We all know that moms are the queens of multitasking. When we have little ones, we often are having to multitask while balancing a baby on our hip. Well, I want to talk baby carriers, the best way to carry your baby and free up your hands. Specifically about one of Baby Tula’s carriers, the Free-to-Grow or FTG as the Tula community often refers to it.
This is a relatively new addition to the Baby Tula family; they first released this style of carrier in April of 2017. It was unlike any other carriers that the brand had offered before. The Free to Grow is a soft structured buckle closure carrier that can adjust to fit your baby without the need for any additional accessories. Their standard carrier can be used with smaller babies however it requires the use of an infant insert to ensure that they fit safely. The free to grow was released about the time I was looking to purchase a Tula, and I felt like it was perfect timing. The morning of the release I sat in front of my computer hoping to score an FTG before they sold out. Thankfully I was able to purchase a pretty carrier in the print Blossom, and a few days later I was waiting impatiently on the mailman.
Now for the details.
The Free to Grow carrier has an adjustable body panel with three different width settings and multiple height settings. This allows its use with newborns, babies and even toddlers all without the need of an insert. It can be used with babies weighing as little as 7 pounds up to 45 pounds. It also has an adjustable waistband and shoulder straps that make it easy to adjust it to fit you as the wearer. The Free to Grow can be used to carry your baby in a front carry as well as a back carry, with them facing you in both. This carrier does not support a forward facing out carry position.
Baby Tula has a handful of color and print selections to choose from. Some of which are part of their usual collection and are readily available, meaning you can often jump on their website and find them in stock. Other prints are limited releases with limited quantities. That means you have to hope and pray that your fingers (and Internet) are quick enough so that you can purchase one before they are out of stock. The limited prints often sell out in minutes, scoring a limited print is serious stuff. The carrier I have is in the print blossom and was part of their original set of prints. It’s navy blue with white polka dots, pink flowers, and green foliage.
Is the Free-to-Grow for you?
A Free-to-Grow carrier is a great option if you are making this purchase when your baby is still itty bitty. I bought one when my daughter was four months old and have used it every day since. Often I hear moms ask if they will need to wear it on the smaller settings for very long. My daughter is now 10 months old and still is not anywhere near big enough to need to adjust the carrier to its largest size. We use it with the seat set on the largest setting, and the back panel is practically still in its smallest setting. If I had only purchased a standard sized Tula, I would still have to worry about using an insert.
I love babywearing. I did not have a carrier at all when my son was a baby, and now I’m wondering why in the world I didn’t. I wear my daughter everyday whether I am folding laundry, helping my son with homework or grocery shopping. It is easily the most loved baby item and is one of the things I would call a must-have.
*I purchased the Baby Tula Free to Grow carrier with my own money, and all opinions are my own.
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