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#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‘.

#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