We always love the “fresh start” feelings that a new year brings. It’s a time to reflect on what you enjoyed most from the previous year and consider what you want to focus on for the next. With each new step forward towards empowering goals, favorite passions, or personal promises, we hope to be there with you!
We created the sign,below, that you can print out and affirm your 2017 goals by personalizing it with your Tula resolution. Download the PDF to print!
Easy DIY Halloween Costumes Using Your Baby Tula Carrier
Halloween is a wonderful time to make fun memories with your baby! But time as a parent is always limited so we have put together some DIY/quick & easy baby carrier costumes. You don’t have to go out and buy an expensive costume for yourself AND baby, just use the carrier you already have and use year-round. Check out our last-minute costume ideas made with items you have around your house. Be sure to check back as we will be adding more as we approach our favorite spooky holiday!
Share your costumes with us by using #tulahalloween!
What you’ll need:
– ‘Soul Surfer’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Ripple‘, ‘Trillion‘, ‘Indigo‘, ‘Little Blue‘)
– Bathing suit or wet suit
– Arm floaties (not pictured here)
– Sunglasses (not pictured here)
– Boogie board (not pictured here)
– Sunscreen on your nose (not pictured here)
– Towel (not pictured here)
Superhero Baby Carrier Costume
What you’ll need:
– ‘Sidekick’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Sidekick Coast‘ or ‘Fleet‘)
– Cape (we used a red Tula Baby Blanket)
– Mask (we made ours out of blue paper)
– Choose your superhero: all black for Batman/Catwoman, all red for The Incredibles/Iron Man, all green for Hulk/Poison Ivy
Rockabilly Baby Carrier Costume
What you’ll need:
– ‘Betty’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Road Trip‘ or ‘Urbanista‘)
– Red bandana(s) for you and baby!
– Denim shirt
– Red lipstick
– Cuffed up jeans (not pictured here)
What you’ll need:
– ‘Beacon’ Baby Carrier – Green construction paper – Scissors
– Tape (preferably double-sided) – Pen (or something to curl the ends of the pineapple crown) – Headband or beanie that fits around baby’s head – Yellow baby outfit (not pictured here) – Hawaiian/yellow shirt for babywearer (optional – for the person wearing the baby, to coordinate!)
Start cutting different height/width pineapple crown ‘leaves’. For the baby pictured, we used about 10-12 leaves; however, it will depend on baby’s head width and how full/layered you want the crown!
Start taping the ‘leaves’ around the perimeter of the headband or beanie. You’ll want to layer longer leaves first so the shorter pieces can be taped in front more visibly.
Curl the ends of each ‘leaf’ around a pen or similar shape item to get a cute curl on each one.
Place baby comfortably in the carrier and put the headband or beanie on.
What you’ll need: – ‘Navigator’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Ripple‘, ‘Little Blue‘ or ‘Soul Surfer‘)
– Pirate hook (we used one from Target)
– Shoulder parrot (we used one from Target)
– Single hoop earring (we used one from Target)
– Pirate hat (not pictured here)
– Eye patch (not pictured here)
– Red pirates jacket (not pictured here)
Dinosaur Baby Carrier Costume
What you’ll need:
– ‘Olive’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Later Gator‘ or ‘Tulasaurus‘)
– Dinosaur hood (we used one from Target)
– Dinosaur headband for baby (we used one from Target)
– Dinosaur paws (we used one from Target)
– Dinosaur tail (not photographer here)
– Green or brown shirt/onesie (optional)
Start laying your turtle ‘grid’ with the gold tape by cutting pieces for each line. You can view a better front-image of our example on Pinterest.
Once the green grid is finished, start laying the green washi tape over it. We used two lines of green to make it more apparent and cover more of the gold.
Cut arms and legs out of green construction paper. Our arms were longer than the legs to make it look more realistic 🙂
Tape arms to inside of the carrier.
Place baby comfortably in the carrier and put the green beanie on.
Safari Baby Carrier Costume
What you’ll need:
– ‘Roar!’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Shenandoah‘ or ‘Campy‘)
– Safari hat/fedora (we used a Panama hat from Target)
– Olive dress or top (we used an olive tank dress from Target)
– Giraffe or other safari stuffed animal
Hippie Baby Carrier Costume
What you’ll need: – ‘Road Trip’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Aquarelle‘)
– Tie dye shirt or sweatshirt
– Fun sunglasses
– Leather headband (not pictured here)
– Bell-bottoms (not pictured here)
Witch Baby Carrier Costume
What you’ll need:
– ‘Concentric’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Urbanista‘, ‘Fleet‘, ‘Arbol‘ or ‘Jet‘)
– Witch’s hat (we used one from Target)
– Witch’s broom (not pictured here)
– Black shirt/dress (not pictured here)
– Black tights (not pictured here)
– Black shoes/boots (not pictured here)
What you’ll need: – ‘Look for Helpers’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Jet’ or ‘Indigo’)
– Head to your local fire station and get an actual firefighter!
