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February 2018 Archive

Babywearing While Pregnant

5 Tips to Be Comfortable Babywearing While Pregnant

While expecting a new baby, you might have another child who needs or wants to be carried. Luckily, babywearing is still a comfortable option for you and your older child. During pregnancy, your body is undergoing lots of changes so it’s important to check with your medical professional before babywearing while pregnant. However, for most, if you were already babywearing before pregnancy, you can continue to do so. Once cleared by your medical provider, be sure to listen to your own comfort cues and body.

When looking for a carrier and carrying options while pregnant, you’ll find that we offer many! A Buckle Carrier, Ring Slings, and Woven Wraps are all great carrier options that offer comfortable carrying positions while pregnant. Continue reading below to learn our 5 Tips for staying comfortable while babywearing and pregnant:

1. Try wearing the waistband below your belly

As your belly grows, a front carry will likely become less comfortable so we suggest using your Tula Baby Carrier in a back carry. You can buckle the waistband below your growing belly.

2. Use a Ring Sling to Stay Cool

A Tula ring sling can provide a more breathable option when pregnant. You have less fabric around your body and can position your child above your belly for close cuddles.

3. Carry on Your Hip with a Ring Sling

A ring sling also offers the option of a hip carry, which makes it easy to hold your child with room for your belly. 🙂

4. Try a Woven Wrap for a Comfortable Back Carry

A Tula Woven Wrap is a versatile carrier option that can be tied in different ways to accommodate a growing belly.

5. Back Carry with the Waistband Above Your Belly

For some, especially for those with a smaller baby or a long torso, securing your Tula Carrier waistband above your belly is a more comfortable option.

 

As a reminder, be sure to check with your medical professional when exploring babywearing while pregnant. Then, let us know what did you find most comfortable when you were pregnant? Share in the comments below!

Valentine’s Day + 1: 5 Ways to Celebrate with Your Partner and Baby

Valentine’s Day + 1: 5 Ways to Celebrate with Your Partner and Baby

If you’re a recent parent, you might not be thinking about Valentine’s Day but spending quality time with your partner is truly important! Time spent connecting with them often helps make the struggles of parenting less stressful for each of you. So, make plans to celebrate your Valentine; and if you’re not ready or don’t have someone who can care for your child, we put together some ideas of how you can celebrate Valentine’s Day (or just about any other day) with your partner and baby!

The key to celebrating Valentine’s Day with baby in tow is, of course, babywearing! Your baby can stay in comfortable, snug surroundings while you and your partner make time for each other. Baby’s needs for rest and connection are met while in your Tula Baby Carrier, which allows you a bit of freedom to make time for your special one, as well. Here, are 5 things to keep in mind when celebrating Valentine’s Day while you are babywearing:

 

Keep it Simple

Finding quality time with your partner doesn’t have to mean big extravagant plans. Simple tasks like taking a walk or tackling a home project together can become an opportunity for you to catch up with your partner. Keeping the event simple makes it far easier to “plan” and it still can be meaningful. Just be sure to make a rule to keep the conversation about each other and use the time to catch up and/or connect.

Plan for Something Early

Making a dinner reservation early in the evening, or doing Valentine’s breakfast or lunch together, can make for a less stressful “night out”. With baby relaxing in the carrier, and a far less busy restaurant, you can enjoy a nice meal or treat and be home before bedtime!

Have a Night IN

A “date” with your partner can happen at home! Cooking dinner together, having your favorite meal delivered, or perhaps a movie after baby is asleep can make an evening at home a little more festive and allow you to focus on your partner in more comfortable surroundings for everyone.

Stay Casual

Your Valentine’s day doesn’t have to include fancy dinner reservations. Try to do something that you and your partner both love to do that doesn’t require too much preparation or planning. A hike to a beautiful view or grabbing frozen yogurt are just a couple examples of casual ways to celebrate your partner that allow you to be flexible with the timing or adjust to work around baby’s needs.

 

It’s the Little Things

Doing a few little things can be a really romantic way to celebrate with your partner without having to stress over one big event (or day) to celebrate. Writing sweet notes to hide or give to them throughout the week, playing your wedding song, or scrolling through some old photos you have and recalling fun memories are just little things you can do to show affection and love for your partner without having to find time alone.

It’s wonderful to have some time alone with your partner, but that doesn’t have to be the only way you can enjoy your Valentine this year. And these activities can most definitely become a regular way that you and your partner make time to celebrate your love. Share your own Valentine’s day plans or tell us if you have more ideas on how you can balance relationship and parenting time.

This sweet video was made a few years ago and showcases a night out with a little third wheel. 😉

What to Bring: Hospital Bag Checklist

 

What to Bring: Hospital Bag Checklist

 

If you’re an expectant parent, you have likely been very busy preparing for baby’s arrival. Along with classes, getting all your baby gear, and decorating the nursery, one important item to prepare before baby arrives is your hospital bag. We asked Tula Team member Kara, who is currently pregnant, what she plans to bring with her as she heads in to deliver baby. This is her third pregnancy, so Kara is including just the bare essentials that were helpful to have in her previous hospital bags. In particular, we were curious as to what Tula items she planned on bringing. Check out her list of items she will be packing in her hospital bag:

 

Tula Ring Sling

A ring sling is great for those first snuggles in the hospital. It adjusts snugly around the natural curved shape of a newborn and is great for sitting and/or avoiding incision area (if you have a cesarean). Be sure to wash it before packing it in your bag to get it buttery soft! Learn more about ring slings here.

Tula Baby Blankets (1-2)

Not only will the lush, soft blankets be perfect for swaddling, but they are great additions to your newborn photos while in the hospital! Get ideas for how to capture those first photos here.

Other hospital bag essentials include:

  • Photo ID, insurance info, hospital forms and birth plan(if you have one)
  • Chapstick
  • Soft Robe
  • Slippers (with non-slip bottom)
  • Phone charger(s)
  • Earth Mama Herbal Perineal Spray
  • Witch Hazel Wipes – not the ones for your face
  • Disposable Underwear (Although the hospital typically provides mesh panties, it’s nice to have some on hand as well.)
  • Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter
  • Loose Nightgown (comfortable for nursing)
  • Comfortable nursing bra
  • Large water bottle

Items to have for baby:

  • Car Seat already installed!
  • Comfy, snuggly clothes – Newborn size and 0-3 size
  • Coming home outfit – mainly for cute photos!
  • Diapers –The hospital will likely provide diapers, but just in case!
  • Bow, hat, or accessories you might like to use when taking photos

What other essentials or unexpected items did you find helpful to have when your baby was born? Let us know!