April 2016 - Baby Tula Blog

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Baby Tula at BOND Conference 2016

We were delighted to attend the first BOND conference founded by Joanna McNeilly of the Center for Babywearing Studies. (Left) A sign that greeted us at the BOND conference. (Center) Ula and other attendees speaking in between presentations. (Right) Joanna McNeilly, Ula, and Dr. Phillips. (PHOTO CREDIT: www.robertsjohnsonphotography.com)

Baby Tula has long been committed to education and exploring how babywearing can be valuable to families. We believe that encouraging the bond between babies and their caregivers not only benefits individual families, but that these benefits ripple out in our communities. With this core value in mind, we recently attended the first BOND conference coordinated by Joanna McNeilly of the Center for Babywearing Studies (CBWS). Ula, founder of Baby Tula, was joined by some of the CBWS certified babywearing educators on the Tula staff to attend this 3 day conference.

The conference focused on the mechanisms of human bonding and how it related to infants and caregivers. How it works, what it provides, and why it is significant to families and people involved in early child and family development. Some of the topics covered by the highly accomplished speakers included:

  • the myriad of benefits and ways in which oxytocin, the hormone essential to human bonding, affects caregiver and child both physically and socially
  • infant and caregiver contact through baby carrying, and the long-term benefits that healthy attachment brings
  • skin to skin contact, or “Kangaroo Care” for premature babies and infants just after birth
  • healthy hip development
  • the history and benefits of “breastsleeping”.

 

(Left) Some of the esteemed speaks of the conference: Dr. Bigelow, Dr. McKenna, Dr. Moberg, Dr. Norholt, Dr. Phillips, and Joanna Mc Neilly. (Center) Ula and Dr. McKenna, leading authority on mother-infant co sleeping and breastfeeding. (Top Right) Group discussion which incorporated speaker, Dr. Bigelow. (Bottom Right) Group discussion with Dr. McKenna. (PHOTO CREDIT: www.robertsjohnsonphotography.com)

Each day ended with small group discussions that not only provided as a recap of the most pertinent information shared but also allowed attendees to share reflections and explore ways to apply the information that was shared by each of the wonderful speakers. We were truly inspired by each of the individuals we encountered from birth workers, lactation consultants, NICU nurses, babywearing educators, and other manufacturers who are working to support the bond between caregivers and children.

From the BOND conference, we left with a deeper understanding of how carrying your child benefits families. Beyond the first hours, infant and caregiver contact provides positive outcomes that can be seen up until adulthood for the child. It also positively affects the caregiver through instilling confidence, lowering blood pressure, decreasing occurrence of maternal mental illness, increasing probability and duration of breastfeeding, and many other ways. As a company who has always believed that babywearing facilitates significant physiological and emotional development (in addition to feeling so nice and snuggly), we are even more empowered in our mission after learning in-depth about the scientific and anthropological research that supports these beliefs as fact.

(Left) A group photo from the last day of the BOND conference. (Top Right Left) Ula and Wrapping Rachel! (Top Right Right) Team Tula member in a small group discussion (Bottom Right) Team Tula members participating in small group discussions. (PHOTO CREDIT: www.robertsjohnsonphotography.com)

We are so thankful to all of the organizers and volunteers who made the first BOND conference such a success. We were inspired by each speaker and attendee and look forward to incorporating the information and experiences we gathered from the conference and sharing them with the Tula community. We are also looking forward to the next BOND conference and other educational and community events we will be attending soon!

Introducing Tula Coast

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Baby Tula is delighted to announce our new line up of breathable mesh baby carriers designed to bring a cool ocean breeze to your everyday: Tula Coast. This new line offers a reinterpretation of our original framed panel design which creates a ventilated carrier perfectly suited for active lifestyles and warm weather locales.

Tula Coast was partially inspired by our headquarters in Southern California, where we enjoy many sun-filled warm days perfect for active lifestyles with our loved ones. We often find ourselves playing by the ocean, hiking with our families, and soaking in our beautiful coastal city. We also know that the Baby Tula community includes a wide range of families, all over the world, who enjoy an amazing array of climates and activities, who could benefit from a carrier option that provides additional airflow and breathability.

Tula Coast - Overcast, our newest breathable mesh carrier.

Tula Coast – Overcast, our newest breathable mesh carrier.

The high quality mesh material used for Tula Coast carrier allows for the optimal flow of air to help you and your baby feel cooler during your warmer seasons and active adventures. The main panel and detachable hood of the Tula Coast carrier are made with breathable mesh in colors that coordinate with our canvas, including a variety of stylish prints, along with an all gray option.

The Tula Coast baby carrier will be available in Standard and Toddler sized carriers and will become a regularly stocked carrier option on our website and with our specialty retailers. Be sure to follow our Facebook or Instagram page to see our release announcements!

Tula Coast is perfect for playing in the sun!

Tula Coast is perfect for playing in the sun!

We are delighted to have the Baby Tula Coast carrier available for so many families who have been waiting for a breathable mesh option, and hope you’ll join us in welcoming Coast to our Baby Tula carrier collection! Check out our ‘best baby carrier option for you’ comparison chart on our website. Not sure if you want a Coast or canvas Tula Baby Carrier? Our friend, Rachel Parker, shares her advice on what works for her family.

Read our blog post ‘Babywearing in the Heat‘ for more information on babywearing in the summer or hot days!

Tula Coast is a stylish option for an active lifestyle.

Tula Coast is a stylish option for an active lifestyle.