Few things make us happier than a rainbow spectrum of color. That’s why we knew we had found some kindred spirits with our friends at June & January. Sharing an appreciation for stylish simplicity and bold celebration of color, we just knew our brands had to work together! We’re so excited to share our collaboration with June and January – Confetti Dot!
You’ll be able to enjoy this colorful design as your favorite Tula Carriers and Blankets to complement your favorite June & January apparel. “Confetti Dot” Free-To-Grow and Toddlers Carriers and Baby and Cuddle Me Blankets will be available on Tuesday, July 24th, at 10AM PDT on babytula.com!
We chatted with June & January to help you learn a little more about this fun brand and see why we were so eager to work with them!
How would you describe June & January?
June & January believes that kids are fun, and their clothes should be too! Our aesthetic is full of bright colors and bold prints with modern babies, tots and kiddos in mind.
What inspired “Confetti Dot”?
We designed it to showcase all of the cool colors we make in a fun way. What is more fun than dots?? We love how all the colors together resemble confetti. That's how the name of this special print came to life – Confetti Dot: A playful twist on our Dot print.
Are you as excited to work with Baby Tula as we are to work with you?
We are Tula lovers here at June & January! Our team is made up of 13 hard working women and mothers who really value the art of multi-tasking. The Tula Carrier is what many of the mamas on our team use to be able to juggle motherhood and work. We all love how comfortable it is compared to other brands and how fun the prints and designs are. (Babywearing should be fun too, right?)
Thanks for chatting with us, Team June & January! We can’t wait to see all the June & January x Tula pairings!
Take a look at our newest back-to-school collection...now with Lunch bags! Five adorable designs and a streamlined, stylish way to bring your little one's food fuel! Our Tula Lunch Bags perfectly in our Tula Kids Backpack and made of sturdy material to withstand school days. Check out the full collection below and read why we LOVE this new school essential!
1. INSULATED ROOMY INTERIOR
Perfect size to fit the lunch for your little one.
100% water-resistant polyester fabric allows for easy cleaning.
3. INNER MESH POCKET FOR ICE PACK
Keep lunch at the perfect temperature all day with the roomy pocket to fit most ice packs.
4. ADORABLE COORDINATING DESIGNS
Fits perfectly in our Kids Backpacks and comes in fun and unique prints that coordinate.
Check out all of the prints!
'Unicornicopia'is exploding with cuteness with a unicorn filled design, against puffy clouds, stars, and pink skies. It will be available in a lunch bag and kids backpack.
'Transform' is simple, yet bold, with black and white lines. It will be available in a lunch bag and a kids backpack.
'Safari' has a wildly fun scene of exotic animals, reptiles, and insects creating a design sure to be adored by your little animal lover. The print will be available in a lunch bag and a kids backpack.
"Marigold" has large blooms and bouquets of flowers filling a cream backdrop with a rich display of color. The print will be available in a lunch bag and a kids backpack.
'Chomp' has a playful pattern of grinning gray sharks on a dark navy background. The print will be available in a lunch bag and a kids backpack.
'First Place' celebrates the games we love to play with different sports equipment, stars, and heartbeats tossed across a bright teal blue background. This print is only available as a bonus kids backpack.
See the new collection of Kids Backpacks in action!
Our Tula Wrap Conversion line gives us the opportunity to work with weavers, woven wrap brands...and often small women-run businesses. Multiple visionaries come together to create every single Tula Wrap Conversion Carrier, beginning with the beautiful variety of woven wraps made near and far. We value the opportunity to work with these textile artists and celebrate them in our weaver and woven spotlights. In this post, we feature one of our newest collaborators, Alisa and Tekhni Wovens. We asked Alisa to share a little bit about Tekhni for those new to or wondering about this popular woven wrap company.
For those not familiar with Tekhni, can you tell us a little bit about the company and what you make?
Tekhni is a woman-owned, made in USA brand that designs, manufacturers and sells wraparound baby carriers, ring slings, bags, blankets and accessories. We started with wraps in 2013 and have added to our lineup of products and "Tekcessories" over the years. Whatever your need, there's always a Tekhni for that!
