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  • Tula Toddler in Folk Art
  • Tula Toddler Blue Zigzag - worn on the front.
  • Tula Toddler Gray Zigzag, worn on the back.
  • Tula Toddler Gray Zigzag - detail of sleeping hood and leg hole padding.
  • Tula Toddler in Blue Seahorses (discontinued)

Tula Toddler Carrier

$169.00
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Product Description

This beautifully supportive carrier is made for comfortably carrying bigger kids 25-55 pounds. The Tula Toddler STARTS at 25 pounds. Don't try to use it for smaller children. If your child is >18 months of age, you should consider the Tula Toddler for its luxurious size and plush cushiony support. If you are a petite person, even if your child is over 25 pounds, you might still prefer the Standard size, because the Toddler is not only designed for larger children, it is also larger itself, and a smaller wearer might feel swamped in the fabric. But if you have an average to plus-sized frame, and your baby is over 25 pounds or over 18 months old, then the Toddler is the one for you!

Beautifully sewn by expert Polish seamstresses, each Tula is sewn by one person from beginning to end, and it shows in the lovely construction of these carriers. Padded leg holes to prevent chafing. Elastic safety loop on the waistband buckle. Removable sleeping hood is made adjustable by the use of elastic straps that secure to hooks on the shoulder straps. Pocket on the hip belt for additional storage. 

You can't do things like cross the straps or do a facing-out carry, and there are no special configurations for newborns or for use as a highchair or any of that. No toy straps. No hip carry. But if you want a really nicely made simple carrier that does front and back carries and has a comfy waistband, the Tula is quite luxurious within that category.

Be aware that if you have a lunger or a leaner or an archer, this is probably not a great carrier for you. The Tulas are quite wide at the top of the carrier body, and allow a lot of movement on the part of your baby. If your baby is super active in the carrier, this freedom of movement might pull on your shoulders too much as you compensate for all that motion. But if you have a fairly mellow baby, or a baby that really doesn't like to be constrained at all, this would be a good choice.

It has a fairly wide fit range, though if you are tiny, the inability to cross the straps might be a downside. On the upper end, plus-sized moms and dads should know that there is lots and lots of strap length that should allow for lots of room on the upper end of the fit range.

Carrier body is roomy throughout, tall and wide and very spacious at the top opening. If you have a child that hates to be constrained and is pretty mellow, this would be a good choice of carrier for you. If you have an active child that likes to lean, lunge and arch, they will probably be happy in this carrier, but your shoulders may not appreciate all the movement it allows, especially from side to side. Instead, you might consider the the smaller Tula Standard (15-45 pounds), or the Onya Outback, which is another larger sized carrier, but it has a narrowed opening at the top and will hold your child in place better.

Are you wondering what the size difference between the Baby and Toddler Tulas is? In these photos of the two Tula sizes, the Tula Toddler is on the left, the Tula Standard on the right. So the Tula Standard is pretty large and can be used with toddlers, but the Tula Toddler is made specifically for them. Much larger dimensions. Basically if your baby is under 25 pounds or if you have a small frame, Standard is better. If your baby is over 25 pounds and/or if you have a larger frame, the Toddler is generally a better option. 

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Tula Toddler (25+ pounds)
Measurements
Tula Baby (15-45 lbs.)
Measurements
Panel:
45 cm tall & 48 cm wide
(17.7 inches tall & 18.9 inches wide)
Panel:
39 cm tall & 37 cm wide
(15.4 inches tall & 14.6 inches wide)
Hip belt:
12 cm tall (4.7 inches tall)
Hip belt:
12 cm tall (4.7 inches tall)
Weight of the carrier:
0.80 kg (1.7 pounds)
Weight of the carrier:
0.80 kg (1.7 pounds)

 

