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Babywearing in the Cold

Babywearing in the Cold

Now that it’s starting to get cold out, we thought we’d share our good friend, Kerry from Rewild Your Child, advice on cold weather gear for baby!

Cold weather gear for baby

We booked a trip to Iceland when Esme was just a few weeks old – just getting out of the house before midday was quite the feat, and we had no idea how we were going to manage with her in the cold Icelandic wind. By the time we got there, she was just over 3 months old. It was early March, and they were having a lot of blizzards, along with the usual strong and very cold winds. We were pretty adept at using her Tula sling by then, but the question was, would she be warm enough in my usual coat, or did we both need to be in proper outdoor clothes?

First off, every day started with getting her into her double layer of thermals. Polarno Pyret do a great range of baby thermals, merino wool vests, and baby grows. That was a good start, so we knew she would be warm enough in the car, and for any quick sling changeovers outside of the car. 

She also has a habit of losing hats, so I thought I was being smart getting her a balaclava that she couldn’t so easily wriggle out of, but she had the last laugh by screaming so much every time the damn thing went anywhere near her, that pretty quickly I gave up on her wearing that, and kept up my original plan of sneaking a hat on when she fell asleep!

We had got her an insulated all-in-one snow suit, with a view to me wearing my goose down Rab jacket, with the sling over it. I’m not sure if it was the slidiness of the two jackets against each other, or the bulkiness that got in her way, or if she just settles quicker being right next to me, but it took a while to convince her that this set up was a good idea. The first time we tried it, it didn’t go down well at all – she screamed blue murder! Part of the problem was getting her used to the strong cold wind – at first, the shock of it seemed like a bit of an assault to her, but she got used to it quickly, and stopped panicking when a bit of wind caught her face. I knew full winter outers for us both would work much better for a day out walking in the snow, as I could take her out of the sling, and feed her without having her out in the elements, so I thought it was worth sticking at it, despite the protests. Over the course of a few days, we built up to it – initially putting her in the suit, and just carrying her around a bit, having a picnic close to the car. Once she got used to the kerfuffle of getting the suit on, and to the cold wind hitting her face, the only remaining hurdle was to try the sling. Again, it took a few goes… at times having to take her out of the sling and feed her while we walked (the joys of motherly multi-tasking!) but eventually we managed a few hikes that lasted a good few hours each, so it was definitely worth the effort of persevering with it.

She was much happier in my usual coat, where she could snuggle in to me, so this was good when we were just popping out of the car. Any longer than that, and we had to be more organised, making sure to feed her well before getting out of the car.

The only problem was that my heavy winter sling coat doesn’t cover me up too well, against the harsh Icelandic wind. There’s no head hole for Esme, so the zip only comes up to her head, leaving my neck and chest exposed.

I had been worried about this before we came away, and so I had bought a couple of extra feeding tops – a merino wool base layer from Milker, and a thick black hoody from VivaLaMama Berlin. It turned out these were invaluable regardless of which coat I was wearing – I wore both under the sling every day.

I wore my usual VivaLaMama Berlin sling hoody (which has a head hole for Esme, and her own wee hood (very handy for children who hate hats!)) over both of us, followed by my coat, along with a woolly hat and neck buff for myself.

This combination gave me enough warmth, but when the wind picked up, I had to hold onto my hood, as the sling coat from Mamaway isn’t really designed with Icelandic adventures in mind!

Having good warm clothes with easy accessibility for breast feeding was great, as I was warm enough for feeding in the car, or outside if I had my Rab jacket on (and open), and it gave me good privacy too. I had tried using my usual thermals, and an additional breastfeeding vest while out in the camper before we went away, but it’s just too chilly when you have to lift the thermal up at the front, and it pulls up around the back, so I would definitely recommend the Milker merino wool base layer.

All in all, we needn’t have worried, with the double thermal layers from Polarno Pyret, Esme stayed pretty snug despite the blizzards. Either outer solution worked fine to keep her safe and warm, with the Rab plus snowsuit having the advantage of being able to feed her outdoors – essential for a longer hike. She eventually settled into this system, it just took a bit of work to get there. 

