Tula or mei-tai ergonomic carrier from Pathi?

Tula mei-tai Pathi comparison

Recently I told you our history of shaping, wearing and tying. I got a lot of news from you that it's cool that finally on blogs and Instagram something other than the ubiquitous Tula appeared and questions about how our mei-tai works in comparison with Tola, which appeared in our recent photos. Here is our review and comparison of both products.

Both slings are intended for children who are already sitting alone (previously, with my hand on my heart, I can only recommend a scarf - woven or 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 they differ from the still very popular "hangars", in which a child without proper support for the spine literally hangs on the crotch for about 10-14cm width of 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 do we provide the child with a healthy and safe position,
  • they are soft - between the legs and the whole back, thanks to which the child's spine has the best support and can maintain the correct curvature for the sitting 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 closing which is the most important difference

  • pathi mei-tai has no buckles and buckles, only long straps that ties around the wearer; our favorite binding of a child in 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 sling has shorter straps with buckles (with very ingenious elastic bands, which allow too long straps to keep them rolled up - a revelation!); our favorite baby sling on the front:
    • we fasten the waist belt with buckles (possible adjustment)
    • we put the child on the waist
    • we put the sling panel on the child's back, holding the child all the time we put the slings 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 on the nape of the neck so that they do not fall off our shoulders when we wear them - unfortunately, both of Wojtek and I have a problem with fastening this fastening ourselves low enough so that it does not stick to the neck and as far as I can, Wojtek unfortunately always I need the help of 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).

Prices - unfortunately it is also not without significance


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

Tula beautiful and fashionable, with clamps perfectly matched to me probably would have worn a little faster, and I love all the improvements, but with us, however, we wear both Santa's, and each time adjusting the length of the straps and pulling the buckles according to the wearer turned out to be quite time consuming and usually required several patches while wearing. In this way, after returning the borrowed Tuli and we stayed with our equally nice mei-tai, which we sewn in the theme of Santa's room. However, if I had to order mei-tai again, I would consider ordering it with a more solid waist belt.

Pathi also sews soft ergonomic slings fastened with buckles at a price of PLN 250, 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 a sentence

    and I would not choose among these two, although they are cool, but rather a Polish product - Luna Dream.

    • 10.03.2018

      both products that I show here are Polish products 😀

  • Monika Fiszer

    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.

  • MrsPotter

    I have an ergo carrier from Pathi (exactly Pathi + with adjustable shoulder straps). I heartily recommend! The carrier is carefully sewn and very comfortable. Until now, I had a baby in a sling, but since my son weighs over 10kg, this weight was very noticeable, and I barely feel it in the baby carrier! If someone cares about time, then really Pathi sews slings expressly - I waited less than a week for mine, and this was also the time of waiting for the fabric of my choice. In addition to ergo and mei tai, Pathi also sews hybrids (lap belt with buckle + shoulder straps). I couldn't afford Tula, but I'm also of the opinion that if I can choose a cheaper and equally good product, then there is 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 🙂

    • Frutka

      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

    I also had a dilemma ... In the end I decided on Tula, especially because of the buckles and in my opinion easier regulation. I have been using Tulia for a few months 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.