Questions About My Tula Product
What is a Tula?
When someone refers to a Tula, they are most likely referring to our soft structured ergonomic canvas carriers, or buckle carriers. Our Tula Baby Carriers are made from 100% cotton canvas and quality fabrics and come in a wide range of prints and colors. The Tula Baby Carrier is available in two sizes, Standard (Baby) and Toddler.
Baby Tula Woven Wraps are long pieces of fabric, specifically woven to carry your child. They are sold in a variety of sizes ranging from size 2-7, based on the length of the wrap. Designed and woven specifically for Baby Tula, our wraps are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified. They represent our passion for textiles, design, and attention to detail, but ultimately the beauty of babywearing.
Baby Tula Ring Slings are simple, one shoulder carriers that have been made from our woven wraps. They are attached to a set of two rings at one end. These carriers are available in two sizes; S/M and L/XL. The size of the Ring Sling refers to the length of the ‘tail’. When your baby is being worn in your Ring Sling, there will be a tail of extra fabric. A S/M will provide a small to medium length tail for most wearers and a L/XL will offer a long to extra long tail.
Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers are structurally the same as Tula Baby Carriers and are offered in the same sizes. However, these carriers are made with Woven Wrap material, lending them to the beauty and specialty of Tula Woven Wraps.
Click here to view our baby carrier comparison to see the different Baby Tula carrier options and find the baby carrier that is best for you and your baby!
What is a Tula Coast?
A Tula Coast is a line of breathable mesh baby carriers. This line offers a reinterpretation of our original framed panel design which creates a ventilated carrier perfectly suited for active lifestyles and warm weather locales. For more information, read our blog post.
Seat Extenders can also be added to the standard to lengthen the “life” of the carrier by adding to the width of the body panel.
The Baby Tula Toddler Carrier is recommended beginning when the child is a minimum of 11 kg and 80 cm tall. Due to the height and width of the Toddler carrier, we do not recommend using the toddler size with a newborn or an infant below our minimum height recommendation.
This 2 year old is 86 cm tall and weighs 12 kg. He fits comfortably in both the Standard Baby Tula Carrier as well as the Toddler Baby Tula Carrier.
Click here to view our baby carrier comparison to see the comparison between standard and toddler carriers.
What are the dimensions of a Standard Tula vs a Toddler Tula?
All of our products are handcrafted and may have slight variations in size.
The Standard Tula measures approximately 15.5” tall, 15” wide at the base of the panel, and 17” wide at the top of the panel. The Toddler Tula measures approximately 17.5” tall, 18.5” inches wide at the base, and 20” wide at the top of the panel. The weight of a Tula canvas carrier is between 1.5lbs and 2lbs.
What is the length of the padded part of the straps in the standard and in the toddler?
The padded part of standard strap, when not expanded, is 20" and 23" when expanded. The webbing attached to the strap is additional 29" long. The toddler's strap is 18" and 21" when expended. The webbing attached to the strap extends to 29" long.
Can you use an Infant Insert with a Toddler Tula Carrier?
No, the infant insert can only be used with a standard sized carrier.
Being a plus sized Mom, can the Tula Baby Carrier fit me well? Can the Tula also fit petite moms under 5 feet?
Our carriers are designed to fit any size wearer whether they are petite or plus sized, man or woman. The waist band has 27” of padding with an additional 29” of webbing, which is a waist total of between approximately 27” to 56”. We also have designed “Perfect Fit Adjusters” on the front of the shoulder strap which can be cinched down for petite wearers or extended for taller wearers.
What is the difference between a canvas Tula Baby Carrier and a Wrap Conversion Carrier?
Tula Baby Carriers and Wrap Conversion Carriers are made exactly the same structurally, and are offered in the same two sizes. Tula Baby Carriers are made with a sturdy canvas and quality fabric prints, whereas Tula Wrap Conversion carriers are made using popular woven wraps, offering the ease of a structured buckle carrier, and the beauty of woven wraps. The prices vary due to additional cost in sourcing woven wraps.
Click here to view our baby carrier comparison to see the comparison between baby carriers and wrap conversion carriers.
