First Impression: Tula vs Beco

This review is just my personal opinion. I purchased the Tula with my own money and the Beco I received after attending the baby wearing VIP at Mommycon Orlando. My hopes are that after you read this, you can make an informed decision about what type of carrier would work for you and your child.

I have a toddler Tula right now and the Beco Soleil

Lets start with the specs. I will be giving the specs of the standard Tula and the Beco Soleil since they are comparable. Toddler Tula weight and hight limit starts at 25lb and 35in. I want to write this article with first time babyweares in mind. I have also owned a few standard Tula but I don’t have pics to compare at this moment. They have a lot of similar specs so I will just put down a few differences. If you would like the full specs of the Beco Soleil and The Standard Tula just check out the links.

Beco Soleil Specs($140):

  • Front, Hip and back carry options
  • Newborn to toddler(with purchase of infant insert) 7-45lbs
  • padded headrest
  • ability to cross straps across back
  • key ring and toy ring on carrier
  • Has detachable pocket that is great for storage when out and about. Also has pocket on waist belt.
  • weight of carrier is 1.3lbs
  • 100% cotton which is great for warm temps

Wanted to add that for a newborn option you can also use the Beco Gemini($150). NO need for infant insert because you can make the base narrow to fit newborn and change it as baby gets older, unlike the Soleil and the Tula you also have the option of facing baby forward(as well as side carry, back and facing parent)it also has the padded headrest that the Tula does not have. This carrier goes from 7-35lbs.

Standard Tula($149) Toddler Tula($169)

  • Used from 15-45lbs
  • can be used from birth with toddler insert as well
  • has pocket on waist belt
  • weight of carrier 2lbs
  • carrier has canvas which can be very warm in hot temps

There are some of the differences. I have to say that I love both of them but the Beco beats the Tula for me only because you have so many more options of how you can carry. I also LOVE the padded head rest, so does my son who sometimes likes to lean back and his head is supported better with the Beco.

One main difference is the safety buckle feature. With Tula you have a small elastic band that you are supposed to feed the buckle through. Many people do not use this which is not good. It’s so important to use. Sometimes buckles can come undone, little hands could unbuckle it. This elastic band keeps your child IN your carrier and not falling to the ground.

The Beco has the same kind of latch that you see in shopping carts. You need two hands to unlatch the buckles. This is great because is a no fuss approach.

 

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The Tula has elastic for the shoulder straps and waist band, the Beco has the tri lock for shoulder straps and waist. They tighten differently as well. While wearing a Tula with baby facing you, you would pull straps towards the front. The Beco you pull straps back(like you are skiing) Can be a little confusing when you are wearing these two interchangeable but not a deal breaker.

The straps are what sold me on the Beco. I loved that my ergo had straps that I could wear cris -cross however I like the comfort of the Tula better so I purchased that(I also didn’t know about beco at the time). Beco is the baby of the ergo and tula in my mind lol. It takes the best of both and adds new features.

ImageTula is comfortable because the straps come down lower past your shoulders however, as my son gets bigger I like that I can reinforce my carry by making the straps cross in the Beco. My husband who has a bad back also liked this feature as well.

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Toddler Tula vs. Beco Soleil (sorry I didn’t have a great pick of standard Tula font carry)

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The truth about carriers is that they are like jeans, what works for me may not work for you. I would greatly suggest going to a local learn and play at your baby wearing chapter. If you don’t have one then check out a store local to you that sells different carriers and try them out. If that is not an option there are a few online stores that offer a 30 day return policy, that way you can try out the carrier and see if you like it. (Abby’s Lane is a great online store that offers this)

All in all I have to say that I really do love the Beco over the Tula. The price point is about the same but I like the added features that Beco has to offer and the comfort is key. What have been some of your favorite carriers and why?

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DIY : Fruit Roll Ups

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I try to limit my sons sugar intake. It’s because as children, his father and I both did not take well to sugar we were CRAZY lol. We both were very hyperactive after eating sugar, my husband was actually sensitive to anything with red food dye.

We don’t ban sugar we just limit the intake. My son has had cookies and a sip of sprite once or twice but I am always on the look out for snacks that we can make at home that are made from real food and not packaged.

