I’m one of those people who get wrapped up in name brands and hype. I know it’s not an endearing quality, but it’s one I have. And unfortunately, it sometimes effects my ability to make sensible purchases. This past week I have found myself struggling with a baby purchase which makes me wonder how much of my love for Tula is hype and how much is because I actually love the products.
When I had my first babies, I didn’t understand brands and baby wearing, so I used whatever Babies R Us had on sale. It wasn’t until my 4th child that I started actually paying attention to what I was buying. I purchased an ergo and used it exclusively with him. I absolutely loved it. But by the time I had baby number 5 the Tula hype had hit and I was catching the fever.
I bought my first Tula straight off the website. I stumbled into facebook groups for baby wearing and everyone was showing off their ridiculously expensive because they purchased at market value carriers and that’s when I found myself needing an out of stock print. I purchased 2 new Tulas later that month at market value… and cringed. But hey I looked cool!
I love my Tulas. I think I need to stress that. I LOVE MY TULAS!!!! Even during summer months, I don’t find my tula too hot or sweaty. My toddler would live in his tula if I let him. It’s so much easier to put him in the carrier than assemble his wheelchair every time we go out. It’s comfortable. It’s fashionable. Even my fiance loves it!
So what’s the problem?
I’m not buying the new baby a stroller. We decided it wasn’t reasonable for us to have one. We already have a child in a wheelchair and we do not have room in either vehicle for both, stroller and wheelchair. Every stroller I’ve purchased for my other children were barely used. Heck even the wheelchair is hardly ever used. I am a baby wearing mom. My fiance is a baby wearing dad. We just don’t have the needs for a stroller that some families do. BUT what are we going to do with baby for the first few months when he can’t sit in his tula properly?
We could buy an insert, but then that makes the tula more expensive and I worry about the heat.
I could use a cheaper wrap, but I used a wrap with my 3rd child and absolutely hated it! It was hard to use and uncomfortable.
I could use a ring sling, but they are all more expensive than buying the tula insert and I’ve never used one and I’m not sure how I’d like it.
And this is a big OR!
I could get a Lillebaby carrier. Lillebaby carriers can be used with newborns. They have an airflow option. They can be used longer than a tula and compared to the tula with the insert, the lillebaby is cheaper!
But the Lillebaby is not a Tula. And that’s where I’m at now… Which makes me wonder… Is it that Tula is the best baby carrier on the market? Or is it just all the hype? Am I just being a spoiled brat who cares what other moms think by insisting we have a tula? Or is there a reason tula is the brand most moms prefer?
Well, it’s 10 minutes until the next tula blanket stocking so I best rush over to their website with thousands of other moms and try to score my baby a $30 blanket that he absolutely NEEDS! And I’ll leave you with a picture of my sexy baby wearing dude! Because while the jury is still out on if we are getting another tula or a lillebaby, it doesn’t matter what the brand, nothing is sexier than a baby wearing dad.