Tula Trends Archive

Spring 2017 LookBook

One of our longest-standing goals is to create carriers that not only look simple and personalized, but that also function in that way. Focused on the small, cheerful moments of childhood, our newest collection is whimsy yet wearable and on-trend. These four upcoming prints will be offered in all Tula Baby Carrier sizes: Free-to-Grow, Standard, and Toddler. Enjoy these images of the new collection, photographed throughout San Diego, and learn more about the Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier here! 

 

Fresh 48 Newborn Photo Session

How to capture your newborn in the first 48 hours

It is likely you have heard all the hype about “Fresh 48” sessions. If not, the session consists of hiring a professional photographer and having them document your baby in the hospital within 48 hours. As a professional photographer, there is no session I love more.  Not everyone will be a fan of having a possible stranger come join them postpartum so there are ways you can do it yourself to ensure the time is perfectly captured. What is greater than that new skin, those tiny fingers and their eager little mouths? Not much. I promise you won’t regret capturing all the pretty and chaotic. Those details are fleeting and while you tell yourself you will never forget…you do.

Here are 8 ways to document that fresh babe.

1. Crying.

That is right. One of the first things a newborn does is cry when they enter this world. A newborn cry is so distinct and I will find yourself likely pouting with them. Capture the cry face.

2. The umbilical cord.

The actual lifeline between you and your babe. It is astonishing when you look at it.  It will amaze you that this was the thing that connected you and this whole new life. Some aren’t thrilled with the way it looks but guess what? They don’t stick around long and you will find it falling off within the next few week.

I am a big fan of Mom getting in the frame. I know first hand how much Mom does not want that photo taken postpartum. However, you should know when your baby is grown and looking through photos they will cherish the sight of you holding them. Get creative if you must and do some creative crops or just get your hand in the photo to show your presence.

3. Dad and siblings.

If this is not your first baby then your heart will pitter patter at the sight of older siblings laying eyes on your new one for the first time. Document the reaction when they come to see baby for the first time. Don’t forget Dads too! If you see Dad hushing baby or changing a diaper whip out that cell phone for remembrance.

4. Feet.

I cannot be the only person on the planet who loves the fresh piggies. I mean, they are so tiny and sweet. The fresh toe nails, and wrinkly bottoms get me every time. I like to make sure I grab a shot of the bottom footprints as well as those soft toenails. Newborns love to stick those feet out and this is generally a really effortless shot to get.

5. Baby in the hospital crib.

This is a really good way to remember their size and how they filled out that space. Plus, their new name card is usually pasted here and you can capture them swaddled in that classic hospital blanket.  I love to wheel that cart over to the closest window and let the light fall on them.

6. That head of hair.

That baby fine hair or no hair at all deserves a snap too!  The fun thing about newborns is they can be really fuzzy. Peach fuzz will likely grace their shoulders and even their back.  The sad part is it will be gone soon so don’t miss out of grabbing those photos right away.

7. Skin to skin.

Newborns love to eat and lay on Mom as much as possible.  It is likely you will not want to put them down anytime soon.  Try documenting those first few days breastfeeding and them just snuggling on your chest. You’ll remember how soft they felt laying against you and all the times you couldn’t resist smelling their head.

8. Avoid too much touchup!

If you are taking photos and know your way around Photoshop or hired a pro please do not edit your newborn too much!  In order to truly document how new and precious they then there are some things that shouldn’t be altered. Flakey skin, stork bites, swollen eyes and bruises come with the territory of birth. They will be gone in a blink of an eye and you’ll be sad if you altered too much in Photoshop.

These times with your new baby will be magical and trying. Capturing even the difficulties of the first diaper, first feeding, and many cries will be so nostalgic to look back on soon enough. Not only will you treasure the documentary style of a session like a Fresh 48 but so will many generations to come.


