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#MyTulaStory: Jen Ramirez

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 to be part of your parenting journey, we wanted to share stories from our own Team and Tula fans that reflect how Baby Tula intertwines with babywearing and parenting. Today, we share Jen’s #mytulastory. Jen is a long time Tula fan who’s enthusiasm for our brand is infectious!

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

  1. How did your babywearing journey begin?

In 1994, my son Logan was born. I was an active mom, and I found that babywearing allowed me to lead a very full life while parenting.  I had a lightweight, aluminum frame carrier that took us everywhere; from the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade to the Chili Cook Off, babywearing allowed me to participate fully in life.

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

In 2013, Laura, a dear friend who lives in Arizona, constantly raved about her Tula.  We had plans to attend MommyCon LA together and to participate in setting the babywearing world record. While there, she insisted I try her Tula-Semi Easy Care #1.

The minute I put it on, I was smitten. It felt so differently on my body than any other carrier I had worn before. I remember walking around while Tulaing my Elliette and thinking, “Wow!” “This is what babywearing can feel like?”  When I returned Laura’s Tula, I knew I needed my own.

I was intrigued to learn that there was a community behind Tula, something I had never before encountered with a baby product. I hopped on to Tula Love, a little Facebook group that had maybe 10,000 members, and was inspired by the amazing families who loved Tula as much as I did. Learning that Tula was a San Deigo company made me want to support them even more and I was on a mission to learn everything about Baby Tula.

Ula and Mike’s story inspired me. I was moved by their histories, encouraged by their commitment, and energized by their passion!  I wanted everyone to know how amazing this carrier was, and that it was created by the most generous, hardworking, wonderful people.

3. How did you begin to support/represent Baby Tula?

I was spreading the Tula love on a regular basis long before being asked to be an Ambassador. I attended Tula events, cheering from the rooftops about my love for this product.  My enthusiasm for Tula was undeniable and it was an enormous honor when Ula asked me to be an Ambassador.

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

This community has brought the most wonderful people into my life.  Tula helped me to find my village here in San Diego, and I am grateful for the many friendships that have grown because of it.  Additionally, I love bringing new families into the babywearing world with Tula.

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

Lasting Idea-The knowledge that babywearing has such deep cultural roots worldwide is fascinating. It’s something anyone can do and it has undeniable benefits that can enhance any parenting experience.

Lasting Memory-I will never forget supporting Tula in the Kensington Parade!  I felt like a cheerleading, babywearing Super Woman on a mission to spread the Tula Love.

6. What excites you about Baby Tula now?

I love that Tula is now more accessible than ever.  I am thrilled with the blanket line and eager to see what’s ahead for this company.  Having been a fan for so many years, the growth alone is something that I am thrilled to have been a part of…Clearly, the best is yet to come!

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

Being a Tula fan was a true passion, and as a credentialed teacher who believes in life-long learning, it was important to me that I back up my passion with education.  In 2015, I was trained by the one and only Joanna McNeilly through the Center for Babywearing Studies.

8. Do you have a “unicorn”/DISO (Desperate In Search Of)? Do you own it?

Oh, so many DISOs, so little time.  I have found that my Tula taste has grown and changed over the years.  With my rainbow girl, Elliette, my rainbow carriers were unicorns.  I am very fortunate to have had some very generous friends who’ve allowed me to host some magnificent Tulas…..to me, a unicorn, is a carrier made out of a wrap that has a story that resonates with me.  For example, my SRH Con Fuoco will never leave as its story brought me to my knees.

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

Though each of my Tula goodies have special meaning, nothing compares to the Love Soigne ring sling that Ula and Team Tula sent to me just after my daughter Willa was born.  Quite unexpectedly, we spent our first two weeks in the NICU and this ring sling was the first carrier that held my last baby, which makes it very, very special.

Thank you, Jenn! Willa, Jenn’s daughter, is seen wearing our ‘Stickers‘ Tula Backpack and her older daughter, Ava, is seen wearing ‘Play‘ and ‘Rainbow Showers‘.

