OUR BABY TULA STANDARD CARRIER REVIEW
A baby carrier is essential for parents, whether you travel or not. Being able to go hands-free with a baby or toddler is a must.
That is why we collaborated with Baby Tula for this Baby Tula carrier review.
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We were provided the standard Tula baby carrier for free in exchange for our honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own based on our experience using this baby carrier for two months.
It can get trying to get something done with one-hand because you are holding a fussy baby or toddler.
Since we are full-time travelers, we walk a lot. Actually, to save money, we walk 85% of the places we need to go since moving to Playa Del Carmen.
Our toddler has ridiculous leg strength, so he can usually last 2 miles before getting tired and cranky. When he starts to get tired, we pop him in the baby carrier and keep it moving.
If you think you don’t need a baby or even toddler carrier, trust us, you do. They can be used from birth to six years old. You may think your little one is too big, but they aren’t. Strollers are a necessary evil, but babywearing is the way to go whenever possible.
UNBOXING TULA STANDARD BABY CARRIER
Tula Standard Baby Carrier Stats
We will start our Tula Baby Carrier Review with the stats of the carrier we received. Baby Tula has several different baby carrier collections. We created the chart below to give you a better idea of how the models compare.
- Weight limit: 15 – 45 lbs
- The waistband extends to 57 inches long
- Padded shoulder straps
- Removable hood included
- Waist pocket
- Machine washable
- Supports front carry (inward) and back carry
- Compatible with the Tula infant insert to use for newborns
We unboxed the Tula standard baby carrier and immediately noticed the mesh panel. Having the mesh panel makes a huge difference for my toddler when we go on long walks.
We used the BECO toddler carrier when we first moved to Mexico, and he’d be drenched in sweat by the time we got home because there was no way for him to get air through the carrier. I felt so bad, so when I saw the mesh panel, I got excited.
TULA BABY CARRIER COMPARISON TABLE
We didn’t just want to do a quick review of the Baby Tula carrier. Our goal is to provide you with the most information possible to make an informed decision.
The chart below gives you a quick overview of how the baby carriers compare. Seeing differences side by side makes it easier for me to make a decision, so I hope the chart is helpful for you.
For this review, we used this carrier every time we went out, which was hard some days, given the fact we’ve had several tropical storms, and two hurricanes have hit our area in the last month. Nevertheless, the Baby Tula carrier made exploring without our stroller easier.
Getting our toddler into the carrier is an eventful process. Since he is no longer a baby and has started running, it’s harder than it used to be.
After a little wrestling, placing him into the carrier is easy. I have done it on my own a few times, and it wasn’t too hard with one hand, although having help makes it more straightforward.
Baby Tula Carrier Review: What we like about the Tula Baby Carrier
Babywearing is the way to go. Carriers are not just for travel.
You can wear your baby around the house while doing the laundry, cleaning, and even at the store while running errands.
They’re perfect for a quick run to the store, you don’t have to deal with a cart, or your hands are free.
Not only is the carrier convenient, but it is also unbelievably comfortable. I was able to wear it for 3-4 hours at a time. Our little one even fell asleep while in the Baby Tula carrier, and he NEVER takes a nap while we are out. He’s too busy exploring, even if he’s tired.
As a former servicemember (Army), I am used to carrying large paks on my back (35 lbs or more), but this carrier is designed to feel as though you have on a backpack.
I know he is there, but his 25 pounds isn’t bearing down on my back.
I absolutely love the different colors and patterns they have to choose from. There is something for everyone, even cool designs that dads will love.
You may think this is small, but my favorite thing about this carrier is the padded should straps. They feel like pillows on your shoulder.
It’s a welcome relief from the straps that just dig into your shoulders.
Baby’s Leg Position
There were a few complaints about how wide this carrier is for your little one’s legs. I love the positioning of our son’s legs because it opens up his hip flexors and keeps him in a good position as he continues to grow and develop.
As you get older, you realize how important it is to continue to stretch your hip flexors. You’ll end up still and sore like me if you don’t stretch. Of course, kids are young and limber, so having their legs open isn’t an issue.
