The question I get most often in regards to the Tula baby carriers is whether to get a standard/baby size or a toddler one. I figured that it was high time for a blog post regarding this very issue as I'm sure there are more of you out there who are wondering the same thing.
The Tula website recommends not using the toddler size until your child is 18 months old and/or roughly 25 pounds. But many with bigger babies who are at the 20+ pound mark but not quite 18 months old yet are unsure about whether to go with the standard or get the toddler and presumably get more use out of it. Though the toddler carrier starts at 25 pounds, the baby one will still last you through til your child is over 40 pounds. I've taken some comparison photos using my daughter as the model so you can get a sense of the difference in the standard and toddler sizes on the same child.
In this photo, my daughter is 22 months old, 25 lbs., and 33" tall. Though she fit comfortably in the standard and still had a decent "M" seat, the toddler Tula was a more comfortable fit and what I would choose in this situation. It felt much lighter carrying her weight in the toddler than it did in the standard. And then just for kicks, I tried my 5 year old on in it too. ;o) He wasn't so keen on being worn, but he definitely still fit and didn't feel horribly heavy in it (he is 40 lbs.).
For those who are into the specifics, I've laid the carriers on top of each other and taken their exact measurements. See photo below.
Overall, the Tula is a fantastic carrier and definitely my personal favourite. It comes in a wide range of fashionable and attractive prints, so there really is something for everyone. We receive shipments frequently, so if there is a print you have your eye on that you don't see available, please feel free to send me an email or message me through our Facebook page. I would love to help you find your dream Tula!