Tula or mei-tai ergonomic carrier from Pathi?
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.
- 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
- mei-tai from Pathi: from 180 PLN, available for purchase on the producer's website
- Tula ergonomic carrier: from 465 PLN, available for purchase on the producer's website
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?