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From Sketch to Free-to-Grow “Doodle”

From Sketch to Free-to-Grow “Doodle”

Part of what makes Baby Tula unique, is how we strive to provide an abundance of different prints and styles that let you express yourself, or special meaning, through our carriers, blankets, and backpacks (!!!). From bold, whimsical designs to more understated styles, we make an effort to have it all! A fun detail about some of our designs is that they usually start as sporadic doodles in the sketchbook of our creative graphic designer, Nicole! We chatted with Nicole to get to know her a little better and learn a bit more about the process of taking sketches into becoming our favorite Tula items that arrive at your doorstep or local retailer’s shop!

ABOUT TEAM TULA MEMBER, NICOLE:

Nicole comes to Tula HQ, in San Diego, by way of Madison, Wisconsin. She attributes her technical skills and honed “design thinking” to her time at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she received her degree in Fine Arts in Design and Visual Communication. In addition to her knowledge in graphic design, Nicole also spent time traveling to explore art and the design industry.

Nicole was not familiar with Baby Tula before joining our team, but when applying for the position she went onto our website and fell in love with what she saw! We are excited to have Nicole on the team and have her fresh perspective inform our long standing effort to be creative.

ABOUT OUR GRAPHIC DESIGNER’S PROCESS:

Often, Nicole works closely with Ula, our founder and president, to start brainstorming and looking for inspiration, researching what people are most excited about, do some trend forecasting, and collaborate with our team to give the community what they want! Our main goal is to create a design for everyone, so they can see a Tula item and think, “This was meant for me!”

When possible, Nicole will work internally or with a partner brand to develop hand-drawn designs, like our original print used for the Doodle Free-to-Grow. It started with a mood board and some hand drawn sketches in a notebook. Then she’ll bring the sketches into Photoshop and Illustrator to refine, refine, refine, colorize, and organize into a pattern. The best variations of the design are shared with Ula and other Tula Team members for feedback. After which, there are many iterations until we finally reach an, “OMG YES” moment. Then, then our production team works to bring the design to life as it’s printed onto fabric and constructed into carriers, blankets, or backpacks. The process involves different expertise, inspiration, and collaboration because we enjoy bringing lots of different designs and forms of expression to you! Be sure to follow us on Facebook for previews and updates on all of our newest prints.

 

#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‘.

DIY Halloween Baby Carrier Costumes

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! Also, check out costumes from other Tula fans!

Share your costumes with us by using #tulahalloween!


Safari Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Roar!’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Shenandoah‘ or ‘Campy‘)
– Safari hat/fedora
– Olive vest or top

 

 

 


Bouquet of Flowers Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Juliette’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Blossom‘ or ‘Coral Reef‘)
– Flower crown
– Watering Can
– Leaves for baby!

 

 

 


Scuba Diver Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Bruce’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Indigo‘ or ‘Ripple‘)
– Scuba mask
– All black outfit (or a wetsuit!)
– Fins (or you can attach DIY paper fins to your shoes for better mobility)

 

 

 


Jazzercise Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Stickers’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Stamps‘ or ‘Pixie‘)
– Sweatband
– Spandex
– Leg warmers

 

 

 


Domino Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Urbanista’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Cloudy‘)
– Dots made out of paper or felt to tape onto carrier
– Middle line made out of paper or felt to tape onto carrier

 

 

 


Pirate Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Imagine’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Ripple‘ or ‘Navigator‘)
– Pirate hook
– Shoulder parrot (not pictured here)
– Single hoop earring (not pictured here)
– Pirate hat
– Eye patch
– Red pirates jacket (not pictured here)

 

 

 

 

 


Meowmaid (Cat Mermaid) Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Stormy’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Cloudy‘ or ‘Indigo‘)
– Cat ears (we made ours out of felt)
– Blue flower
– Gray top
– Green mermaid tail

 

 

 


Mother Earth Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Olive’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Hide and Seek‘ or ‘Soar‘)
– Flower Crown
– Bird for your shoulder
– Flowers, seashells, butterflies, etc. to attached to yourself and tape to the carrier

 

 

 

 

 


Care Bear Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Indigo’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Alyssa‘ or ‘Laguna Sky‘)
– Headband that you can attach felt ears on
– Headband and felt ears for baby
– White blue and yellow felt for the Care Bear emblem
Tula Baby Blanket for the sleep bear!

 

 

 

 

 


Minnie Mouse Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Brick’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Urbanista‘)
– Minnie Mouse ears
– Red dress (or shirt)
– Black tights (or pants)

You can also do Mickey Mouse!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little Red Riding Hood Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Stormy’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Cloudy‘)
– Red Tula Baby Blanket for a cape
– Picnic Basket
– Stuffed animal wolf (I spy him in the tree!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Beachy Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Pineapple Palm’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Hide and Seek‘ or ‘Tropical Tower‘)
– Leis for headband or bracelet
– Flowy skirt or dress
– Pineapple cup for an extra prop!

