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Baby Tula Woven Wrap Instructions


Woven Wrap Instructions

Baby Tula Woven Wraps combine the art and beauty of modern weaving with and generations of European textile experience. Designed and woven specifically for Baby Tula, our wraps are a representation of our passion for textiles, designs, and attention to detail, but mostly the beauty of babywearing. Tula Woven Wraps are Oko-Tex Standard 100 certified and come in various sizes and blends.


Woven Wrap - Cross Carry Instructions

Front Wrap Cross Carry Instructions

  1. Find the middle of your wrap (where the middle marker tag is).
  2. Drape the wrap against your chest.
  3. Bring each side of the wrap around your waist and across your back, making sure the fabric is not twisted. Bring the opposite side of the wrap over each shoulder.
  4. The wrap will have two “tails” hanging over your shoulders.
  5. Create a small pocket in which to place your baby in the wrap fabric across your chest. Baby will be placed near the center marker. Pick up your baby, and, continuing to support her weight, place her on your shoulder and move her gently down into the pocket of the wrap.
  6. Securely holding your baby at all times, pass your baby into the pocket of the fabric. While supporting the child, ensure that there is plenty of fabric under her bottom and that the lower rail of the wrap is reaching from one knee to the other. Continuing to support her weight with one hand, reach in between your baby and baby’s body and pull the bottom rail up towards baby’s belly button to ensure that she is in a deep, seated position.
  7. Still supporting baby’s weight, gently pull on the top/inside rail of the tail coming over one shoulder to tighten the fabric around baby’s body. The pocket for your baby should be snug against your body, but should not obstruct baby’s airway. Continue to tighten each section of the wrap tail (from inside rail to outside) so that baby is fully supported in the seated position with tension across her entire back and bottom.
  8. Maintain tension of the side that you have tightened while supporting your baby’s weight with the same hand. Repeat the tightening process on the other side, following #7.
  9. Ensure that both tails are snug and not twisted and that baby is high enough to kiss and has a clear airway.
  10. Holding the wrap tails tightly in each hand, bring them under your baby’s bottom and cross them. Tuck the under each knee to bring behind your back.
  11. Secure the tails by tying a secure double knot behind your back. Once tied, you should be able to be hands free with your baby supported snugly against your body and with knees slightly higher than her bottom, forming the M-position. Watch and listen to your baby closely to ensure that her airway is never obstructed.

Please visit our product instructions page for more information on how-to use our products.

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Baby Tula Ring Sling Instructions

Ring Sling Instructions

Baby Tula Ring Slings are made from our beautiful woven wraps, which are designed and woven specifically for Baby Tula. They are a representation of our passion for textiles, designs, and attention to details, but mostly to the beauty of babywearing. Perfect for a variety of caregivers and babies from birth on, Baby Tula Ring Slings are the fastest and easiest carrier on the market to use.


Ring Slings - Threading the Rings Instructions

Threading the Ring Instructions

  1. Hold the ring sling with the rings/shoulder in one hand and the tail end in the other, and with the tag facing up. The fabric should not be twisted.
  2. Gather the fabric of the tail and pass the tail through both rings. The tag should be sandwiched in between the tail and the shoulder of the ring sling.
  3. Pass the tail back over the top ring and through the bottom rings. This is similar to threading a belt.
  4. Spread the fabric across the rings to ensure that it is not twisted by pulling the rails away from one another to flatten the fabric as much as possible.

Ring Slings - Adjusting the Rings

Adjusting the Rings

  1. Holding the rings in one hand, pass the loop over your head. Your rings should end up on the shoulder of your choice, with the tail end hanging down towards your feet in the front.
  2. The best final placement for the rings should be just under your shoulder. It can be helpful to place them as high as possible when first learning to wear a ring sling, as the rings will move down as you adjust the sling.
  3. Check the length of the sling to ensure that it is suitable for your size. The lowest part of the sling pouch should be close to the same level as your belly button.

