Tula Free-to-Grow Review
The Tula Free-to-Grow carrier took over the babywearing world with it’s release. They quickly sold out from shops, have been talked about and even debuted at MommyCon. I had to hunt down this Tula Free-to-Grow carrier to buy to fulfill my own curiosity! I found this last one in a small shop not hooked up to PayPal..and was the last I found in this print. See my detailed review, read thoughts based on lots of babywearing experience and find out if you need this carrier! Post contains affiliate links.
The idea of having a baby carrier that literally grows with baby is not a new concept. Ergo released the Ergo Adapt carrier which, like the Tula Free-to-Grow, does not require an infant insert and is marketed as being ideal from birth through toddlerhood. What both these carriers have in common, is the ability for the front panel to squeeze together at the base, making the seat more narrow or wide, and the top panel also squishes down a tad to allow baby’s head to position for comfortable and safe breathing.
How does it work?
While the Ergo Adapt attaches with aplix/Velcro, and the Beco Gemini has two flaps that snap in and out, the Tula has gone the extra mile and has fabric that slides across a nylon strip. When slid into position, it snaps to the front of the carrier with large snaps, similar to those on a cloth diaper. The carrier offers small, medium and large settings and Tula reports the Free-to-Grow’s size range is 7-45lbs. See how it adjusts below:
tula free-to-grow carrier features include:
- Body panel adjusts in three width settings and two height settings to allow for an ergonomic snug position as your baby grows
- Carrier adjustments support safe development for baby’s body
- Adjustable padded straps for optimal neck & shoulder comfort
- Made from breathable and lightweight twill hand-made from 100% OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified fabric
- Can be used for both front carry and back carry
- Soft leg padding to keep baby comfortable
- Free-to-Grow baby carriers can be used from 7 – 45 pounds
- Coordinating printed twill base and removable hood with snaps
- Large front pocket on the contouring hip belt
- Waist size 27 – 56″
- Machine washable
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Other adjustments include:
In addition to the adjustable seat, the Tula Free-to-Grow adjusts in several other places. These features are also on the Standard Tula carriers and many other brands as well.
Chest/back strap slides up and down for positioning & gets wider/narrow for fit
Arm strap gets longer & shorter with adjustment
Front of arm strap adjusts/shortens front
Pocket for phone/keys closes with Aplix/Velcro
Removable sleep hood
Does it really work?
Yes! It’s pretty ingenuous. The carrier is very easy to adjust. The snaps hold well and it can even be adjusted, without baby, while on your waist. I tried out the carrier with my doll, my 32 lb 1-year old and my 43 lb toddler. Both my 32 lb 1 – year old andmy 43lb 3 – year old are in the largest setting. The medium setting was too narrow for my 1 – year old and his legs were not in an optimal position, here he is in the largest.
32 lb 1 – year old baby in front & back carry: largest setting
43 – lb Toddler in back carry: largest setting
How does the Tula Free-to-Grow compare to other Tula carriers?
I have both a standard Tula carrier and a Tula toddler carrier. I took some photos for comparison here. Basically, the Tula Free-to-Grow carrier is the size of the Standard Tula when it’s in it’s largest setting. However, the Free-to-Grow is notably smaller than the Tula Toddler and I was able to lay them it on top so you can see. If your baby is nearly outgrowing the Standard size, a Toddler Tula may be a better investment for you.
Standard Tula & Tula Free-to-Grow below
Toddler Tula & Tula Free-to-Grow below
Is it worth purchasing the Tula Free-to-Grow?
If you are expecting, or have an infant who is not big enough for a Standard Tula or other style carrier, this is worth purchasing. This would make a great gift or purchase for an expecting parent! However, if your baby fits comfortably into a Standard style carrier…it’s not worth purchasing. That is, unless you really love a print and/or plan on having additional children to use this carrier with. Otherwise, you can head for that woven wrap conversion Tula or $104 Tula section at my affiliates below!
For me, because my baby is in the largest setting, the technology goes unused…although I adore the print!
If your baby is heading out of a standard sized carrier, I would go for the Toddler size over the Free-to-Grow. I think 45lbs is a stretch, you can see my 43lb toddler and he is much more comfortable in the toddler carriers I have.
Where can you buy the Tula Free-to-Grow?
Here are reputable affiliates. Keep in mind that these go in and out of stock so if you find one you want, get it! Keep in mind, USA can’t ship Tula to Canada and Canada can’t ship to USA.
I hope this helps! I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. I wanted to demystify the carrier and provide a good resource to people who are thinking of buying one. Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic week. Make sure to read about common babywearing mistakes and happy babywearing!