Education Archives - Baby Tula Blog

Education Archive

Keep it Simple: Just Click, Clip, Cuddle!

As a new parent, you are learning a lot of new information that may make life feel overwhelming and complicated. It’s a brand new world and there is so much to learn! We have worked diligently to make our carriers intuitive and easy to use, so that you can go with your instincts and focus on doing what you love.

We’ve kept it simple with no abundance of zippers, snaps, and adjustments…we have even thought of an easy way to remember how to get your carrier on and comfy. Think Click, Clip, and Cuddle: easy 1, 2, 3 steps to put on your Tula Carrier and begin to enjoy your parenting adventures!

Once you find the right fit for your child, either by adjusting your Free-to-Grow panel or choosing the best size of carrier, you can get your Tula on quickly with very little adjustments.

All you have to do is….

CLICK: Secure your waistbelt around your natural waist or at the appropriate level for your comfort and baby’s position.

 

CLIP: Snap your back clip to secure the arm straps, after you have welcomed your child into the carrier.

 

CUDDLE: Tighten the arm strap webbing to make your Tula Carrier fit snug and bring your child closer for cuddling.

Here are the steps in action!

 

That’s it! Now you are ready to go!

For additional tips, check out our instructions, schedule a video fit-check, and as always, feel free to email us for additional assistance!

Am I Ready for a Baby Tula Toddler Carrier?

Am I Ready to Transition to a Baby Tula Toddler Carrier?

Are you ready to transition from a Standard Baby Carrier to a Toddler Carrier? Our Standard Tula Baby Carrier has a recommended weight range from 15-45 pounds and can be used in front and back carry. While our Baby Tula Toddler Carrier has a recommended weight range of 25-60 pounds, that does not mean that you must start using it when baby reaches 25 pounds. You should be able to enjoy the Standard Tula Baby Carrier into toddlerhood, but should consider transitioning to the Toddler Carrier if you and/or baby are no longer comfortable in the Standard. To help guide you through this, we had our good friend, Mat York, aka That Dad Mat, share his advice on how to get the full use out of your standard baby carrier (from 15-45 pounds) and when to consider transitioning to a Baby Tula Toddler Carrier.

Here are some of Mat’s helpful tips to see if the Toddler Carrier will work for you:

  1. Your toddler should have good range of motion from their knees with no hyper-extension in the Toddler Carrier
  2. The Toddler Carrier panel should come up to the top of your toddler’s shoulder blades (no higher)
  3. PFAs (perfect fit adjusters) should be let us when in front carry so toddler is not blocking your face
  4. Wear the Toddler Carrier lower on your hips so toddler is not blocking your face
  5. Toddler should fit snug in the carrier and wearer/toddler should move cohesively as one unit – toddler should not have room to jiggle in the carrier

Baby Tula also offers complimentary Video Fit Checks if you have ANY fit/adjustment questions regarding your carrier!

How long can I use my Standard Tula Baby Carrier?

How Long Will My Standard Tula Last?

Do you have a Standard Tula Baby Carrier? Are you wondering if or when you should transition to a Baby Tula Toddler Carrier? Our Standard Tula Baby Carrier has a recommended weight range from 15-45 pounds and can be used in front and back carry. While our Baby Tula Toddler Carrier has a recommended weight range of 25-60 pounds, that does not mean that you must start using it when baby reaches 25 pounds. You should be able to enjoy the Standard Tula Baby Carrier into toddlerhood, but should consider transitioning to the Toddler Carrier if you and/or baby are no longer comfortable in the Standard. To help guide you through this, we had our good friend, Mat York, aka That Dad Mat, share his advice on how to get the full use out of your standard baby carrier (from 15-45 pounds) and when to consider transitioning to a Baby Tula Toddler Carrier.

Here are some of Mat’s helpful tips to get the most use out of your Standard Tula Baby Carrier:

  1. The top of the carrier should be at least at the top of the shoulder blades of baby/toddler
  2. Until at least 1-year-old, the panel width of the carrier should reach knee-to-knee
  3. Baby/toddler’s legs should always be in the M-shape position with knees higher than bum
  4. If you’re broader in the shoulders, you can let your PFAs (perfect fit adjusters) out to have the padded straps fit comfortably on your shoulders
  5. The most important thing is for wearer and baby to be comfortable while using the carrier

Baby Tula also offers complimentary Video Fit Checks if you have ANY fit/adjustment questions regarding your carrier!

Babywearing in the Heat

Tips for Babywearing in the Heat

Summer is here with its incredible adventures! From getting chores done around the house while wrangling big kids home from school, to traveling with family and friends… babywearing becomes a necessity! There are many babywearing options to help you and baby stay cool in the heat!

The most important thing to keep in mind is always safety, of course. According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Heath and Human Development (NICHD), infants are sensitive to temperature extremes and cannot regulate their temperatures well. For this reason, kangaroo care is often recommended for small babies who are especially susceptible to temperature instability. Babywearing can actually help small children with thermoregulation… a great thing to know year round, and something to keep in mind during hot weather!

While babywearing in and of itself can help increase the skin-to-skin time of parent and child, it is important to make sure that you are attentive while wearing your baby, and when it is warm out, you need to add attention to your child’s temperature to the list of things to consider. So how can you make sure that you are staying safe while babywearing while it is warm out?

