April 2017 - Baby Tula Blog

April 2017 Archive

BABYWEARING EDUCATOR SPOTLIGHT: AMBER ANJALI

Babywearing educators are a wonderful asset to the babywearing community and families wanting to explore options for carrying their child(ren). Their experience, knowledge and passion for babywearing can help caregivers find solutions and gain confidence in wearing their baby. We appreciate the role that babywearing educators play and we’re excited to celebrate their role through this series of babywearing educator spotlights.

Our next Babywearing Educator spotlight is on a innovative educator that along with her partner, Meeshi, offers babywearing dance classes! She and Meeshi are currently on the Tularoo Tour that includes babywearing dance workshops and demonstrations of our Free-to-Grow Carrier throughout California!   We asked Amber, of Groovaroo Dance, to answer some questions about herself and her role as a babywearing educator.

Tell us about Groovaroo Dance?

 Meeshi has studied and taught multicultural dances in San Diego to dancers of all ages for the past 20 years including Afro-Cuban dance, Afro-Brazilian dance, Lindy Hop Swing and Urban Soul Line Dancing. I have supported women in their transition into motherhood as a Birth Doula, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Postnatal Yoga Instructor and Nanny. In July of 2015, we sat down and imagined what it would look like if we married our two life’s “passions” together. The Result: GroovaRoo Dance™

Over the last year and a half, our babywearing dance classes have gotten a tremendous response from people all over the world who have seen our videos online. For us, GroovaRoo Dance™ is a small part of our greater life’s mission: to build communities of families around the world where dance is an integral part of everyday life. 

We are currently offering teacher trainings (in person and online) for those people interested in spreading the joy of GroovaRoo Dance in their community. We are also headed on our California TulaRoo Tour, hosting GroovaRoo Dance workshops up and down the coast (April 23rd – May 3rd). To see our tour stops, visit: http://groovaroo.com/tularootour/

How did you get involved with babywearing?

I was introduced to babywearing through the families that I nannied for. I started using a soft structured carrier and was exposed to other carriers and wraps from there. When Meeshi and I started GroovaRoo Dance, I knew I wanted to expand my knowledge to help families to feel comfortable and safe using a carrier. I was certified as a Babywearing Educator through the Center for Babywearing Studies. 

What do you find most rewarding as a babywearing educator/dance instructor?

I love seeing parents connecting to their baby and to other moms and dads in our classes. Oftentimes when parents start taking class, they are a little nervous about wearing their baby and dancing at the same time, but as the weeks go on, their confidence as a new parent builds and they make friends in the process. Also, I love seeing the babies fall asleep during a dance, just pure surrender. 

What is one important tip you like to share with new or first-time babywearers? 

Learn about carriers/wraps before you have a baby.  I was lucky enough to do this and when we had our sweet baby boy almost a year ago, I felt confident wearing him from day 1. 

And just for fun, here is a recent video of Amber in action during the Tularoo Tour!


 

If you would like to nominate a babywearing educator to be featured on the Tula blog and Facebook, please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MXmdmoof68jhHn6n547gd-9iUJLNBj46kQhYlrtPzbQ/viewform

If you would like to nominate yourself to be featured in our Babywearing Educator Spotlight, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IMF9cr6on1G64nBCArY2Vih1kI1cP9K7LVNWRUBtjAM/viewform

BABY TULA X JU-JU-BE

Ju-Ju-Be and Tula Collaboration

We are so excited to announce the first Ju-Ju-Be x Tula collaboration!

Co-Designed with Ju-Ju-Be, Rosy Posy is the first collection in a new partnership between Baby Tula and Ju-Ju-Be to bring you quality, gorgeously styled baby carriers and diaper bags. 

Moms just wanna have fun! And what better way to celebrate the whimsical beauty of all moms than with the newest, dainty ‘Rosy Posy’ print!

A classic beauty comes to life in a pretty backdrop of oatmeal brown and grey, with delicate pops of red, blue and pink florals. The floral design perfectly suits an array of  Tula carrier options including our Tula Coast Carriers, the Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier, and our Tula Mini Toy Carrier

Baby Tula and Ju-Ju-Be are perfect besties, of the baby product world! Like Baby Tula, Ju-Ju-Be offers a variety of stylish prints in many different diaper bag and accessories forms. They strive to offer great options and make parenting fun with their clever prints that range from classic to whimsy. They don’t stop at setting a high bar for style; their bags are all hand-sewn, made with high quality materials, and have savvy designs too.  

Both companies have enthusiastic communities, offering various prints and styles that fit their needs and wants. Their close connection to the people who love both brands has created a worldwide network of families that bond with each other, as well as, with the companies. Bringing these two communities of passionate families felt natural and we can’t wait to see what fun this will bring! 