Guest blog written by Mary from Evie & Jr. Photography

Mary is a professional photographer based in Michigan. Her world revolves around with her husband, Peter of 12 years, 7 years old twins; Oliver & Eleanor, and the newest baby Otis.
Instagram: www.instagram.com/evieandjr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/eviejrphotos

Tula Trends: Dye Your Tula Baby Blanket at Home

How To Dye Your Tula Baby Blanket at Home

Have you been dreaming of  a Tula Baby Blanket in your own favorite color? Well we asked a pro, Valene Hoover of Starry Skies Tie Dyes, to share some of her dyeing secrets on getting a truly one-of-a-kind baby blanket!

Hey everyone! My name is Valene Hoover and I helped create the little mom and pop shop, Starry Skies Tie Dyes (named after my daughter, Starlette and son, Skylo.) My husband, Justin Hoover, is the other half of the operation, but he understands that I have better people skills! We have been in business since 2014 dyeing baby wraps, ring slings, clothes, fabrics, and of course all the Baby Tula blankets and carriers! I feel Baby Tula made Cloudy Baby Carriers for dyeing addicts like myself! And those luxurious white bamboo viscose blankets…a dyer’s dream! With great pleasure, I have been given the opportunity to share a how-to step by step tutorial on our signature galaxy dye jobs and a basic vat dyeing tutorial for the novice dyer that wants to get their hands wet! Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions, I am always happy to help!

Galaxy Dyeing – Ice Dyeing

Galaxy (also known as ice dye) is when you layer dye and ice directly on the fabric to make a unique tie dye effect.

You will need:

  • Tula Baby Blanket (white or gray works the best) – I used Stars Leo
  • Blue Dawn dish soap or Synthrapol textile detergent
  • Soda Ash (Washing Soda or Ph Up can also be used)
  • Dye
  • Gloves
  • Small spoon
  • Grate
  • Tote
  • Ventilator mask
  • Plastic covering or garbage bag

How-to:

1. Prep your fabric by washing on hot with a 1/8 teaspoon of Dawn dish soap or Synthrapol.
2. In a separate bucket, mix 1 cup of soda ash per 1 gallon of hot water. Stir to dissolve soda ash. Once soda ash is dissolved, soak fabric for no less than one hour making sure fabric is completely submerged.
3. Take your fabric out of the bucket and squeeze as much access water out as possible. I personally just use my spin cycle on my washer to get the access water out.
4. Set up a grate with a tote underneath to catch your dye drippings. Put your fabric on top of grate, scrunching it together in a 2-D gathered pattern.

5. Sprinkle dye onto fabric using a spoon, salt shaker, tea strainer, etc. I decided to use 12 colors. I used Dharma Trading Co. Hot Hibiscus, Coral Pink, Daffodil, Lime Squeeze, Bright Green, Caribbean Blue, Lapis, Glacier Blue, Raspberry, Red Violet, Deep Purple, and Custom Colours Inc. Dark Black.
NOTE: I place my dye in different patterns each time I make a galaxy so they are all truly one of a kind. I allow complimentary colors to touch each other. The color wheel is a great tool to use when deciding where to place your colors. I usually start with my lightest colors first, then bright colors, then whatever blank space is left will get filled in with dark colors.

6. Add a thin layer of ice.
7. Let ice melt. Check the bottom to see if it has fully penetrated the fabric. If it hasn’t, add more dye and another thin layer of ice. 8. Once your fabric is completely saturated with dye and all ice has melted, cover with a piece of plastic or a trash bag and let the dye adhere to the fabric (batching) in a warm room (70-90 degrees is ideal) for a full 24-48 hours. Batching is crucial for vibrant colors.

9. Rinse your fabric with cold water for at least 5 minutes to get all of the soda ash out so the colors don’t transfer to other areas of the blanket. Switch to warm for another 10-20 minutes.
10. When your rinse is starting to look clear, soak your fabric in a tub, tote or bucket in hot water for a few hours. It is completely normal for your blanket to bleed for hours, sometimes even a day or two! Change water every few hours. I usually do at least 5 soaks.
11. Wash fabric 2-3 times in washer on a hot, gentle cycle with a 1/8 teaspoon of Dawn or Synthrapol.
12. Let fabric air dry.
NOTE: After you’re finished, I like to put the fabric in the dryer on fluff with 2 -4 tennis balls to soften it up again.