Who is behind the scenes of Tekhni?
I, Alisa, am the sole owner of Tekhni, with a team of amazing folks who keep it running with their knowledge, passion, and expertise. Team Tekhni is spread out over the world, with a grouping of local seamstresses and in-house specialists, extending out to the coasts, and even to the middle east! Most people on our team are mothers, and everyone is paid living wages. We have flexible hours and focus on a work-life balance.
How long has Tekhni existed? Can you share how the company was started?
We are coming up on our 5 year anniversary. Previous to Tekhni I worked full-time outside the home as a graphic and packaging designer for a larger company. To stay connected to my children, I wore them in wraps and slings and followed attachment parenting tenants. In my free time, I did design work for other babywearing companies domestically and abroad, and was a dye artist-- I enjoyed working with fabric and being able to express myself creatively. However, first and foremost I was a mom to 3 children under 5. The stress of working full time was weighing on me, and I wanted to be there when my oldest son got off the bus from kindergarten. I also wanted to create a brand of wraps that reflected my style and needs-- bold, modern and graphic, USA made, woman-centric, with a focus on comfort and attainability. So with the support of my husband, I started planning: I quit my career, took my life savings and started "Tekhni".
How would you describe your designs and your inspiration for the woven wraps you make?
I wanted a brand that was more contemporary and modern in feel-- graphically bold with a gender-neutral appeal. Earlier designs were inspired by dobby-style weaving and traditional patterns. Studies in shape, form, and color, and how these elements work with weave and fabric construction all play into Tekhni designs. I follow color and design trends, and always listen to our customers.
What do fans of Tekhni love about your woven wraps?
Tekhni customers love our commitment to accessibility and sustainability, all while providing an easy to use and care for wrap with great customer service! Repreve is a huge fan favorite-- Tekhni was proudly the first company in the babywearing industry to introduce it, and we currently work with Repreve as a tier-one approved brand. In the spirit of Repreve, we upcycle everything-- no fabric scraps get thrown away. That's how our accessory line was born! We also provide one-on-one customer care support from first product purchase-- education throughout parenthood. When fans purchase a Tekhni woven product they’re gaining a community and team that’s excited to help them with their caregiving journey.
Most of all? Tekhni woven wraps are fun! We enjoy playing with fun design and vibrant color, and our customers agree. The combination of bold patterns, strong colorways, and Repreve blend fabrics make us stand out from the crowd!
What are you looking forward to with the creation of Tekhni x Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers?
I love the fresh and fun feel of Tula Carriers and products! They have grown into a diverse lifestyle brand with an emphasis on things Tekhni is also passionate about-- modern design elements, babywearing comfort, everyday accessibility. Tula has helped normalize babywearing, and bring it to the average parent. I hope the Tekhni x Tula Wrap Conversion collection will give people a chance to truly enjoy the beauty and details of yarn-dyed, USA-woven fabric in the ease of a structured carrier.
Where can people go to learn about the exciting things that Tekhni is up to?
You can find us online to see new designs and products! Our website is a wealth of information and a great touch point for past and future designs and projects. In addition, we work with a variety of retailers worldwide who run their own exclusives, and you can find details via those authorized retailers. A list and map can be found on our website.
Definitely check us out on Facebook and Instagram for daily updates and visual sneak-peeks of whats to come!
Thank you Alisa for takkng the time to chat with us! Be sure to watch for our Wrap Conversion releases to find out when Tekhni Wovens make their appearance as Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers!
Are you new to the Tula-verse? Do you look at comments and wonder what is everyone talking about?! We wanted to create a quick and helpful dictionary to help ease you into this amazing community of Tula! Our Tula-vets - did we miss anything? Do you have anything to add? Share it with us in the comments!
