Tula Ergonomic Baby Review
Its supreme relaxation and ease of use set it apart from other soft-ordered carriers and its exceptional craftsmanship and exquisite patterns make it a mother favourite. Read on to learn how it performed in our evaluations and why we named it Editors' Pick.
Although Tula carriers first got cult-like popularity through hard core babywearing clubs, they're now gaining popularity in the mainstream, and for great reason. The owners of Tula pride themselves on offering safe, wonderful, simple-to-use, versatile, and long lasting carriers. In our article,the Best Way To Select the Right Baby Carrier, we describe the "holy grail" of baby carriers asa straightforward product that operates from newborn through toddler hood, allowing you to seamlessly switch take places, all while keeping relaxation for both infant and parent. With its straightforward layout, the Tula delivers onallof these fronts.
In comparison to other soft-ordered carriers, the Tula was a standout, bringing in a 9 of 10 for Baby's Security, fit only by theOnya Baby Outbackand theErgobaby Four Standing 360. When examining the safety of the carriers we review, there are three important points we look at: the skill to keep a clear airway, the protection of the carrier, and appropriate ergonomics. In spite of a newborn, we believe that infant is really safe using Tula's Baby Insert. The body of the Tula comes up several inches higher than the other carriers we examined, and that makes a tremendous difference in protection and keeps baby close and comfy. The seat is, in addition, considerably broader than others we examined, keeping baby's legs in a natural "frog" position, preventing leg dangle. For more on the value of appropriate hip ergonomics, check outthis articlewritten by pediatrician, Juliet Spurrier.
The Tula was the top-scoring carrier in this class, bringing in a 9 of 10. The layout is roomy on top, and allows for lots of wiggle space around your infant, while still providing lots of support in the deep seat. The material is thin and pliable, however powerful. The thinner material makes it less bulky and more breathable than other carriers; it really feels more like a thick t shirt and is very soft where it comes in contact with your infant. The leg holes come with a rim of padding on the border for extra relaxation.
With extra-thick padding on the straps, and a comfy three-part waistband, it really shines in this group. All our examiners concur that it distributes baby's weight nicely and there are not any pinch points or back striving to speak of. We enjoy the fact the cushioned region on the waistband is broader than other carriers, not only because it is more encouraging, but in addition, it helps prevent the dreaded baby carrier-caused muffin top. The only drawback is that the Tula does not have the choice to cross the shoulder straps in the rear while in a front take like theOnya Baby Outbackand theBeco Baby Gemini, a characteristic we found to add even more relaxation.
One of many primary reasons the Tula is so simple to use is itssimplicity. Getting it on and off is fast, instinctive, and all our examiners concur, no instruction manual is required. The significant Duraflex buckle on the waistband is uncomplicated yet quite safe and easy to tighten or loosen, even when buckled. The shoulder straps lengthen readily which allows for wearers of all sizes to share the same carrier as well as makes breastfeeding potential.
It did lose points in this class simply because it does not offer the front carry facing out standing.
The Tula received an 8 of 10 in this group. Like most of the soft-ordered carriers we reviewed, it's machine washable with a mild detergent but must be hung up to dry. This can occasionally be an hassle if you are in a hurry and need to snatch your carrier and go.
It's best suited to be used with older babies and toddlers; yet, the baby insert makes it possible (and fairly comfortable) to use with little infants also.
At a list price of $149, the Tula is among the more costly carriers we reviewed, but we consider it a great value and worth the cost. It's hand sewn using Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified cotton, and made to continue.
The craftsmanship, comfort, and quality are excellent. Coupled with its wonderful prints and ease-of-use, you can not go wrong with this carrier.
Other Variations and Accessories
Tula offers one other soft-ordered carrier - theTula Ergonomic Toddler Carrier, which can be used with infants from 25 to 50 pounds (minimal height of 32 inches). Additionally, they recently started making wrapping conversions and ring slings.
It now includes a detachable sleep hood and storage pouch but Tula additionally offers several accessories:
The baby insert to be used with the Regular size Tula NOT the Toddle size Tula. At $40, the infant insert contains an incorporated harness which fixes your baby to the insert.