Baby Carrier Instructions
Tula Baby Carrier can be used from 15-45 pounds (standard sized carrier) and 25-60 pounds (toddler sized carrier). Standard Carriers must be used with the Tula Infant Insert for infants and newborns under 15lbs, or until the baby can hold his/her head up consistently for extended periods of time and is tall enough to be placed in a fully seated position with knees dangling freely at a right angle.
Front Carry Instructions
- Secure the waist belt by fastening the buckle. The male buckle should be fed under the elastic on the waist belt and into the female buckle until it clicks. Tighten the waist belt by pulling on the adjustable strap. The carrier’s panel should be centered on your body.
- Hold your child so that he can wrap his legs around your waist.
- Use one hand to support the child while using the other to lift the panel up behind the child’s back.
- While supporting the child with one arm, slip the other arm into the strap.
- Now, slip the other arm into the other strap. Make sure your child’s bottom is deep in the panel just above the waist belt.
- Buckle the chest behind your shoulders to secure your child in the carrier.
- Adjust the carrier so that your child is comfortable and close to your body by pulling on the adjustable straps for a snug fit around the leg openings and supporting baby.
Back Carry Instructions
- Secure the waist belt by fastening the buckle. The male buckle should be fed under the elastic on the waist belt and into the female buckle until it clicks. Tighten the waist belt by pulling on the adjustable strap. The carrier’s panel should be centered on your body. Slip the strap over one arm.
- Place your child on your hip. Use the arm that is free from the strap to rotate your child from the hip position into the carrier while using the arm in the strap to secure your child (please have someone assist you until you feel comfortable to perform this step on your own).
- Lean forward slightly so that your child is resting his weight on your back while your child is rotating from the hip position, and keep his weight secured by your other arm.
- Pull the panel up with your free arm and slip your free arm through the second strap as though you were putting on a backpack strap, maintaining a slight forward lean to help control baby’s weight.
- Make sure your child’s bottom is deep in the panel just above the waist belt by pulling the top of the panel upward via the straps while gently bouncing the child into the carrier panel.
- Adjust the carrier so that your child is comfortable and close to your body by pulling on the adjustable straps for a snug fit around the leg openings and supporting baby's torso.
Ring Sling Instructions
Baby Tula Ring Slings are made from our beautiful woven wraps, which are designed and woven specifically for Baby Tula. They are a representation of our passion for textiles, designs, and attention to details, but mostly to the beauty of babywearing. Perfect for a variety of caregivers and babies from birth on, Baby Tula Ring Slings are the fastest and easiest carrier on the market to use.
Threading the Ring Instructions
- Hold the ring sling with the rings/shoulder in one hand and the tail end in the other, and with the tag facing up. The fabric should not be twisted.
- Gather the fabric of the tail and pass the tail through both rings. The tag should be sandwiched in between the tail and the shoulder of the sling.
- Pass the tail back over the top ring and through the bottom ring. This is similar to threading a belt.
- Spread the fabric across the rings to ensure that it is not twisted by pulling the rails away from one another to flatten the fabric as much as possible.
Adjusting the Rings
- Holding the rings in one hand, pass the loop over your head. Your rings should end up on one shoulder (your choice), with the tail end hanging down towards your feet in the front.
- The best final placement for the rings should be just under your shoulder. It can be helpful to place them as high as possible when first learning to wear a ring sling, as the rings will move down as you adjust the sling.
- Check the length of the sling to ensure that it is suitable for your size. The lowest part of the sling pouch should be close to the same level as your belly button.
Tummy to Tummy or Hip Carry
- Lift your baby up and holder her against your free shoulder. Continuing to support her weight, slide her into the sling pouch so that the fabric rests near her knees. You may wear her on your chest or on your hip.
- Place your baby’s legs in a natural, seated M-position. Baby’s knees should be in line with her belly button, gently spread to the sides, with bottom and legs forming the letter M. Knees should be higher than your baby’s bottom.
- Use one hand to support the child while using the other to lift the panel up behind the child’s back.
- Continuing to support your baby, ensure that there is plenty of fabric under her bottom and that the lower rail of the ring sling is reaching from one knee to the other. Supporting her weight with one hand, reach inside the sling, in between your body and baby’s body, and pull the bottom rail up towards your baby’s belly button to ensure that she is in a deep, seated position.
- Still supporting baby’s weight, gather all excess fabric across baby’s back and bottom, moving it towards the rings.
- Tighten the top rail of the ring sling near baby’s neck by pulling the corresponding inside rail of the tail parallel to the top rail (directly across).
- If necessary, tighten the bottom rail of the sling as well by pulling the corresponding outside rail of the tail parallel to the bottom rail (directly down). Be careful to maintain your baby’s deep seat by not tightening this portion too much. Her knees should still be higher than her bottom, and there should still be fabric between your bodies as well as knee-to-knee coverage.
- Spread the sling widely across your back to provide the most comfortable support.
- Spread the sling evenly over the top of your shoulder for more comfort. Optimal placement is away from your neck and closer to your shoulder/upper arm.
Woven Wrap Instructions
Baby Tula Woven Wraps combine the art and beauty of modern weaving with and generations of European textile experience. Designed and woven specifically for Baby Tula, our wraps are a representation of our passion for textiles, designs, and attention to detail, but mostly the beauty of babywearing. Tula Woven Wraps are Oko-Tex Standard 100 certified and come in various sizes and blends.
