The Tula carrier is a soft-structured carrier (SSC) that comes in two sizes, Standard and Toddler. The Standard is suited to fit a baby as small as 7kg/15lbs (or with the infant insert from 3.5kg) to a 11kg/24lbs toddler. The Toddler Tula can carry up to a 20kg/45lb toddler. It is also fully adjustable to fit all body types and sizes. The Tula allows for a front and a back carry while the baby is seated in the optimal “M” posture, whereby baby’s bottom is seated lower than their knees. They feature a huge range of designs to choose from, so you can personalise the carrier to you and your baby!
- Very comfortable for the wearer, nice padded straps
- Lots of great colours and designs to choose from
- Easy to put on and adjust
- The sleeping hood is detatchable and can snap on with press studs when needed, making the carrier less bulky
- Quite lightweight
- None to mention
My Chiropractic opinion on the Tula
In the Tula the baby is in the seated position so their spine, pelvis and hips are ergonomically supported. As a chiropractor this is a very important consideration when choosing a baby carrier. The baby’s hips and pelvis are in an optimal “M” position whereby their legs are drawn up and spread more than 90 degrees and their bottom is lower, which is good for healthy development of the hip socket. The baby’s spine is held in the “C” curve which is good as it doesn’t hold them in a more upright position which could lead to spinal problems like spondylolisthesis. Also, when the baby is tired there is an attachable hood that that can be clicked into the carrier and can be pulled up over their head so it supports their neck and head. For the wearer, the Tula distributes most of the baby’s/child’s weight through the hips. The padded shoulder straps take the rest of the weight evenly on both shoulders with the help of the buckle that holds them securely together at the back. For more information on good spinal health for baby and the baby-wearer can be found here: The Importance of Ergonomics Also make sure you check out the babywearing safety checklist.
A Day In The Life Of…
A review of the Tula baby carrier in my daily activities
Getting baby into carrier in the car park It’s fairly easy for a front carry, just click on the waist belt, and make sure it’s on your front and centered on your waist. Next take baby out of car, hold them against your body with their legs on either side of you and their bottom centered in the middle of the carrier. Then, while holding the baby against you, bring the back of the Tula up over their back and put your arms through the shoulder straps and fasten the clip at the back.
Is it easier to put it on before leaving the house? It probably wouldn’t make it easier to put on the Tula before leaving the house.
How supported is the baby in the Tula? Very supported. It allows for the pelvis to remain in a neutral seated position with the legs either tucked in for a newborn (with the aid of the newborn insert) or frog-legged for older babies/ children.
Is it easy to carry my baby bag with carrier on? Yes, it is quite easy.
Does it feel hands-free? Yes, it does and I feel I can use both hands for other things.
How supported is baby when they fall asleep? Quite supported, the carrier holds them nice and close to you. For older babies and toddlers you can attach the hood to stop their head from leaning back.
Can I breastfeed while wearing the baby in the Tula? Yes! What I do is loosen the waist belt and move it a bit lower down, then move one shoulder strap slightly off my shoulder and position my baby that way.
Can I bend down to pick up toys, laundry etc? Yes, but even though her body is well supported, I always put my hand behind her head for extra support if I lean right forwards.
Can I sit down while wearing it? Yes you can, especially with smaller babies.
How does it feel after 30 minutes? Great! I found it easy to wear for prolonged periods.
Does it pass the late afternoon/dinner time test? ie; the witching hour! Yes I have worn my 9 month old baby on back in the Tula while getting dinner ready and doing a quick tidy up. He is happy and I can get things done around the house!
Can it hold a toddler? Yes, I have worn my 2.5yr old on my back who is 12kg and it was comfy, although you can buy toddler sized Tulas.
Tula features (as taken from their website) http://www.tulababycarriers.com/
• Front and back carry
• From 7kg – 20kg
• Can be used for newborns (3.5 kg +) if used with the Tula Infant Insert
• Easy to use.
• No legs dangling! Designed to provide a wide seat and to support a natural M position of baby’s leg and hips
• Tula Carrier complies with the European Safety Norm EN 13209- 2:2006
• Business Member of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA)
• High quality, 100% cotton with Öko-Tex Standard 100 certificate
• Highest quality Duraflex buckles
• Pocket on the hip belt for additional storage
• Hood to support baby’s head while asleep, to protect from sun or wind, and to allow for comfortable breastfeeding
• Shoulder straps extend – allows for wearers of all sizes to share the same carrier; also makes breastfeeding easy!
• Additional padding in shoulder straps and child’s leg area for extra comfort
• Three section hip belt that contours around waist
• Made in Poland and Mexico
• Machine Washable