OPTION 1: Ring Sling

If it’s really hot out, a lightweight Ring Sling can be ideal, as a ring sling is a single layer of fabric across your baby. We offer several types of ring slings, a Tencel blend for lightweight and a new Cotton blend for breathability, and as a bonus, you can use the end of the tail to cover your little one’s legs when in direct sunlight.

OPTION 2: Coast Mesh Carrier

Our Tula Coast Carrier offers a reinterpretation of our original framed panel design using breathable mesh material which creates a ventilated carrier perfectly suited for active lifestyles and warm weather locales. The mesh panel keeps wearer and baby cooler as it allows for more airflow through the carrier!

OPTION 3: Woven Wrap with Less Passes

For those who love to wrap their baby in woven wraps year-round, a single layer carry is ideal. Kangaroo Carry, Robin’s Hip Carry, and Rucksack Carry are all popular choices for warm weather wearing. When wrapping in hot temperatures, keep in mind that fewer passes means more breathability and comfort for both you and your little one.

voyagesey3

Additional Tips to Remember

  • KEEP OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT: Even when you’re wearing a carrier that seems to be appropriate for the weather, keep in mind that it is always a good idea to keep out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time
  • USE HATS AND/OR SUNSCREEN: Hats and sunscreen can help to prevent your little one from burning
  • APPLY SUNSCREEN PRIOR TO CARRYING: If you decide to use sunscreen, we recommend applying some time before going into the sun so that you are less likely to get sunscreen in the fabrics of your carrier
  • KEEP BABY’S SKIN EXPOSED: When possible, it can help to keep baby’s skin exposed to allow for adequate air circulation. Since evaporation is an effective method of cooling, allowing baby’s sweat to evaporate off of exposed skin can help keep your little one feeling cooler.
  • USE MISTING BOTTLES: Some caregivers even use a misting bottle or gently dab with a damp towel or cloth to help cool their skin and their children’s skin.
  • WATCH FOR OVERHEATING: Watch for signs of overheating in your little one; the AAP notes that infants in danger of overheating may show signs including feeling hot to the touch (especially on their chest) or sweating.
  • STAY HYDRATED: One last important tip – get enough to drink! The younger your baby is, the higher the percentage of his or her body weight that is water, according to Whitney and Rolfes, authors of Understanding Nutrition. Since infants are more prone to dehydration in hot weather, they recommend increasing babies’ fluid intake during warmer conditions. Make sure that you and your baby drink enough water, milk, or formula to stay fully hydrated… and if you’re breastfeeding, keep in mind that you need to drink even more water than usual!
  • TAKE A BREAK: if you have any concerns about the heat, please err on the side of caution and take frequent breaks in a cooler location.

Happy (summer) babywearing!

11 Tips for Breastfeeding in Your Baby Carrier

11 TIPS FOR BREASTFEEDING IN YOUR CARRIER

Whether you are a first time mama learning how to nurse your newborn, an adoptive parent building a breastfeeding relationship, or a caregiver offering your little one a pumped or prepared bottle… no matter your circumstances, you know how special that relationship with your little one is! One of the most beneficial things about babywearing is that it offers you the opportunity to provide care and comfort for your little one while on the go. Isn’t it amazing that you can provide sustenance as well? And there is value to feeding your little one on the go as well! We’re sharing 11 of our tips on how to successfully breastfeed in your carrier!

1. Be confident – know that you are giving your child the greatest gifts: love, nourishment, and the best start to a healthy life.

2. Be patient – give yourself room and time to learn, and if you get frustrated, take a break, reconnect with your baby, and do something else that makes you happy.

3. Dress accordingly – wearing a nursing top can really help with easy access for you and baby. Check out Latched Mama for cute and simple nursing attire.

A photo posted by Latched Mama (@latchedmama) on

4. Loosen up – slightly loosen your arm straps and slightly slide your waistband down for more comfortable feeding.

5. Use your hands – oftentimes breastfeeding in a baby carrier is not truly hands free, as your hands may be needed to support your baby, breast, or a bottle, but just helps to make it a bit easier and mobile.

6. Use a blanket if you prefer extra privacy – but make sure you maintain visibility of baby to ensure their airway is open.

A photo posted by Megan (@babygoesup) on

7. Reposition after feeding – whether they fall asleep or not, always reposition your baby to a snug, ergonomic position if you have lowered or reclined them to feed.

8. Check baby’s chin – as you latch your little one, make sure that he or she is keeping his or her chin off of her chest (you should be able to fit between 1-2 adult fingers underneath his or her chin) and that baby’s nose is free to ensure a clear airway.

A photo posted by Alexandria (@ally_bacon) on

9. Ensure baby has proper support – if you are breastfeeding in a Baby Tula Ring Sling, we recommend gently lifting and supporting your baby’s weight with one arm while lifting the top ring to loosen slightly with the other hand.

10. Maintain proper positioning –  it is important to maintain the tummy-to-tummy position and keep knees higher than bottom in a deep M-position throughout the time that you are nursing.

A photo posted by @anisakalyan on

11. Listen to your baby – listen to your child while he or she is nursing: snoring, grunting, or other noises can be an indicator of distressed breathing, and you should unlatch and reposition if these things occur, or if you visually notice an obstructed airway for any reason, or that baby’s chin has fallen to his or her chest.

Our friend Rachel Parker shares how she breastfeeds in her Tula Baby Carrier:

Share your tips for breastfeeding in a carrier in the comments below or using the hashtag #tulateaches!