I discovered a great recipe that I wanted to try and it turned out GREAT. I wanted to share with you

Ingredients :

2- 3 cups fruit of your choice

1 Tbsp of Honey(or sweetener or your choice i.e maple or agave necture

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Wash all fruit (cut off stems, seed etc)  place all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth.

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Pour ingrédients on baking sheet lined with Parchment paper. Using a spatula, spread across backing sheet as even as possible. Fill in thin spots with fruit mix. I pre heated the oven to 225 degrees but depending on the fruit you use you may have to bring temp down lower or higher.

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Bake anywhere from 2-3 hours. Just keep an eye on it. You know its done when it does not stick to your finger when you check it. take out of oven, let cool down. Once cool you can cut it intro strips. There you have it DIY Fruit Roll Ups, even better than the ones you buy pre made.

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Toddler Activity: Felt Book of Shapes

The older my son gets the more crafty I seem to become aka looking through Pinterest and finding inspiration to create or funding tutorials on what to create.

My son is 17 mo and has shown interest in shapes. so I found this awesome tutorial on how to make a Felt book of shapes. I will not go into a lot of detail because it’s all on the blog from Plain Vanilla Mom.

I will say that it was not that expensive. I purchased the felt from Joann’s fabric(total was $5) A hole punch from staples( $1.99) and I already had a needle and thread on hand to do the stitching. I waited until the little one was asleep and got out my adult beverage and began to cut and sew :)

Here is my final product. I am going to go back to Joann’s and purchase a little velcro to place on the back of the shapes so that they stick a little better to the page. Overall I would say this was a success and I love the added pocket on the back of the book to hold the shapes when they are not in use.

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Toddler Activity: Edible Homemade Paint

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I am not a big DIY person. However I looked up a recipe on how to make paint for my son. Yes I know that I could just go to the sotre and purchase some finger paint however, my son is still in the stage that he likes to put everything he touches in his mouth. This recipe is GREAT for the child that still likes to eat what they touch. I should also say that even though this recipe for paint is non toxic and that it can be consumed it is NOT meant to eat. I use the word edible in the description because if they happen to put it in their mouth then it’s ok. To make this BABY friendly all you need is yogurt and food coloring :)

This is very easy to make and the ingredients are things that many of us have in our home already.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Plastic Cups

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 Add 2 Tablespoon of sugar to pan

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1/3 cup of flour next

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1 Teaspoon of Salt

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2 cups of Water and turn on heat to stir mixture together

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Mix continually  until smooth and mixture thickens

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Pour mixture into plastic cups equally. I have four cups for the four colors I wanted to use. (you can have as many as you like)

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Add The color. I wanted them to have a deep color so I added 5-6 drops( I used plastic knife to mix  the color

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Make sure that the mixture has cooled all the way down before letting toddler play.

while it was cooling I set up a play area for my son. I used a trash bag that I cut and taped to the floor so clean up would be a breeze

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I let him have a blast. the food coloring didn’t stain the floor or my son. This is a great activity.

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DIY: Yarn Wrap Letters, Monsters Inc Style

I have seen PLENTY of Yarn wrap letters floating all over pinterest and I think they look adorable. Especially for a nursery room. So I decided that I would make some for my son Xander (who will be gracing us with his presence sometime in September) But I wanted to put my own spin on it and make it unique.

His nursery is going to be monsters inc themed. I knew right away what kind of color yarn I wanted. But I needed an extra touch. So for the “Mike” letter I went to Micheals and purchused a googly eye and for the “Sully” letter I decided to purchase purple felt and cute our circles for his polka dots. The letters I bought from Joan Fabric. They were just cardboard letters.

Supplies Needed: Teal Yarn (for Sully)

Green Yarn(for Mike)

Googly eye

Felt Cut into Circles

Glue or tape

Cardboard letters

To start wrapping you want to make sure that you glue the staring point of the yarn to the BACK of the letter. I am sorry that I did not get a picture of this but I did get a picture of how I started to wrap the letter K. If you have spaces that are not covered you can go back over those by just cutting a piece of yarn and gluing it on. The X was a little difficult because of the angles but just play around with the yarn and figure out what works for you

After about two and a half hours I finally had a finished product and it’s ready to be put in the nursery.(These are also great props for newborn phots, which I plan on using them for that as well.)

Mike and Sully together again