The Baby Tula brand has been on the market for quite some time now, with their offering of top quality ergonomic carriers. The Tula Explore Baby Carrier is one of the newest models in their collection and it’s their first Baby Tula forward facing carrier.
Baby Tula Explore Carrier Review
The customer testimonials say it all: “We love our Tula Explore and wish we got it earlier!” “This is the only carrier you will ever need”...and so on.
Although still fairly new to the market, parents have quickly become quite besotted with this baby carrier, and it’s really trending.
So now you’re probably wondering what’s so special about it and are there any drawbacks…
Just read on and we’ll tell you all!
All-In-One Carrier – Multiple Carry Positions
The Baby Tula Explore is the brand's most versatile carrier across the whole range. There are 3 different carrying positions you can set it to, so you can adjust it according to things like the baby’s mood or development stage, or of course your personal preference.
The Baby Tula Explore is newborn ready, and you can start using right from birth, provided the baby weighs at least 7 lbs. And you won’t need to add any annoying bulky inserts.
At this stage, and for the first 6 months, you should use only the front carry inward facing position.
This frog position is perfect for newborn babies as it’s the most natural and ergonomic. The baby’s legs are in an M-like shape, allowing the back it’s natural curve.
You’ll need to provide complete knee to knee support as the baby grows, and this is achieved in the Baby Tula Explore by way of an adjustable sitting area.
There are 3 different width settings altogether, starting from 5 inches, going up to 15, so you can find a comfortable position for each stage of growth, newborn, infant and toddler. This arrangement allows the baby’s hips and spine to develop naturally, and prevents the baby’s hips from dysplasia.
It’s worth mentioning here that the Baby Tula Explore is on the list of top hip healthy products, compiled by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. If you haven’t heard of them before, I can recommend that you check out their website - they have loads of info on hip development in babies.
Between the ages of 6 to 9 months, the baby gains good head and neck control, and can sit upright unassisted. Once you’ve determined that your baby has reached this stage, you can start using that back carry position that babies love!
Baby’s love being carried on parent’s back - they can observe a whole lot more, right when they become more interested in their surroundings and the world around them.
Please remember however that this position is only suitable for babies who can sit upright - don’t be tempted to use it too early!
This is the first time that the Baby Tula brand has offered a forward facing position. Normally I’m not a big fan of this position, it’s generally neither comfortable nor safe. However with the Baby Tula Explore I’m somewhat of a convert!
With this baby carrier, the baby’s legs don’t hang in the forward facing position, and there’s less pressure on the baby's crotch, making the position both more comfortable and more ergonomic.
So if you’re specifically looking for a forward facing baby carrier, you have to be particularly careful which one you go for so your baby doesn’t get hurt. But I can wholeheartedly recommend this one from Baby Tula.
What’s really handy on the Baby Tula website is their list of tips on how to make the facing out position more safe. One of the brand’s recommendations is that this position is only used for babies who weigh between 13 and 22 pounds. The seat area should also be set at it’s widest option.
The facing out position is only suitable and appropriate for babies with good neck control. It’s good practice to always check whether the baby’s chin is on their chest, and to check if they are being over stimulated.
You should also bear in mind that this position is not appropriate for napping, and if you sense that your baby is getting sleepy, you should change the position to inward facing.
In addition to featuring an adjustable seat panel, there’s also an adjustable neck support pillow. You can adjust the neck support height according to your baby’s size, or alter it to give the little one more head support for nap time.
Keeping Baby Comfy & Snuggled – Padding
Both parent and baby feel cozy and comfy, thanks to the rich padding.
There’s extra padding in the leg area, so it won’t pinch the baby’s skin. And for even better support, there’s additional padding in the neck pillow.
Parents just love the deep padding and soft material. It’s really cozy for when you’re trying to soothe a fussy or colicky baby. The baby could even enjoy a comfy nap on the go.
Baby Carrier Has To Be Comfortable To Wear – Intuitive Adjustments
The makers thought about the wearer’s comfort too, and parents too find it comfortable.
The shoulder straps are nice and wide with extra padding. And the waist belt is also nice and wide, and doesn’t pinch your skin.
The straps are very much adjustable and will fit anyone from the petites all the way through to the plus size moms and dads. This is because the hip length adjusts from a small 27 inches to a much larger 57 inches.
This is really handy if you have different wearers on different days, you can always find the most comfortable and ergonomic fit for your body type and size.
The wide shoulder straps and waist belt mean you get an even distribution of the baby’s weight. This way, you don’t get any strain on your neck, shoulders, hips or lower back, even after carrying the baby for long periods of time.
And we should also mention that the carrier is easy on mom’s pelvic area - so important during postpartum.