Ring Slings - Tummy to Tummy or Hip Carry Instructions

Tummy to Tummy or Hip Carry

  1. Lift and hold your baby up against your free shoulder. Continuing to support her weight, slide her into the sling pouch so that the fabric rests near your baby’s knees. You may wear her on your chest or on your hip.
  2. Place your baby’s legs in a natural, seated M-position. Baby’s knees should be in line with her belly button, gently spread to the sides, with bottom and legs forming the letter M. Knees should be higher than your baby’s bottom.
  3. Use one hand to support the child while using the other to lift the panel up behind the child’s back.
  4. Continuing to support your baby, ensure that there is plenty of fabric under her bottom and that the lower rail of the ring sling is reaching from one knee to the other. Supporting her weight with one hand, reach inside the sling, in between your body and baby’s body, and pull the bottom rail up towards your baby’s belly button to ensure that she is in a deep seated position.
  5. Still supporting baby’s weight, gather all excess fabric across baby’s back and bottom, moving it towards the rings.
  6. Tighten the top rail of the ring sling near baby’s neck by pulling the corresponding inside rail of the tail parallel to the top rail (directly across).
  7. If necessary, tighten the bottom rail of the sling as well by pulling the corresponding outside rail of the tail parallel to the bottom rail (directly down). Be careful to maintain your baby’s deep seat by not tightening this portion too much. Her knees should still be higher than her bottom, and there should still be fabric between your bodies as well as knee-to-knee coverage.
  8. Spread the sling widely across your back to provide the most comfortable support.
  9. Spread the sling evenly over the top of your shoulder for more comfort. Optimal placement is away from your neck and closer to your shoulder/upper arm.

Please visit our product instructions page for more information on how-to use our products.

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Tula Baby Carrier Instructions

Baby Carrier Instructions

Tula Baby Carrier can be used from 15-45 pounds (standard sized carrier) and 25 – 60 pounds (toddler sized carrier). Standard Carriers must be used with the Tula Infant Insert for infants and newborns under 15lbs, or until the baby can hold his/her head up consistently for extended periods of time and is tall enough to be placed in a fully seated position with knees dangling freely at a right angle.


Carrier - Front Carry Instructions

Front Carry Instructions

  1. Secure the waist belt by fastening the buckle. The male buckle should be fed under the elastic on the waist belt and into the family buckle until it clicks. Tighten the waist belt by pulling on the adjustable strap. The carrier’s panel should be centered on your body.
  2. Hold your child so that he can wrap his legs around your waist.
  3. Use one hand to support the child while using the other to lift the panel up behind the child’s back.
  4. While supporting the child with one arm, slip the other arm into the strap.
  5. Now, slip the other arm into the other strap. Make sure your child’s bottom is deep in the panel just above the waist belt.
  6. Buckle the chest behind your shoulders to secure your child in the carrier.
  7. Adjust the carrier so that your child is comfortable and close to your body by pulling on the adjustable straps for a snug fit.

Carrier - Back Carry Instructions

Back Carry Instructions

  1. Secure the waist belt by fastening the buckle. The male buckle should be fed under the elastic on the waist belt and into the female buckle until it clicks. Tighten the waist belt by pulling on the adjustable strap. The carrier’s panel should be centered on your body. Slip the strap over one arm.
  2. Place your child on your hip. Use the arm that is free from the strap to rotate your child from the hip position into the carrier while using the arm in the strap to secure your child (please have someone assist you until you feel comfortable to perform this step on your own).
  3. Lean forward slightly so that you child is resting his weight on your back while your child is rotating from the hip position, and keep his weight secured by your other arm.
  4. Pull the panel up with your free arm and slip your free arm through the second strap as thought you were putting on a backpack strap, maintaining a slight forward lean to help control baby’s weight.
  5. Make sure your child’s bottom is deep in the panel, just above the waist belt by pulling the top of the panel upward via the straps while gently bouncing the child into the carrier panel.
  6. Pull the adjustable straps for a snug and secure fit.

 

Please visit our product instructions page for more information on how-to use our products.

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Carried to Connect: Ivy’s Story
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For Childhood Cancer Awareness month, we want to honor the families facing the difficult journey of childhood cancer and #GoGold to raise awareness. We are connecting with real families on this difficult journey, who have found babywearing helpful during their fight against cancer and sharing their stories on our blog. Team Tula member, Kelly Fondots, shares her daughter, Ivy’s story. Continue reading to also learn how we are supporting childhood cancer awareness with our fully printed Tula Baby Carrier, ‘Beacon’.

On Monday, May 18th, we took Ivy in for a well baby check-up, and I had mentioned to the doctor my concerns about her bruising. Ivy is a tough cookie (with two older brothers, you kind of have to be), and the doctor shrugged them off because they were mainly on her legs. I am an advocate, as most of you are/should be, and really pushed for a blood test just to see if there was something wrong. I assumed it was anemia and that we would get a iron-rich diet handout and be on our way. I was wrong, so wrong. 

