Wearing my babies in a carrier has been a big part of my life. It’s almost emotional for me when I think back to how I started. I was a young mom of 2 boys, and it was the lowest point health wise for me. I was exhausted all the time (thanks to adrenal fatigue), struggling with mild post-partum depression and just trying to survive everyday. I had a 2 year old and a newborn baby.

One day an Above Rubies magazine came in the mail and there was a whole article on baby wearing. Besides the usual Baby B’jorn carriers that didn’t look comfortable, I had never been introduced to the idea of baby wearing. I hesitantly ordered this expensive (to me) Ergo carrier, and fell in love with it. Finally I was able to cook dinner and do dishes while holding my new baby. It was something that made me feel like I was going to make it through the new baby stage without totally losing it. Yes, it was a rough time for me.

Now that I’m a mom of six children, wearing my babies is just as important to me. I struggle with mommy guilt often. Trying to juggle a business, homeschooling, a marriage, and family is not easy, and I don’t want my new baby to get lost in the shuffle of life. Of course I hold the baby whenever I breastfeed, but I want to hold them other times as well.

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I’ve tried several different carriers, and found I prefer a more structured carrier versus a wrap. I do like using a pocket sling when they are little, and I don’t have much experience with ring slings. When I put a carrier one I just want to throw it on and go, and not spend time wrapping. I know there is a huge community out there of ladies who love to use wraps and that’s great! It’s just good to figure out what works for you and go with it!

Tula Baby Carrier Review and Giveaway!

Just when I thought I couldn’t fall in love with a carrier any more, I discovered the Tula baby carrier.

Besides being probably the most adorable carrier I’ve seen (the different prints you can get are amazing!), the feature I love the best is how high it comes up in the front. When I’ve worn an active baby in the Ergo, several times they have leaned backwards and I’ve felt like they could have fallen out. With the Tula I don’t have to worry about that.

The padding on the shoulder straps are the thickest I’ve seen. They are so comfortable! The padding on the waist area is awesome. It is the best carrier I’ve worn at hiding my mommy tummy. πŸ˜‰

I love my Tula baby carrier! A fantastic carrier for newborn through toddler!

This carrier works for a new baby, you just need to use an insert or wrap up a baby blanket and put at the bottom. I’ve found that Sophia prefers facing out so we have used the Beco Gemini baby carrierΒ during this phase.

If there’s one thing I’ve found after having had 6 babies, it’s that being flexible is best. You might prefer one type of carrier, but your child prefers another. Most of the times it is just a short phase. I have every expectation that Sophia will adjust to being in the Tula more in another month or two. Most of my little babies have preferred facing out in the beginning.

I always suggest owning a high quality baby carrier over a stroller, if you have to choose. I’ve used my carriers multiple times over versus my stroller. If you are searching for a new carrier, I would highly suggest trying out the Tula!

Snuggling with my baby in a Tula baby carrier!

Sweetbottoms was so kind to send me this carrier to try. I love their online store, they have everything from cloth diapers, baby carriers, nursery items, pregnancy and postpartum items, and much, much more!

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Sweetbottoms is giving away a Tula baby carrier to one of my readers! I’ve been extremely excited to offer this to you!! To enter use the rafflecopter entry form below! This giveaway is limited to USA only.

 

 
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134 Comments on Why I Love Babywearing (And a Tula Baby Carrier Giveaway!)

  1. It’s so hard to choose which is my favorite carrier! Each type is great for a different use. I guess the ring sling would be my favorite for tiny babies. Quick in and out, and easiest to breastfeed in. Easily lower baby down, throw the tail over your shoulder, and keep on moving! No one can even tell!

  2. thanks for the awesome giveaway! What blog post on sweet bottoms blog do i leave the comment about the favorite carrier?

  3. My daughter loved to face out for awhile too – about 3-7 months or so. So, I used the Beco Gemini a lot! And then one day, I could tell she just didn’t love it so much. So now she is back to facing inward.

    One question I have about babywearing though… I find there are many things I don’t feel comfortable doing while babywearing – using a knife, being near the stove or oven, leaning down to empty dishwasher or change the toddler’s diaper… so I feel like I don’t use it as much, since it’s easier to just set baby down on the floor when I need to do those things. Any suggestions?

