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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Top must have Items for babies

As a new parent you are always asking people what do I REALLY need for this baby. I have made a top ten list (and one extra because I couldn’t live without it) These have really helped me , i dont know what i would have done without these.  Below I will explain why I chose these items and I hope that these help you out as well.

Top items to have during babies first year

 

1.Sakura bloom and Tula baby carriers: I own both of these brands.  These allow you to be HANDS FREE which is a life saver when dealing with a newborn all the way up to a toddler. Baby teething? grab the carrier. Baby clingy? grab the carrier. Going to a place where having a stroller would be a pain? grab the carrier. I have used these two items the most since having my son. I’ve used them everywhere, the beach, store,movie theater(yes we’ve seen a movie with our baby he did very well in his carrier),museums, amusement parks you name it I’ve probably carried him. Sakura bloom weight limit is up to 35lbs and Tula weight limit is up to 45lbs so I will have these until my son is a toddler. Price for Tula are $149 for standard and $169 for toddler(once child can fit into 2T clothes that is the recommended time to switch to a toddler Tula) Sakura bloom prices go from $88-$160 for linen and $180-$200+ for silk. The prices are on the high end of the baby carrier market but you want to invest in a GREAT carrier. It’s important to make sure that it’s ergonomically correct so you don’t change baby developing hip dysplasia. You also want to make sure that its comfortable for both you and baby( I have carried my son in both for extended periods of time, up to 6 hours) These are both also great to breastfeed in when you are on the go.

2. My Breast Friend: Once you get past the name this is an AMAZING product. This has support for your back when you are breastfeeding, it clips around you so you don’t have to worry about it falling off of you, or moving out of the perfect spot. There is a pocket on the front that is quite large to keep some necessities when you are nursing. I had to feed baby in football position for the first few months and using this pillow was a lifesaver. I traveled with it everywhere. They even make one for twins! :)

3. Nose Frida: Now before I had a kid (even right after i had one) I would tell everyone I would NEVER use this product. My tune changed when I had a congested baby thanks to teething. The nose sucker ball(that everyone uses) was just NOT doing it’s job(also have you seen one of those cut open? DISGUSTING) I remembered I had a nose frida and used it. BIG DIFFERENCE, my baby could breathe and it was easy to use. There is a filter so you don’t have to worry about anything and this is very easy to clean so you can use it again.

4. Lansinoh gel nursing pads and nipple cream: EVERYONE SHOULD GET THESE! even if you are not thinking about nursing get the ge; pads. when your milk comes in, that is PAINFUL and these gel pads can be frozen or put in the microwave for hot or cold compress. If you are going to nurse, nipple cream is a must. You can purchase both of these at your local target.

5. Ju Ju Be B.F.F: This is the diaper bag of ALL diaper bags. I can’t say anything bad about this. I went through three bags before settling on this one. it opens in the front so you don’t have to dig through your bag. The inside of the bag is colored so it’s not a black hole, you can see where everything is. There is a “mommy pocket” in the front so you can keep all your essentials. They have very cute prints as well.  This bag can me worn with a messenger strap or as a backpack. perfect for the mom on the go. This is also roomy, I cloth diaper and I have more than enough room. you can check out YouTube for packing videos as well to see how roomy they are.

6. Safety 1st Onboard air 35: Car seats are something every new parent does research on. We decided not to get the convertible seat right away(a lot of them accommodate newborns 6lb and up all the way to booster) I wanted to be able to have the ability to take my son out of the car still in his car seat if her fell asleep. We purchased this car seat and it’s great. It can fit a infant from 4-35lbs and up to 32″ (One of the best I have found for an infant seat) Even though its larger than most infant seats it can still fit in a small car, I own a Nissan Cube and it fit fine. The car seat is very comfortable(Air Protect™, Side Impact Protection, Advanced air cushion system) and my son has never been unhappy in his seat. He is always asleep as soon as the car takes off.