How often are Baby Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers stocked?
Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers are highly detailed and handmade, and therefore are made in very limited quantities. We have wrap conversion stockings approximately every other Sunday on our US website; these stockings are announced ahead of time on our Facebook page along with a preview of some of the carriers that will be stocked. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates!
What is Tencel®?
Tencel® is a natural, man-made fiber and is the trade name for the generic lyocell. The fiber is derived from the pulp of sustainably grown Eucalyptus trees and is both incredibly strong and luxuriously soft. Tencel® fibers are amazingly breathable and possess great moisture control, making them an ideal material for woven wraps and ring slings.
The print I want is sold out! How often do you restock?
We are unable to offer detailed information regarding production of our Tula carriers, including estimates on when prints will return, as this is based on availability of materials, production constraints, and many other factors. We do try to offer many options on a regular basis to accommodate many different preferences. We recommend watching our Facebook page and for any announcements of new prints, and our website for any restocked prints!
How do I wash or clean my Baby Tula product?
Please visit our Product Care page for information on washing or cleaning your Baby Tula Carrier, Ring Sling, Woven Wrap, Baby Blanket and Torba handbag.
When can I begin to carry in back carry position?
We do not recommend back carrying your child until 12 months, or until baby has strong and consistent head, neck, and torso control, and can push him or herself independently into, and remain in, a seated position on a consistent basis.
What is babywearing?
Babywearing is the act of carrying your precious little one close to you in one of the many styles of baby carriers available, such as a soft structured carrier, ring sling, or woven wrap. Read more about babywearing on our Baby Tula Blog.
What is kangaroo care?
Kangaroo care is the practice of holding your baby skin-to-skin. There are many benefits of kangaroo care, which are discussed in our two-part Kangaroo Care blog posts. Read part one for the research behind kangaroo care and babywearing, and read part two for how to incorporate skin-to-skin into your babywearing routine.
Can I carry my newborn baby in a Tula Baby Carrier?
Once your sweet little one hits 8 pounds, he or she can be worn in a ring sling or woven wrap. These lovely carriers are perfect for your wee babe – they are just fabric, rings, and cuddles. Or, if you prefer an ergonomic carrier, the use of an infant insert can make them an accessible option from birth (required for use with a baby between 7-15 pounds). Read our blog post on safety and instructions of carrying your newborn.
Can I breastfeed while carrying my baby?
Yes! Read our blog post where we share how to breastfeed in a carrier, ring sling or woven wrap.
What are your Baby Tula Ring Slings made from?
Baby Tula Ring Slings are made using babywearing-specific Sling Rings affixed securely to medium weight woven wrap fabric woven specifically for Baby Tula.
Which size Ring Sling should I get?
The size that will work for most users is roughly based on t-shirt sizing. Both can be worn by most users, but the L/XL would result in a longer tail (which can be used to cover baby’s legs in sun, or to wrap around the rings for a polished, cosmetic faux knot look).
How long is the Baby Tula Ring Sling?
S/M is around 77" and L/XL is around 87" unwashed (slight variation is intentional as we cut to allow for up to 20% shrinkage with our Tencel blend).
Can I leave my ring sling threaded between uses?
It is fine to leave your ring sling threaded between uses as long as you are actively using it on a regular basis.
What is the most comfortable positioning in a ring sling?
We would recommend wearing the shoulder of the ring sling capping your shoulder so that it comes down over the top of your arm, if possible. It helps to spread the sling widely across your back to help distribute the weight as well. And keep your sling snug, as this will help support your baby better. Finally, make sure baby is nice and snug with a good supported seat in the hammock of the carrier.
How should my baby be sitting in my ring sling?
Physiologically, babies develop so that their placement looks different at different ages and stages. Generally, we would recommend wearing your baby in a deep squat with knees above bottom, and with baby's weight resting in the hammock of the sling. Keep in mind that red lines on baby's legs don't always mean that baby is uncomfortable - they can be similar to the marks left on your face by your pillow. That said, pay close attention to ensuring that baby has adequate circulation, an open airway, and is always visible and kissable.
