Baby Tula Free to Grow Carrier Review

Baby Tula Free to Grow Carrier
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Baby Tula Free to Grow Carrier: QUICK OVERVIEW

Easy and convenient

Value For Money

Comfort

Adjustability/
Versatility

What We Like

  • Ergonomic
  • Good hip position for baby
  • Comfortable, light and low profile
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    Lots of styles
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    No infant insert required
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    Has a pocket
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    Has removable hood

What We Don't Like

  • Only has 2 positions - facing in on front and back. No facing out or hip carry option
  • Some have complained of a lack of gender neutral styles
  • Can be a steep learning curve to learn how to put it on by yourself (but most are, in reality)
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    Some issues with making adjustments to the straps

The Baby Tula Free to Grow Carrier, is the most versatile of Baby Tula's line of structured carriers, and is a light and low profile alternative to the flashier, bulkier carriers like the Lillebaby Complete and the Ergo 360. 

The Free-to-Grow does lack in carry positions compared to those other carriers mentioned though, with just front facing in and back positions - no hip or facing out options. But it is versatile in the sense that it works for newborns all the way through to toddlers - and without the need of an infant insert. 

It's not as breathable as the Coast Mesh option (same carrier but in a more breathable material) - but it is a light carrier and quite breathable even in the non-mesh version. And for newborns, because no insert is required, this also helps with keeping the carrier breathable. 

Overall, the Baby Tula Free to Grow carrier is a great lightweight alternative for those who aren't concerned about the lack of facing out option. 

Baby Tula Free to Grow Carrier REVIEW

Baby Tula Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier, Adjustable Newborn to Toddler Carrier, Ergonomic and Multiple Positions for 7 – 45 pounds – Stormy (Gray)

The Baby Tula Free to Grow Carrier is a sleek, deceptively simple but sturdy carrier that has an adjustable seat that adjusts both in terms of height and width, to allow the carrier to accommodate babies from newborn to toddler. 

There's no need for an infant insert, which keeps it light (and cooler in hot weather) and means there's no need to buy a separate item to make it suitable for your newborn. 

The Free to Grow can only be carried on the front facing in, or on the back. There are no options to have your baby facing out or carrying them on the hip like some other carriers in this price range.  

The Carrier is adjustable for waist sizes 27" - 56" and the shoulder straps are also adjustable, enabling it to fit a fairly wide range of sizes and also comes with a convenient pocket and a removable hood for sleeping and sun protection. 

Who is this product for?

The Baby Tula Free-to-Grow Carrier is great for anyone looking for a lightweight, non-bulky baby carrier that is secure and comfortable and one that doesn't require a newborn insert. 

You'll need a reasonable budget for it, but because it can take you from newborn through to toddler, it might be the only carrier you need - if you don't mind not having the option have your baby facing out. 

What’s included?

You get the carrier and a removable hood.

No infant insert is required to use this carrier for newborns. Baby must be at least 7lbs though.  

Overview of features

Type of Carrier:

Structured

7-45lbs

Rough Age of Child:

0-48 months 

Positions:

  • Front Facing In 
  • Back

Machine Washable

Hood:

Yes

Pocket:

Yes

Budget = High ($150+)

Alternatives

Check out the following for other great structured baby carrier options: 

>>Best Structured Baby Carriers: Complete Reviews and Comparisons 

How to Use It

See the video below above for how to use the Baby Tula Free-to-Grow with your baby in the front facing in position.

See the video below for how to use the Free-to-Grow for carrying your baby on the back.  

Conclusion

The Baby Tula Free-to-Grow carrier is one of the lightest, most low profile structured carriers going around, so if you're looking for something that doesn't make it look like your going on a big hike, then the Free-to-Grow might suit you well. 

It fits babies from 7lbs, without the need of an infant insert, and it's adjustable to fit a wide range of body sizes - so it's versatile, in that sense. However, there are only two carry positions - front (facing in) and back. For those with babies that love to face out, this could be a deal breaker.

Since its not recommended to face out until your baby is closer to 6 months, this isn't an issue if you're thinking of getting a different carrier once your baby is bigger, but if you think you want the face out option and don't want to change carriers to get it, then this might not be the one for you. 

It's on the pricier side, especially given the limited carry positions, but if you're not concerned about facing out, then its the type of carrier that you can have right from newborn to toddler/pre-schooler, so overall its not a huge spend, if its the only one you buy and there aren't any extras you have to get with it.   

Baby Tula has a bit of cult following, and for good reason - they produce quality and stylish, low profile carriers that some people love and can't live without and the free-to-grow is no exception.

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