A is for Accessorize
You bought your new carrier, now what?! Accessorize of course! Ask for examples in Tula Love, or check out the many Etsy shops with WAHM's (work at home moms) selling handmade accessories to customize your carrier. They make, suck pads, reach straps, replacement hoods and more! For more inspiration, visit our Baby Tula Accessories board on Pinterest!
B is for Backpacks
Our line of Tula Kids Backpacks is full of ultra-stylish prints and they're all made with high-quality, water-resistant fabric! Perfect for showing your Tula love beyond your babywearing days.
The Tula Collector's Club is our rewards program where you can earn points for different actions and redeem those points for a discount off future orders!
D is for DISO
Every person has their ultimate dream Tula, whether it's a blanket, a carrier, a Wrap Conversion, etc. this is called their DISO, which stands for Desperately In Search Of.
E is for EUC
Are you buying a pre-loved Tula item from a buy/sell/trade group? You might see EUC to mean that it's in Excellent Used Condition, so while it may not be brand new, it's in excellent condition!
F is for Fluff Mail
Fluff Mail is the ultimate prize - getting your prized Tula product in the mail! Our community loves showing off what comes in the mail, so you might see a photo of a package asking if you want to see what's inside.
G is for Gathered Shoulder
All of our Tula Ring Slings come with a gathered shoulder. When wearing a Ring Sling, make sure you spread the fabric over your shoulder to help distribute the weight and have a more comfortable carry!
H is for Hip Pouch
Have you seen our newest accessory- the Tula Hip Pouch? The Tula Hip Pouch solves your need for a compact, convenient way to carry your items and your baby. Wear it around your waist, over your shoulder, across your body or attach it to your Tula Carrier.
IRL stands for In Real Life. You'll see this a lot when people want to see live/action shots of a certain carrier or blanket. People post pics of themselves using the item in different settings and lighting to give you an idea of what it looks like aside from the product photos on the Tula website or social.
J is for Jacquard
A jacquard is the solid print blanket that comes with all blanket sets! These are specially woven to have a special pattern in them rather than a printed design. They make the perfect swaddles and the best accessory for baby photos!
Have you checked out our discounted Last Chance Sale?! These are discontinued prints that will never be made available again! Once they're gone, they're gone!
M is for "M" Shape Position
An "M" Shape Position is the ideal position that you want baby in while in your carrier. This means the bum sits slightly below the knees, making an M-like shape in their seated position.
N is for NWT
NWT stands New With Tags, you'll see this on a lot of the buy/sell/trade posts that people are selling brand new items with the tags still on.
O is for OOAK
OOAK is a special term for those One-Of-A-Kind items. It might be a Tula sample that never went into production, a Wrap Conversion Carrier that only one exists of in a particular size and design, or a customized product by many of the wonderful WAHMs!
P is for PFAs
Our Standard and Toddler carriers come with an important adjustment-helper called PFAs (Perfect Fit Adjusters) at the top of the panel where the shoulder straps start. These PFAs help keep baby close to your body and provides added length for taller caregivers.
One of the many benefits of a Ring Sling is that it provides for a fast and easy carrying option for "Quick Ups" when running a quick errand!
R is for Ring Shot
You have to try taking a Ring Shot the moment you receive your Fluff Mail! Use your left hand (or baby's hand!) to cover your address on the label and then share your unveiling with the Tula Love community!
S is for Sleepy Dust
Sleepy Dust is what you get in EVERY piece of Tula Fluff Mail! It's this magic potion that no baby can resist and they instantly fall asleep!
Have you ever been in public wearing your Tula and heard "TULA IN THE WILD"?! Well if you hear those sacred words, be sure to give the response "CAW CAW". This hilarious call and response was dreamed up by members of of our community and has been a funny way to say hello to your fellow Tula lovers! This works both ways...so, if you see someone wearing a Tula, be sure to give the call "TULA IN THE WILD"!
U is for Ula
Our fearless founder, Ula! The originator and creator of all things Tula!
Viscose is what all of our Tula Baby Blankets are made from! Each one is made of 100% Viscose, which is produced from specially processed bamboo pulp that gives our blankets a plump, fluid softness that maintains a light feel while being ultra-soft.
