Tula love: Tula baby carrier review

Generously sized soft structured baby carrier, available in Baby and Toddler sizes. Ideal for 3 months+. Huge range of designs. Will carry up to 60lbs (27kg) of child comfortably!

Tula baby carriers mean business. Their signature soft structured carriers are generously sized, have firmly padded waistbands and some of the most thickly padded shoulder straps of any baby carrier. They come in Baby and Toddler size and are supportive enough to carry a small horse.

Okay, I exaggerate.

But their Toddler carriers (for 25-60lbs children) are one of my top recommendations for parents who want to carry big toddlers, preschoolers and beyond. I have briefly carried a 5 year old in one quite happily.

So what else do you need to know?

The Baby size version of the Tula can be used from 15-45lbs. In theory they can be used from birth (7lb) if you use the additional infant insert, but it’s  a lot of additional bulk to add to an already robust carrier. So it wouldn’t be my first choice for a newborn. We only really started using ours once Joey was about 5 months old, and he’s pretty average size.

The curved body panel is 15.5″ (40cm) tall, 15″ (38cm) wide at the base of the panel and 17” (43cm) wide at the top of the panel:  I find that taller parents with longer babies find it a particularly good fit.

The Toddler Tula measures approximately 17.5” (44cm) tall, 18.5” (47cm) inches wide at the base, and 20” (51cm) wide at the top of the panel. If your toddler or preschooler is outgrowing the likes of your Ergobaby, Manduca, Boba or other buckled carrier then this is likely to be a great option.

The waistband on both models extends from 27″ (69cm) at its smallest to an impressive 56″ (142cm), so larger wearers will get a comfy fit without the carrier digging in.

It has ‘perfect fit adjusters’ on the shoulders so petite wearers can get the carrier high and tight enough for a comfy back carry.  But realistically if you’re a UK size 8 or under, or under  5’2″ (158cm), it’s likely to be a bit on the big side for you.

Can you cross the shoulder straps on a Tula? Sadly not, which for me is the biggest downside.  It’s worn rucksack style only, which is fine, but it would be nicer to have the option. You can only tighten the shoulder straps in one direction, but few people find that very problematic unless they have limited shoulder/wrist mobility.

Tulas come with a removable hood and a pocket on the waistband. The latter is just about big enough for your smartphone, although not all models, as I’ve discovered.

They also have lovely squishy leg padding. For baby, that is. If you’re anything like me you’ll have development your own squishy leg padding since becoming a parent!

Tulas come in a massive range of designs, some with very limited runs making them highly sought after. Tula also release limited edition ‘wrap conversions,’ made from woven wrap fabrics instead of the usual cotton twill. These tend to start at a couple of hundred dollars (US) and are likely to incur customs and taxes if you buy from the US.

Be warned, these can go for silly money. I saw a nearly-new model made from handwoven wrap sell in the US last week for over $2,000 – eep!.

Thankfully standard Tulas normally retail from around £95 (Baby size)  or £115 (Toddler size). They are stocked by various online retailers in the UK so it’s worth browsing sites like  Love To Be Natural, Sasa Slings or the Sling Spot to find a design you love.

If you want to try out a baby or toddler sized Tula Baby Carrier then book in for a Consultation or drop into our next  Sling Meet or workshop.

Hannah Wallace

Owner & Consultant at Wear My Baby
Hannah founded Wear My Baby in 2014. Having set up Tooting Sling Meet, she went on to train and qualify as a Babywearing Consultant with Slingababy and the School of Babywearing. She has supported over 400 families to find the right baby carrier. She has two boys aged 3 and 1 who have both been carried since birth.

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