Oh, and for those of you wondering, a back pack set into the snow, with a changing mat draped over it works just fine as a changing table when a nappy needs changing and you’re a two hour hike from the car! Get a bit of shelter from the wind behind a rock, and a bit of teamwork, and the baby’s changed before they know it!

Gear essentials 

  • Thermal baby vest
  • Thermal babygrow
  • Merino breastfeeding base layer
  • Breastfeeding hoody
  • Sling
  • Sling hoody (with baby head hole, and hood for baby)
  • Either heavy sling coat OR regular goose down jacket for you, and insulated all-in-one suit for baby

To learn more about Kerry and her family, follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

From Sketch to Free-to-Grow “Doodle”

From Sketch to Free-to-Grow “Doodle”

Part of what makes Baby Tula unique, is how we strive to provide an abundance of different prints and styles that let you express yourself, or special meaning, through our carriers, blankets, and backpacks (!!!). From bold, whimsical designs to more understated styles, we make an effort to have it all! A fun detail about some of our designs is that they usually start as sporadic doodles in the sketchbook of our creative graphic designer, Nicole! We chatted with Nicole to get to know her a little better and learn a bit more about the process of taking sketches into becoming our favorite Tula items that arrive at your doorstep or local retailer’s shop!

ABOUT TEAM TULA MEMBER, NICOLE:

Nicole comes to Tula HQ, in San Diego, by way of Madison, Wisconsin. She attributes her technical skills and honed “design thinking” to her time at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she received her degree in Fine Arts in Design and Visual Communication. In addition to her knowledge in graphic design, Nicole also spent time traveling to explore art and the design industry.

Nicole was not familiar with Baby Tula before joining our team, but when applying for the position she went onto our website and fell in love with what she saw! We are excited to have Nicole on the team and have her fresh perspective inform our long standing effort to be creative.

ABOUT OUR GRAPHIC DESIGNER’S PROCESS:

Often, Nicole works closely with Ula, our founder and president, to start brainstorming and looking for inspiration, researching what people are most excited about, do some trend forecasting, and collaborate with our team to give the community what they want! Our main goal is to create a design for everyone, so they can see a Tula item and think, “This was meant for me!”

When possible, Nicole will work internally or with a partner brand to develop hand-drawn designs, like our original print used for the Doodle Free-to-Grow. It started with a mood board and some hand drawn sketches in a notebook. Then she’ll bring the sketches into Photoshop and Illustrator to refine, refine, refine, colorize, and organize into a pattern. The best variations of the design are shared with Ula and other Tula Team members for feedback. After which, there are many iterations until we finally reach an, “OMG YES” moment. Then, then our production team works to bring the design to life as it’s printed onto fabric and constructed into carriers, blankets, or backpacks. The process involves different expertise, inspiration, and collaboration because we enjoy bringing lots of different designs and forms of expression to you! Be sure to follow us on Facebook for previews and updates on all of our newest prints.

 

#MyTulaStory: Marisol Hernandez-Shewbert

Each parenting story is unique and deeply personal; looking very different even from child to child. As we strive to provide items that give parents confidence and support, we’re so honored to be by your side for it…even if just for a moment. Perhaps your Tula is a staple item in your everyday activities, or maybe discovering our carriers opened up your world to a community, lifestyle or entirely different path. We love hearing your stories and we are excited to be alongside you, from chapter to chapter.

In honor of our Tula Kids Backpacks, a new Tula item that let’s us continue alongside your parenting journey, we wanted to share stories from our own Team and Tula fans reflecting on how Baby Tula intertwines with babywearing and parenting. Today, we share Marisol’s #mytulastory. Marisol is local to Tula HQ and has been an active member in the Tula community and participated in some of our photoshoots.

What’s your story? We want to read them under the #mytulastory hashtag! Tag us on Facebook and Instagram and share your stories with us!

How did your babywearing journey begin?