 

 

 


Minion Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Indigo’ Baby Carrier (to be your overalls)
– Yellow shirt
– Minion hat (or get yourself a yellow beanie!)

 

 

 

 


Burglar Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Imagine’ Free-to-Grow Carrier (would also look great with ‘Jet‘, ‘Concentric‘)
– 2 black beanies – for you AND baby! (we used one from Amazon)
– Striped shirt
– Black eye mask (We made one out of black construction paper)
– Bag of Tula Blankets to STEAL

 

 

 


lumberjack-baby-carrier-costumeLumberjack Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Jack’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Arbol‘, ‘Slow Ride‘)
– Red beanie (or any color beanie! We used one from Amazon)
– Plaid jacket or shirt
– OPTIONAL: real or fake beard 🙂

 

 

 

 


artist-flatlay-halloweenArtist Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Aquarelle’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Lunabrite‘, ‘Tide Pool‘, ‘Ripple‘, ‘Montana Sunset‘)
– Beret
– Paint brushes
– Paint palette (we used one from Michaels)
– White shirt or smock

 

 

 

 


surfer-baby-carrier-costumeSurfer Baby Carrier Costume

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-costumeSuperhero 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-flatlay-halloween

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)

 

 

 

 


collage-katniss-hunger-gamesKatniss Everdeen Baby Carrier Costume (Hunger Games)

What you’ll need:
‘Archer’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Cloudy‘, ‘Overcast‘, ‘Olive‘, ‘Trillion‘)
– Boots
– Green/olive pants
– Black or brown leather jacket
– Braid your hair!
– A bow to carry (not pictured here)

 

 


pineapple diy baby carrier costume

Pineapple Baby Carrier Costume

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!)

How-to:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. Curl the ends of each ‘leaf’ around a pen or similar shape item to get a cute curl on each one.
  4. Place baby comfortably in the carrier and put the headband or beanie on.

butterfly baby carrier costume

Butterfly Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
– ‘Pixelated’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Beacon‘, ‘Aquarelle‘, ‘Gossamer‘, ‘Confetti Pop‘, ‘Tide Pool‘, or ‘Delish‘)
– Adult butterfly wings (we used blue butterfly wings from Target)
– Child butterfly wings & antenna (we used butterfly wings and antenna set from Target)


dinosaur baby carrier costume

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)

 

 

 

 

 


nerd baby carrier costumeHipster Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Clever’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Trendsetter‘, ‘Urbanista‘, ‘Arbol‘, or ‘Jet‘)
– Black bow-tie or tie
– Black-rimmed glasses
– Black top hat (not pictured here)

 

 

 

 

 

 


turtle diy baby carrier costume

Turtle Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Olive’ Baby Carrier
– Green Construction paper
– Scissors
– Washi Tape (green and gold – we used Gold Scotch Expressions Washi Tape and Green from Recollections Washi Tape Dispenser)
– Green Beanie (or just use the green hood on the carrier!)
– Regular tape
– Green baby outfit (optional)
– Green babywearer outfit (optional – for the person wearing the baby, to coordinate!)

How-to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Cut arms and legs out of green construction paper. Our arms were longer than the legs to make it look more realistic 🙂
  4. Tape arms to inside of the carrier.
  5. Place baby comfortably in the carrier and put the green beanie on.

hippie baby carrier costume

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 costumeWitch 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)

 

 

 

 

 

 


gardener baby carrier costume

Gardener Baby Carrier Costume

What you’ll need:
‘Garden Party’ Baby Carrier (would also look great with ‘Bliss Bouquet‘, ‘Juliette‘, ‘Lunabrite‘, ‘Poppy Sky‘, ‘Gossamer‘, ‘Aviary‘, or ‘Melody‘)
– Sun/garden hat
– Watering can
– Flowers
– Gardening apron or tool belt (not pictured here)
– Gardening tools (not pictured here)

 

 

 

 


Firefighter Baby Carrier Costume

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)

 

 


Babywearing Costumes Using Pet Costumes

What you’ll need:
Any soft-structured baby carrier
– XL pet costume (costumes in the video are from Petsmart)
– Safety pins
– Tape

How-to: (Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions)

  1. Buckle the carrier around your waist
  2. Take the bottom of the pet costume, and velcro it around the bottom of the carrier
  3. Place tape on the velcro on the top so it doesn’t scratch baby
  4. 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)
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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).

#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.