More For Your Convenience – Useful Accessories
The other thing I love about Baby Tula Explore is the removable hood it comes with, which just snaps into place to protect the baby from the sun’s UV rays. It also helps provide more privacy when breastfeeding.
Even better is that the hood is adjustable to different lengths, so you can incrementally make it bigger as the baby grows. You can use the hood in both the back carry position and in the front carry inward facing position.
When in the front carry inward facing position, you can also access a handy storage pocket on the waist belt, where you can keep small essentials, like your baby’s teether or pacifier. The pouch is positioned right in the middle of the waist belt, which is super convenient.
Babywearing Can Be Stylish – Material & Fashions
Since it’s 100% cotton the Baby Tula Explore is breathable, but it can get a little warm in the summer months. There is a solution however, and it’s that there’s a mesh coat liner available for this model which prevents sticky sweat, as it allows for better air circulation.
If you do find yourself sweating, or if some formula gets spilled there’s no need to worry - the Baby Tula Explore is machine washable and stains should come out easily.
A popular feature of the Baby Tula brand is its use of pretty and unique patterns in their products, and this applies to their Baby Tula Explore too.
There are multiple color versions of the Baby Tula Explore, including Sleepy Dust, Forever, Bloom, Everblue, Discover, Fox Tail and Mint Chip.
Baby Tula Explore Specifications
- Weight recommendation: 7-45 lbs
- Carrier Weight: 1.7 lbs
What Parents Think About Baby Tula Explore Carrier?
One thing’s for sure - parents love this carrier! I’ve read several online customer reviews and I summarise some of their opinions below. You should also go ahead and check out the reviews on Amazon as well.
What first time parents love about it is how simple and easy it is to use, and how simple it is to adjust for different wearers and how you can adapt it if you’ve managed to lose some baby weight. Better yet, it’s super quick to take the baby in and out of it.
Having multiple carrying positions also goes down really well with parents. Some parents have a particular penchant for the forward facing position, which is so entertaining for curious babies, and it’s comfortable to boot.
Many carriers don’t support baby legs in every position, but the Baby Tula Explore does. With this baby carrier you can rest assured that your baby is always positioned in a comfortable and natural way. Switching between facing out and facing in is super easy.
Parents generally agree that the baby feels both comfortable and secure in this carrier, and they love that no inserts are needed for newborns.
Parents find that the Baby Tula Explore is comfortable to wear even for surprisingly longer periods. It doesn’t strain your neck or back or hips. Users find the weight distribution is spot on, and there’s no buckles or straps digging in to worry about pinching your skin, and that all comes down to the wide padded straps and belts.
Despite being so lightweight, it’s made to be solid and durable, all without being too bulky.
If you're new to baby wearing, don’t be overwhelmed, Tula Explore makes it easy for you. If you find them too hot or the strap adjustments too complicated, then this soft padded carrier from Baby Tula is just the job.
The Baby Tula Explore material is another of it’s advantages. It’s gorgeously soft and cushy - perfect for the baby's delicate skin, and won’t leave any tightness marks on the baby’s thighs. And customers in hot climates, like Nevada etc have confirmed that the material is indeed breathable.
Lots of parents love the cuteness of the carrier’s look and compliment it’s gorgeous patterns and colors. Parents just love the quality of the Baby Tula Explore.
Parents love how convenient it is to get around with a baby carrier rather than using a pram or a stroller. It’s great for getting around the house, going to the grocery store, running errands in the city, or simply going for a nice walk. It’s really good for getting through the airport too.
Customers recommend it, not just for first time parents but also for those who have other children to run after too. And it makes doing household chores so much easier! It’s also really good for colicky babies and those who like to be held and rocked, really soothing for them.
A further advantage, according to several customer reviews on the Baby Tula website is that it’s perfect for dads and they just love to use it too.
Obviously there are some customer reviews that bring the odd drawback to light. A minor one being that the neck pillow support needs readjusting each time the baby is placed inside. This is especially the case with newborns.
Additionally, some customers complain that the storage pocket is a little bit on the small side, and would prefer it to have a bigger pouch or two pouches. Some people dislike the closures which are velcro, but personally, I can’t think of a more convenient closure.
If you're debating between getting the Baby Tula Explore Carrier or the Baby Tula Free-to-Grow, bear in mind that only the Baby Tula Explore Carrier will enable you to carry your baby facing out. Also parents that have used both carriers have confirmed that the Explore carrier is even comfier and softer to wear than the Free-to-Grow.
Despite the Baby Tula Explore still being relatively new on the market, it has dozens of satisfied customers and parents confirm it’s everything they could wish for in a baby carrier. When you consider the exceptional functionality, versatility and quality of the carrier, you can see that it’s well worth the asking price and it’s no surprise that it’s popularity is growing so rapidly.