The Tula baby carrier vs Ergo has 8 main differences and a lot of similarities. Read below to find out more.
I remember asking my veteran mom friends which is the best baby carrier and all answered Ergo. I was so overwhelmed with the choices in the market so I took their advice and bought one, without considering the other baby carriers. I kinda wished I did my own research but oh well.
If you’re unlike me – prepared to research further and now, set on getting either a Tula or Ergo but still a little indecisive about it, then this article will help you.
I did an extensive research on both brands, checking up on their differences, similarities and also finding out what moms are saying about them online.
It’s interesting to note though that Ergo has acquired BabyTula as of May 11, 2016 and that they still plan on carrying their different signature styles. But who knows, maybe we might see a Tula/ Ergo hybrid in the future?
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Tula Baby Carrier vs Ergo: Differences
Here are the main differences between the Tula baby carrier vs Ergo. These are not specific to their various models, these are their generic differences overall.
I believe specific model comparison reviews are better reserved for another article, for a more focused and in-depth POV .
So if you’re looking for a Tula Free To Grow vs Ergo Omni 360 here or something like it, sorry to disappoint but you’d have to wait for that in the coming articles.
(Update: I have one here! Tula Explore vs Ergobaby Omni 360: Which is Better?) 🙂
For now, let’s go first to the main differences between the two brands.
Ergo offers 4 options for baby carriers that can accommodate newborns all the way to the toddler phase. These are the Omni 360 and Adapt (3.2-20kg / 7-45lbs) Embrace 3.2-11.3kg / 7-25lbs) Aura Wrap (3.6-11.3kg / 8-25lbs)
The Tula in comparison has 3 baby carriers suitable for newborns up to toddlers. These are the Explore, Free-to-Grow, and Signature, that can carry 7 – 45 lbs.
But Tula has a Preschool baby carrier that can carry up to 70lb. Ergo doesn’t have that option and can only carry up until 45lbs.
Ergo actually offers a wrap carrier, which is quite surprising. I though they are all soft structured carriers but they have a model called Aura Wrap which is basically, well a baby wrap. It still has a long way to go in rivaling more popular brand baby wraps but kudos to Ergo for having this option.
Tula’s are all soft structured carriers, no wrap for this brand.
Tula has more colorful, richer, fun designs compared to Ergo’s solid, basic colors.
Not that Ergo has lackluster designs. They just have classic colors that can your partner might prefer if they like a more toned-down color.
With Tula, you can definitely show your style and taste better.
Ergo’s baby carriers offer more carrying positions (Omni 360 and 360 has 4 carrying positions, Original/ Adapt/ Hip-Seat has 3), compared to Tula’s baby carriers.
Tula’s Explore has only 3 carrying positions (front inward, front-outward, and back). It has only 1 baby carrier that offers 4 carrying positions, which is the Half Buckle Signature Carrier
All Tula baby carriers have extra padding on the leg area, for the comfort of your baby. Ergo also offers it in some of its baby carriers but it’s not as prominent as that of the Tula’s.
Most of Ergo’s baby carriers come with a lumbar support, making it convenient for those prone to back/shoulder pains or for those who have a heavier baby.
Tula, on the other hand, offers a separate lumbar support which you can purchase from their website.
Ergo has 8 different types of baby carriers, compared to Tula’s 6 baby carrier options.
Here’s an interesting detail, Tula baby carriers offer a 1-year warranty. BUT Ergo has a lifetime guarantee warranty for products manufactured in 2017 and beyond. Which sounds amazing!
So to summarise, heres’s the major differences between the Tula and Ergo:
|All ages||Offers 3 options for newborn up to toddlerhood. Has also 1 carrier for up to 60lbs.||Offers 4 options for newborn up to toddlerhood|
|Designs||more varied and colourful||has standard, basic colours|
|Carrying Positions||limited||has lots of models offering 4 carrying positions|
|Leg Padding||has prominent, seemingly extra leg padding||not that noticeable|
|Lumbar Support||separate, has to purchase||comes with most of Ergo’s baby carriers|
|Model||has 6 baby carriers||has 8 baby carriers|
|Warranty||1 year warranty||lifetime warranty for products manufactures last 2017 and above|
Similarities: Tula Baby Carrier vs Ergo
These are what makes the Tula brand similar to the Ergo baby carriers.
Soft Structured Carrier (SSC)/ Buckle Carriers
Both are what you call a SSC or Soft Structured Carrier (buckle carriers). That means they come with padded, adjustable shoulder straps, thick padded waistbands, with easy to use buckles.
Both are considered to be “hip-friendly” baby carriers as certified by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
Both brands can accommodate adults of different sizes, from petite sized moms to plus-size, large chested mothers and even tall and heavy dads.
Both are comfortable to use but some moms mentioned that the Tula feels bulkier and more structured as compared to the Ergo which molds and conforms to your body.
They also said that Tula seems to offer extra support because of the thick waistbands but they still prefer Ergo, especially for everyday chores.
On the other hand, some moms prefer Tula as they find it to be more comfortable and cozier.
So it’s really a case of what suits you and your baby.
Both are also quite comfortable to wear in hot weather or warm climates. Testament to that is the popularity of Ergo and Tula baby carriers here in Singapore.
