Look what's arrived at Leanbh Babywearing HQ. The new Tula Free To Grow Soft Structured Carrier!
This carrier can be used from 7lb to 45lb and the body panel is adjustable in three width settings and two height settings allowing you to use this carrier from newborn without an infant insert.
The carrier comes with a removable hood and can be used for front (parent facing) and back carries. Padded shoulder straps and waistband offer lots of comfort and support for the wearer and there's even a handy pocket at the front of the waistband that could hold a phone or purse.
So I tried out the Tula Free To Grow with my newborn doll, 4mth doll and toddler size doll. It was easy to adjust both the width and the height of the body panel. The hood is removable which is a very handy option to have. You can easily attach it with the hook and loop snap fasteners inside the body panel.
The waistband extends to 140cm and the shoulder straps extend to 125cm so it will suit a wide range of wearers. The shoulder straps are worn in rucksack style and are nicely padded to take the weight of an older child.
As there is no option to cross the shoulder straps, this also means that you cannot use this carrier for hip carries, which won't bother everyone but is something to consider.
The waistband offers firm support and the handy pocket is placed on the front of the waistband for easy access.
All in all, it's a great addition to the Tula family and is great to see another "from birth" SSC on the market that does not require an infant insert.
I look forward to road testing this with my own newborn come August and will update with a more detailed review of how it fares with a real newborn then! Watch this space...
To try this sling out, check out the sling hire page for full info, T&C. Collection from Swords and nationwide postal hire also available.