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Baby Tula Models – Then and Now

We love featuring real local families in our photos, which is why you might recognize our little models as they are growing up! We thought it would be fun to feature some of our models that you’ve seen grow from babies to toddlers and beyond! Some have even been promoted to older brother or sister and they ALL have adorable personalities to share.

Raven

Current Age: 4 years
What is your favorite Tula print? Play
What do you want to be when you grow up? A mommy!

Ava

Current Age: 4 years
What is your favorite Tula print? Any mermaid print and wrap
What do you want to be when you grow up? Hardworking mermaid

Ari

Current Age: 2 years
What is your favorite Tula print? Look for Helpers
What do you want to be when you grow up? A tractor

Remi

Current Age: 6 1/2 years
What is your favorite Tula print? Stamps is cool
What do you want to be when you grow up? A librarian

Avery

Current Age: 20 months
What is your favorite Tula print? Garden Party – she loves bunnies!
What do you want to be when you grow up? A mommy – she loves babies, and also bossing her big brother around!

Mia

Current Age: 2.5 years
What is your favorite Tula print? Prance
What do you want to be when you grow up? An equestrian

Kaleo

Current age: 18 months
What is your favorite Tula print? Polar Caps, Splatter Jet
What do you want to be when you grow up? Play ball, drummer, surfer

Leo

Current Age: 4 years
What is your favorite Tula print? Stamps
What do you want to be when you grow up? A zoologist or safari guide

Levi

Current age: 3 years
What is your favorite Tula print? Stickers
What do you want to be when you grow up? Batman

Weston

Current age: 3 years
What is your favorite Tula print? Blossom, as my Mommy carriers baby sister in it all the time.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A tree

Willow Juliette

Current age: 2 years 9 months
What is your favorite Tula print? Glazed
What do you want to be when you grow up? Be candy and make unicorns

Rocky

Current age: 4 years
What is your favorite Tula print? The heart one (Love Noir)
What do you want to be when you grow up? An airplane pilot

Babywearing Workouts and Exercise Routines

Babywearing Workouts & Exercise Routines

A new year often means setting goals to start fresh and get healthy…but it can be hard to find the time to fit exercise into your day when you have a family. With the help of a Tula Baby Carrier, we think there’s a way to accomplish all your resolutions and take care of baby’s needs! We’ve compiled some of our favorite babywearing workouts shared by caregivers just like you, that find creative ways to combine bonding with your little one and getting a workout.

Dance Workout

Our friends at MomTogether created this super fun dance workout that you can do while babywearing, pregnant or postpartum and it’s a great way to have your baby giggling or snoozing!

Dumbbell Workout

We love how Sia, from Diary of a Fit Mommy Official, incorporates her kids in her [almost] daily workout routines – check out this one where she uses her daughter, a Carrier and a couple dumbbells and you’ve got yourself a quick workout!

Babywearing Lunges

Lunges are a great body-weight move to sculpt and tone your legs, but instead of using weights, use your baby! See how Randi, from thedresscode_, skips the babysitter and incorporates Harlie into her workouts!

Babywearing Stretches and Leg Workouts

We love the way Madisen Clark, from livingwithalittleextra, incorporate little Londynn in not only her workouts but also in her stretches! Check out her moves!

In our previous blog on The Many Layers of Babywearing, Dr. Stephanie Williams Libs, DC shares how beneficial babywearing is for your first exercise postpartum. She shares, “The weight of babywearing is the closest thing to having our baby bump, so it’s a slow transition adapting to not having that weight in our belly, which leads to better spine and core stability.”

We love seeing you and your baby bonding through everyday activities! Share how you use babywearing to keep doing what you love – tag us on Instagram @tulababycarriers or use #babytula.

Please note: Before performing any exercises, confirm with your doctor/medical provider that you are cleared to engage in physical activities. Follow our manufacturer guidelines when using your carrier during workouts.

