Picking a baby carrier can be a hard decision. For me, I have discovered that I am a bit finicky with my choices. I’ve had 2 kinds of wraps, a mei tai, and two soft-structured carriers through my 2 small children. When I think about having more babies, I think about getting a new carrier. So far, however, my favorite carrier has been my Tula.
Tula carriers come in Standard and Toddler sizes. I purchased a Standard in a blue chevron print, and I have loved it. I also have the infant insert to use before baby hits the 15 lb. range, and I used it all of the time when my little Levi was well, little.
- 15-45 lbs. weight capacity.
- Front and back carry positioning.
- Pocket for mom on the hip belt.
- Hood to pull down over a sleeping baby.
- Comfortable, doesn’t hurt your back, and amazingly easy to use!
- So many adorable prints!
When my son isn’t in my Tula, I keep it folded up in my car so it is always ready to use. I don’t put other items on top of it and I make sure to keep it free from dangling dirty feet in car seats. If I am going to be going to the store or somewhere where I need it handy, I often wear it and just buckle the top neck buckle.
As with most carriers, a Tula can be washed in your washing machine. I have never done this with mine, and if I do, it will be on a delicate, gentle cycle in cold water. Tula carriers cost around $150, so it is an investment you want to protect. It is nice to know this is an option, however, because babies are messy.
For me, the easiest way to care for my Tula is to simply spot clean. I have used a mild dish soap on the shoulder straps where babies have spit up on it. I would also recommend using a microfiber cloth to simply wipe it down after a sweaty baby has been worn for a long period of time.
Here are some good tips for caring for your Tula:
- Buckle the buckles before washing.
- Wash in cold water.
- Use a gentle wash cycle on your washer.
- Let it air dry or dry on very low.
- Use detergent free of optical brighteners, such as a free and clear detergent.
Baby carriers are an investment, and my Tula is just that. I want to do what I can to make it last.
Karyn Meyerhoff lives, writes, and wears her babies in Northeast Indiana.