August 2015 - Baby Tula Blog

August 2015 Archive

Tula MN Love – Tula’ing in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

We are so excited to feature Tula MN Love in this community post! This group has only been around for about 11 months, but already has nearly 400 members. From providing a warm and welcoming Facebook community where Minnesota moms and dads could meet and chat all things Baby Tula and babywearing, to having monthly meet ups and casual playdates, this group has always been known for being a comfortable place where people from all over Minnesota, as well as in nearby regions of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Iowa can virtually meet and build community.

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Danna Hayes, founder of the group, shared: “I started this group to have a place where other moms with a common interest can safely talk. I am glad to see it grow into more than that with our monthly meet ups and our smaller meet ups as well! I look forward to more growth for this group!”

Erin Sloan explained that the community does a lot to benefit one another: “It really does take a village to raise a child, and I consider the women I’ve met through Tula MN Love a big part of my mama village. We lean on each other, not just for social interaction for us and our children, but for kindness, generosity, and support in all aspects of our lives.”

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Jacqueline Peterson added, “When my 4 year old with special medical needs has to go to her appointments, we bring her Tula with us. These appointments can cause a lot of stress for her, and it calms her to be close to me or my husband. My 4 month old also loves going up in her Tulas. It’s how we get stuff done in our house.”

 

Jacqueline is joined by mother Danielle Todd who is also thankful for Tula to help support her family’s medical needs. “My daughter had major crianial surgery when she was only 7 months old,” she said. “My husband and I decided to buy a Tula after were discharged from the hospital and we used it throughout Olivia’s recovery. It was perfect because it kept her upright, which helped swelling and also allowed us to snuggle her and keep her close. Olivia is now completely healed and I am positive that the Tula played a big part in her recovery.

Cassy Roman said this about her first Tula MN Love playdate: “I have never shown up to a place full of random women and felt SO WELCOME! Tulas truly build community and I am so excited to share my love of keeping my children close to my heart with other like-minded women.”

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We love watching this group grow and interact and couldn’t be more thankful that they are sharing the Tula love out in Minnesota! Thank you, Tula MN Love, for sharing how #tulabuildscommunities!

From Indonesia with Love: Behind Tula’s Beautiful Batiks

At Baby Tula, we are proud to make comfortable products of the highest quality. And because every Tula is made by hand, we are excited to announce our new batik line, which includes hand dyed fabrics through our partnership with Michael Miller!

Batik is the traditional textile art form of Indonesia and is a very specialized process.  As a company whose focus is on community and family, we wanted to make sure that we were supporting authentic artisans from Indonesia, and also working with someone who operates under fair trade conditions to make these beautiful fabrics.

The people behind the process! We love these snapshots from the artisans in Solo, Indonesia where these fabrics are made.

 

Batik printing can take a very long time, as the dye process is affected by the monsoon and rainy seasons in the South Pacific. The first step is to take the artist’s design concept and convert it into a copper design block.  Once the block has been made, the cotton fabrics are stamped by hand with wax, which seals the design patterns in the fabric. Next, the selected colors of dye are applied carefully to the hand-bunched fabric. Additional colors are added to create a rich layering of hues.  Once the dye process is complete, these stunning colors and wax imprints come together to create the unique designs for which batik is famous. The fabrics are then hung to dry, inspected, and finally packed for their long voyage overseas. These beautiful fabrics are then handmade into Tulas, and will soon be ready for you!

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We are thrilled to be able to offer these beautiful designs in Tula form and hope that you love our new batik print Tulas as much as we do!

 

Babywearing San Diego… Support Since 2007!

Our next group, the incredible Babywearing San Diego, has actually been serving the San Diego area with love and babywearing since 2007!  The 9 volunteer group leaders and 6 grandfathered leaders are dedicated to helping everyone wear their baby safely and comfortably, spreading the babywearing love and celebrating it in all safe forms!

Babywearing San Diego, also known as BWSD, was created for babywearers in San Diego County and surrounding areas, as well as those who have or will be living in the San Diego area.  This group operates two very active Facebook pages and a website and has several monthly meetings and playdates, from large group meetings serving up to ___ people, all the way down to casual park playdates for the kids.

This group has both a main lending library with over 80 carriers and a mini library which is about half that size, and serves 5,650 members in north San Diego County and beyond through meetings, playdates, discussions and other events.   In addition to group events, the amazing educator team behind BWSD also supports local family and business events.  BWSD has even partnered with the military personnel in San Diego to host events and classes for new and expecting parents on base.

Babywearing San Diego has always offered the very best support to their community, and we love hearing about how they have impacted their community, and how Tula has benefited that relationship:

Thank you so much for all that you do, Babywearing San Diego!  We are thrilled to feature you and we love how you support the mission of babywearing accessibility for all, and help as #tulabuildscommunities!