My babywearing journey began 32 year ago when my Mother used to carry me in a Rebozo in Mexico City. It’s been a huge part of my culture, the love of babywearing is something that I hope to continue to pass along to my children as it’s been passed along to me. My babywearing journey continued when I had my first born 8 years ago. My mother gifted us a Rebozo, and I also used a Snugli Carrier. It wasn’t until I had my son (now 5) that I found Tula Carriers.

When did you learn of Baby Tula Carriers? What were some of your initial reasons for liking them?

I first discovered Tula Baby Carriers 5 years ago when I had my second child, I went to a local Babywearing meeting and it was recommended to me. I’m very petite and I had been having fit issues with other carriers, I was super happy to discover a carrier that fit my small frame! I really gained more than a carrier when I left that day, I found a huge community of caregivers <3

How did you begin to support Baby Tula?

I’ll never forget this day because it was real dream come true! I was at a Tula play date and Ula asked me if I’d be interested in modeling some of the carriers. After I contained my excitement (as much as possible) I blurted it out “OF COURSE!!!” I just love that Tula uses real caregivers.

What is something that you love about Baby Tula and/or the community?

I love the friendships I’ve acquired thru the Tula Community, people from all across the world! I recently met a friend in real life from Ohio! We chatted 5 years ago when she needed stocking help, and we stayed in touch all these years, we finally had a chance to meet when she visited San Diego. Some of my closest friends I gained thru our love for babywearing and all things Tula!

As your children grow, what’s a lasting memory or idea you’ve gained during your babywearing days?

I’ll always remember how babywearing really got me thru the days when I often found myself struggling to get thru so many appointments. My son has Childhood Apraxia of Speech which requires extensive speech therapy multiple times per week.

It was often during my babies nap time, and to keep her from interrupting sessions I was able to nurse in the Tula and care for her while still being present with my son.

What excites you about Baby Tula now?

I love seeing so many new products and prints! It’s been so wonderful to see all the changes from when I started following Tula years ago!

What’s something people not already know about you (in relation to Baby Tula)?

I’m an avid Tula Collector. I have a collection of Tula Carriers that are all so special to me. Just don’t ask me to pick a favorite because it really depends on the day of the week grin

Do you have a “unicorn”/DISO? Do you own it?

I have 2 special Tula’s that I would consider my ‘Unicorn’ Tula’s! My first is a Girasol Vice Versa, cream weft full toddler that I really wanted when my wore my son.

I finally had a chance to own it with my daughter so it’s safe to say it’s a Unicorn! It’s just pure rainbow goodness!

My second is a handwoven Meeyoo Frida Tula, and it’s definitely my ultimate Unicorn or ‘Meeyoocorn’.

Is there a Tula item that you have that has special meaning to you?

I hold a special place in my heart for Rainbows as my son was a Rainbow Baby. I suffered a loss at 17 weeks and had my son shortly after, Vice Versa is a Girasol woven wrap that held him in a wrap and ring sling form, and it now holds my last baby in Tula form. It definitely holds a very special meaning to me <3

Thank you, Marisol! Sadie, Marisol’s oldest daughter, is seen wearing our ‘Stickers’ Tula Kids Backpack; Her Son, Logan, is seen wearing our ‘Stamps‘ and ‘Rainbow Showers‘ Tula Kids Backpack; and her daughter, Willow is seen wearing a ‘Blossom’ Tula Kids Backpack and being carried in a Coast ‘Stickers’ Standard Carrier.

 

#MyTulaStory: Priscilla Parra

Each parenting story is unique and deeply personal; looking very different even from child to child. As we strive to provide items that give parents confidence and support, we’re so honored to be by your side for it…even if just for a moment. Perhaps your Tula is a staple item in your everyday activities, or maybe discovering our carriers opened up your world to a community, lifestyle or entirely different path. We love hearing your stories and we are excited to be alongside you, from chapter to chapter.

In honor of our Tula Kids Backpacks, a new Tula item that let’s us continue alongside your parenting journey, we wanted to share stories from our own Team and Tula fans reflecting on how Baby Tula intertwines with babywearing and parenting. Today, we share Priscilla’s #mytulastory. Priscilla joined the Tula Team when the company was just beginning in the US.