  4. I love the Tula I have! I’d love to get a different print in Cloudy to be more gender neutral. I love my woven wraps but like having a SSC for things like the zoo. I love that I can wear my bigger kids in the Tula Toddler too!

  5. I’d love to try the Tula! Right now my go to carrier is my ring sling, but it looks like a Tula would be more comfortable, and my friends all love theirs! Also loved the adorable doll ergo carrier they had for sale!

  6. I love the Becco carrier, but would be so excited to win a Tula because I’ve heard so many great things! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I liked the tula one. I have a Moby, and like it, but it can get too stretched out to hold tightly after awhile. I’d love to try the tula. πŸ™‚

  8. We have the Boba Carrier 4G in Tweet, which we love. I am really liking the Wrapsody Hope Breeze Wrap that they carry!

  9. I love the Tula carrier, I still wrap my little one, but the carrier would be SO much easier, the expense holds me back from buying one!

  10. My favorite baby carrier from the Sweet Bottoms website was the Beco Soleil Baby carrrier in the arrow print. I have an ergo and have only recently heard about the Tula. I would love to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I haven’t actually tried any baby carrier but a moby wrap. I’ve heard GREAT things about the Tula carriers. I would be most interested in buying that!

  12. I love the doll carriers for the little/big sisters! Too cute! For me, the simpler, the better, so I would pick the boba, maybe?

  13. Thanks for such a great giveaway! I have heard amazing things about the Tula and would love to try one out sometime. I do like the Beco Soliel though! I tried it out recently and found it quite comfy.

  14. I am loving the look of the TULA Toddler carrier in Vivian! I have never tried a TULA and would love one that my daughter could fit into. It looks ahhhmazing!

  15. I used to babywear my 3 children a lot.
    In the beginning I used a wrap or ring sling.
    With approx. 6 moths I wore them on my back in Ergo oder Manduca Carrier.

    Here in Germany it is not recommended to wear babys face out.

    Greetings
    Salo

  16. I love the Tula in the pattern Oh My the best. I wish I still had mine from my other son but I gave that Tula away because I didn’t know another baby would eventually come.

  17. I’ve been wanting an ergo 360 for some time now. I’ve had my original ergo for years and now need an additional one since we are wearing two littles now. (This is baby number nine for us but the first time we’ve had two that like to be worn!) my six month old likes to face outward so she will only stay so long in the ergo before I end up having to take her out and just carry her facing outward.

  18. BECO SOLEIL BABY CARRIER is one of the carriers that I have my eye on!! All of the color options are awesome.

  19. The Beco Soleil might be my favorite, but I’ve never actually tried a Tula. Maybe that’s my new favorite? πŸ™‚

    • I have a 7 week old and so far have only used the moby. I’m not completely do on it though. The Tula looks like something I’d feel more comfortable using. The cloudy is nice.

  20. I would love to have a tula toddler! My daughter is 3 now and I haven’t worn her for a while because she’s too big for all my carriers.

  21. I’ve only used a baby bjorn, which i like for forward facing – and the ergo, which I like for more comfort and for the back pack option. but, I don’t like the lack of head support. the tula looks great and I would love to try one!

  22. We have the classic Ergo which I have so enjoyed using from birth up to 20 months with our third! It’s the only carrier that any of our babies have tolerated or enjoyed and I have no idea what life would be like without it! And the back support it provides is incredible! I’ve heard so many good things about the Tula though…. I would love to give it a try at some point.

  23. I own the Ergo Organic Carrier in green and it works well for me, but I would love to try a Tula carrier in some girly colors for my new baby girl!

  24. My favorite carrier is the Tula in Sly print, I love the little foxes! We don’t have any baby carrier yet, but I’ve heard amazing things about Tulas and would LOVE to have one.

  25. The bliss bouquet is awesome! I want to start baby wearing as I think it would be so much easier. carrying the infant carseat around is sure a pain.

  26. My favorite carrier that Sweetbottoms (one of my favorite Cloth diaper shops :)) is the Tula Baby carrier. I love the Skipper print!

  27. I would love to try the Tula. I’ve heard how comfy it is and it looks so secure! Right now I’m using a lillebaby. My favorite was the dino print Tula.

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