W is for Wrap Conversion
Baby Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers are our premiere, limited edition style of luxury baby carriers. Artistic, unique designs, often utilizing handwoven and hand-dyed woven wraps, and handmade craftsmanship give our Wrap Conversion Carriers a distinct beauty that is rare and coveted. Wrap Conversions are released every other Sunday and announced on our Facebook and Instagram!
Did you know sometimes a Tula print can be an EXCLUSIVE? This is a print that only a retailer or we (Baby Tula) will carry! We even occasionally do exclusive prints for events like MommyCon or the International Babywearing Conference. Be sure to follow your local retailer(s) to see if they have any fun, new prints that you won't find at babytula.com!
Y is for Year-Long Warranty
All of our carrier purchases come with a one-year warranty! Visit our website for more information on our warranty program.
Z is for Zoo Animals
We know lots of you love cute and cuddly critters! We have so many prints that show some of our favorite Zoo animals - like Queen Koala, Roar!, Clever and Polar Caps!
The ultimate parenting bundle! Check all the boxes with this comfortable and easy-to-use Tula Baby Carrier to ergonomically carry baby from 7-45 pounds, paired with the 180 Reversible Stroller that allows baby to face you or the world with just one easy click!
We recently had a few expecting parents on the Tula team which reminded us that there are so many questions that come with welcoming a baby. We thought we would help answer some of these questions by asking our community to share their personal experiences and ideas.
Our question: Is there a polite way to say "no visitors" right after a baby is born? Here's what some of you said:
"The BEST advice I got, should you end up with visitors or are around grabby people who want to hold baby, is to wrap that baby up in your favorite (Tula of course!) carrier or wrap." - Kate T.
"I made a Facebook post. Telling everyone we appreciated their thoughts and prayers, but we wanted to spend quality time as a family of 3 before my husband returned to work. And if anyone wanted to stop by, to please text or call to ensure we're awake and accepting visitors." - Alishia S.
"We waited a day with each of our kids. Best decision we ever made. We got sweet, precious, bonding time as a family that we can never recreate. No visitors to make happy or be shy around when nursing for those first times. It's your family and your time. You can't get it back. Make the memories you wish for!" - Leah H.
"We have a meet the baby party. Basically, we have an open house for a few hours some day after baby is born. Light snacks and drinks. No one who is sick is allowed over. Then we hole up for a few months." - Laura K.
"We know how keen you are to meet our newest member, but please allow us time to get to know each other. If you wish to visit, please contact myself or my partner on xxxx and we will let you know if we are up for visitors. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation." - Lu W.
"We felt the same way and made announcements at our baby showers and on social media that we were super excited and would be sure to let everyone know once we were ready to accept visitors. We also didn't announce her birth to anyone outside immediate family until we got home from the hospital." - Lauren K.
"Explain that you would like time to rest and for your family to spend time getting to know the newest member." - Lisa L.
"I assign a family member to stand guard. (Hubby or mom) to be blunt and let people know if/when they can visit." - Olivia S.
"Hubby screened all the visitors for us. We weren’t going to have hospital visitors but bubs was there for nearly two weeks so we said yes to immediate family and had visitors one person or couple per day. Then when home spaced visitors out over a couple months." - @brookekeckhardt
"I said yes to immediate family only, but even with them I made sure they washed and sanitized their hand up to their elbows. I think the nicest way to say that you don't want visitors is to just say, At the moment you want bonding time to get to know your baby and your little family and ask that they respect your wishes and you'll let them know when you're ready for visits." - @kayladlove
"I didn't tell people we had the baby until we were ready for visitors. That was the easiest. And it helped us avoid people stopping in during the birthing process. We wanted it to only be me and my husband. It was so intimate, even though none of it went according to plan." - @kluvbug0206
"Once I became a mom saying no (along with many other things) became much easier. You just say no." - @summerluludesigns
“We’ll let you know when we’re ready for guests. Thank you for giving us the chance to settle in with our newest family member.” - @k8paynter
"Scheduling a meet and greet is a great way to deter visitors. Let everyone know that mom and baby are getting acquainted and you would love for everyone to meet baby after 6 weeks (or whenever)." - @fairlybrutal
“We are so excited to welcome _______ into our lives. We will for sure let everyone know when is a good time for visitors.” - @mayzay99
Share your responses and thoughts on this question, mom to mom or parent to parent, in the comments!
