The Best Carrier Options for Newborns

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Baby Tula offers carriers to wear children from 3.2 - 31.6 kg! Our baby carriers make it possible to carry children comfortably as long as you both need it. Most people find Tula in the infant stage, though, where there is quite a bit to choose from. What carrier do you choose for your newborn baby? We are here to help! 

Your baby carrier for newborn should facilitate the natural position that the newborn takes on your body outside of a carrier. It is simply replacing your arms around your baby on your chest. A newborn naturally rests on a caregiver's chest with their spine rounded, their pelvis tucked, and their knees higher than their bottom.  All of our newborn baby carrier options support this natural position. You will notice that our newborn carriers support baby's torso so that they do not slump down. This is critical to prevent a chin to chest position. All of our carriers facilitate an easier to execute "legs out" position in the carrier. You do not have to worry about positioning baby's legs for them or about baby having weight on their legs. This all goes back to honoring baby's natural position. 



Here are Baby Tula's options for best newborn baby carrier:

Free-To-Grow Baby Carrier

The Free-To-Grow is our very first infant buckle carrier without the need of an infant insert. It is fully adjustable in both height and width to support a newborn baby starting at 3.2 kg. Our community loves the simplicity of this baby carrier for newborns and how the single layer of fabric on your baby feels close to the experience of a woven wrap or sling. This carrier is intuitive to use and has a streamlined, minimalist look to it. When your newborn is older and ready, you can also use this carrier for back carrying

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Explore Baby Carrier

The Tula Explore is our first carrier to offer a world-facing position! This feature will not impact your newborn wearing experience as that stage comes later. The Explore is fully adjustable in width and height and can also accommodate a newborn starting at 3.2 kg. The Explore features an innovative body panel with smooth moldable padding to help support all 3 main carrying positions. It also offers a moveable support pillow for newborns with little to no head or neck control. After the newborn stage, you can use this carrier for baby to face out or for a back carry. 


Standard Baby Carrier 

Our Standard Tula is the carrier that started it all. It has been a fan favourite for over a decade. To use our Standard Tula with a newborn, you will also have to include our infant insert. Our infant insert provides the necessary lateral support and boost to get baby visible and kissable in the carrier. While the minimum weight to use the Standard Tula without an insert is 7 kg, you may find that your baby does not fit the baby carrier quite yet at that point. Many families find that the infant insert is necessary for fit for 6 months. There is no substitute for using the infant insert, but your Standard Tula is so generously sized that it might be the only carrier you ever need! Why might someone choose one of our adjustable carriers over the tried and true Standard? Some families find that the addition of the infant insert adds more warmth than they would like. Using the Standard + Insert combo also means that your carrier is in 2 parts for a while. With all the things to think about during that newborn brain fog, you would not want to forget your insert at home! Read more about the infant insert here.

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A note about the Tula Lite and Tula Toddler Carrier

We are often asked if either the Tula Lite or the Toddler Tula can be used for the newborn stage. The answer is no. Neither carrier adjusts to fit a newborn or can be adapted to fit one. We absolutely still think that the Tula Lite deserves a spot on your baby registry. It will fit before you know it, starting at 5.4 kg. The portability and storage will be so valuable as you emerge from that 4th trimester period and are doing more outside of the house. Candidly speaking a Toddler Tula is huge! A newborn would get lost in there. It’s something to add to your wishlist once your child is tall enough for 2 - 3 clothing. 

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