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Breastfeeding Essentials

Breastfeeding Essentials

We know that breastfeeding can be daunting for an expectant and new mom! We wanted to make things easier for you and bring together some of our community’s top recommended breastfeeding essentials!



Baby Tula - Soar Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier & Saguaro Baby Blanket Set

Soar Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier
Transition into parenting easily with the Baby Tula Free-to-Grow Carrier, the best, easy-to-use, stylish carrier that comfortably carries your baby from 7 to 45 lbs without an infant insert. Find the ultimate convenience when you breastfeed in our carriers! Here are some quick and easy tips for how to successfully and comfortably breastfeed in your carrier.

Saguaro - Tula Baby Blanket Set
'Saguaro' combines a favorite spiky plant with the fluffy softness of our baby blankets! In serene hues of green, our 'Saguaro' blanket is a dreamy desert landscape of cacti. Babies love our blankets as a soft place for tummy time or diaper changes, to snuggle with in their carrier or stroller, for shade or additional privacy when breastfeeding, and to snuggle in while they snooze.

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Lansinoh® Smart Pump &
Lansinoh® Breastfeeding Starter Set


Lansinoh® Smart Pump
A Smarter Way to Pump! Lansinoh’s New Smartpump™ Double Electric Breastpump uses Bluetooth® technology to connect seamlessly to the Lansinoh Baby App to track pumping sessions, baby's activities and more, simplifying your pumping routine. Three customizable pumping styles mimic baby's natural feeding pattern to maximize milk production and comfort. Hygienic closed system design guarantees no milk backup in tubing or motor for easier cleaning.

Includes two sizes of ComfortFit™ flanges with soft, flexible rims for ideal fit and comfort, cooler bag with ice pack, four bottles, two bottle stands and a carrying tote. Lansinoh's wide-neck bottles make milk transfer easier and are compatible with the Lansinoh® NaturalWave®Nipple, so you can pump, store and feed baby, all with the same bottle.

Lansinoh® Breastfeeding Starter Set
The Lansinoh® Breastfeeding Starter Set has everything mom needs to successfully start and continue breastfeeding! This set is perfect for a new mom and will help her to address common challenges for new breastfeeding moms. Includes best-selling Lansinoh® HPA® Lanolin, recommended by lactation consultants and doctors in the USA. Also includes best selling Lansinoh® Disposable Nursing Pads, Therapearl® 3-in-1 Breast Therapy packs, and Latch Assist™ nipple everter.

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bamboobies - Prize Pack

bamboobies prize pack includes a pair of Regular Heart-shaped bamboobies Nursing Pads, boob-ease Organic Nipple Balm, boob-ease Organic Pumping Lubricant, Chic Nursing Shawl

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Belabumbum - Tallulah Lace Nursing Bra and Lotus Nursing Chemise

Belabumbum’s Tallulah Lace Nursing Bra ($53) is a supportive nursing bralette that is as beautiful as it is practical. Ideal for everyday wear, the chic peacock lace is cute enough to peek out under clothing. Belabumbum’s Lotus Nursing Chemise ($68) in soft baby jersey trimmed with vintage Lotus lace. One of the line’s best-selling silhouettes, this nursing nightie features bra top support and one-handed, easy drop-down nursing access.

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Betty Rat Bag - Normalize Breastfeeding Tote

Hand Illustrated pen and ink design printed on cotton canvas tote bag. Normalizing breastfeeding one tote at a time. A4 sized.

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Cherub Chews - Adele Ultimate Rainbow Nursing Necklace

Up for grabs is the Adele Ultimate Rainbow Nursing Necklace
Each Crochet Nursing Necklace is unique and designed to appeal to babies senses vision, touch, sound and allows the baby to safely play while nursing or babywearing. Great care has been taken to create a stylish, functional and versatile nursing necklace made from non toxic, eco friendly materials.

All Cherub Chews necklaces are made with EU sourced unfinished (no colour or varnish non toxic) wooden beads, crochet covered wooden beads made with organic cotton yarn , on an adjustable slip knotted cotton cord, so you can wear the necklace long or short. The beads range between 12 mm to 27 mm and the length is approx 30 cm full length.

The necklaces are designed with nursing and babywearing mothers in mind. They are attractive to little ones, beautiful and safe.

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Sarah Wells "Abby" Breast Pump Bag

Chic, classic and timeless, the nautical “Abby” breast pump bag is a fashionable, yet neutral breast pump tote with room for breast pump, pumping accessories, keys, laptop, phone, and more! Ideal for the always-stylish mama, the "Abby" bag features two thermally-lined pockets for breast pump, pump accessories and expressed milk, a multi-functional tote-like style that easily converts to a diaper bag, and easy-to-clean, durable nylon with real leather accents.