What’s your story? We want to read them under the #mytulastory hashtag! Tag us on Facebook and Instagram and share your stories with us!

How did your babywearing journey begin?

I was familiar with babies being carried from an early age. Growing up in San Diego which borders Tijuana, and being first generation Mexican-American, we would visit Mexico frequently to see my grand parents and other family that lived there. I recall seeing babywearing parents during my many visits, although the term, “Babywearing” was never used. When I was pregnant with my first son, I was drawn to the idea of carriers and other natural parenting practices because of those early memories.

I attended a “Preparing for Baby’s First 6 Weeks” class, where the instructor discussed babywearing and showed the support partners in the class how to use a stretchy wrap. Thank goodness because once my son, Remi, was born I needed my husband’s help to get my stretchy wrap on! Instantly, I fell in love with the sense of freedom my carrier gave me while I still held my son close…but it was HOT! While at a breastfeeding support group, some volunteers from the local babywearing group spoke about different carrier options and I was intrigued. I started attending babywearing meetings after that, which served as my introduction to the “babywearing community”.

When did you learn of Baby Tula Carriers? What were some of your initial reasons for liking them?

While attending one of these babywearing meetings, I met a mom from Poland who had recently moved to San Diego. She had been making carriers in Poland and was curious what her new community thought of the carriers. So many of us fell in love with Baby Tula and Ula, the new Polish mom in town, in those early days!

I was drawn to Tula Carriers because they were high quality and had a distinct fun style. Being a new parent, I appreciated the opportunity to wear something a bit unique that helped me feel like I retained a little self identity. Also I am large chested, and the fit worked well with my body and allowed me to easily breastfeed but remain discreet.

How did you begin to work for Baby Tula?

I was working as a museum educator and already enjoyed babywearing, so I was naturally drawn to wanting to help families with their carrier questions. Ula and I were already friends and she reached out to me to see if I was interested in starting to work with her full time in customer service and on other projects. We both took a giant leap of faith as I was leaving my career and she was hiring her first full time US employee. I am sooooo glad that we did it!

What is something that you love about Baby Tula and/or the community?

So many of the people that work for Baby Tula are genuinely caring and passionate about creating distinct, quality items that bring comfort, joy, and confidence to families. As the company grows, and the industry expands, its really special to feel like we stay true to the initial reasons the company was first started. It’s also really fun to see the bonds that are created over the brand. Lasting friendships, local and online, start with enjoying our products and continue as our children grow.

As your children grow, what’s a lasting memory or idea you’ve gained during your babywearing days?

WOW! There are so many memories and they continue, now, as I work with Baby Tula. Personally, I would have to saw I cherish memories of walking my old neighborhood in San Diego, with the sun shining and my tiny baby sleeping peacefully on me. It was a simple, almost daily task at the time. Yet it was the feeling of confidence and calmness I had, then, that sparked my passion for the babywearing.

Professionally, I would say the Free-to-Grow Carrier launch party, at MommyCon. We opened it with a video made by Georgia of Gregarious Peach. I had worked on the story line for the video and Georgia transformed it into a poignant glimpse into the beauty and pain of parenting. It was amazing to see the reaction to the video as many were brought to tears; and genuine excitement for the carrier was palatable that evening! It was incredibly special to share that moment with part of our Team from Tula, as well as many community members. The room was filled with such exciting energy.

What excites you about Baby Tula now?

There are a lot of things that still excite me! Like our community, I love seeing new and upcoming things. As Baby Tula grows, it’s exciting to see the new items that are created and that function for a time beyond babywearing age. I love that Tula can still be part of our parenting journeys in new and different ways.

Another thing that excites me is that I get to travel to events and see our community, as part of my role at Baby Tula. The educator in me loves helping and seeing people experience an “aha” moment. And the social butterfly in me loves getting to chat with people, face to face, about Baby Tula.

What’s something that people might not already know about you (in relation to Baby Tula)?