Embrace Babywearing: A Plus Size Mother’s Story

Embrace Babywearing: A Plus Size Mother’s Story

We recently had the honor of working with Jen McLellan, from PlusSizeBirth.com as she reviewed our Coast Foxgloves Toddler Carrier. During our communication with Jen, we came across this amazing story of SueAnne’s plus size babywearing journey. Jen and SueAnne were gracious enough to let us share it with our Tula Community!


SueAnne you shared with me that this cutie, your 3rd child, is the first you’ve ever worn. What stopped you from babywearing with your first two?

I have 2 girls, and my 3rd is a boy. Honestly I was scared and too self-conscious of my body with my first 2. I was scared that nothing would fit me. I was scared and nervous about what people would think about me, the “fat” girl babywearing. As a large woman I am very self-conscious as it is. So I let my fear of other people’s opinions get in the way. I did wear my 2nd daughter in a sleepy wrap a few times, but only while home, never out and about.

How did you find the perfect carrier for your curvy body?

How did I find the perfect carrier for my body? I researched A LOT. I knew I wanted to babywear with him and that is would be a big investment for me. I joined every online group and asked a ton of questions. I pretty much researched my entire pregnancy. After a lot of consideration I chose to take the plunge and ordered a Tula. I couldn’t be happier with the carrier I chose.

You said that babywearing has been the best thing you’ve ever done. Can you share a little about that?

Baby wearing has been the best thing I have chosen to do because it allows me to bond with my son, in a way I wouldn’t be able to without it. My goal was to breastfeed and I know what an amazing bond you create that way. However, I was diagnosed with IGT (insufficient glandular tissue) and even though we pushed through for 4 months with breastfeeding and supplementing, my heart was broken.

Babywearing him has given me so much comfort and joy. Our Tula is both his and my own happy place. He will be one year old in 2 weeks and I started wearing him (in the Tula) at 2 weeks old. So we’re coming up on our 1 year babywearing anniversary! He will beg for the Tula, and usually within 10 minutes of being in it, he’s out cold in a deep sleep! I seriously wear him every single day.

What suggestion do you have for a plus size mom-to-be or mom who is interested in babywearing but fearful nothing will fit?

My advice for fellow plus size moms or soon to be moms is to do your research! Read every blog you can about plus size babywearing, join Facebook groups, try to see if you have a local store that sells the one you’re interested in so you can try them on before you buy them. Also ASK questions, don’t be afraid! Last but not least, EMBRACE babywearing! EMBRACE your baby! EMBRACE yourself! Don’t let your fear stop you from doing this for yourself and for your child. The truth is people will talk, the majority of comments I have gotten are positive, but there have been a few rude ones. I let the rude one roll off my back, because all I have to do is look down at my smiley baby and know that I am doing what is best for us, and that is all that matter.


ABOUT PLUS SIZE BIRTH

Jen started Plus Size Birth to help women navigate the world of plus size pregnancy and share tips for embracing your body. PlusSizeBirth.com provides support and resources for women who want to have a healthy plus size pregnancy and empowered birth experience. Join her on Facebook and Instagram to learn more!

See what Jen has to say about our carriers in the video below:

Carried to Connect: Down Syndrome Awareness

Carried to Connect: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

In honor of Down syndrome awareness month, we wanted to introduce one of our amazing ambassadors, Jamie, and share her family’s story! Read below to learn how she has found her baby carrier helpful with her daughter, Gracie!


Did you know that October is Down syndrome awareness month? I never did, until we had our middle daughter, Gracie, who happens to have Down syndrome.

My name is Jamie and I am a mother to three: Gage (6), Gracie (3) and Raegan (2 months). We just finished our local Buddy Walk, which highlights and supports Down syndrome, and the rest of the month, I like to spend time sharing facts about Down syndrome and help spread the word that we are all more alike than different. Gracie may have some things that are different about her, but she’s actually much more like her siblings than she is different.

