Tula or mei-tai ergonomic carrier from Pathi?

Tula mei-tai Pathi comparison

I recently told you our history of shaping, wearing and tying. I got a lot of messages from you that it's nice that at last something other than the ubiquitous Tula appeared on blogs and Instagram and questions about how our mei-tai compares to Tula, which appeared in our last photos. Here is our review and comparison of both products.

Both carriers are intended for children who are already sitting on their own (previously, with a hand on their heart, I can only recommend a scarf - woven or elastic, which is easier to use at the beginning) and:

  • have a wide panel between the legs, from the knee to the child's knee, and this is what makes them different from the still very popular "hangers", in which the child, without adequate support for the spine, literally hangs on the crotch, about 10-14 cm wide on the panel, which absolutely does not ensure healthy carrying of the child,
  • children are carried in front of their parents (on the front or on the back), because only in this way we provide the child with a healthy and safe position,
  • they are soft - between the legs and on the entire back, thanks to which the child's spine has the best support and can maintain the correct curve for the seated child,
  • They come in many colors, on the one hand, mei-tai from Pathi can be sewn according to our idea, and even from the fabrics we sent, but the Tula sling comes in so many fantastic colors that everyone will surely find something for themselves.

So what are the differences?


  • mei-tai from Pathi has a gently stiffened headrest sewn in, which prevents excessive tilting of the child's head back, there is a possibility of putting on a detachable hood, which is especially useful when carrying a child on the back,
  • Tula baby carrier does not have a headrest, but a hood is included in the set.

Waist belt

  • mei-tai from Pathi, the waist belt is the same width as the entire length
  • in the Tula ergonomic carrier, the waist belt is much more massive, which makes it more comfortable and we both had the impression that thanks to it we felt a slightly lower weight of the child.

Binding-fastening which is the most important difference

  • the mei-tai of Pathi has no clasps and buckles, only long straps which are tied around the wearer; our favorite baby binding at the front:
    • We tie two lap belts around the waist
    • we put the child on the waist
    • we put the baby carrier panel on the back of the child, while holding the child all the time, we put the shoulder straps crosswise on the back, then we put it forward under the child's knees, where we cross under the bottom and finally tie the back to a knot,
  • the Tula carrier has shorter straps with buckles (with very ingenious rubber bands that keep the straps rolled up into rolls - a revelation!); our favorite front sling attachment:
    • fasten the hip belt with buckles (possible adjustment)
    • we put the child on the waist
    • we put the panel of the carrier on the child's back, while holding the child, we put the harness on the shoulders - as if we were putting the backpack on the front instead of on the back
    • we fasten the buckle connecting the two arms of the carrier on the neck so that they do not fall off our shoulders while wearing them - unfortunately, both Wojtek and I have a problem with fastening the fastener ourselves low enough so that it does not stick to the neck and as far as I can do it, Wojtek unfortunately always needs help from another person
    • at the end we can tighten the shoulder straps if we need them (Wojtek often had a problem that the straps were too short if I had worn Santa before).

Price - unfortunately it is also important



If I had to choose only one carrier and only for myself, I would have a difficult choice.

Tula is beautiful and fashionable, with the buckles perfectly suited to me, it would probably be put on a bit faster, and I love all improvements, but we both wear Mikołaj, and each time adjusting the length of the straps and dragging the buckles to suit the wearer turned out to be quite time-consuming and usually required a few adjustments while wearing. In this way, after giving back the borrowed Tula, we stayed with our equally nice mei-tai, which we sewed in the theme of Santa's room. However, if I had to order mei-tai again, I would consider ordering it with a more massive waist belt.

Pathi also sews soft ergonomic slings with buckles for the price from 250 PLN, but unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to try them yet, so I can't recommend it, but I think it's worth considering this option.

And what are your experiences and thoughts regarding the slings?

Leave a comment:

  • I have an opinion

    and I wouldn't choose among these two, although they are cool, or rather a Polish product - Luna Dream.

    • 10.03.2018

      both products that I show here are Polish products 😀

  • Monika Fisher

    The Tula baby carrier can be rented at http://popaopa.pl/ and see if your child accepts them. A nice option for parents whose children are a bit demanding :-)

  • 15.12.2016

    I have ergonomic Pathi and I am very happy with it. I also wrote about him on the blog. It's really great and I really like the option of personalizing the Pathi Carrier.

  • Mrs.Potter

    I have an ergo carrier from Pathi (exactly Pathi+ with adjustable shoulder straps). I highly recommend! The carrier is carefully sewn and very comfortable. Until now, I carried my child in a sling, but since my son already weighs over 10 kg, this weight was very noticeable, and I hardly feel it in the carrier! If someone cares about time, Pathi really sews slings expressly - I waited for mine less than a week, and that included waiting time for the fabric I chose. Pathi, apart from ergo and mei tai, also sews hybrids (waist belt with a buckle + shoulder belts tied). I couldn't afford Tula, but I'm also of the opinion that if I can choose a cheaper and equally good product, there's no need to overpay 🙂

    • 24.03.2016

      great 🙂 I wanted ergo very much but I didn't decide to do it because of the fact that we wear a change and I would not like to change these buckles every now and then, but just like you, I am completely satisfied with the product 🙂

    • fruit

      Hello ! I also could not decide and finally chose a hybrid :)) Extra for me because I can tie shoulder straps under the baby's back so I think that they additionally support him and is a bit lighter and a hip belt on the buckle 🙂 Perfect 🙂

  • 15.07.2015

    Well, I also had a dilemma ... In the end I decided on Tula, especially because of the buckles and, in my opinion, easier adjustment. I have been using Tula for a few months now and I got so used to it that I didn't even think about testing another one :)

    • 31.08.2015

      As you already have and are satisfied is the best recommendation! Sometimes better is the enemy of good, so I'm sure Tula is perfect for you!

  • Basia

    Super comparison! That's exactly how it is, Tula already has such a strong position in our market that when I think the sling I see Tulla, I didn't even think about looking for alternative slings, and now I will definitely look around. Unfortunately for us, the price of Tuli is prohibitive.

    • 31.08.2015

      Yes it is true, this is a very expensive product, I am not saying that quality does not follow it, because it is made sensational, but our cheaper equivalent is just as great.