– Firefighter jacket (not pictured here)
– Firefighter hat (not pictured here)
– Dalmatian pet (not pictured here)
How-to: (Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions)
Buckle the carrier around your waist
Take the bottom of the pet costume, and velcro it around the bottom of the carrier
Place tape on the velcro on the top so it doesn’t scratch baby
Bring the top straps around the arm straps of the carrier and safety pin the strap to the costume (NOTE: do not pin the strap to the carrier)
We hope you find your perfect costume and maybe get inspired to make something different with your carrier. Please share your costumes with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest by using the hashtag #tulahalloween! Happy Halloween!
A few reminders when incorporating your baby carrier into your Halloween costume:
1. Make sure you are wearing your carrier properly, where baby is close enough to kiss and keeps an open airway. Review our instructions page to ensure you’re wearing your baby properly.
2. Do not alter your baby carrier in any way that makes it unsafe (NOTE: physically altering your baby carrier may void your warranty, please review our warranty guidelines)
Last week, several team Tula members attended the first annual WEAR Conference, a conference dedicated to safe, comfortable and accessible babywearing education. We were delighted to be there to attend educational sessions, exhibit our products, and connect with our peers and fellow enthusiasts in the babywearing community.
Conferences and events related to babywearing are a wonderful way to celebrate gathering communities and share special items to commemorate the unique opportunity to interact with our loving community in person. To celebrate, Tula created a limited edition carrier ‘Wearfore Art Thou’ and also previewed our limited edition woven wrap ‘Tula Love’ Blanc; a ‘natty’ tencel blend woven wrap.
WEAR was a great opportunity for us to connect not only with exhibitors and organizations, but also so many educators and babywearing enthusiasts who shared their knowledge and personal stories with us. One special attendee that we were delighted to meet was the founder of ErgoBaby, Karin Frost. She spoke about her beginnings and how she now enjoys seeing her confident fifteen-year-old son – the first “ergobaby” – navigate the world with a calm, compassionate manner.
As sponsors of the event, we also had the opportunity to sponsor speakers and experts to present during the conference sessions:
Benefits of Babywearing for Non-Gestational Parents, presented by MaryEllen Olson; and
Using Babywearing to Support Breastfeeding Goals, presented by Jay McMillin
We believe that these types of informational sessions help us share as a community how babywearing truly goes beyond function. To see the other topics and speakers from the weekend, please visit www.wearconference.com.
The WEAR conference also included a special awards ceremony that highlighted contributions made by individuals and organizations that were positively impacting the babywearing community. One particular award that stood out was the lifetime achievement award that went to the late Erika Hoffman, founder of Didymos, an early influencer and business woman that played a major role in introducing babywearing to the Western world.
Baby Tula was also pleasantly surprised to be awarded the Community Appreciation award for manufacturers in the babywearing industry! Ula and the team were so happy to receive this award because, as a community-voted award, it meant so much to feel the appreciation! We’re so thankful for each and every family that wears a Tula and allows us to be apart of their parenting journey.
We look forward to our next event, the International Babywearing Conference and to next year’s WEAR conference!
When we were approached by San Diego Zoo Global to produce a special Tula Baby Carrier for the Zoo’s Centennial celebration, we knew it would be a perfect collaboration. Ula, founder of Baby Tula, and her family have long been San Diego Zoo members and love visiting the Zoo often with a Tula in tow. A Tula carrier that showcased the San Diego Zoo Centennial logo not only would make for a vibrant and gorgeous Tula, but it would also be a way for us to give support to a locale that has meant so much to us, personally, and for our community of families.
The San Diego Zoo has long been a much loved destination for families. While visiting the Zoo, being able to hold your child close in a baby carrier while you enjoy the sights and excitement of the zoo makes the experience all the more interactive and memorable. The elevated perspective while being carried makes it much easier for your little one to see many of the animals and communicate with you in your shared experience. And, on a very basic level, wearing your baby at the Zoo makes the various terrains more accessible to you and small children. Locally, it is very common for babywearing families and friends to meet at the Zoo for playdates!
With the natural synergy of babywearing and zoo visits in mind, Baby Tula and the San Diego Zoo came together to develop a limited edition carrier to allow families to enjoy babywearing at the Zoo while commemorating the anniversary of the Zoo’s inception 100 years ago. The ROAR! carrier features the iconic Centennial Celebration logo embroidered on the main panel of a light gray Tula carrier and provides comfort with intuitive, versatile adjustments.
