When can I back carry in a Tula?

Answered by Tom Adger

Back carrying in a Tula carrier is a great option once your baby has reached certain milestones in their development. It is important to ensure that your baby has consistent head, neck, and torso control before attempting a back carry. This means that they should be able to hold their head up steadily on their own and have good control over their upper body.

Another important factor to consider is your baby’s ability to sit unaided. This means that they should be able to sit up without any support or assistance from you or any other object. This is a crucial milestone as it indicates that their core muscles are strong enough to support their body in an upright position.

In the Tula Free-to-Grow Carrier, you can use the back carry position in either the middle or wide seat setting. The middle seat setting is suitable for smaller babies, while the wide seat setting provides more support for older or larger babies. It is important to adjust the carrier’s settings according to your baby’s size and comfort.

When transitioning to a back carry, it is recommended to have someone assist you, especially if you are new to using a back carry position. Having another person help you ensures that your baby is secure and safe during the transition.

To begin the back carry, you can start by sitting down on a chair or bed and placing the carrier on your front with the straps hanging down. Gently lift your baby up and position them in the carrier, ensuring that their legs are comfortably positioned in the seat area.

Next, carefully slide the carrier around to your back, making sure that your baby’s body is well-supported and their head is safely positioned above the carrier panel. You can then secure the waist belt around your waist and tighten it for a snug fit. Adjust the shoulder straps so that they are comfortable on your shoulders and back.

It is important to regularly check on your baby during the back carry to ensure their comfort and safety. Keep an eye on their positioning, making sure that their airway is clear and that they are not slumping or in an uncomfortable position.

You can start back carrying in a Tula carrier when your baby has consistent head, neck, and torso control, and is able to sit unaided. It is important to use the appropriate panel height and seat setting in the Free-to-Grow Carrier, and to have someone assist you during the transition to ensure your baby’s safety and comfort.