April 2014 - Baby Tula Blog

April 2014 Archive

Tula Woven Wraps – A Very Serious Review

When Ula asked me if I could review the woven wraps she had sent me to do some photography for Tula with I said yes. Quite frankly, I had been patiently waiting for most of my adult life to be given the opportunity to review a product. Look, it’s not like the reviews I’ve read before on nearly every product imaginable haven’t been OK, it’s just… I am always left wanting more. Sure, it’s great to know that the product fulfills it’s designed purpose but have you ever wondered what ELSE it can do? I have.

With that in mind I wanted to bring you a thorough review of the Tula Woven Wraps. If you’re going to fork out the dough for one of these puppies, you want to know it’s going to be worth your while and worth your while they will be.

I present to you 10 practical uses for your Tula Woven Wrap.

Let’s start with the obvious. As a hammock I rate this wrap 7/10.

Okay for a little rest but not wide enough for a full blown-let-the-the-kids-watch-sesame-street-and-take-an-afternoon-siesta. As a hammock for a baby it gets two thumbs up.

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As a way to make friends, you can’t go past wearing your interests on your sleeve (or back as it would be).

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So, you want to take a bathroom selfie while you’re brushing your teeth but want yours to stand out in the sea of bathroom selfies? Make yours fancy! The Tula Woven Wrap is the perfect way to say “I am just suggestively semi naked in the bathroom but I also own nice things” to your friends and family.

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On a very serious note: there is a reason that babywearers should travel in groups of three.  Babywearing Saves Lives.

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As a runway, the Tula wrap is superb. Fully portable just roll it out whenever you need to feel fabulous.

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Have you ever promised your kids a play at the park only to get there and find some naughty people have decorated the swings with chewing gum? Guess what? With the Tula Woven Wrap you’ll never be without a fun time!

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Are you a photographer? Yes, of course you are! Running out of props? Tula has got you got your baby model covered. Nothing says sweet sleeping baby like finely woven cotton & bamboo blend.

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The Tula Woven Wrap is perfect for those picnics you don’t want to sit too close to the other attendees (overbearing in laws anyone?). Just lay it out and the generous 4.6 meter length will allow you to be a safe distance from the other end! No relating will be necessary.

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 Definitely not it’s intended purpose but should you ever be short of an evening gown and have a premiere to go to you’ll be pleasantly surprised with just what 4.6 metres of luscious jacquard can achieve.

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As a form of contraception the Tula Woven Wrap is positively terrible. Stick it on your husband and in a few minutes you’ll be thinking about making some more babies.

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And finally, some people do not like to see breastfeeding in public. This is no problem when you have your Tula Woven Wrap on hand, it makes a wonderful cover and can cover nearly everyone in your vicinity. Up to 8 adults.

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 And there you go! The Tula Woven Wrap gets one boob out and two thumbs up from me!

I’d love to know what other things you think a woven wrap could do 😉 A prize for anyone who comes up with the most creative (the prize is a medal you can cut yourself out of crafting paper and award yourself).

x Georgia

The Mockingbird

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Mockingbird by Tula Woven
Stocking Friday, April 11th at 9am PST

Details:
? 100% cotton
? Medium weight wrap (270 +/- 30 GSM)
? Special finishing process makes this wrap soft,
does not require any breaking in.
? High quality, 100% cotton with Öko-Tex
Standard 100 certificate
? Woven in Poland
? Available sizes: 2-7
? Price: starts at $150

Our first review is from Michelle from Dancey Pants Disco who did this beautiful artwork of the Mockingbird wrap.

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“I’ve never been too much of a wrapper (I have terrible rhythm. ha! That’s what happens when I try to be funny…), but recently I’ve really started to grow more interested in a few unique wraps. Of course my little boy is a giant almost two year old now, so I’m definitely looking for more supportive wraps. As soon as Mockingbird arrived, I put Odin up on my back for a walk. First wrap job and he felt so secure and comfortable right away. I’ve tried a 100% cotton wrap before and ended up selling it because I wasn’t a fan. The weave must be a little thicker on the Tula Wovens, because I didn’t feel like it was digging at all like my previous cotton wraps had done. I normally prefer my buckle Tula but this one was definitely equally nice on my shoulders.  It was also nowhere near as grippy as the previous cotton wraps I’ve tried. Super smooth and actually much easier to wrap with. Being fairly new to wrapping, the gliding but grippy bit is a huge bonus for me. Toddlers are wild little things and don’t like to sit still while their mamas tie and re-tie a carrier, so it really is huge.

About 75% of my wardrobe is a black or neutral, so not only is this wrap super comfy but it also matches everything that I wear! I also live on a little island known for it’s history with whales and the little whale tail-esque design is perfect for us. I’ve loved this wrap design since I first drew it out and now that I’ve played with it a bit, I love it even more. So gorgeous. Beautiful work, Tula!”

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 And our next review is from Kat Berling

“Since the Tula brand started selling its buckle carriers in the US two years ago, the brand has had a reputation for ergonomic, thoughtful design and style, beautiful craftsmanship, and personable customer service. So when Tula announced that they would soon release woven wraps, I waited in anticipation for what would be released, knowing that I would want one, sight unseen.

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Of course I wasn’t disappointed. Beautiful simplicity, just like the buckle carrier. I received the black and white Mockingbird in a size 4 to test. My preferences in a woven wrap are a simple design with no busy prints or whimsical designs; soft, sturdy fabric that is easy to launder; and enough width and heft to accommodate my 28-pound 2-year-old daughter. Tula woven ticks all of these requirements with flying colors. The design is to die for. I have been on the lookout for the perfect black and white wrap (the few that I’ve liked were either too narrow or not toddler-worthy). Mockingbird fits the bill for wearing every day or for the rare formal occasion. (I’m a mom, so I don’t get to do formal occasions very often! And especially not with my children.)

When I say that I need a wrap made of a sturdy fabric, that means no loose weave that may be prone to getting snagged, and easy to wash. This is an item that I use for my child, so it will get dirty no matter how careful I am with it. The fabric is smooth but gripped well enough in a multi-layer carry. It is not the grippiest wrap I’ve tried, but it is not the smoothest either. I wore my daughter in a single layer carry (ruck tied in front), and she sagged a little bit. So I’m not sure I would recommend this as a short wrap for a heavy baby. It is awesome in a Jordan’s back carry and in a hip carry with my size 4. I think it would be awesome for newborns because it is soft right out of the bag and unwashed. It will probably get softer after a wash.

I measured my size 4 as 160 inches (406 cm) along one rail, and 27.5 inches width, but it does wrap as a true size 4. I believe this may be due to the denseness of the wrap.

All in all, I would definitely recommend a Tula Woven as a “newborn to toddler” carrier for beginner to advanced babywearers.”