Want to add the ‘stars’ to finish it?
Add stars with your favorite non-dimensional fabric paint and a simple pointed paint brush. I personally use Jacquard Lumiere Pearlescent white, but Tulip works well also. Let fabric paint dry for 24 hours and then heat set stars with an iron.

FINALLY! Admire your hard work. You have successfully created a beautiful, one of a kind, handmade galaxy.

Vat Dyeing – Single Color Dye

You will need:

  • Tula Baby Blanket – I used Stars Leo
  • (2) 5 gallon buckets, trash cans, small totes or a sink
  • 2 cups of non-iodized salt
  • 1 1/3 cup of soda ash (Super Washing Soda or PH UP)
  • Dawn blue dish soap or Synthrapol
  • Mason jar or cup
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Gloves
  • Large stirring utensil
  • 1-2 packets of Dylon Dye, Tulip Dye or 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite procion dye (Dharma Trading Co., Custom Colours Inc., Jacquard, etc.)
  1. Wash your blanket regardless if it is new, used, or only used once. This is an important step that should not be skipped. This helps eliminate any barriers created in the factory or at your home that will cause the dye to not properly adhere to the blanket. One hot wash with a drop (1/8 teaspoon) of Dawn original blue dish soap or Synthrapol.
  2. Mix up 1 cup of soda ash or PH UP (PH PLUS, PH INCREASER, Super Washing Soda) per 1 gallon of warm or hot water. Let the soda ash fully dissolve. Add your blanket, making sure it is fully submerged. Let it soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Get your vat ready. Add 2 gallons of warm water. I use a 5-gallon Home Depot bucket, but a tote, small trash can or your sink works too. Add 2 cups of non-iodized salt. Let it fully dissolve.
  4. In a mason jar or any other small container, paste up your dye with 8 ounces of warm or hot water. Stir it as much as possible making sure it is fully dissolved. If it is not fully dissolved, it can create speckles of dye on your blanket.
  5. Pour your dye into your vat (sink, bucket, tote, etc.) Use your stirring utensil to stir your dye. Make sure the dye is fully dissolved.
  6. Put your damp blanket into the vat. Make sure your blanket is fully submerged and able to move freely.
  7. Stir, stir, stir! For best results, stir the entire time.
  8. Keep stirring! If you prefer a lighter shade, 30 minutes of constant stirring. If you prefer a deep or vibrant shade, stir for 45 minutes to one hour.
  9. The last 15 minutes of your stir time, slowly add your soda ash into the vat (1/3 cup.)
  10. Pull your blanket out of the vat and rinse all of the soda ash out for 5-10 minutes.
  11. Switch to warm water, rinsing for 5-10 minutes.
  12. Soak your blanket in the tub with hot water. Colors such as yellow or green will only need a short hot soak. Any color with turquoise in it will need a long hot soak to remove the loose dye that did not properly adhere to your fabric during the dyeing process. (Hot water is a mandatory step!)
  13. Wash your blanket in the washer on a hot, gentle cycle  with 1/8 teaspoon of Dawn or Synthrapol 1-2 times or until water is clear.
  14. Air dry your blanket.
  15. After dyeing, your blanket will feel stiff. Don’t worry, it just needs to be broken in again. I like to put the blanket on fluff in the dryer with 4 tennis balls.
  16. Admire your hard work and allow your baby to cuddle with your soft baby safe dyed blanket!

NOTE: For black, use three times the amount of dye, salt and soda ash. Make sure to use boiling water (120-150 degrees.)

