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Babywearing While Pregnant

5 Tips to Be Comfortable Babywearing While Pregnant

While expecting a new baby, you might have another child who needs or wants to be carried. Luckily, babywearing is still a comfortable option for you and your older child. During pregnancy, your body is undergoing lots of changes so it’s important to check with your medical professional before babywearing while pregnant. However, for most, if you were already babywearing before pregnancy, you can continue to do so. Once cleared by your medical provider, be sure to listen to your own comfort cues and body.

When looking for a carrier and carrying options while pregnant, you’ll find that we offer many! A Buckle Carrier, Ring Slings, and Woven Wraps are all great carrier options that offer comfortable carrying positions while pregnant. Continue reading below to learn our 5 Tips for staying comfortable while babywearing and pregnant:

1. Try wearing the waistband below your belly

As your belly grows, a front carry will likely become less comfortable so we suggest using your Tula Baby Carrier in a back carry. You can buckle the waistband below your growing belly.

2. Use a Ring Sling to Stay Cool

A Tula ring sling can provide a more breathable option when pregnant. You have less fabric around your body and can position your child above your belly for close cuddles.

3. Carry on Your Hip with a Ring Sling

A ring sling also offers the option of a hip carry, which makes it easy to hold your child with room for your belly. 🙂

4. Try a Woven Wrap for a Comfortable Back Carry

A Tula Woven Wrap is a versatile carrier option that can be tied in different ways to accommodate a growing belly.

5. Back Carry with the Waistband Above Your Belly

For some, especially for those with a smaller baby or a long torso, securing your Tula Carrier waistband above your belly is a more comfortable option.

 

As a reminder, be sure to check with your medical professional when exploring babywearing while pregnant. Then, let us know what did you find most comfortable when you were pregnant? Share in the comments below!

What to Bring: Hospital Bag Checklist

 

What to Bring: Hospital Bag Checklist

 

If you’re an expectant parent, you have likely been very busy preparing for baby’s arrival. Along with classes, getting all your baby gear, and decorating the nursery, one important item to prepare before baby arrives is your hospital bag. We asked Tula Team member Kara, who is currently pregnant, what she plans to bring with her as she heads in to deliver baby. This is her third pregnancy, so Kara is including just the bare essentials that were helpful to have in her previous hospital bags. In particular, we were curious as to what Tula items she planned on bringing. Check out her list of items she will be packing in her hospital bag:

 

Tula Ring Sling

A ring sling is great for those first snuggles in the hospital. It adjusts snugly around the natural curved shape of a newborn and is great for sitting and/or avoiding incision area (if you have a cesarean). Be sure to wash it before packing it in your bag to get it buttery soft! Learn more about ring slings here.

Tula Baby Blankets (1-2)

Not only will the lush, soft blankets be perfect for swaddling, but they are great additions to your newborn photos while in the hospital! Get ideas for how to capture those first photos here.

Other hospital bag essentials include:

  • Photo ID, insurance info, hospital forms and birth plan(if you have one)
  • Chapstick
  • Soft Robe
  • Slippers (with non-slip bottom)
  • Phone charger(s)
  • Earth Mama Herbal Perineal Spray
  • Witch Hazel Wipes – not the ones for your face
  • Disposable Underwear (Although the hospital typically provides mesh panties, it’s nice to have some on hand as well.)
  • Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter
  • Loose Nightgown (comfortable for nursing)
  • Comfortable nursing bra
  • Large water bottle

Items to have for baby:

  • Car Seat already installed!
  • Comfy, snuggly clothes – Newborn size and 0-3 size
  • Coming home outfit – mainly for cute photos!
  • Diapers –The hospital will likely provide diapers, but just in case!
  • Bow, hat, or accessories you might like to use when taking photos

What other essentials or unexpected items did you find helpful to have when your baby was born? Let us know!