Along with being able to create a beautiful carrier for the San Diego Zoo Centennial celebration, we also wanted to give back to the world famous zoo and the amazing animals we see during our many visits. As part of our shared commitment to conserving wildlife, 10% of proceeds from purchases of ROAR! made online at www.TulaBabyCarriers.com will be contributed back to the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy, up to $10,000. The Wildlife Conservancy provides support for wildlife conservation efforts at the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Their international field programs operate in over 35 countries on 6 continents. To date, 43 animal species have been reintroduced back into native habitats, and many more are being protected here and abroad.
Based on the Tula communities’ love for baby wearing at the Zoo, the team at Baby Tula has organized an official “Tula at the Zoo” day on May 21, 2016, encouraging families across the world to visit their local zoo and share their favorite carrier shots. Those visiting the San Diego Zoo that day will have the opportunity to meet Team Tula, try the new ROAR! carrier, and be entered for the opportunity to win future admission for (4) four, including special a “Inside Look Tour”.
The ROAR! Carrier can be purchased online at www.TulaBabyCarriers.com or at select retail locations in San Diego County beginning May 13th, 2016.
We were delighted to attend the first BOND conference founded by Joanna McNeilly of the Center for Babywearing Studies. (Left) A sign that greeted us at the BOND conference. (Center) Ula and other attendees speaking in between presentations. (Right) Joanna McNeilly, Ula, and Dr. Phillips. (PHOTO CREDIT: www.robertsjohnsonphotography.com)
Baby Tula has long been committed to education and exploring how babywearing can be valuable to families. We believe that encouraging the bond between babies and their caregivers not only benefits individual families, but that these benefits ripple out in our communities. With this core value in mind, we recently attended the first BOND conference coordinated by Joanna McNeilly of the Center for Babywearing Studies (CBWS). Ula, founder of Baby Tula, was joined by some of the CBWS certified babywearing educators on the Tula staff to attend this 3 day conference.
The conference focused on the mechanisms of human bonding and how it related to infants and caregivers. How it works, what it provides, and why it is significant to families and people involved in early child and family development. Some of the topics covered by the highly accomplished speakers included:
the myriad of benefits and ways in which oxytocin, the hormone essential to human bonding, affects caregiver and child both physically and socially
infant and caregiver contact through baby carrying, and the long-term benefits that healthy attachment brings
skin to skin contact, or “Kangaroo Care” for premature babies and infants just after birth
healthy hip development
the history and benefits of “breastsleeping”.
(Left) Some of the esteemed speaks of the conference: Dr. Bigelow, Dr. McKenna, Dr. Moberg, Dr. Norholt, Dr. Phillips, and Joanna Mc Neilly. (Center) Ula and Dr. McKenna, leading authority on mother-infant co sleeping and breastfeeding. (Top Right) Group discussion which incorporated speaker, Dr. Bigelow. (Bottom Right) Group discussion with Dr. McKenna. (PHOTO CREDIT: www.robertsjohnsonphotography.com)
Each day ended with small group discussions that not only provided as a recap of the most pertinent information shared but also allowed attendees to share reflections and explore ways to apply the information that was shared by each of the wonderful speakers. We were truly inspired by each of the individuals we encountered from birth workers, lactation consultants, NICU nurses, babywearing educators, and other manufacturers who are working to support the bond between caregivers and children.
From the BOND conference, we left with a deeper understanding of how carrying your child benefits families. Beyond the first hours, infant and caregiver contact provides positive outcomes that can be seen up until adulthood for the child. It also positively affects the caregiver through instilling confidence, lowering blood pressure, decreasing occurrence of maternal mental illness, increasing probability and duration of breastfeeding, and many other ways. As a company who has always believed that babywearing facilitates significant physiological and emotional development (in addition to feeling so nice and snuggly), we are even more empowered in our mission after learning in-depth about the scientific and anthropological research that supports these beliefs as fact.
(Left) A group photo from the last day of the BOND conference. (Top Right Left) Ula and Wrapping Rachel! (Top Right Right) Team Tula member in a small group discussion (Bottom Right) Team Tula members participating in small group discussions. (PHOTO CREDIT: www.robertsjohnsonphotography.com)
We are so thankful to all of the organizers and volunteers who made the first BOND conference such a success. We were inspired by each speaker and attendee and look forward to incorporating the information and experiences we gathered from the conference and sharing them with the Tula community. We are also looking forward to the next BOND conference and other educational and community events we will be attending soon!