In the short time that I have worked with Baby Tula, I have worn several “hats”! From answering emails, helping pack retailer orders, handling wrap conversion releases, helping on photo shoots, coordinating new designs, writing product descriptions and so much more! Being part of the team when it was so small and seeing how the company has grown has been so special for me and I have learned A LOT!

Do you have a “unicorn”/DISO? Do you own it? 

I was never big on chasing “unicorns”, haha, but I was very very very lucky to receive a Tula Wrap Conversion Carrier made from Meeyoo Frida when my second son was born. Beyond being a rare, special Tula, it holds so much sentimental value to me! It may never leave but its currently cuddling another Tula baby!

Is there a Tula item that you have that has special meaning to you?

As I mentioned, there is the Tula Wrap Conversion Carrier made from Meeyoo Frida but I am very sentimental about a lot of my Tula items. I have one of my first Tula Wrap Conversions made for my eldest son, Remi, still. (He is six now!) I also have a few of the first samples of ring slings, woven wraps and blankets that mark new and exciting additions to Baby Tula. I look forward to adding more firsts!

Thank you, Priscilla! Remi, Priscilla’s older son, is seen wearing our ‘Stamps‘ Tula Kids Backpack and her younger son, Oslo, is seen wearing ‘Rainbow Showers‘.

DIY Halloween Baby Carrier Costumes

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes Using Your Baby Tula Carrier

Halloween is a wonderful time to make fun memories with your baby! But time as a parent is always limited so we have put together some DIY/quick & easy baby carrier costumes.  You don’t have to go out and buy an expensive costume for yourself AND baby, just use the carrier you already have and use year-round. Check out our last-minute costume ideas made with items you have around your house. Be sure to check back as we will be adding more as we approach our favorite spooky holiday! Also, check out costumes from other Tula fans!

Share your costumes with us by using #tulahalloween!


Safari Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Roar!’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Shenandoah‘ or ‘Campy‘)
– Safari hat/fedora
– Olive vest or top

 

 

 


Bouquet of Flowers Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Juliette’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Blossom‘ or ‘Coral Reef‘)
– Flower crown
– Watering Can
– Leaves for baby!

 

 

 


Scuba Diver Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Bruce’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Indigo‘ or ‘Ripple‘)
– Scuba mask
– All black outfit (or a wetsuit!)
– Fins (or you can attach DIY paper fins to your shoes for better mobility)

 

 

 


Jazzercise Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Stickers’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Stamps‘ or ‘Pixie‘)
– Sweatband
– Spandex
– Leg warmers

 

 

 


Domino Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Urbanista’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Cloudy‘)
– Dots made out of paper or felt to tape onto carrier
– Middle line made out of paper or felt to tape onto carrier

 

 

 


Pirate Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Imagine’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Ripple‘ or ‘Navigator‘)
– Pirate hook
– Shoulder parrot (not pictured here)
– Single hoop earring (not pictured here)
– Pirate hat
– Eye patch
– Red pirates jacket (not pictured here)

 

 

 

 

 


Meowmaid (Cat Mermaid) Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Stormy’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Cloudy‘ or ‘Indigo‘)
– Cat ears (we made ours out of felt)
– Blue flower
– Gray top
– Green mermaid tail

 

 

 


Mother Earth Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Olive’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Hide and Seek‘ or ‘Soar‘)
– Flower Crown
– Bird for your shoulder
– Flowers, seashells, butterflies, etc. to attached to yourself and tape to the carrier

 

 

 

 

 


Care Bear Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Indigo’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Alyssa‘ or ‘Laguna Sky‘)
– Headband that you can attach felt ears on
– Headband and felt ears for baby
– White blue and yellow felt for the Care Bear emblem
Tula Baby Blanket for the sleep bear!

 

 

 

 

 


Minnie Mouse Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Brick’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Urbanista‘)
– Minnie Mouse ears
– Red dress (or shirt)
– Black tights (or pants)

You can also do Mickey Mouse!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little Red Riding Hood Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Stormy’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Cloudy‘)
– Red Tula Baby Blanket for a cape
– Picnic Basket
– Stuffed animal wolf (I spy him in the tree!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Beachy Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Pineapple Palm’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Hide and Seek‘ or ‘Tropical Tower‘)
– Leis for headband or bracelet
– Flowy skirt or dress
– Pineapple cup for an extra prop!