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Tuesday, May 19th, we went in for the blood test in the afternoon and that evening we were called to immediately come in and admit Ivy Scout to the Oncology Unit. Wednesday, the 20th, was full of tests on tests on tests, and on Thursday, May 21st, we found out news that no parent wants to hear– our baby girl was diagnosed with High-Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, at just 20 months old. On May 19th we were just like everyone else, and within a day’s time we were now a family helping their baby battle for her life.

The first month of treatment was so rough on her. She was getting chemo so often, and her body wasn’t used to it yet so she was miserable. She was also taking a daily steroid which eventually led to her not walking or talking, not even to say Mom. This is when babywearing became and essential part of our journey and battle against cancer. Luckily Ivy was still nursing, so more often than not I would strap her into my carrier, latch her, then roam the Oncology floor with her IV pole in one hand and my phone in the other. 

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Sadly, because of the toxic chemicals she receives daily in the form of prescriptions for treatment, she has really struggled to gain weight — she is in the negative percentile! I didn’t even know that was possible, my boys were always over 99%! With her low weight, but long and lanky body, we both love and continue to use our Tula Toddler Carrier. There are days where Ivy does not want to do anything other than be held, so she will find our carrier and give it to me as a her cue. Considering we still have until September of next year (Ivy will have been on this journey longer than she has been alive at that point), I am so thankful we have a toddler Tula. 

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Thank you to Kelly and her family for sharing Ivy’s story! We hope you will join us this month and #GoGold to help conquer Childhood Cancers. For every ‘Beacon’ Tula carrier sold, we will donate 10% of proceeds to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation so they can continue funding the fight against childhood cancers. Help by purchasing a Tula ‘Beacon’ Baby Carrier, or donating directly to St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

‘Beacon’ expresses the connected love, care and hope that surrounds each child and family facing cancer: each element coming together to offer strength and support. ‘Beacon’s’ geometric pattern, in a bright yellow gold color, covers the body panel, waistband, and shoulders straps. ‘Beacon’ is lined with light gray canvas and comes with a light gray hood.

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Tula Families: Steven, John, Benjamin, and Alexandria
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While Baby Tula grows, the people that make up our company continue to be our essence. We continue to work closely with our community and have, from our early days, worked with real families for our photo shoots. We would like to introduce you to the families that make up Baby Tula. Mothers, fathers, and children that enjoy Baby Tula carriers and the closeness that babywearing brings them. Meet Steven, John and their 5 month old twins, Benjamin and Alexandria!

Tell us more about you two and your family! How did you meet or anything fun you want to share on our blog? 
John and I live in the vibrant neighborhood of Hillcrest. He works for a major pharmaceutical company and I work for a digital marketing agency downtown. We both knew we wanted kids, and after 10 years of being together, we made that dream a reality. Earlier this year we welcomed two babies into our home and lives, Benjamin and Alexandria.

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Your family has a unique parenting story, would you mind sharing your story of surrogacy with us?
We are certainly a very unique, very modern family, being two gay young(er) dads with twins. Our path to parenthood involved surrogacy, and we opted to go with a local surrogate so we could have a high involvement experience. She was a lovely woman who is beyond selfless and provided us one of the greatest gifts a person can offer. We still stay in touch, sharing baby pictures and getting tidbits of advice, but she has a family of her own and we try not to bug her too much. Regardless of how unique and modern our family is, we are a family nonetheless, and we are beyond lucky and ever-thankful to live in a world and at a time (and with a family) that accepts us fully.

How old is your child/children?
Our children are just over five months old.

What has been the biggest challenge with welcoming twin babies into your lives?
The day-to-day of raising twins — or a single baby for that matter — would be fine if it weren’t for the lack of sleep. It feels like I’ve had major jet lag for five months. But your body gets used to it, you learn to rally, and you power through (coffee is a necessity).

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How is babywearing, carrying your child in a baby carrier, a part of your family?
Any parent will agree that it’s hard to get out of the house. Now imagine that with twins! Instead of having to pack a big, bulky twin stroller and maneuver that around crowded sidewalks and whatnot, we’ve found babywearing to be so much easier — we can just strap on a babe each and head out the door. Not only does this mean we can get out of the house faster, but we are snuggling them the whole time, which is a lovely time for us to bond.

How does your Tula carrier help you to keep doing what you love?
We’ve tried other carriers, and although we’ve liked most of them, Tula carriers are sturdy and safe but very lightweight. Now that the twins are growing and getting bigger, they are getting heavier, so having a lightweight carrier is a must. The lightweight property means they are also breathable, making walks cooler and more comfortable for everyone.

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