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Hyperbiotics PRO-Moms (3 month supply) - Time Released Probiotics Designed for Expecting & Nursing Women

PRO-Moms delivers six probiotic strains that specifically help seed the digestive tract, birth canal, and breast milk with beneficial bacteria to promote regularity and healthy digestion, optimize nutrient absorption, and support a balanced immune system for both mother and child.

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Covered Goods - $34.99 Shop Credit for One Cover

Our original multi-use nursing cover provides full 360º coverage & converts into a car seat cover, scarf, and shopping cart cover for one easy to use product!

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Lactation Link $100 Gift Card

Lactation Link $100 gift card towards Online Breastfeeding Courses (can be watched whenever, wherever, as many times as you'd like)!

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Troubleshooting Breastfeeding and Babywearing

Troubleshooting Breastfeeding and Babywearing

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. Time for rest, quiet observation, and feeding can happen while you hold your baby in a carrier. We have shared the benefits of breastfeeding and babywearing in a previous blog, that included tips for how to feed in different carriers. But we know there are common issues that may make breastfeeding while babywearing difficult. Read on for suggestions on how we troubleshoot these concerns.

  1. Breastfeeding and babywearing takes practice!

Your first attempts at breastfeeding in a baby carrier may be more difficult than you thought. We recommend that you practice and become confident in each activity, breastfeeding and babywearing separately, before combining them.

For babywearing: Become familiar with your carrier’s features. Learn how it is adjusted and practice, without your baby, the adjustments needed to feed in your carrier.

For feeding: Whether you have a breastfeeding relationship established with your child, or you are feeding with a bottle or other manner, it might be helpful to practice feeding baby in a position similar to the one used in a carrier. You may need to rest on your side while baby is on a flat surface, lay baby on top of you while you are laying down, or position baby upright while you are sitting.

When these skills are newly acquired, it might help to practice them in a comfortable place when baby is calm. With practice, comes lots of confidence!

2. Your breast size might dictate how you adjust for feedings.

Your baby’s mouth will need to be at your nipple level to latch and feed. So, along with adjustments to your carrier straps, you might have to make other adjustments to your carrier and your breasts to feed in your carrier. For smaller babies, or babies with less muscle tone, you may need to also support their head to assist with their latch.

For smaller chested people: Try lowering the waistband and loosening your arm straps to bring baby to your nipple height.

For larger chested people: Along with adjustments to your carrier, you may want to lift your breast with your hand, keep your bra clipped and lift your breast over the top of your bra, or roll a small washcloth and place it under the breast to lift it hands-free.

Practice these adjustments to find the right combination for you and your baby.

3. Looking for more privacy?

If the panel or the fabric of your carrier is not providing enough privacy for your own comfort, there are some other ways to get additional privacy. The carrier hood can be snapped up. (We recommend snapping only one side). You can use a lightweight blanket, like a Tula Baby Blanket, or a nursing cover over your carrier. If you are hoping for coverage on the side of your carrier, you can wear a button up shirt or cardigan over your carrier. This provides additional material coverage on your sides.

With all of these methods of coverage, be sure that you keep baby’s airway clear and that you check on baby often to monitor their breathing and temperature.

4. Not always hands free.

While being hands free is something we appreciate about babywearing, when you are breastfeeding, you may not be able to be totally hands free. A hand or two may be needed as your baby is developing head, neck, and truck control. You may need to lift your breast up to assist with your baby’s latch. If you are bottle feeding, you may need to hold a bottle in place. Or, you may need to support your baby while your carrier is loosened. That’s okay!

Keep in mind that some of these reasons are temporary and that babywearing while feeding still provides freedom. You can walk and follow an older child while at the zoo or playing at the park. You don’t need to leave lines while traveling to feed your baby in a specific room or area. You take care of grocery shopping while baby eats. And there are many other benefits of breastfeeding and being close!

5. You can find additional support!

If you are experiencing challenges with breastfeeding and/or babywearing, there are consultants and groups that can help! A lactation consultant or breastfeeding support group can assist you with additional questions about breastfeeding or other feeding options. If you need support regarding your carrier, there are also babywearing consultants and, often, babywearing groups locally that can help. If you have any medical concerns, we recommend always discussing them with your medical care provider.

Reminder of some general safety tips!

  • Baby should always be visible and have a clear airway. Check on them often.
  • If your carrier needs to be very loose to accommodate feedings, always keep a hand on baby for additional support.
  • Do NOT unbuckle your carrier. If you have to untie to adjust, always re-tie your carrier.
  • When your child is done feeding or if they fall asleep, always reposition them back to the optimal position for the carrier and their size.

