort, and then clip the buckles shut.
Baby Tula weight limit
- 7 to 45 pounds for the Free-to-grow and Explore models
- 15-45 pounds for the Standard Baby model
- 25-60 pounds for the Standard Toddler model
How to wash Baby Tula
Tula recommends machine wash cold and air drying. Do not bleach, tumble dry, iron or dry clean. Also, do not use detergents with bleach, perfumes, dyes, chlorine or optical brightener.
Can baby face outward in Tula/can baby face forward in Tula free to grow?
In both standard Tula and Tula free-to-grow the baby can be carried from the front facing in but not out.
Where to buy Tula baby carriers
Tula Carrier Review
- They come in very stylish designs and unique prints to match every lifestyle
- They are lightweight and made from high quality materials
- Even though they are handcrafted, you cannot see the stitching which makes them look great
- Designed to grow with your child from infancy to toddlerhood (7 to 60 pounds)
- Very easy to use
- Provide a comfortable and ergonomic seating position
- They have a pouch where you can keep your essentials like keys and phone
- They are very versatile, with an adjustable waistband that can fit slim to large body types comfortably
- Easy to clean
- It takes a bit of learning curve to master wearing and to take off the carrier
- They do not include lumbar support
- It is a bit challenging to adjust the straps on the back
- The seat feels a bit too deep than other carriers, so you need to keep infant insert longer
- Some moms feel self-conscious when carrying the baby on the back because the waistband creates a tummy bulge above it
- It has limited carrying positions.
Baby Tula Canada
Tula baby carrier for newborn
Tula Baby can be used for a newborn with an infant insert until they are 15 pounds. The insert provides the head and neck support they need and also gives them a cozy carrying position.
Explore and Free-to-grow models, on the other hand, are designed to carry a newborn without an insert, provided your infant is above 7 pounds.
Tula Blankets are made from 100% viscose from bamboo, making them soft to the touch, light and breathable.
They are in three types:
- Baby blanket- measuring 47 x 47 inches and perfect for swaddling, play space, etc. they can be bought in 3 packs also.
- Cuddle me- measuring 59 x 79 inches, also made from 100% viscose from bamboo
- Heirloom (minky) – made using exquisite woven material and soft minky fabric. They are great for cuddling and stroller rides.
Baby Tula backpacks allow kids to continue enjoying the same limited and trend setting prints they enjoyed as babies. The bags have the following features:
- Unique and beautiful prints
- Measures 4″ deep, 9″ high and 12″ wide with adjustable chest and arm straps suitable toddlers and bigger kids
- Padded and adjustable shoulder straps for comfort
- Easy to clean water resistant 100% polyester material
- Plenty of storage with two large pockets on the front, and an interior pocket to help organize
- Easy-to-use magnetic closures
- A cute, retro looking name tag to mark your child’s backpack that includes Baby Tula’s motto, “Keep doing what you love”.
- A quick-grab handle on the top panel of the bag.
The Tula wrap is mostly referred to as a Tula Wrap Conversion. It is similar in structure to their carriers, but instead of the printed cotton material, the entire Wrap Conversion or parts of its panels are made from woven materials. These are the most expensive of the Tula collections and price varies depending on the wrap material used, length, and how intricate and rare the print is.
Baby Tula Coast Explore
Coastal Explore is the breathable version of the Baby Tula Explore. Every other aspect is similar to the Explore model. It is made from 100% cotton with a large mesh panel at the center of the front panel for ventilation. It offers 6-in-1 ergonomic carrying positions with baby front facing out, facing in and back. It carries newborns and babies weighing from 7 to 45 pounds.
Like other Tula carriers, it generously padded on the shoulders, waistband, leg opening, and has a neck support pillow.
It also has convenient features like a hood for privacy and protection, and a pouch on the waist band to keep a few essentials.
Baby Tula discount code
If you visit the Tula online store, they are giving a 25% off when you use the code NEWBORN at checkout.
Baby Tula vs Ergobaby vs Ergo 360
|Baby Tula||Ergobaby||Ergobaby 360|
|Place of manufacture||Poland||China, Vietnam, India||China, Vietnam, India|
|Amazon Rating||4.8/5 by 552 customers||3.9/ 5 by 292 customers||4.6/ 5 by 1583 customers|
|Material||100% cotton||100% cotton||100% cotton|
|Weight capacity||15-45 pounds and from 7 pounds with an insert (bought separately)||12 to 45 pounds and from 7 pounds with an insert(bought separately)||12 to 45 pounds and from 7 pounds with an insert(bought separately)|
|Carrying positions||Front inward Back carry||Front inward facingHip carryBack carry||Front inward facingFront outward facingHip carry Back carry|
|Protection hood||Yes, detachable||Yes, tuck away||Yes, tuck away|
|Pockets||Yes, small Velcro pocket||Yes, zippered||No pocket|
|Can breastfeed in carrier||yes||yes||yes|
Baby Tula vs Lillebaby
|Place of manufacture||Poland||China|
|Amazon rating||4.8/5 by 552 customers||4.5/5 by 2556 customers|
|Weight capacity||15-45 pounds and from 7 pounds with an insert (bought separately)||7 to 45 pounds (no insert needed)|
|Carrying positions||Front carry facing inBack carry||Fetal position Infant positionFront facing outToddler facing inHip carryBack carry|
|Protection hood||Yes detachable||Yes, detachable|
|Pockets||1, small Velcro pocket||2, one large zipped and a pouch|
|Straps X or H style||H style straps||Both X and H style|
Tula baby vs Toddler
|Recommended age||Newborn (with a Tula insert)Baby Toddler||Toddlerpreschooler|
|Weight limit||15 to 45 pounds and from 7 pounds with an infant insert||25 to 60 pounds|
|Carrying positions||Front carry facing inBack carry||Front carry facing inBack carry|
|Waist size||28-61 inches||28-61 inches|
Baby Tula vs Boba
|Baby Tula||Boba 4G|
|Place of manufacture||Poland||China|
|Amazon Rating||4.8/5 by 552 customers||4.5/5 by 703 customers|
|Material||100% cotton||100% cotton|
|Weight capacity||15 to 45 pounds and from 7 pounds with an insert(bought separately)||7 to 45 pounds (comes with an integrated insert)|
|Carrying positions||Front facing inBack carry||Front facing inBack carry|
|Waist belt capacity||28-61 inches||25-58 inches|
|Pockets||1 waist Velcro pocket||Multiple pockets, one on waist has a zipper|
|Protection hood||Detachable hood||Detachable hood|
I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at 10BabyGear. I have been a parent since 2011 and have been doing full-time consulting as a baby sleep expert since 2019. When I am not researching or testing the next baby gear hitting the market, you’ll find me teaching my toddlers a trick or two – especially over the last few months with the lockdown. I hope you’ll find my guides and reviews helpful as you make your next purchase decision. If you have any questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.