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The Top 5 Reasons Why I Love My Tula

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The Top 5 Reasons Why I Love My TulaWith my daughter, Johanna, I fell in love with baby wearing. I wore her constantly in my Boba soft structured carrier until I became pregnant with my son. The second time around, I wanted a carrier that was similar to my Boba, but one I could easily use from birth.

I found the Tula, soft structured standard baby carrier. Here are the top five reasons why I love my Tula.

#5 The Infant Insert

I ordered the infant insert for my Tula online and used that constantly with my son. He was almost 8 lbs. at birth and we needed it until he reached 15 lbs. and gained head control. The insert is soft and easy to use. It isn’t intimidating or awkward. It comes in a couple different colors. I opted for the black one. The standard carrier is recommended for 15-45 lbs. That’s awesome!

#4 So Comfortable

I have never been uncomfortable in my Tula carrier. For the first few months of my son Levi’s life, he lived in it. It was the only place he would sleep. At home, I would clean, do daily tasks, etc., with him snoozing away. I could easily bend, stretch, or do whatever I needed. The shoulder straps are wide and soft. We even ended up moving when Levi was 3 months old. The only way I got any packing done was with Levi in the Tula. It also comes with a pocket in the front for my keys or cell phone while we’re out and about.

#3 Easy, Easy, Easy

This carrier is so easy. It’s not some complicated puzzle to figure out. After reading the instructions a few times and watching a few youtube videos, just to make sure I got it, it has been a breeze. Like most carriers, once you get it, you got it. I am now comfortable popping Levi in and out of the carrier when we need to go into the store. It’s the only way I can put my 2 year old in the cart and tote my baby around. Baby sits easily in the M-position and you can rest assured the positioning is supportive of baby’s development.

#2 Fun Prints

The Tula carrier comes in so many fun, creative prints. Mom’s Milk Boutique even has their own exclusive Tula, “Splash!” I debated for several weeks on which print to get. I ended up getting the light blue chevron print. I get compliments on it often. It wipes clean easily when we get it dirty wearing it or Levi spits up. The Tula is machine washable, too. It’s so tempting to get another one when I see a new print.

#1 It makes baby wearing a breeze

I love baby wearing for so many reasons, but mainly because of the bond with my baby. It’s so comforting to him to be so close to mommy and my heart. It’s reassuring for my anxious soul to know that he won’t have a crying fit in the store, because he’s already in my arms. My husband has even worn Levi in the Tula.

I would recommend this carrier to any new or experienced mom. My next adventure is learning how to successfully nurse in the Tula. There are also Tula toddler carriers available. Check out the Tula!

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of 2 in Northeast Indiana. After baby 2, there is no way she could survive without baby wearing. 


Friday, August 1st, 2014


Many of us have experienced the joy of wearing our wee little babies close to our hearts.  We kiss their sweet foreheads when we wear them on our front and squeeze their little toes when we wear them on our back.

Much like breastfeeding, babywearing doesn’t have to end when your baby moves into toddlerhood.  The dynamics of it might shift some (again just like breastfeeding a toddler is different than nursing a newborn), however the benefits remain the same.

A few simple things to keep in mind when toddlerwearing:

1. Be prepared for a lot of up-an-down/in-and-out of the carrier

We all know toddlers like to assert their independence while at the same time they still crave a great deal of reassurance and comfort from us. These seemingly opposing needs of toddlers are usually quite apparent while toddlerwearing. Your child will want to be picked up and then what feels like a mere five minutes later, they want to be put down again to explore.  A few minutes later they will ask you to hold them again. Moms of toddlers are all too familiar with this exhausting drill. Therefore having a carrier that allows for easy up/down/in/out is essential during the toddler years. A ring sling is a great option as is a soft structured carrier.


2. Back carries are generally easier than front carries with toddlers

A back carry allows for your child to look around more as well as offers you a greater sense of mobility. Getting simple tasks done such as unloading a grocery cart or folding laundry are easier to accomplish with a toddler on your back than on your front. I also find hiking to be much easier and more enjoyable with my little guy on my back versus on my front. I feel more stable and balanced with extra weight on my back as opposed to in front.

3. Tandem carrying is an option if you have a newborn and a toddlerToddlerwearing

When a new baby arrives into a family it may be even more important to continue to wear your toddler. They will want to continue to be held close to you as they transition to having a new sibling. Tandem babywearing takes some practice but once you get the hang of it, it can be great way to meet the needs of two kids at the same time. You can even toddlerwear while pregnant.

Wearing my three year old in a Dolcino Woven Wrap while 36 weeks pregnant with baby #4.

4. A quality carrier should comfortably support the weight of a toddler

Sometimes a parent or caregiver states they stopped wearing their toddler because they were too heavy. However, most quality carriers are designed to carry a child up to 40-ish pounds when used properly. If wearing your toddler has become uncomfortable try playing with your carrier to adjust straps or type of carry. Or perhaps consider investing in a new carrier that will better accommodate your growing baby.

Happy Toddlerwearing all!

Sarah is a crunchy mama to three boys with a fourth on the way. Her family feels blessed to currently live abroad in the Netherlands and enjoy exploring all it has to offer.