 

 

 


Minion Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Indigo’ Baby Carrier (to be your overalls)
– Yellow shirt
– Minion hat (or get yourself a yellow beanie!)

 

 

 

 


Burglar Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Imagine’ Free-to-Grow Carrier (would also look great with ‘Jet‘, ‘Concentric‘)
– 2 black beanies – for you AND baby! (we used one from Amazon)
– Striped shirt
– Black eye mask (We made one out of black construction paper)
– Bag of Tula Blankets to STEAL

 

 

 


lumberjack-baby-carrier-costumeLumberjack Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Jack’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Arbol‘, ‘Slow Ride‘)
– Red beanie (or any color beanie! We used one from Amazon)
– Plaid jacket or shirt
– OPTIONAL: real or fake beard 🙂

 

 

 

 


artist-flatlay-halloweenArtist Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Aquarelle’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Lunabrite‘, ‘Tide Pool‘, ‘Ripple‘, ‘Montana Sunset‘)
– Beret
– Paint brushes
– Paint palette (we used one from Michaels)
– White shirt or smock

 

 

 

 


surfer-baby-carrier-costumeSurfer Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Soul Surfer’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Ripple‘, ‘Trillion‘, ‘Indigo‘, ‘Little Blue‘)
– Bathing suit or wet suit
– Arm floaties (not pictured here)
– Sunglasses (not pictured here)
– Boogie board (not pictured here)
– Sunscreen on your nose (not pictured here)
– Towel (not pictured here)

 

 

 

 

 


superhero-baby-carrier-costumeSuperhero Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Sidekick’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Sidekick Coast‘ or ‘Fleet‘)
– Cape (we used a red Tula Baby Blanket)
– Mask (we made ours out of blue paper)
– Choose your superhero: all black for Batman/Catwoman, all red for The Incredibles/Iron Man, all green for Hulk/Poison Ivy

 

 

 

 

 


rockabilly-flatlay-halloween

Rockabilly Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Betty’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Road Trip‘ or ‘Urbanista‘)
– Red bandana(s) for you and baby!
– Denim shirt
– Red lipstick
– Cuffed up jeans (not pictured here)

 

 

 

 


collage-katniss-hunger-gamesKatniss Everdeen Baby Carrier Costume (Hunger Games)

What you’ll need:
‘Archer’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Cloudy‘, ‘Overcast‘, ‘Olive‘, ‘Trillion‘)
– Boots
– Green/olive pants
– Black or brown leather jacket
– Braid your hair!
– A bow to carry (not pictured here)

 

 


pineapple diy baby carrier costume

Pineapple Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
– ‘Beacon’ Baby Carrier
– Green construction paper
– Scissors
– Tape (preferably double-sided)
– Pen (or something to curl the ends of the pineapple crown)
– Headband or beanie that fits around baby’s head
– Yellow baby outfit (not pictured here)
– Hawaiian/yellow shirt for babywearer (optional – for the person wearing the baby, to coordinate!)

How-to:

  1. Start cutting different height/width pineapple crown ‘leaves’. For the baby pictured, we used about 10-12 leaves; however, it will depend on baby’s head width and how full/layered you want the crown!
  2. Start taping the ‘leaves’ around the perimeter of the headband or beanie. You’ll want to layer longer leaves first so the shorter pieces can be taped in front more visibly.
  3. Curl the ends of each ‘leaf’ around a pen or similar shape item to get a cute curl on each one.
  4. Place baby comfortably in the carrier and put the headband or beanie on.

