The Tula Explore carrier mixes style, with 8 different prints to choose from, with functionality due to it’s three ergonomic carry positions. Thanks to it’s easily adjustable features and design, this carrier can be used from newborn (7lbs+) through to toddlerhood, up to 45lbs. We love this carrier and simply can’t choose our favourite colour. But don’t take our word for it, we gave it to 2 of our parent testers to put the Tula Explore carrier through it’s paces. Here is what they thought
Parent Tester 1 - Amy Estcourt
I was really lucky to be chosen to review this gorgeous carrier by Natural Baby Shower via their instagram page. I asked Charlotte if she could surprise me with one of the prints, as I literally couldn’t choose! They’re all so gorgeous and I was overjoyed when I opened my parcel to see I had been given Mint Chip to review and keep. Its the perfect pattern for both boys and girls, and it goes with most of my clothes too as I do like a lot of neutrals and pastels!
First impressions was that the carrier was beautifully made, its well padded, extremely soft and wouldn’t need to be broken in like a lot of carriers I’ve found and struggled with. I had a good read through the instruction manual which is short and sweet but really easy to understand, then had a play with the buckles and poppers to find the size and settings that would suit me and one of my back breaking 12 kilo toddlers!
There are poppers tucked inside the waistband which can adjust the width, more suitable for smaller babies, I left these at the widest setting which is best for taller babies 9months to 4 years. With this carrier you can carry on your back, or your front, inward or outward facing. The seat can be adapted with a button on the front of the seat in order to pull it in and make it comfier and more ergonomic for the outward facing position which is best for up to 12 months only.
When putting on the Tula Explore carrier it was super easy and quick, the waistband adjusted really smoothly, and once Roux was on my back and secure (not sure why I chose the heavier twin to first try it) I adjusted the shoulder straps. These were a little trickier but I found a bit of a knack to it, and pulled at an angle to make them shorter. Then I clicked on the chest strap and away I went! It was really comfy to wear, I just had to get used to feeling the waist strap on my lower back as other carriers I’ve used have been less cushioned, but I also need to remind myself to pull my high waisted jeans even higher when wearing the kids…otherwise it can push them down a little, and there's nothing worse than having to adjust your underwear and jeans with a huge heavy toddler on your back!
The adjustment buttons on the seat which make it suitable for outward facing carrying. There is also a handy pocket for your phone/keys.
Overall the Tula Explore is a dream to use and wear, even in the hot weather its not been to heavy or caused *too* much sweating (I mean…he is over 12kg so its a workout I’m not gonna lie!). I've used it since with Etti and she prefers to be carried so next I’m going to try and tandem them both with my other carrier, although I wouldn’t mind a second Tula because its so dreamy! I just wish I had it when they were much smaller, and much lighter!
Thank you Natural Baby Shower for a perfect carrier which makes my life that teeny bit less hassle!
Parent Tester 2 - Rhian Mallinson
Becoming a mummy hasn’t been one of the most glamorous experiences of my life so to have the opportunity to use an item which mixes style with practicality was really exciting for me.
My daughter has loved being carried in a sling since being born but now she is a little heavier, I wanted a carrier that would not only support her back but also be more comfortable for me on those longer walks.
Tula has got the balance just right in my opinion. I have the ‘discover’ design which is really pretty, without being too pretty to put my husband off wearing it which means we can share baby carrying duties. Win win! We have walked miles using this carrier already and my little girl has had some great naps in the process; that’s a great sign of her being comfortable in my opinion.
Thankfully, the carrier is really easy to adjust to different stages - definitely ‘tired parent’ proof! I also really like that I don’t have to worry about an insert for the newborn sizing. I’m looking forward to when my daughter is bigger and we can use it facing out as well as on my back.
Small features on the carrier show clever design. The end of each strap has an elastic loop to tie up the spare strap to stop them dangling down. This sounds like a small thing but it’s so easy to get caught up in some of these carriers (and trust me when I say that from experience!). The carrier also comes with a hood attachment which, quite literally, is useful come rain or shine. In the great British weather it has meant that Libby is dry and shaded from the sun even when I have left the house unprepared for what the weather would bring.
Wearing the Tula carrier with Libby is great - she is comfortable (as am I), it is easy to put on and adjust and I still feel like I can have some sense of style in the process.