Tula Coast Review
Review of the Tula Coast Baby Carrier vs the Tula Canvas Baby Carrier
Don’t you love taking your baby or toddler on adventures? It’s so much fun seeing the wonder and amazement in their eyes as they experience new things!
My baby girl loves to hike in the woods with her siblings and me. She enjoys a nice ‘piggy back ride’ as we call it, riding in a baby carrier on my back and seeing the world from my view. It’s so nice to be able bring her along on trips like this, but what often isn’t nice is how warm we both can get when I use a regular carrier, especially on a warm day.
If you’re an active parent who likes to babywear or you live in a warm environment, you may have the same question: is it possible to babywear and not be drenched in sweat? Or, if you are a Baby Tula fan, is the Tula Coast cooler than a Standard Canvas Tula?
Using a canvas carrier while being active or while living in a warm environment can definitely be a sweaty time, for both parent and baby. The canvas doesn’t really allow for air movement, trapping the heat inside. It’s great for cooler climates or everyday babywearing, but not great when you are being active or experiencing warm weather.
Baby Tula designed their own mesh panel carrier, called the Tula Coast. Instead of a full canvas panel, there is a mesh panel in the front, which allows for more airflow.
This begs the question: Is the Tula Coast Baby Carrier cooler than the Tula Standard Baby Carrier?
Take a look at each of the characteristics of the carriers first, then I’ll tell you what I have discovered.
Tula Canvas vs Tula Coast Mesh
For the Tula Canvas, I chose the Standard Confetti Pop, which has a very colorful geometric rainbow pattern. What I like best about this carrier is the supportive shoulder padding. And let’s not forget about the colors! They really do ‘pop’!
The pocket in the belt is a great feature as well. I can actually keep my Samsung Galaxy S7 in it without worrying if it’ll fall out.
For the Tula Coast baby carrier I chose to review the Coast Aqua Rain, which has a pattern of rain drops falling on a deep blue background. This as you can see has the mesh center panel.
It isn’t a harsh mesh yet a gentle soft mesh that is still sturdy for baby. Even the hood has mesh so the baby’s head doesn’t sweat when in use. This carrier too has the pocket, which is very handy.
Is the Tula Coast Cooler than the Tula Canvas?
I have had these carriers for a while now, and I have taken them everywhere. We have been hiking, to the park, shopping, and even to the doctor’s office. I wanted to be sure I really knew how they worked and felt before writing about them.
At the doctor’s office yesterday, the receptionist said to me: “My sister got one of those things at her baby shower last weekend, and was so mad. She didn’t know why someone would spend so much on something she thought would only be used once or twice. But look at you. You have a baby and a toddler out at the same time, at the doctor’s office. I bet you take it shopping too! Your baby always looks so happy and you are able to keep your hands-free for everything else. I need to tell her these things! I’m so glad I saw you here today.” I gave her more examples of how I use it, sharing with her #whyIbabywear. I wish all parents knew how beneficial babywearing can be, not only for them, but for the babies as well! Maybe they should start talking about it more in childbirth education classes? Just a thought. 💭◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾#review (I was sent the Tula Coast Aqua Rain to review)#babywearing #wearallthebabies #keepcalmcarryon #tulababy #tulababycarriers #tulacoast #aquarain
For starters, it took a few readjustments before I was totally comfortable in both of them. This is just because I was used to my other carriers, but now I have found the best fit in both. (Thankfully there are TONS of helpful videos out there!) The one thing I would find lacking is a lumbar support or belly pad, but that’s a minor issue.
Lil’ Miss is cutting teeth on the top AND the bottom on top of having a cold, so she has been extra clingy lately. Thanks to @tulababycarriers I was sent the Tula Standard Confetti Pop to review. She loved being with me as I folded laundry this morning, and she even got comfy enough to take a nap. Just one of the reasons #whyIbabywear. #review #tulababy #tulababycarriers #tulastandard #tulaconfettipop #tulalove
I used them both in front and back carries. In front carries the hood was easy to reach, but I added my own reach straps so I can reach the hood in back carries.
What do you think? I made my own reach straps for my Tula Confetti Pop carrier out of leftover teething beads! Thanks to @tulababycarriers I was sent this carrier to review. I couldn’t quite reach my hood when I had the baby in a back carry, so I made my own reach straps. I didn’t have them made when I was back carrying her this morning, so I’ll have to test them out later on. ❤💛💚💙💓 #tulaconfettipop #tulababy #tulababycarriers #reachstraps #babywearing
To really get a feel of how much cooler the Coast was compared to the Canvas, I took them hiking, which is a very active and often warm experience for both the baby and I. Thanks to warm autumn days, I was able to experience the carriers as they would be in warmer climates.
The baby and I were definitely sweaty in the Canvas. It kept the heat in a little too much (which is great though on cold days!!).
How do you go on adventures with your baby? I love to bringing the baby along everywhere in a baby carrier. It’s so convenient, safe, and comfortable for both of us. She gets to enjoy the wonders of nature just like her older brothers and sister who hike with us on the trails at the state park. 🍁 🍂🍃🌾🌿🌲🌳🍂🍁🍃 I’m wearing the Tula Standard in Confetti Pop. Many thanks to Tula for sending it to me for review! You can find it on BabyTula.com. #babycarrier #babywearingmom #tulababycarriers #tulalove #tulababy #wearallthebabies
While I wasn’t 100% sweat-free in the Coast, I noticed that the baby was much cooler and not very sweaty. Because she wasn’t sweating too much, I wasn’t either, at least on my back. There is definitely much more air flow with the center mesh panel.
Being cooler with the Tula Coast baby carrier also helps when active around the home as well!
When it’s warm in the house and I’m moving around doing the daily chores… Tula Coast to the rescue! Little Miss like to take her morning nap while I’m wearing her on my back , and the mesh panel of the carrier will help keep her cooler than if she was in the standard carrier. Comfy baby means longer nap! (Photo cred goes to the #threenager ) 😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴 Many thanks to @tulababycarriers for sending me this Tula Coast in Aqua Rain to review! Review on the blog coming soon. In the meantime, you can find this carrier and more on babytula.com. #review #tulababycarriers #tulababy #babycarriers #wearallthebabies #tulacoast #aquarain #tulalove #babywearingmom #babywearing
Bottom line? I’d say yes, the Tula Coast baby carrier is definitely cooler than the Tula Canvas. I would recommend the Coast to anyone who lives in a warmer climate and has an active babywearing life.
Not Sure What Size Tula to Buy?
These carriers both come in regular and toddler sizes. Baby Tula has a very handy size comparison chart to determine what size carrier you might need. Click here to see what kind or size of carrier may be right for you.
ALSO READ: What Kind of Baby Carrier Should I Buy?
Where to Buy Tula Baby Carriers
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