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Tula Toddler Carrier

Handmade in Poland by expert seamstresses, these 100% cotton (with ├ľko-Tex Standard 100 certificate) soft structured carriers are sized fairly large (the Baby version is smaller) and have a lovely comfy 3-part waistband with padded legholes. There is a unique buckle at the top of each shoulder strap that allows you to customize the fit past what you can do with the regular shoulder strap buckles. The stitching is really excellent and the fabrics are lovely. Solid colored Tulas have a pocket on the outside of the body, prints don't.

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.

Tulas take a long time to get to us (we waited almost three months for the first shipment), so our quantities are limited and available prints will vary. If you see one you like, get it before someone else does!

The Tula Toddler Carrier is designed specifically to carry toddlers from 18 months (or about 25 pounds) and up. I like to push limits sometimes, so of course I tried out my 6 year-old, 60 pound son in it, just to see what that would feel like.

First thing I noticed about the TULA was that with 60 pounds on my back, I felt very little in my shoulders. The goal in a soft structured carrier is to have all the weight of the baby supported by the waistbelt, and the shoulder straps are mainly there to pull the baby in close to you. Sixty pounds was surprisingly light. (NOTE that baby carrier recommendations only go up to 45 lbs., so don't say I advised you to go over that limit. Like I said, I like to push limits sometimes. But I don't recommend it to others.

I asked Adrian how he felt, but he was busy snuggling and giving me big hugs.
"Do your legs feel OK? Is the TULA rubbing on them?"
"I LOVE IT! Carry me like this ALL the time!"
Ain't gonna happen, kid. But the TULA Toddler Carrier does make even a big, heavy, tall 1st grader feel pretty good on my back, so your 3 year old is going to be like a feather in this sucker.

The TULA does front carry too, of course, if you prefer that. But know that it's a lot easier on your body to back carry instead. We're just built to carry weight more efficiently on our backs. Over 20 pounds, you should be using back carry most of the time, with only short periods of front carrying.

So get a TULA, practice your back carry, and get mobile! Free yourself from the tyranny of a toddler's fatigue and whims. Put another tool in your toolbox for when your child becomes tired and fussy, or needs a nap. Do a real hike of more than a mile. Navigate a crowded airport or city street without fear or annoyance. Stroll the beach and explore as far as you want to explore, no stroller required. Have a sick child whose only comfort is to be close to mom or dad? Strap her on your back and go about your business.

And can we talk grocery shopping with a toddler? Wearing him on your back is just so much easier than any of the alternatives. My toddlers were wild in a greocery cart - but on my back in a carrier would just hug me the whole time and make chatty conversation in my ear. Now you might have a perfectly calm doll of a child, but I did not, so a good toddler carrier made grocery shopping and the like way, way easier for me.

Are you wondering what the size difference between the Baby and Toddler Tulas is? Look at this, Tula Toddler is on the left, Tula Baby on the right. So the Tula Baby is pretty large and can be used with toddlers, but the Tula Toddler is made specifically for them. Much larger dimensions.
Size difference between the Baby and Toddler Tulas

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 Polish seamstresses, paid a good hourly wage. 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
  • Solid colored Tulas have a large outer pocket on the carrier body. Solid colors include In the Dark (black) and Pike (gray.

A Tula Baby Carrier with sleeping hood up to support your sleeping baby's head.
Tula Baby Carrier with sleeping hood up, ready to support your sleeping baby's head.



And now, Tula waistband, shoulder and chest straps, for those who like to see details.
Tula Baby Carrier - Straps



Tula Toddler Carrier
Folk Art
$189
Limited edition Tula embroidered with a colorful double rooster on light gray canvas.
Tula Toddler Carrier - Folk Art
Tula Toddler Carrier - Folk Art


Tula Toddler Carrier
Purple Hummingbirds
$189
Limited edition Tula embroidered with a black design of two hummingbirds under a tree on purple canvas.
Please note that a Standard Tula is shown here, not the larger Toddler version.
Tula Baby Carrier - Purple Hummingbird


Tula Toddler Carrier
Gray Hummingbirds
$189
Limited edition Tula embroidered with a black design of two hummingbirds under a tree on gray canvas.
Please note that a Standard Tula is shown here, not the larger Toddler version.
Tula Baby Carrier - Grey Hummingbirds


Tula Toddler Carrier
Star
$189
Limited edition Tula embroidered with a hand cut star stitched onto grey canvas.
Please note that a Standard Tula is shown here, not the larger Toddler version.
Tula Baby Carrier - Star


Tula Toddler Carrier
Gray Zigzag
$169
Gray/cream chevron print with mustard sleeping hood and leg padding.
Tula Toddler Carrier - Gray Zigzag


Tula Toddler Carrier
Blue Zigzag
$169
Blue/cream chevron print with red polka dot leg padding.
Tula Toddler Carrier - Blue Zigzag


Tula Toddler Carrier
Spotted Love
$169
Gray, yellow, black and white print of giraffes and hearts, with dark gray waistband and straps.
Please note that a Standard Tula is shown here, not the larger Toddler version.
Tula Toddler Carrier - Spotted Love


Tula Toddler Carrier
Skulls
$169
Festive decorated skulls on a gray background. Black straps and waistband.
Tula Toddler Carrier - Skulls


Tula Toddler Carrier
Pink Zigzag
$169
Pink and cream zigzag pattern with pink waistband and straps.
Please note that a Standard Tula is shown here, not the larger Toddler version.
Tula Toddler Carrier - Pink Zigzag


Tula Toddler Carrier
Cloudy
$169
Solid gray with pocket on the waistband, same as the printed carriers.
Please note that a Standard Tula is shown here, not the larger Toddler version.
Tula Toddler Carrier - Cloudy


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