I’ve personally used a Tula and we do get a little bit sweaty and hot sometimes, but it’s still tolerable. It’s not really a big deal for me as it doesn’t happen often.
You can breastfeed in both but some mom mentioned that Tula has busier straps, especially at the front shoulder part that seems unnecessary and uncomfortable at times.
Other mothers are not really bothered with it, so I guess it depends on your comfort level.
Tula has a removable hood which you can attach to the shoulder straps. Ergo has a hood but it’s not removable. You can roll and tuck it away though but you can’t remove it from the Ergo baby carrier.
Some moms actually prefer Ergo’s roll and tuck away hood, compared to Tula’s that just flaps around, if you decide to keep it on the baby carrier.
You can use an infant insert in both the Tula standard size and the Ergobaby 360, Original, & Performance baby carriers, if you choose to, although it’s not really necessary.
Adjustable Seat Width
You can adjust the seat width of both the Tula and Ergo baby carriers to better accommodate your kid and make them more comfortable.
They both have pockets for keys, phones and what not, except for Ergo’s Embrace and Aura Wrap
Both can be washed with ease by using a washing machine.
They are quality yet expensive brands but they also offer mid-priced carriers like the Tula Standard and the Ergo Original. They also offer less expensive options, such as the Tula Lite baby carriers, Ergo Embrace and the Ergo Aura.
So to summarise, here are Tula and Ergo’s similarities:
|Similarities||Tula and Ergo|
|SSC||they are both a soft, structured carrier (buckle carrier)|
|One size fits all||Can be used by petite moms, plus-sized/ large chested moms, and tall, bulky dads|
|Comfort||Yes to both, depending on your preferences|
|Breathable||Can use in hot weather or warm climate|
|Breastfeeding option||Yes to both|
|Privacy Hood||Both have it but Tula’s is detachable, Ergo is not|
|Infant Insert||Not necessary but both offer it|
|Adjustable Seat Width||Both can be adjusted for the comfort of your child|
|yes to both|
|Machine washable||yes to both|
|Price||offers expensive, mid-priced and less pricey baby carriers|
Buying Criteria for Baby Carriers
Here are some helpful criteria you can consider before buying a baby carrier:
Length of Use
Can you use it from newborn up to toddlerhood? Or are you okay with using a baby carrier for a shorter time and just getting a new one as your baby grows?
Safe, Ergonomic Design
This is a standard, non-issue, must-have, requirement but luckily, with the Tula and Ergo brands, you can be assured that they are safe to use, offering adequate support for both you and your baby. It’s also approved by the International Hip Dysplasia Institut as being a “hip-healthy” product.
This might take a while to notice but keep a look out if your baby seems uncomfortable or reacts negatively to being placed in the baby carrier. Some just don’t like being carried in one while some might genuinely find the fabric or the material unbearable.
Notice as well if any material like the straps or buckles, is digging on your baby’s skin.
Take note also if your baby is getting too hot and sweaty inside the baby carrier.
Make sure that you’re comfortable while wearing your baby too, especially when you have to carry them for a longer period of time. You shouldn’t feel any shoulder or back pains, straps shouldn’t be digging on your skin and such.
Notice as well if you’re getting too sweaty or if your baby’s face is getting too squished against your chest.
It might take some practice but after that learning curve, it should be relatively easy to put on and wear your baby, all by yourself.
If it seems that you’re continuously adjusting it while wearing your baby or you can’t seem to adjust it easily to your body and you’ve already watched and read all the tutorials, then it might not be the right baby carrier for you.
With the Tula and Ergo baby carriers, expect it to be more expensive so set aside some budget for it if you’re keen on getting either of these brands.
Are you buying it online or are you buying it from a physical store? Always check their return policy (if they have one). Consider as well if they will pay for the shipping, if you want to return the baby carrier.
Also, don’t wash the baby carrier yet immediately. Test it out within a certain time, so you can still return it on time. And by test, I mean carry your baby while doing chores, go for long walks, etc.
Would you prefer a baby carrier with just one or two carrying positions or would you like your baby to see the world and make them face front? How about carrying them at the back? Consider those carrying positions as well.
All expensive baby carriers have a warranty (they must have, right?), but if you’ve read the Tula baby carrier vs Ergo differences above, Ergo take it up a notch by offering a lifetime warranty guarantee for products manufactured last 2017 and above. And that just kicks as.
These are mostly wants, not necessarily needs or requirements from a baby carrier but you can also choose to have one with pockets, or is nursing-friendly, machine washable, with a hood. Which you can all get from either a Tula or Ergo baby carrier.
Tula Baby Carrier vs Ego: So Which One Is The Best?
That really depends on what are you looking for in a baby carrier.
If you’re keen on ONLY choosing between the Tula and the Ergo, then take a look at their differences and similarities then research more on their specific models.
Personally though, on a superficial level, Tula wins because it has more designs. But Ergo’s has more options for a front-facing carrying position so I’d lean more to that. But Tula has more leg padding for a baby and the comfort of our child is a number one priority (besides budget). But Ergo has more options for baby carriers that can accommodate babies up to toddlers.
It all depends on what you need, what you want and what you’d like to prioritise.
I’ll do more comparison reviews on the different types of Tula vs Ergo but for now, we suggest that you join a babywearing group online or locally or better yet, try out and rent one first (if it’s allowed), before deciding to buy one.
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