butterfly baby carrier costume

Butterfly Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
– ‘Pixelated’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Beacon‘, ‘Aquarelle‘, ‘Gossamer‘, ‘Confetti Pop‘, ‘Tide Pool‘, or ‘Delish‘)
– Adult butterfly wings (we used blue butterfly wings from Target)
– Child butterfly wings & antenna (we used butterfly wings and antenna set from Target)


dinosaur baby carrier costume

Dinosaur Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Olive’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Later Gator‘ or ‘Tulasaurus‘)
– Dinosaur hood (we used one from Target)
– Dinosaur headband for baby (we used one from Target)
– Dinosaur paws (we used one from Target)
– Dinosaur tail (not photographer here)
– Green or brown shirt/onesie (optional)

 

 

 

 

 


nerd baby carrier costumeHipster Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Clever’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Trendsetter‘, ‘Urbanista‘, ‘Arbol‘, or ‘Jet‘)
– Black bow-tie or tie
– Black-rimmed glasses
– Black top hat (not pictured here)

 

 

 

 

 

 


turtle diy baby carrier costume

Turtle Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Olive’ Baby Carrier
– Green Construction paper
– Scissors
– Washi Tape (green and gold – we used Gold Scotch Expressions Washi Tape and Green from Recollections Washi Tape Dispenser)
– Green Beanie (or just use the green hood on the carrier!)
– Regular tape
– Green baby outfit (optional)
– Green babywearer outfit (optional – for the person wearing the baby, to coordinate!)

How-to:

  1. Start laying your turtle ‘grid’ with the gold tape by cutting pieces for each line. You can view a better front-image of our example on Pinterest.
  2. Once the green grid is finished, start laying the green washi tape over it. We used two lines of green to make it more apparent and cover more of the gold.
  3. Cut arms and legs out of green construction paper. Our arms were longer than the legs to make it look more realistic 🙂
  4. Tape arms to inside of the carrier.
  5. Place baby comfortably in the carrier and put the green beanie on.

hippie baby carrier costume

Hippie Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Road Trip’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Aquarelle‘)
– Tie dye shirt or sweatshirt
– Fun sunglasses
– Leather headband (not pictured here)
– Bell-bottoms (not pictured here)

 

 

 


witch baby carrier costumeWitch Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Concentric’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Urbanista‘, ‘Fleet‘, ‘Arbol‘ or ‘Jet‘)
– Witch’s hat (we used one from Target)
– Witch’s broom (not pictured here)
– Black shirt/dress (not pictured here)
– Black tights (not pictured here)
– Black shoes/boots (not pictured here)

 

 

 

 

 

 


gardener baby carrier costume

Gardener Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Garden Party’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Bliss Bouquet‘, ‘Juliette‘, ‘Lunabrite‘, ‘Poppy Sky‘, ‘Gossamer‘, ‘Aviary‘, or ‘Melody‘)
– Sun/garden hat
– Watering can
– Flowers
– Gardening apron or tool belt (not pictured here)
– Gardening tools (not pictured here)

 

 

 

 


Firefighter Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Look for Helpers’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Jet’ or ‘Indigo’)
– Head to your local fire station and get an actual firefighter!
– Firefighter jacket (not pictured here)
– Firefighter hat (not pictured here)
– Dalmatian pet (not pictured here)

 

 


Babywearing Costumes Using Pet Costumes

What you’ll need:
Any soft-structured baby carrier
– XL pet costume (costumes in the video are from Petsmart)
– Safety pins
– Tape

How-to: (Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions)

  1. Buckle the carrier around your waist
  2. Take the bottom of the pet costume, and velcro it around the bottom of the carrier
  3. Place tape on the velcro on the top so it doesn’t scratch baby
  4. Bring the top straps around the arm straps of the carrier and safety pin the strap to the costume (NOTE: do not pin the strap to the carrier)
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We hope you find your perfect costume and maybe get inspired to make something different with your carrier. Please share your costumes with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest by using the hashtag #tulahalloween! Happy Halloween!

A few reminders when incorporating your baby carrier into your Halloween costume:
1. Make sure you are wearing your carrier properly, where baby is close enough to kiss and keeps an open airway. Review our instructions page to ensure you’re wearing your baby properly.
2. Do not alter your baby carrier in any way that makes it unsafe (NOTE: physically altering your baby carrier may void your warranty, please review our warranty guidelines).