Stay tuned to see more peaks into the collection as we prepare for an early Summer release!

Be sure to follow Baby Tula and Ju-Ju-Be for updates!

New to Tula Wrap Conversions?

What are Wrap Conversions?

We often hear members new to the babywearing community asking “What are Tula Wrap Conversions and why are they so special?!?” And the truth is, it’s quite complicated, so we thought we’d share some insights to FAQs:

How did they start?

As most of you know, Baby Tula was born from the search for an ergonomic, comfortable AND stylish babywearing option. Our founders’ love for the artistry in babywearing inspired the concept of crafting our baby carriers utilizing beautiful and unique woven wraps from across the world.

How are they different from other Baby Tula Carriers?

Tula Baby Carriers and Wrap Conversion Carriers are structurally the same and offered in the same sizes: Standard, Toddler, and soon the Free-to-Grow. However, rather than using printed cotton fabric, Tula Wrap Conversion carriers are made using material that has been woven together to create richly detailed or intricate designs. While offering the ease of a soft structured buckle carrier, these carriers celebrate the textile artwork and unique feel of woven wrap material.

 

How are Baby Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers made?

Multiple visionaries come together to create every single Tula Wrap Conversion Carrier, beginning with the variety of woven wraps that are sourced from around the world. Each woven wrap is creatively and thoughtfully designed with the intention of producing a functional art piece. Sometimes hand loomed, in very small amounts, by one person. And other times, produced by manufacturers who have a long tradition in textiles and combine gorgeous patterns and designs into the weave of each wrap. Even the threads used to weave each woven wrap are examined and selected based on their fiber content, their weight, their color, and the way they move. Each of these factors contribute to how the finished woven wrap will feel, and influences the pattern or design that will be woven into them. Companies and weavers are researched and approached in hopes that they would be equally excited to see their textile pieces transformed into Tula Baby Carriers. In some very special cases, like with Cameo and Angel of Meeyoo Handwoven, we work in unison to develop a specific woven wrap design to be produced for Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers.

Once the woven wrap material is acquired, our Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers are crafted at our production facility in Bialystok, Poland, where our company was founded. Each Wrap Conversion Carrier is handmade, start to finish, by one single seamstress. Many of these seamstresses have been working with Baby Tula since our beginnings and often knew Ula, our founder, since she was growing up. With profound care and attention to the woven wrap design placement, each Tula Wrap Conversion effortlessly expresses the combination of artistry and function. Long fluid pieces of woven wrap material are transformed into a soft structured carrier when combined with our distinct streamlined design, soft padding and webbing.

What are the differences between “Full,” “Half,” and “Semi” Wrap Conversions?

Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers come in different ‘styles’. Most commonly ‘Full’ and ‘Half’ Wrap Conversion Carriers; and occasionally as ‘Semi’. Each style uses a different amount of woven wrap to create the carrier. The full wrap conversion is made entirely out of woven wrap material meaning shoulder straps, body panel and waistband are all made with a woven wrap, front and back. A full Wrap Conversion Carrier is amazingly soft and moldable, and is a customer favorite! The half wrap conversion is made with the woven wrap on the outside of the shoulder straps, body panel and waistband, and has canvas material on the inner shell of the carrier. Some find that the canvas reinforces the woven wrap to make it feel more supportive. The semi wrap conversion is made with the woven wrap only on the panel of the body and canvas on the shoulder straps and waistband. Visit our blog post with a graphic of how the different Wrap Conversions look.

What is a “Fancy” Wrap Conversion?

In very limited quantities, we are able to ascertain highly sought after, rare, and/or handwoven wrap material. Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers made using these woven wraps are commonly known as “Fancies”. These ultra-special woven wraps, used to make ‘Fancies’, are often created by hand on a loom, by one person. The process of weaving a woven wrap by hand is both gorgeous and very work intensive. It takes many hours to complete and typically involves a long planning and execution process. Often these woven wraps are hand-dyed, or even hand-painted, creating stunning works of art. Some machine woven woven wraps are considered “fancy” because of the high quality or extremely specialized material used to produce them. As a reflection of the longer, specialized production or the rarity of the materials, these woven wraps typically retail for much more than the other machine woven wraps we use to produce our Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers.

 

How much do Wrap Conversion Carriers cost?

Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers begin at $250 and can go up to $850 if they are a highly-exclusive ‘Fancy” Tula Wrap Conversion Carrier.  The prices vary due to additional cost in sourcing woven wrap material to create this specialty line and the amount of woven wrap used to create each carrier. The woven wraps we use to create our wrap conversion carriers can range in price based on the material, length, and rarity.

