Last days of summer and the TULA baby carrier

beach walk with kids
beach walk
Our final week of summer holiday has been a really wonderful one. I turned my phone off, stuck it in the bottom of my suitcase, and haven’t checked it even once! I wanted to disconnect a bit and soak up these carefree summer days before we return to London and the kids go back to school. I’ve made a point of spending quality time with each of my children, asking questions, really listening to their answers, just being more present.  We’ve gone on long walks, played games, read books, hung out in our pyjamas and have just been generally slow and lazy. It’s not going to be easy going back to our normal routines and early morning wake-ups (plus jet-lag! eeek!), but I’m so thankful for our long summer away.

walking on the beach tula carrier
Speaking of long walks… I wanted to mention a new baby carrier I’ve discovered which has completely changed my life (or at least my walking-with-Marlow life).  Earlier this summer Marlow started to complain about being in the Ergo carrier. I would strap her in at the onset of our walks and within minutes she would ask to be put down. I started to wonder if perhaps she wasn’t comfortable in the Ergo anymore. (Sidenote: of all the baby carriers I’ve tried, the Ergo has been my favourite. I didn’t think it was possible to find a better option.)

Enter the Tula toddler carrier. I am convinced this is the best option for toddlers aged 18 months and over. The Tula is a lot like the Ergo, but it’s got a wider fabric body which is better for toddlers because it doesn’t dig into their little thighs. Also, the fabric is much softer and so it fits over their bigger body with ease and is really comfortable, both for the toddler and the mama.  Marlow has ridden comfortably in the Tula for several long walks without ever asking to be put down. It has made such a difference during the past couple weeks, especially since I haven’t had my husband to offer shoulder rides to tired children.

marlow in tula baby carrier
marlow laughin in carrier

I hope you don’t mind me sharing a few photos from a recent beach walk with my kids. I hid my phone away and haven’t taken any photos this past week, but my sister snapped these photos and I’m so happy to have them as a memory of our lazy late summer days.

x Courtney

p.s. I’ll be in London next time you hear from me. Wish me luck on that long flight back home. : )


Comments (15)

September 2, 2014

Tula is from my country, from Poland!i’m so proud. I bought tula 4 years ago for my first child and now I can’t wait to use it for my third. It’s like new one.

Monika Buglear
September 2, 2014

Beautiful photos Courtney.Would you mind to share how your children settle back emotionally after being away? We live in London and have spent our whole summer in Hungary and my little girl found it really hard to say Goodbye to our family back there and to comes to terms with the fact that we wont see them for another year. Would love to know how other children find this situation. Loved all your summer photos and thank you for sharing them with us. Have a safe trip back to London. x

September 2, 2014

This is so great Courtney! Enjoy every last minute of your time away. x

September 2, 2014

I was looking into buying a new carrier for my 5-month-old. My Baby Bjorn has lasted four babies over eight years, but I’m either starting to FEEL older or it’s finally giving way because my neck and back can’t handle it anymore. I’ve only ever heard good things about Ergo so was going to look into it. My daughter loves being able to face outwards though – I do love having the option of snuggling her in if she needs a nap or letting her see the world, but never see anyone facing out in an Ergo, nor this brand – is it not possible? Or not good for baby? I might need to look into this more! Happy travels back home! Your holiday looked incredible – making me look even more forward to our coming Australian summer! I

September 2, 2014

Wow, a carrier that tops the Ergo? That IS impressive :). I’ll definitely tuck this carrier away in my memory bank for when the new baby is older :). xoxo

September 2, 2014

Good luck and safe travels to all of you. It seems there’s always a price to pay for having a lovely time in some way! The sun has come out in London again, hurray!

September 2, 2014

I love tula carriers! My friend told me about them about a year ago. They have great prints and are so much better on your back than other carriers.

September 2, 2014

Wonderful pics!
I don’t know the Tula but it looks very cosy and comfortable.
I just have one question: why are you carrying her always in front of you? Is it comfortable for you? When my third child was this old I was always carrying him on my back. So much easier, his hips were still in a healthy position and he could have a good look around.
BTW: Carrying your baby in front of you with her face turning to look in front is not recommended. It’s Bad for Babys hips. The bones are not where they belong and there is a lot of pressure on the sex.

Have a good trip back home!
Anna from Germany

September 3, 2014

Lovely! Courtney, Could you tell me who makes that terrific hat?

September 3, 2014

Man I LOVE the Tula carriers. They were my go to when my daughter grew enough to make other carriers uncomfortable. I loved carrying my daughter on my back in one. Once I lost my carrier’s hood, and the owner of the company mailed me another for free when I inquired about buying another one. Seriously my favorite!

September 3, 2014

One of your pictures has been made into a post on this website. thought you might like a heads up.

Emily Gunnels
September 3, 2014

SO, so happy for you guys and the “off the grid” time you were able to carve out and just enjoy each other. Hoping your travels and “re-entry” are easy and uncomplicated!! xx

September 10, 2014

I am so happy to hear you are loving TULA! And it’s so cute for me to see my favourite instagram baby (erm… aside my own? haha) in a Tula! So happy Marlow is comfortable in it <3

July 12, 2015

Interesting that Courtney did not answer Monica’s or Anna’s question.

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