7. Sophie the Giraffe: This is great for little hands, baby has so many options to chew on. Her face is great for when front teeth are coming in and the legs are great to get to the back ones. Sophie has been around for years(since 1961) it’s made of 100% natural rubber and food paint which can fade. This is my sons number one choice in teethers. Believe me when I say that I have bought NUMEROUS ones, I didn’t believe in the hype of a $20 teethers. Well now I do! my son and I are much happier with Sophie in the diaper bag.

8. Coconut Oil : This is a STAPLE. great for diaper rash, cuts,nipple cream, lotion, hair, cooking. you can’t go wrong with coconut oil.

9. Foam Matt play area: I have tile in our apartment so this is a lifesaver for my nerves(well that was up until he could crawl) but even if you have carpet it’s nice to designate a area for baby to play. This particular mat pictured is 36 large pieces. I purchased from toys r us on sale for $14.99 (original price $29.99)

10. Shea Moisture Baby Head  to Toe wash and LotionThis brand is all natural and one of my favorites for myself. Their baby line is calming and my son loves this during bath time as well. You can purchase this at Target. A little goes a long way, I still have over half of the lotion left and JUST bought a new head to toe wash in 9 months.

11. Fisher-Price Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym: This toy goes from 0-18 months. it was great to use when my son was not mobile and he loved to kick the piano and play with  the toys. Now that he is mobile and can sit on his own he still loves to play the piano, you can flip the piano up so that your child can play with it while sitting. you can also detach the piano and it can be taken with you when toddlers want to play on the go :)

Adventures in Babywearing

I can remember seeing everyone with a baby Bjorn before having a child. I thought that was such a neat idea. Everyone knows that babies can cling to you at times. Hhow awesome would it be to be hand free while holding your baby. SIGN ME UP! I was excited registering for our baby shower(one baby Bjorn please) and even more thrilled when we received it as a gift. I couldn’t WAIT to put my baby in it. Well when he was 2 months old I got the chance I was trying to clean up and baby wasn’t having it. Bjorn to the rescue.

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These carriers are great for short trips and using it for a short period of time.

After doing some research I found out that it’s important for babies spine and hip development to have an ergonomic seat(like the letter M) and these particular carriers put all the pressure on the babies front section and dangles their legs. You can make this carrier ergonomically correct by adding a scarf(great video found on YouTube)

I knew I would be baby carry a lot so I “upgraded” to the Ergo when my son was 3 months. This took pressure off his legs and gave my back a break as well(this carrier can be used with a newborn you can purchase the newborn insert or use a rolled up receiving blanket) Ergo was a step up from the Bjorn for us. We went with the sport ergo since we used it to walk(1-3 miles) and I would use this for runs to the grocery store, outings and cooking and cleaning around the home. You can find some similar brands for as low as $30

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This was great and we used it all the time. My husband even got in on the fun. But my son was the kind of baby that would lean back and he was 20lbs at 3 months. One of the moms in a playgroup told me about the Tula (this carrier can be used with a newborn, you can purchase the insert or use a rolled up receiving blanket) and I have never looked back. This is my carrier and I love it! The waist belt is bigger than the ergo, the back panel is higher and this distributes his weight even more. I have a standard size that goes up to 45lbs. But if my son is no longer sitting ergonomically in the carrier Tula makes a toddler size. We loved them so much we bought two. One to keep in the car and one for home. I use it all the time. For cooking,cleaning,when baby is fussy,amusement parks,zoo,library,museums,grocery shopping and the list goes on and on.

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Standard Tula in Rockets

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Standard Tula in ukulele

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Now since we live in Florida and the sun is our next door neighbor lol I decided to try a linen Ring Sling from Sakura Bloom. I use this for quick trips and it’s a lot cooler than my canvas Tula. I’m in love it’s so light weight and my son loves it. There are MANY carries that you can do in this carrier and the colors that these come in are amazing. You can use this carrier with a newborn baby and the weight limit on these go up to 35 lbs. We are able to nurse discretely in all our carriers and it’s nice to be hand free.

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Our Pure Linen Ring Sling in color Spice

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Kangaroo Carry