Tula Toddler Carrier Details

  • For children 18 months (or 25 pounds) and up. Not recommended for newborns or smaller babies.
  • The Tula does front carry (facing in) and back carry.
  • Shoulder straps extend by means of a buckkle where the straps meets the carrier body - allows for wearers of all sizes to share the same carrier; also makes breastfeeding easy!
  • Carrier body is roomy throughout, tall and wide and very spacious at the top opening. If you have a child that hates to be constrained and is pretty mellow, this would be a good choice of carrier for you. If you have a wild child that likes to lean, lunge and arch, they will probably be happy in this carrier, but your shoulders may not appreciate all the movement it allows, especially from side to side. Instead, you might consider the Onya Outback, which is another larger sized carrier, but it has a narrowed opening at the top and will hold your child in place better.
  • Beautifully sewn by expert seamstresses. Each carrier is sewn by one person from beginning to end, and it shows in the lovely construction of these carriers.
  • Padded leg holes to prevent chafing.
  • Elastic safety loop on the waistband buckle.
  • Removable sleeping hood is made adjustable by the use of elastic straps that secure to hooks on the shoulder straps.
  • Pocket on the hip belt for additional storage

 

WHY ARE SOME TULAS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OTHERS?

Tula has become known in the world of high-end baby carriers for producing  their standard and toddler carriers in limited runs of beautiful unique fabrics. This means that some Tulas are rarer than others. The design is the same, but the fabric colors and prints are different. They are produced for a short time, and then discontinued.

This means that the quantities available, even to us retailers, are very limited. If you see one you like, get it before someone else does! 

Since the supply is so very limited, you wil see that prices vary among the prints available. All new Standard Tulas are going to be $149 at minimum ($169 for Toddler), but depending on how limited the supply of a particular print is, or how expensive it was to get the Tulas here in house, some prints might be priced higher.

  • Embroidered Tulas will always be higher in price, since Tula also charges us more for them AND they come from Poland, not the local US distributor. 
  • Tulas from Poland (even non-embroidered prints like Billow) will always have a higher price, because of shipping and import duties (my last Tula shipment from Poland cost me nearly $20 per Tula!). 
  • Tula prints that are in very short supply and high demand can have higher prices because those carriers take a lot of time and energy to track down.

Some Tulas are one of a kind. Some Tulas are wrap conversions, where beautiful woven fabric wraps meant for *unstructured* babywearing are used to either cover up the more supportive canvas understructure of the carrier (known as half conversions). If a wrap is used to make the entire carrier, this is known as a full conversions. Half conversions are slightly softer and less supportive than regular Tulas, and full wrap conversions are usually very soft indeed, and the least supportive of heavy weight. Full wrap conversions and Tulas made of special fabric can cost anywhere from $250 up to $3500. It's pretty crazy, as fashion tends to be. ;-)

Here at The Portable Baby, we just carry the regular "canvas" Tulas (even though they are not all made of canvas fabric, that's what they are often called). Believe me, there are many beautiful and exceptional choices of fabrics among the "regular" Tulas, and they are reasonably priced. They are the most supportive of the different types of Tulas available. If you feel that you might prefer a softer, squishier fabric that will feel more shawl-like, then check out the Lenny Lamb carrier that we also offer. Lenny Lamb carriers are all full wrap conversions. Tula - stiff and supportive, Lenny Lamb - soft and shawl-like. Different strokes for different folks. 

 

Here's a Tula Baby Carrier with the sleeping hood up to support your sleeping baby's head.
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And now, Tula waistband, shoulder and chest straps, for those who like to see those details.
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Warranty Information

All Tula products have a 1 year warranty against manufacturing defects. In the rare instance in which there is a manufacturing issue or defect, Tula will work with you to provide you with a refund, repair, or exchange. Tula's products are handmade and may have slight variations that do not affect their use or safety. Normal wear, fabric fading, minor size differences, common/normal wrap nubs or flaws, and sewing varieties are not considered manufacturing defects and are not covered under the warranty. Tula is not responsible for warranty coverage if the product has been altered in any way. The term “altered” is defined as including, without limit, dyeing, painting, embroidery, and fabric additions or removals made after purchase.

Tula is also not responsible for warranty coverage for any item that has been purchased SECONDHAND (so it pays to buy new from a retailer!)

Proof of purchase is required for all warranty services. If you have a warranty question or concern about a recent purchase, please contact Tula directly at help@babytula.com.

Other Details

Who is it for?:
Toddlers 18mos/25lbs and up. Not for petite mamas, it will swamp them in fabric. Pretty fabrics for the collectors out there.
Pros:
Supersized height and width are very supportive. Super comfortable 3 part waistband. Shoulder straps extend in 2 areas. Exceptional stitching quality and fabrics.
Cons:
Too big for petite mamas to wear. Not appropriate for babies under 25 pounds or 18 months. No crossing the straps.

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