#MyTulaStory: Allie Vella

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 your world to a community, lifestyle or 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 to be part of your parenting journey, we wanted to share stories from our own Team and Tula fans that reflect how Baby Tula intertwines with babywearing and parenting. Today, we share Allie’s #mytulastory. Allie is one of our long time Baby Tula employees who started off as a passionate new parent.

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

1) How did your babywearing journey begin?

My friend Carla introduced me to the idea of babywearing when we were both pregnant in 2013. I attended a local babywearing meeting before my son was even born and started learning how to wrap and how to use all different carrier types. I was hooked on babywearing before I even gave birth!

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

Tula is a local company to me, pretty new back in 2013, and had a great reputation. The carrier really appealed to my aesthetics and I enjoyed the sense of community that surrounded them.

3)    How did you begin to work for Baby Tula?

I left my previous career when my son was 9 months old because it wasn’t a sustainable field for me to be in with an infant. I wanted to work someplace that was baby and family friendly and whose mission I had passion for. I was so lucky to land a position at Tula during a very exciting time of growth for the company.

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

I love how colorful it is and seeing how there are so many ways for people to express their individuality through their Tulas!

5)    As your child grows, what’s a lasting memory or idea you’ve gained during your babywearing days?

So many memories! But mostly I will always cherish the countless memories of my son sleeping on me in a carrier and feeling his sweet breathing on my skin.

6)    What excites you about Baby Tula now?

Bringing new products to the market, like this backpack, that can keep the Tula love going with families who may have grown out of babywearing. I love that I am able to stay part of the community and share in the excitement still.

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

The carrier “Vivian” was named for my grandmother.

8) Do you have a “unicorn”/DISO (Desperate In Search Of)? Do you own it?

My DISO has always been a Xela or Vice Versa crème weft diamond weave Wrap Conversion – I was recently finally able to score one after 4 years, but I bought it for my sister and niece instead of myself 🙂

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

My first wrap conversion carrier – we will keep it forever!

Thank you, Allie! Rocky, Allie’s son, is seen wearing our ‘Play‘ and ‘Rainbow Showers‘ Tula Kids Backpacks; along with one of our ‘Clever’ Tula Mini Toy Carriers.

Tula Halloween Babywearing Costumes

Fall is almost here and its time to start thinking about Halloween! Whether you’re heading to a Fall fair, Trick or Treating with an older child, or a Halloween Party, being able to babywear while you dress up is a helpful way to enjoy the festivities. We’ve put together a few of our favorite DIY babywearing Halloween costumes we saw, last year. Let us know what babywearing Halloween costumes you are planning or share your past ones!

“Tangled” Family Babywearing Costume

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Ash and Squirtle from Pokemon Babywearing Costume (Jami Ann J.)

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Pacman Babywearing Costume

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Pokemon Babywearing Costume (Melissa C.)

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Tom & Jerry and Mouse Trap Babywearing Costume

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Popcorn Babywearing Costume (Laura R.)

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Basketball Babywearing Costume

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Carrot, Broccoli and Sweet Pea Babywearing Costume (Danielle L.)

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Finding Nemo and Anemone Babywearing Costume

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Spider and Spider Web Babywearing Costume

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Maleficent and her Raven – Melina W.

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Star Wars Family Babywearing Costume

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Harry Potter Babywearing Costume (Jennifer S.)
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Tree and Koala Babywearing Costume (Jaimie K.)

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Chef and Spaghetti and Meatballs Babywearing Costume (Shelby, Timothy and Jack)

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Shark Babywearing Costume (Andrea G.)

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Spam Musubi Babywearing Costume (Aubrey C.)

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Basic Tula Moms (Maygen H.)

Toy Story Babywearing Costume

Breastfeeding Journey: Chalice Ebow

We are very excited to be showing support for black mothers, fathers, parents and infants during Black Breastfeeding Week. A recent CDC study regarding breastfeeding statistics which found that interventions are needed to address barriers experienced disproportionately by black mothers in their feeding journeys. Today, we bring you Chalice’s story of the learning how much energy is needed on your feeding journey. 