I love the length of the waist buckle. Their buckle extends to 61 inches, whereas other brands only extend to 49 inches. This can make a difference for moms and dads who need the additional length.
Personally, it’s usually hard to get a comfortable tight fit around my waist because of my hips. I didn’t have any issues with getting this carrier to fit my waist and hips.
Baby Tula Carrier Review: What we didn’t like about the Tula Baby Carrier
No product is perfect, especially when it comes to something that differs based on someone’s body type and personal preferences.
Baby Position on Back
I would like for our little one to sit a little higher on my back; sometimes it feels like he’s too low.
This may just be my preference because I am used to carrying heavy backpacks (thanks to the Army), and having them higher on my back is more comfortable.
Again, this may be based on my background. It most likely wouldn’t be an issue for most people.
Front Pocket Placement
I love having the front pocket, but I’m not too crazy about the placement. It would be more convenient if it were on the side.
This may just be me, but I do not wear it front-facing too often and usually place money and our house key in the pocket.
Having the pocket in the back when wearing the carrier is inconvenient.
Final Verdict: Is the Tula Baby Carrier Worth it?
So let’s get down to business and answer a question I have seen in a lot of Facebook groups. Is the Baby Tula carrier worth it? Our answer is an absolute, YES!!!
The Baby Tula Carrier is absolutely worth the price when you factor in the lifetime use of the product. A quality carrier can last you from the time your baby is born to three or four years old, depending on their weight.
If you think about it, you will spend more on Netflix in a year than you would on a Baby Tula carrier, that’ll last you three or four years.
It’s also great for parents planning to have more children. We plan to use our carrier for the next little one. The frame is 100% cotton, which means it’s made to last.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT TULA BABY CARRIERS
This Baby Tula review is meant to help parents decide if the Tula carriers are best for their family. Here are the most common questions asked about the Baby Tula carriers.
Which Tula baby carrier should I buy?
The best Tula carrier for you will depend on your baby, lifestyle, and personal preference. This chart from Baby Tula can help you decide which carrier is best for you. With that being said, I do have a few recommendations.
If you live in a hot/humid place or have an active lifestyle, I recommend getting the Coast Mesh version of whichever carrier you choose. The Coast Mesh version has a mesh panel, which allows for ventilation, so your toddler or baby can get a steady flow of air.
Can you breastfeed in a Tula carrier?
Yes, you can breastfeed or nurse your baby while they are in the carrier. Baby Tula provides more information on how to breastfeed with your little one in the baby carrier here.
How do I clean my Tula baby carrier?
One of the things that I love about the Tula carriers is that they are all machine washable. The instructions that come with the carriers are straight forward.
They recommend using a damp cloth to spot clean with warm water. I recommend machine washing your Tula baby carrier, only when needed. When washing, be sure to use cold water with mild detergent.
Once the carrier is washed, do not place it in the dryer. Allow it to air dry, so you can have your Tula carrier for years to come. Well, at least until your little one outgrows it.
Does Tula have a smaller baby carrier?
Yes, if you want a smaller baby carrier, the Tula Lite Baby may be perfect for you.
This compact carrier is excellent for smaller babies or toddlers from 12 to 30 pounds.
The reviews indicate it’s a good fit for smaller frame adults. The waist goes as small as 23 inches, compared to 28 inches for the other carriers.
What if my toddler outgrows the carrier?
Once your toddler outgrows the standard carrier, which usually has a weight limit of 45, they can transition to the Tula Toddler Carrier.
The maximum weight for this carrier is 60 pounds, so they should be able to use it until their legs have enough stamina to walk for long periods.
If you want a carrier that you can use even longer, the Tula Preschool Carrier can fit kids up to 70 pounds.
Is Tula the best baby carrier?
Honestly, I can’t answer this question with a definitive yes, but I can say that it is the best baby carrier we’ve used.
Since our son was born (currently 23 months at the time of writing), we have used five different baby carriers.
Each brand had positives and negatives, but so far, the Tula baby carrier is our favorite. It’s the only carrier that my wife and I can both use.
Last update on 2021-04-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API