While this specialty style of Tula Baby Carriers has been both popular and limited, we have been working to provide more opportunities to own a Tula Wrap Conversion. We know how much special meaning, affection, and joy that our Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers can bring someone, because we share in the delight! We feel so honored that we can continue to produce these special carriers and help to make your Babywearing years that much more special.

Are Wrap Conversions always sold out? How can I buy one?

Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers are listed on our website, babytula.com, every other Sunday at 3pm PST. We also love to surprise our customers with “surprise stockings”, which are announced on our Facebook page. And while these carriers do sell out very quickly, we have these regular releases to help make them more attainable. You can find a guide with helpful tips in the community fan group Tula Love. Be sure to set notifications to see when we announce our Tula Wrap Conversion releases, on Facebook!

TulaRoo Tour

TulaRoo Tour

Baby Tula and GroovaRoo Dance are partnering together for a TULAROO TOUR of California featuring our brand new Free-to-Grow baby carriers. GroovaRoo founders, Amber and Meeshi Anjali, will be offering babywearing dance workshops up and down the California Coast. At each tour location, they will demo how to wear the Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier and raffle off one carrier to a lucky participant.

Here are the projected #TulaRooTour California Dates:

Saturday, April 22 – Vista, CA

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Babies in Bloom – 1948 Via Centre, Vista, CA 92081
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Sunday, April 23 – Irvine, CA

Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

12:00-1:15p: GroovaRoo Class 1
1:25-1:40p: Tula Free-To-Grow Carrier Demo/Raffle*
1:45-3:00p: GroovaRoo Class 2

*You must be present at the raffle to win the Free-To-Grow Carrier!
LocationMon Beau Bebe Boutique – 6226 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA 92620
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Tuesday, April 25 – Santa Cruz, CA

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Luma Yoga – 1010 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Thursday, April 27 – Sacramento, CA

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Herself Moms – 3385 Lanatt St., Suite D., Sacramento, CA 95819
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Friday, April 28 – Berkeley, CA

Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

12:00-1:15p: GroovaRoo Class 1
1:25-1:40p: Tula Free-To-Grow Carrier Demo/Raffle*
1:45-3:00p: GroovaRoo Class 2

*You must be present at the raffle to win the Free-To-Grow Carrier!
Location: Nohi Kids + Bird & Bean Berkeley – 3212 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
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Sunday, April 30 – Walnut Creek, CA

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am
Location: Sports Basement – 1881 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Tuesday, May 2 – Glendale, CA

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
LocationRevolution Dance Center – 2287 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020
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Tuesday, May 2 – Long Beach, CA

Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
LocationThe Dance Company – 4205 Montair Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808
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Wednesday, May 3 – San Diego, CA

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Wonderful and Wild (formerly Buddha Baby) – 1007 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
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Tickets are available on the appropriate EventBrite page for $20 advance purchase and $25 at the door.

NOTE: Please bring your own ergonomic, 2-shoulder carrier where you will face your baby in, heart to heart. If you need help with your carrier or would like to use a demo carrier from GroovaRoo’s lending library, arrive at least 15 MINUTES EARLY, so that they can help you get properly wrapped and ready to go.

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How to Store Your Baby Carriers

How to Store Your Baby Carriers

Not sure how to store your Tula Baby Carrier(s) when not in use? We asked our Tula Love Community to share how they store their baby carrier collection and they did not disappoint with the tips and tricks!

Hang on Wall Hooks

Hang by the shoulder strap – Robin P.

Make a cute, custom babywearing wall hook – Nikki M.

Custom babywearing wall hook – Shauna S.

Wall hooks can also hold Tula Torbas! – Jessica V.

Use wall hooks for your soft-structured carriers and wine racks for woven wraps – Kira C.

Line up multiple wall hooks for more storage space – Rachel C.

Add a cute sign to spruce it up – Courtney A.

Line up A LOT of hooks and color coordinate – Esther V.

Homemade babywearing wall hooks – Allie H.


On Hangers

Hang them in your closet to help coordinate with your outfit – Marisol H.

Put carriers on hangers and fold woven wraps above – Adina P.

 


Folded on the Shelf

Fold your carriers and woven wraps for a nice display in a cabinet – Sarah H.

Fold and stack in standing shelves for easy access – Angela J.


Other Ideas

Get a matching carrying bag to store the carrier – Denitsa N.

Baby carriers fit perfectly into wine racks! – Angela J.


How to Fold Your Baby Carrier

Not sure how to fold your baby carrier? Here’s a step-by-step graphic to show you how to keep it compact and secure!

SHARE YOUR CARRIER STORAGE IDEAS IN THE COMMENTS!