For more information, Black Breastfeeding Week shared their top 5 reasons for needing Black Breastfeeding Week here.

How would you describe your own feeding (nursing or otherwise) journey?

I’m  blessed to say that my breastfeeding journey has been a breeze. From the moment Jax was first placed on my belly, he scooted his way up to my left breast and immediately began to nurse. Then, as I’m  embracing this precious moment and  wondering if this little  person  had been here before, he pops his head up, takes a glimpse around the room, then  proceeds. Lol! Minutes. After. Being. Born! Seriously, I birthed somebody’s grandpa. I also had to nurse him every hour that first couple nights because he had jaundice. It was draining, but it was preparation for what was to come with those frequent nightly feedings.

What, if any, misconceptions of nursing did you encounter? 

I think myself, like many others, think that nursing comes natural and that it’s less work because your tools are “built-in.” It’s definitely still work.  I didn’t expect the frequency for sure.  That can be draining. There were times that I would struggle to find time or energy  to eat and not doing so just makes you weak. I’m [not] embarrassed to say that I was a huge foodie before pregnancy, but with breastfeeding, my appetite is on a new level! Now I just have an excuse to eat. Hey, at least I’m burning calories every time my baby eats! #Winning

Did you have any complications or challenges on your feeding journey? 

Knock on wood, none thus far and we’re going 10+ months strong! I would say that sitting still and dedicating time to pumping has been tough for me. I have a nervous energy and don’t really do a good job of sitting still. Some may refer to it as a short attention span… Whatever! Lol! I do have quite a stash built up, but haven’t had to use much since I’m at home with Jax. Once I build up the courage to leave him overnight to get to a beach (wishful thinking), I’m sure that stash will come in handy! Oh, he’s getting teeth now which means I may need to add to this answer in the near future.

What resources or support helped you on your journey?

Having a supportive team around you in itself is a blessing. Even though my mom, mother-in-law, or bonus mom didn’t breastfeed, they still supported and encouraged it. My sisterfriend, Liz, also had a baby a little over a year prior to Jax’s birth, and she was my breastfeeding guru. She was my go-to and her dedication to it was an inspiration for sure. Last but not least, m y honey (Jaxon’s father) was a pure BEAST (in a good way, that is). Although he had to wake up for work, be on his feet and attentive on a daily basis, there wasn’t a nighttime feeding or  diaper change  that he’d miss . We’ve burned the midnight oil many-a-nights.  Good times and memories which I’m ever so grateful for.

Why do you think it’s important to have Black Breastfeeding Week? 

I’ll be completely honest here and keep it 100% REAL. BLACK WOMEN RARELY BREASTFEED! That’s the bottom line. I don’t know why and I’ve had this conversation time and time again with my mom and friends. I’m not sure if it’s because we aren’t informed/aware or that we haven’t really seen it in our families. Maybe it’s the negative association with our history that makes it frowned upon or   maybe we simply aren’t willing or able to put forth the extra effort. I really do not know. Granted, there are times when our health or even our schedules may not allow for this type of commitment, so I understand. I have, however, noticed an increase in our involvement though, so that makes me proud. Whatever the reason or preference may be, I do believe that we should at least educate ourselves and be willing to try. It is a sacrifice and one of the most selfless acts you’ll ever experience. Women are just phenomenal! Look at what God created our bodies to do — grow a child in our womb, deliver it, and produce the nutrients needed for that child to grow and sustain. Go us! I’m very thankful for efforts such as Black Breastfeeding Week and World Breastfeeding Week as a whole that aim to spread awareness and celebrate our sacrifice.

Do you have any specific advice to share with anyone looking to nurse?  

Be persistent. I’ve helped a girlfriend of mine and my cousin to get their babies to latch on properly. My friend would get frustrated because her baby’s latch was uncomfortable for her and he’d get fussy as she’d try to correct it. All it took was patience. It’s super hard when your baby is wailing because he’s starving, but dedicating the effort to getting it right that one time can result in pure bliss on your journey.