Ice cream, sunny beach days, and fireworks: these are a few of our favorite signs of Summer. Also warming our hearts are the 2018 Summer style trends below.
Pretty in Pastels
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream pastels. These pretty colors are great for adding a fresh, light feel to your summer wardrobe. Some of our newest carriers, like Party Pieces and Love You So Much, utilize these popular colors.
Bright and Bold
If you're looking to make a statement, bright colors are a fun way to add a loud POP! to an outfit. Make your statement with a bright and bold carrier print. Or pair your more neutral carrier with a bright top and bottom.
Even though spring has sprung, these flowers are blooming all summer long. Floral dresses are a popular item for summer wardrobe fashion, but we prefer our florals on carriers this season. Our floral carriers come in several versatile patterns, so finding one to coordinate best with your wardrobe is simple.
The Pack is Back
Fanny packs, belt bags, and hip packs are all making a huge comeback. Convenient and practical, these bags allow you to carry your belongings hands-free and hassle-free. Concerned about reliving the 80s? Try our Tula Hip Pouch–they're an update to this old-school trend that has a more stylish and modern approach. They convert to a crossbody and over-the-shoulder bag too, so wear them in many different ways with anything in your closet!
What styles are you loving lately? Share with us your favorite summer looks in the comments of this post or tag us on Instagram @babytula.
Celebrate the newest Ju-Ju-Be x Tula collection on June 9th at the buybuy BABY store in Brooklyn, NY (850 3rd Ave.) and enjoy event prizes, activities, and advance purchase of the three new designs. RSVP now! Read on to see our brand new prints and learn why we’re so excited to be teaming up with Ju-Ju-Be again!
"Wallflower" has a perfect balance of eye-catching design and fresh, modern appeal to brighten your everyday. Bold blooms of flowers, in blues and pinks, dance across a steel gray background. "Wallflower" will be available as a fully printed Free-to-Grow Carrier.
"Shoreline" exudes a chill mood with repeating waves of soft hues. Horizontal lines, with soft edges, rush across this carrier in pinks, blues, browns, greens, and yellows creating a sophisticated, yet sweet design. "Shoreline" will be available as a fully printed Free-to-Grow Carrier and a Toddler Tula Carrier.
"Black Lightning" is an electrifying, cool design! An abstract pattern of lightning bolts over lap each other, in black, gray, and green colors, to create an almost camouflage look. "Black Lightning" will be available as a Free-to-Grow Carrier and a Toddler Tula Carrier.
Why are we ecstatic to be collaborating with Ju-Ju-Be? Like Baby Tula, Ju-Ju-Be offers a variety of hip prints in so many different diaper bag and accessories. They strive to offer great options and make parenting fun with their clever prints that range from classic to whimsy. They don’t stop at setting a high bar for style; their bags are all hand-sewn, made with high-quality materials, and have savvy designs too.
We both have enthusiastic communities, offering various prints and styles that fit their personal needs and desires. Our close connection to the people who love both brands has created a worldwide community of families that bond with each other, as well as, with us. Bringing these two communities of passionate families felt natural and we can’t wait to bring these fun buy buy Baby exclusive prints to them!
4. You'll see the weaver's name, which is the brand/creator of the woven wrap. Some examples are Girasol, Meeyoo, Erizo, Mad Hatter, etc.
5. Next you'll find the design name of the wrap
6. This is the weft color used. The weaver and wrap name may be the same, but the weft can make a big difference to the look of the wrap. The weft is the color running across the entire design of the wrap. Click here to see some weft examples.