Along with our one of our Team Tula babywearing educators, Priscilla Parra, we want to thank the following educators that provided additional thoughts and tips:

Laura Brown of ErgoBaby and BabywearingLA, Mich Conway of Babywearing international of Rockland Westchester, Beth Rosa of Loveybeebaby, Marissa Jennings of Babywearing International of Central Iowa, and Marisol Hernandez- Shewbert.

Beginners Guide to Using a Ring Sling

Beginners Guide to Using a Ring Sling

Our friend, Larissa, from Living in Color Blog, has graciously shared her beginner’s guide to using a ring sling with us so we could share the helpful information with you! Whether you have no idea what a ring sling is, or have been considering one but wanted more information, read through this guide where Larissa answers some common questions and gives some helpful tips!


If you’re anything like I was as a new mom, you don’t know A THING about ring slings, woven wraps or soft structured carriers. I hope to demystify what these other carrier options are and share additional tips for using them. Babywearing has most definitely made me a better mom.

Here’s a list of commonly questions I get about ring slings and my answers!

What is a ring sling?
A ring sling is a piece of woven wrap cut to a specific length (depending on size) and sewn at the shoulder with rings to create a convenient “sling” to use to carry a baby.
How does it work?
So chances are when you receive your sling it will be unthreaded, meaning the rings will be up top and the end of the sling will hang freely. The first thing you need to do is thread the rings. See this video that helped me when I was learning how to thread.
After your sling is threaded, you are now ready to practice using it. The rings hold the wrap sling in a way that allows you to create a hammock-like seat, wrap around your baby’s back up to their neck, and then tighten carefully. Read on for tips on using a ring sling!
Who needs a ring sling?
Anyone who wants to carry a newborn. In my opinion, ring slings are the easiest to use with newborns. Anyone who wants to run a quick errand and wants a compact, easy to adjust carrier. Also, someone who has a baby or toddler that you would prefer to hold in a hip carry. Most caregivers will want to carry your baby or child on your hip anyway. So, why not have a nice and supportive piece of fabric to help you do it and free up your hands?
Is a ring sling the only carrier I need for my baby?
Yes and no. If you have a newborn or super light baby, then yes, all you need is a ring sling. At around six months I started wearing G in her soft structured carriers too since they help distribute weight a bit better for older babies. But I still use my ring slings too – just for different reasons! I use three types of carriers daily. A ring sling, woven wrap, and soft structured carrier. They each have different functions and you can read more about that in this post here.
How old does baby have to be to be worn in a ring sling?
Each sling has it’s own weight limit depending on the fabric and the age of the child. Generally, 35 pounds is a good maximum baseline. You can generally wear a newborn in a ring sling right away (assuming there are no medical problems – be sure to consult a medical professional before officially wearing your newborn in a sling – just to be safe.) I wear my 17-month-old in a ring sling daily and still feel very comfortable with her in it. She loves it so much.
How do I get one?
There are buy, sell, trade groups on Facebook, or you can easily buy one on BabyTula.com. That is my favorite place to buy ring slings, which brings me to my next question.
What are your favorite ring slings, Larissa?
I have owned quite a few ring slings in several different types of material. Baby Tula tencel blend ring slings are my favorite fabric/types because of their cute prints and their special tencel material they use. Of the four that currently live here now, three of them are Tula.
Which fabric is best for a ring sling?
I would say tencel blend like I mentioned above, 100% cotton, or bamboo are my recommended fabrics.
How do I know what size I need?
Here’s the thing – when I bought my first sling I had people tell me to get a S/M (small/medium) because that’s what t-shirt size I wear, but I prefer a L/XL (large/extra-large) aka, LOOOOONG tails!
I love the long tails because they serve three purposes: the first is beautiful flowy fabric, the second is a makeshift nursing cover, and the third is extra support at neck or bum or another layer of warmth for baby! It’s a win-win with longer tails, but honestly it’s a personal preference thing!
My size guide in the image below is for Baby Tula Ring Sling sizes. For ring slings that are converted from small pieces of woven wrap, just look at the inches and then refer back to this guide.
S/M – 77 inches
L/XL – 87 inches