Why does my baby fall lower on my body while in the ring sling over time?
Your baby should be close enough to kiss. It sounds like you're not getting it tight enough. Make sure the shoulder of the sling is also cupping your shoulder and that the sling is spread widely across your back. To tighten more easily, try tightening from under your arm and across baby's back by bringing the slack in the sling to the rings before pulling it through, and always maintain a secure M-position for baby, who will be seated in the hammock of the carrier. I would recommend starting with your sling pre-adjusted so you don't have make as many changes once baby is in the sling!
My child has a good seat, but the leg furthest from the rings always turns purple.
It sounds like your bottom rail might be too snug. Keep in mind that the bottom rail is supposed to be tight enough to keep knees above bum, but not too tight.
Why does my baby end up crooked when I tighten her in the ring sling?
It would help to make sure that you are tightening the fabric evenly across baby's back and bottom and that knees are higher than bottom to create the seat. If the bottom rail is too tight, it can sometimes pull baby off to an angle as well, but you do want it to be tight enough to maintain a secure M-position for baby. Try tightening from under your arm and across baby's back by bringing the slack in the sling to the rings before pulling it through.
Why does the ring sling shoulder slide when I lift my arm?
Since the ring sling is designed to cup your shoulder, you won't have as much range of motion with that side. For that reason, some users wear the sling on their non-dominant shoulder so that they still have full range of motion with their dominant hand!
In the majority of pictures I see with ring slings, most babies are arms in. Is this a requirement or is it okay for babies with good head control to be arms out?
We personally prefer arms in because it is cozy, but it is safe for a baby to be arms out when larger, as long as there is adequate coverage all the way up to the armpits, as long as baby has appropriate torso and head control, and as long as baby is securely attached.
When can I begin using my ring sling?
You can wear a baby in a ring sling beginning at around 8 lbs. You want to remember the ABCs - airway (clear, chin off of chest), body positioning (neck and trunk control, knees higher than bottom, and a seated M-position), and comfort (get help if this isn't there!). Small babies in particular need to have extra attention paid to their airway as well as their positioning.
What's the best position for placing a newborn in a ring sling?
The best position for a newborn carry is to be worn high and snug on your chest. Always make sure she is visible and kissable, and keep an eye on her airway to ensure that it is clear. Make sure her chin is at least two adult fingers above her chest. We recommend turning her head to one side so that she can rest her cheek on your chest. For additional support, you can twist your tail to create a long "cushioned" rail, bring the twisted tail up against your baby and flip the top edge over the twisted tail to create a cushioned top edge to support baby's head.
Can I nurse in the cradle position in a ring sling?
You can absolutely nurse your newborn in a ring sling in the cradle position. Make sure that baby is secure while nursing and that his or her knees are still higher than bottom (you will probably need to carefully loosen the top rail and tighten the bottom rail once moving baby to the cradle position). BE ALERT. You must always conscious of your newborn while nursing and that his or her chin is not on her chest. Bring your baby back up to the upright position as soon as you are finished, tightening up the rails and making sure baby is visible, and their airways are clear.
Should I wear my newborn with legs in or legs out in a ring sling?
Wearing your newborn legs in or legs out is a matter of comfort for your newborn. Some newborns prefer to be worn with their legs out and that is fine. If your newborn is more comfortable being worn with his/her legs in, just make sure that baby's weight is resting on his or her bottom, not their feet or legs.
What do I do to help support my newborn’s neck until he or she has more neck control?
Our slings are wide enough to support to the base of baby’s head easily. That said, it can be helpful to roll a piece of cloth (a prefold diaper or a small dishtowel, or even the tail of the sling!) into the top rail of the ring sling to support a small baby's neck when they fall asleep.
What are ways to tell that your baby is ready to move from a newborn carry position to an older baby position?
A good rule of thumb is to not wear your little one in a hip carry until you find that you "default" to carrying your kiddo on your hip ordinarily.
What is the best position for my toddler to be in?
Many toddlers really enjoy the hip carry, but tummy to tummy is still okay as long as caregiver and child are both comfortable.
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