We found out Gracie would be born with Down syndrome when I was about 16 weeks pregnant. It was shocking to us and I was so naive about Down syndrome, but once she got here, all that fear melted away and I fell in love with our perfect new edition.

She’s a joy multiplier, loving, precious, perfectly created, and has changed the way I view others with disability. Down syndrome has changed our life – all for the better.

Gracie was 2 before she walked. One of the characteristics of Down syndrome is hypotonia, which is lower muscle tone. For two years, we had to carry her everywhere! And even now, she can tire easily and needs a rest. Add to this that Gracie hates strollers, and babywearing is a huge win for our family!

In the last few years as we have vacationed to Disney World or aquariums and other crowded places, we have noticed that Gracie is very sensitive to crowds and gets overwhelmed and oversensitized. Holding her is what calms her down, and as she has gotten older, and heavier, babywearing is how we are able to calm her and not wear ourselves out!

I’ve been using the Free-to-Grow carrier recently, and what I love about it is I can wear Gracie in it, and also adjust it smaller to fit Raegan! I knew I would wear Raegan more than any other children so I could have my hands free for my other two, but it’s nice that it is so adjustable so I can also carry Gracie in it when she needs it.

 


To learn more about Jamie and her family, follow her on Instagram! To learn more about Down syndrome and how you can help visit ndss.org and/or theidsc.org.

Introducing Tula Kids Backpacks!

Introducing Tula Kids Backpacks!

It’s no secret that the time of holding a small baby is precious and fleeting. It may take a bit of time, or perhaps you’re surprised by what seems like an overnight growth spurt, but small babies can quickly become so big. As parents, we are seeing our first “Tula babies” growing up. They are beginning to explore the world more independently, and some are even heading to school. It’s a bittersweet time because we know that as they grow, and the space between us becomes wider, we stay close and keep doing what we love together!

Our own growing “Tula babies” inspired us to seek out how we might continue on our Tula journeys and celebrate the things we enjoy most about our products…reimagined for an older child. We’ve created an adorable new line of Kids Backpacks that lets the Tula Love continue as your child heads off on their own special adventures.

The Tula Kids Backpack is produced with high-quality, water-resistant fabric and a nostalgic, European design that perfectly combines essential functions with an ultra-charming style. Our first collection includes five favorite Tula designs that have appeared on other Tula items.

Tula Kids Backpacks are absolute love because of their:

  • limited and trendsetting designs.
  • comfortable padded, adjustable shoulder straps and sliding chest clip.
  • high-quality, easy cleaning 100% polyester fabric.
  • great size for toddlerhood and beyond. (Backpacks measure 4″ deep, 9″ high and 12″ wide).
  • plenty of items fit with two extra storage pockets on the front of the backpack and a stretchy interior pocket is integrated within the main compartment.
  • easy-to-use magnetic closures, perfect for little hands.
  • interior name tag for personalization.
  • handle on the top that allows for easy holding by grown ups and children.

Our first five Tula Kids Backpacks will be available on babytula.com on Tuesday, October 17th 2017, at 10AM PT. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, to learn additional details as we approach their first release!

Take a closer look at Blossom, Play, Rainbow Showers, Stickers and Stamps:

Blossom symbolizes the quickly growing and delicate beauty of a tiny baby. Bouquets of soft pink flowers are displayed amongst sprinkled dots on a navy background.

 

Play celebrates how babies express joy and happiness giving us their first laugh. A repeating design of tiny white hearts flutter across a mustard yellow background.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue! We have plenty of love for you! We express our love for rainbows with Rainbow Showers which has an illustration like design of rainbows and clouds on a light blue background.

Be a kid again and express yourself! Stamps is a rocking hip design filled with all sorts of fun things like race cars, lightning bolts, dinosaurs, emoticons, rocket ships, and more; on a dark stone gray background.

Stickers helps you shout out what you adore with is extra cutesy design. All things you love like: Unicorns, donuts, hearts, flamingos, and sunnies are scattered across a pop of bright pink!