Do your research. Reading and preparing for this can give you an idea of what’s to come so you aren’t completely caught off guard. There are also resources such as The Baby Cafe, WIC offices, local coalitions, etc. that offer FREE support in just about every community. Many people aren’t aware of this. Lastly, you can always take to the internet to forums to get others’ real life experiences. 

Reach out! If you know of someone who has breastfed or is breastfeeding, reach out to them. The worst you can get is a “No!” Also recognize and accept that everyone’s journey is different. Life may throw us a curve ball and guess what we can do about it? NOTHING! We adjust, learn as we go, and keep it moving. Though I’m no expert,  I’m always volunteering advice or help when it comes to breastfeeding. I’ve offered my support in the wee hours of the night  to loved ones and I’d do the same for a stranger. Leave me a comment on social media @SimplyChalPal, direct message me, contact me on my blog SimplyChalPal.com, stop me in the mall, or whatever! Helping others along this journey called life is truly satisfying for me. We’re in this together mama!

Thank you Chalice! You can following Chalice on Instagram or her blog.

Black Breastfeeding Week Feature: Breastfeeding In Color

Finding a support system is so important to any new parent. With a recent CDC study regarding breastfeeding statistics finding that interventions are needed to address barriers experienced disproportionately by black mothers in their feeding journeys, community organizations and their team are incredibly necessary. Today, we feature Isreal of Breastfeeding In Color. Her DC area group is working to raise awareness and support a community so often overlooked.

We are very excited to be showing support for black mothers, fathers, parents and infants during Black Breastfeeding WeekFor more information, Black Breastfeeding Week shared their top 5 reasons for needing Black Breastfeeding Week here.

How would you describe your own feeding (nursing or otherwise) journey? 

There’s so many ways to describe this amazing journey. When I had my son, I’m not going to lie it was rough. I was a single teen parent basically making ends meet and on top of that he had a lip tie. It was difficult but when he turned six months it was smooth sailing. The journey with my daughter was and is awesome. She’s three now and still nursing. 

What, if any, misconceptions of nursing did you encounter?

Man the most common misconception I heard was that it was going to make my breast sag…

Did you have any complications or challenges on your feeding journey? 

I would have to say milk supply. I had to educate myself on how to maintain a good milk supply. Another challenge was hearing the opinions of others. Many people are not knowledgeable about breastfeeding so seeing me nurse my 2 year old was like WOAH, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

What resources or support helped you on your journey? 

In all honesty I had no resources or support that helped me during my journey. Lactation consultants were only available during the time I had to work so I couldn’t even use them. They weren’t accessible.

Why did you start ‘Breastfeeding in Color’ and what is your goal for starting it? 

Oh man, where do I start. I started BreastfeedingInColor because I wanted to make breastfeeding an option to a demographic that is constantly overlooked by the healthcare system. I started BreastfeedingInColor to mainly improve the breastfeeding rates among Black moms in the DC area.

Why do you think it’s important to have Black Breastfeeding Week? 

Black Breastfeeding Week is important because Black breastfeeding rates are extremely low compared to other races. Breastfeeding isn’t visible within the black community as much as it should be. The Black infant mortality rate is high and breastfeeding can lower that.

Do you have any specific advice to share with anyone looking to nurse? 

The advice I have is to do what is best for you and your little one. Breastfeeding is between mother/ parent and child. Nobody else. Don’t allow anybody to shame you into feeding your child any way you do not want to.

Is there one particular story that stands out, of a family you were able to help support on their feeding journey? 

I remember helping this amazing single mom who lived in a “not so safe” neighborhood in DC and she automatically assumed that I wouldn’t do a home visit because other lactation specialists and support workers refused to visit her. She was so happy when I told her that I was coming. I helped her with nursing and baby wearing. I provided her with a baby carrier which she loved and demonstrated how to nurse in it. Man, that was a good day and that made me realize why BreastfeedingInColor is necessary and here to stay. 

Thank you Isreal! You can follow BreastfeedinColor on Instagram, Facebook, and their website