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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Courage – Sling Diary Entry

 

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Deciding to stay in MI surrounded by our friends and family and all that we knew or moving to FL with no one we knew or any job prospects. This was a decision my husband and I had to make in less than a month.  why only a month?  Because we had enough money to either pay rent in MI or put it towards a new life in FL.To say we were nervous was an UNDERSTATEMENT. My husband and I joked that if we became homeless we would rather live next to the beach then endure the rough winters in MI. So we packed up and moved. Best decision ever! It’s been five yrs and even though we miss our friends and family we are happy for the courage that god gave us and the support we gave each other.

Fast forward a few yrs and like most couples we decided we wanted to start a family of our own. After a miscarriage I was informed that sometimes this happens and people go on to conceive healthy babies. After three yrs of trying I finally decided to seek medical treatment. I knew something was wrong but I didn’t want to hear you can’t have children. I waited until I had the courage to hear those words. I decided two days before our 7yr anniversary cruise was the best time for a doctors appointment. Hey if it was bad news I was on a cruise and you can’t be mad on a cruise. If it was good news hey, I WAS ON A CRUISE lol

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I was told I would have difficulty getting pregnant because of PCOS and I could start infertility meds. I decided I would wait until after my vacation. Again my husband and I prayed for courage. After the loss of our first baby and trying desperately to conceive for three yrs we again leaned on each other and god for courage and strength. Nine months later(without medical intervention to conceive) we welcomed our beautiful baby boy Alexander. We were overwhelmed with joy the first thing I said to my son was “hey little man. I’ve waited three years to meet you and you are better than what I imagined”

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Courage is defined in two ways 1. The ability to do something that frightens one and 2. Strength in the face of pain or grief.  You can say those two life events have prepared us for the biggest adventure yet… Parenthood.

I truly believed I was ready and I KNEW what type of parent I would be. Boy was I wrong! If you would have told me I would be a baby wearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping type of parent I would have laughed in your face. But it takes courage to admit I WAS WRONG. This is the way I’ve chosen to parent this beautiful blessing(it doesn’t mean you’re way is wrong) but I’ve learned that each family must decide what parenting style works for them and do it no matter what others may think. Sure I get looks when I tell people I co sleep. Or if I’m in the store baby wearing my son(who looks the size of a toddler lol) but I know I’m doing what’s best for him and our family.

In the past seven months we have had the joy of being parents to the cutest, funniest,inquisitive, adventurous little human on the planet. Where our parenthood journey will lead us we don’t know. One thing I know for sure is our family has the courage and love needed to endure whatever comes our way.

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