Front Wrap Cross Carry Instructions
- Find the middle of your wrap (where the middle marker tag is).
- Drape the wrap against your chest.
- Bring each side of the wrap around your waist and across your back, making sure the fabric is not twisted. Bring the opposite side of the wrap over each shoulder.
- The wrap will have two “tails” hanging over your shoulders.
- Create a small pocket in which to place your baby in the wrap fabric across your chest. Baby will be placed near the center marker. Pick up your baby, and, continuing to support her weight, place her on your shoulder and move her gently down into the pocket of the wrap.
- Securely holding your baby at all times, pass your baby into the pocket of the fabric. While supporting the child, ensure that there is plenty of fabric under her bottom and that the lower rail of the wrap is reaching from one knee to the other. Continuing to support her weight with one hand, reach in between your baby and baby’s body and pull the bottom rail up towards baby’s belly button to ensure that she is in a deep, seated position.
- Still supporting baby’s weight, gently pull on the top/inside rail of the tail coming over one shoulder to tighten the fabric around baby’s body. The pocket for your baby should be snug against your body, but should not obstruct baby’s airway. Continue to tighten each section of the wrap tail (from inside rail to outside) so that baby is fully supported in the seated position with tension across her entire back and bottom.
- Maintain tension of the side that you have tightened while supporting your baby’s weight with the same hand. Repeat the tightening process on the other side, following #7.
- Ensure that both tails are snug and not twisted and that baby is high enough to kiss and has a clear airway.
- Holding the wrap tails tightly in each hand, bring them under your baby’s bottom and cross them. Tuck the under each knee to bring behind your back.
- Secure the tails by tying a secure double knot behind your back. Once tied, you should be able to be hands free with your baby supported snugly against your body and with knees slightly higher than her bottom, forming the M-position. Watch and listen to your baby closely to ensure that her airway is never obstructed.
Infant Insert Instructions
The Infant Insert is required in order to use the carrier from 7 - 15 pounds. The Infant Insert is required until your baby can sit in the carrier with their knees dangling down freely in an ergonomic spread squat position, has adequate neck control, and is a minimum of 15 pounds. The Infant Insert includes an integrated harness which secures your baby to the insert. As your child grows and builds more core strength, the detachable "seat" cushion of the insert can be used on its own inside your Tula Baby Carrier. This option is ideal for a child who has already developed head and neck control but still requires the smaller "seat" that the infant insert cushion provides to avoid being over extended in the carrier. Some children may meet our minimum weight requirement for the Tula Baby Carrier but still need the higher, more narrow seat cushion and the core support that the infant insert offers. For more information on carrying your newborn, read our blog post on newborn babywearing.
Baby Tula does not recommend the use of any other method of modifying a carrier for an infant.
The Baby Tula Infant Insert has three pieces which should be used together at first but which can be used independently as well when needed.
The Baby Tula Infant Insert should only be used with the baby-sized/standard carrier, and is not suitable for use with the Toddler Ergonomic Carrier.
Infant Insert Instructions
- Lay the infant insert on a safe, flat surface. Lay your baby on the insert. Make sure that the insert is aligned with baby's neck to provide neck support. Lift the harness belt up through in between your baby's legs.
- Secure the hook and loop closure on each strap to the bottom and back of the insert (there should be three prats of the harness that are secured).
- The insert should cover baby's stomach and it should reach somewhere at or around the belly button.
- Secure the waist belt by fasting the buckle. Tighten the waist belt by pulling on the adjustable strap. The carrier's body panel should be centered to your body.
- Lift your baby, along with the insert.
- Bring your baby, in the insert, to your chest and hold it close and high enough, where you are able to kiss your baby's head.
- While holding your baby with one hand, use your other hand to lift up the Tula body panel over the baby and insert.
- Still holding your baby with one hand, use your free hand to put the shoulder strap on your arm.
- Alternate hands and hold baby with other hand while using your free hand to put the second should strap on.
- Buckle the chest clip behind your shoulders and across your back. If the carrier fits loosely, pull the adjustable shoulder straps for a snug fit. You want to make sure that the carrier is holding your baby close to you, where the baby is not able to slide down.
- Put your hands inside the carrier to check the position of your baby's legs. Make sure the baby is in the correct M-position. Knees should be slightly higher than baby's bottom. Also, check to make sure that your infant's airway is not obstructed.
- Monitor your baby while wearing him or her to ensure that your baby maintains an open airway at all times while being worn with chin off of chest.
NOTE: For older infants who do not need the neck support of the infant insert but still require the lifted seat for visibility and a less while seat, you can detach the bottom cushion to be used alone. If you are only using the bottom cushion, begin following the steps starting at step #5.
Tula Mini Toy Carrier Instructions
- Before use: Instruct and practice the safe opening and closing of the waist belt buckles with your child.
- Place the waist belt around your child's waist.
- Buckle and adjust. (Make sure you hear a "clicking" sound to ensure proper closure of the buckle)
- Put doll or toy inside the built-in inner pocket either on the front or on the back of your child.
- Assist in placing the should straps over their shoulders.
- Buckle chest/back strap to hold the shoulder straps in place.
- To remove the toy carrier: Unbuckle the waist and chest/back strap by squeezing the male part of the buckle and withdraw it from the female buckle. Remove toy carrier.