 

Thank you Valene for sharing this awesome information! We hope that these helpful step by step instructions will give you the courage to try something fun and personalized! Please note: Baby Tula is not liable for any post-purchase modifications of any Tula product.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Mom and Baby

 

Ready to shower love on someone near and dear to you for Valentine’s Day? We asked our friend Larissa, from Living in Color, to help us gather a collection of her favorite heart themed items that are perfect gifting on Valentine’s Day! Check out her top picks and read why she is all heart eyes for these goodies! Share your favorite Valentine’s Day items in the comments below 🙂

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
Tula ‘Love Sucre’ wrap conversion carrier
Madd Sailor Sweetheart Headband from Little Lilla Boutique
Golden Heart White Coffee Mug
Tula ‘Rainbow Hearts’ blanket set
Tula ‘Love Ardoise’ Torba
BP Heart-shaped sunglasses
Tula ‘Rainbow Hearts’ single blanket
Wild Hearts Tula baby carrier

It’s no secret – I’m a fan of all things hearts. Therefore, Valentine’s Day is extra special, in my book! I’ve put together a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Mom and Baby. These items are sure to wow you with their practicality, colorful vibes, and chic monochrome tones. I personally own several and plan to utilize them to spread the Valentine’s Day cheer!

I started with sharing two of my favorite carriers from Baby Tula. One of them is ‘Love Sucre’, a wrap conversion carrier, and the other is ‘Wild Hearts’ a fully printed canvas! These make great, and long-lasting gifts and come with baby snuggles and sleepy dust! Along with the adorable carriers I included a darling sweetheart headband from Little Lilla Boutique, and an adorable white and gold heart mug for all of that mom fuel that’s needed!

All mamas need a stylish and functional (and heart-printed) bag, right? A Tula Torba helps stylishly store all of the gear moms (and babies) need, and some chic heart-shaped sunglasses! Lastly, a gift guide isn’t complete without some snuggly blanket options. I mean who doesn’t love a soft and cozy Tula blanket? Speaking of feeling snuggly…wouldn’t it be nice if the Tula blankets came in adult sizes? A little birdie may have told me about a special surprise coming soon! Be sure follow Baby Tula on Facebook for updates on that special surprise. 😉

Just in case you still aren’t sure what to buy your loved ones for Valentine’s Day, don’t forget that a Tula gift card is always the right answer! I hope you enjoyed this list of items, and hope you have a blast shopping for those special loved ones in your life.

Tula Style: Monochrome and Distressed Looks

When we are exploring what styles we want to include in our various collections of Tula products, we often look to current fashion for mom and baby. The distressed monochromatic look is one of our favorite for all seasons and we see it popping in different variations including clothing, accessories, nursery items and more. We put together some tips for perfecting a simple distressed look with your baby carriers, that will have you and baby looking super chic!

1. Choose One Distressed Item…

and work your outfit around it. For instance, if you have some amazing distressed jeans you’re looking to wear, pick a sophisticated monochrome Tula like Twiggy, Arbol or Love Noir Ring Sling to finish out the look.

2. Choose a Distressed Carrier…

… and do the opposite! A carrier like Wild Hearts or Jet with some distressing and texture will look great with a solid, dark denim chambray and a pair of black skinnies!

3. Add a pop of color!

All distressed monochromes will look great with a bright pop of color! Match your Jet carrier with a bright red lipstick, your Wild Hearts with a royal blue top, wear your Asteria with a bold red, or your blanket with a bright yellow jumpsuit for baby. Anything goes!

4. Or don’t, and keep it a cool monochrome.

The all black, white and gray look is the easiest way to look cool. Keep your shirt a neutral solid, throw on Jet, and let the print do all the talking.

5. Accessorize!

 

Pull the look together with accessories! Add in a matte black diaper bag, a little sparkle with a simple earring , and a solid black shoe. Don’t forget your coordinating Splatter Jet Blanket, and you’ve mastered your distressed look.

Show us your photos of how you wear your distressed monochrome by tagging us on Instagram, for a chance to be featured on our Instagram and our style boards on Pinterest!