THREE TIPS FOR USING A RING SLING

1. Create a deep seat.
When your baby is carried in the ring sling, in a deep seat, you create a position that is very safe and more comfortable. This deep seat prevents them from undoing the “seat” of the carrier when baby straightens their legs.
Check out the photos of G in our ring slings. The bottom third of the ring sling fabric is pulled across her bottom, thighs and supporting her “seat” from the crook of one knee to the crook of the other knee.
2. Make sure you start with ring sling mostly tightened
The graphic below shows optimal comfort and tips for using ring slings. To make sure your ring sling is secured in an optimal position, tighten the fabric of the sling in THREE sections: top third, middle third and bottom third. Start with the sling snug with just enough room to get your baby into the carrier. If your ring sling is loose, it could make it uncomfortable.
3. Make sure there are no twists in fabric on your back.
The fabric that goes across your back should be flat and snug on your back so that it doesn’t mess with the seat or the fabric that’s threaded through the rings.
For a comprehensive list of FAQ’s visit Baby Tula’s FAQs page or get additional help when you sign up for Baby Tula’s Video Fit Checks!
Bonus tip: Be patient and take your time with learning. You WILL get frustrated, but I can also promise that with practice and determination, you will get good at it. Be confident! Baby Tula offers amazing instructional resources on how to use your ring slings.
What’s the difference between Semi, Half and Full Wrap Conversions?

Difference Between Wrap Conversions

A common question asked regarding Baby Tula Wrap Conversions is “what’s the difference between the different types?” We created the following graphic to help show you the differences!

While our ‘regular’ Standard, Toddler and Free-to-Grow carriers are made with canvas and twill fabric, our Wrap Conversion Carriers are made using popular woven wraps. The prices vary due to additional cost in sourcing woven wraps. Wrap Conversion Carriers were made for babywearers who love the look and feel of woven wraps but want the simplicity of a buckle carrier.

There are 3 types of wrap conversions: Full, Half, and Semi – while the Half and Full also come in Coast variations!

  • The Full Wrap Conversion is made entirely out of woven wrap material meaning shoulder straps, body panel and waistband are all made with a woven wrap, front and back. (also comes with Coast mesh panel)
  • The Half Wrap Conversion is made with the woven wrap on the outside of the shoulder straps, body panel and waistband, and has canvas material on the inside.The canvas reinforces the wrap which can make it more supportive. (also comes with Coast mesh panel)
  • The Semi Wrap Conversion is made with the woven wrap only on the panel of the body and canvas on the shoulder straps and waistband.
  • The Coast version of the Wrap Conversion is made with a center panel of breathable mesh and a mesh hood. This version provides added airflow.

When it comes down to it, all Baby Tula Carriers will support your baby and/or toddler ergonomically and comfortably, canvas, semi, half or full!

Want to learn more about our Wrap Conversion Carriers? Visit our Wrap Conversions 101 blog post!

Babywearing Educator Spotlight: Kristy Gill

Babywearing educators are a wonderful asset to the babywearing community. Their experience, knowledge and passion for babywearing can help caregivers overcome challenges and gain confidence in wearing their baby. We appreciate the role that babywearing educators play in our community and we are excited to celebrate their role through this series of babywearing educator spotlights.

Our next Babywearing Educator spotlight is on a passionate long time educator from the Denver Metro Area. We asked Kristy Gill, of  Babywearing Basics, to answer some questions about herself and her role as an educator.

Tell Us About Your Business.
Babywearing Basics is based in the Denver Metro area. We do small group workshops and private consultations to give caregivers hands on help, and to support them in finding the best fit with their carriers.
We also work with several retailers and manufactures doing anything from training staff, helping with events and meetups, to working at trade shows and conferences.

How did you get involved with babywearing?
Previous to my oldest being born in 2010, I had been a nanny and actually wore the baby I cared for so I knew it was a great parenting tool. When my oldest was born, he always wanted to be in my arms, so using a carrier made life easier as a new mother. We lived in SoCal at the time, and I actually lived right across the street from Laura Brown, founder of Babywearing LA, so I quickly fell down the rabbit hole. Some neighbors borrow sugar, and I borrowed carriers. When we moved to Colorado, I knew I wanted to get involved in the local community and help parents with a tool that is invaluable in my own parenting journey.

What do you find most rewarding as a babywearing educator?

I do a lot of work with new moms who don’t know that “babywearing” is a thing. Carriers are just another piece of baby gear (and to some it remains that way, and that is okay, too). Helping them to find a carrier that works for them, and empower them on their own parenting journey is really fulfilling for me.

What is one important tip you like to share with new or first time babywearers?

If at first you don’t succeed, try again – or find a group or educator that can help you! Sometimes getting hands on help can make all the difference when trying to get a good fit with your carrier. 

THANK YOU KRISTY! 

To connect with Kristy, visit her Facebook page and Instagram.

If you would like to nominate a babywearing educator to be featured on the Tula blog and Facebook, please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MXmdmoof68jhHn6n547gd-9iUJLNBj46kQhYlrtPzbQ/viewform

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