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Tula Ring Sling Review

Comfortable to wear and sit in, this sling is easy to use and clean
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $135 List
Pros:  Ease to use, soft fabric, comfortable
Cons:  Price, extra hanging fabric
Manufacturer:   Tula
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Feb 19, 2018
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  • Child Comfort - 25% 8
  • Parent Comfort - 35% 8
  • Ease of Use - 30% 10
  • Ease Of Cleaning - 10% 9

The Skinny

The Tula Ring Sling is a large fabric sling with ring adjustments on one end. This sling style carrier works for babies from 8-35 lbs or most of your babywearing years. We feel this carrier is comfortable for wearers and the design allows for small quick adjustments for comfort as the day goes by or as little ones grow. The fabric is soft, supportive and somewhat stretchy for a snug secure fit for babies that is cozy enough to sleep in. While this sling may not be an option for families on a budget, thanks to the higher price, it is a great lifetime carrier that our tiny testers and parents really liked and felt was worth the price.


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Pros Ease to use, soft fabric, comfortableComfortable, easy to adjust, pocketEasy to put on, super comfortable to wear, cozy for kidsComfortable to wear, machine wash and dry, cozyBudget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dry
Cons Price, extra hanging fabricHang to dry, rough fabricLong drying time, lots of buckles and straps, expensivePrice, harder to adjust on the goSize specific, no adjustability
Bottom Line Comfortable to wear and sit in, this sling is easy to use and cleanEasy to wear and adjust with comfort for baby but the fabric could be softerMost comfortable to wear with a cozy seat and easy attachmentComfortable carrier for parents and baby, but it's harder to use and expensiveInexpensive, easy to use, wrap style without the wrap hassle
Ratings Categories Tula Ring Sling ComfortFit Sling BabyBjorn One Tula Free-to-Grow Original
Child Comfort (25%)
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Specs Tula Ring Sling ComfortFit Sling BabyBjorn One Tula Free-to-Grow Original
Min/Max Weight 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 33 lbs 7 - 45 lbs 8 - 35 lbs
Carry Positions Facing In (8 - 35 lbs) Hip Carry (8 - 35 lbs *BGL recommends Head/Neck/Torso Control) Facing In (0 - 3 mo) Facing Out (3 - 6 mo) Hip Carry (6 mo - 35 lbs) Facing In (0 - 36 mo./33 lbs) Facing Out (5 - 15 mo./26 lbs) Back Carry (12 - 36 mo./33 lbs) Facing In (7 - 45 lbs) Back Carry (Head/Neck/Torso Control - 45 lbs) Kangaroo Position (8 - 35 lbs) Hug Position (8 - 35 lbs) Adventure Position (8 - 35 lbs) Explore Position (8 - 35 lbs) Hip Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Weight sm 1.05 lg 0.97 lbs sm 0.92 lg 1.16 lbs 2.26 lbs 1.25 lbs sm 0.89 lg 1.04 lbs

Our Analysis and Test Results

Ula and Mike, a married couple from very different backgrounds, created Tula when they struggled to find the best carrier to wear their babies. With extensive world travel on their resumes, the couple found inspiration from the women they observed working in the fields while wearing their babies in colorful wraps. Wanting something similar, they created a carrier of their own and soon received a lot of interest from potential buyers. Thanks to an impressive demand for their carriers, they started the Tula business.

The Tula Ring Sling is a comfortable carrier made of soft material and good for little ones from 8-35 lbs.
The Tula Ring Sling is a comfortable carrier made of soft material and good for little ones from 8-35 lbs.

Performance Comparison


This chart is a comparison of the overall scores for the carriers we tested in this review and how they compare to the Tula Ring Sling.


The sections below include information on how the Tula performed in each metric tests compared to the competition. The individual metric scores were used to calculate the overall scores with an emphasis on comfort for both parents and little ones.

The Ring Sling is very comfortable for little ones with somewhat stretchy fabric that provides a snug secure feeling and natural body postures.
The Ring Sling is very comfortable for little ones with somewhat stretchy fabric that provides a snug secure feeling and natural body postures.

Baby's Comfort


The Tula earned an 8 of 10 for baby's comfort. The Ring Sling has soft skin-friendly fabric that is comfortable for the wearer and the baby.


The Ring Sling creates a hammock style seat for little ones that can accommodate infants of different sizes creating a secure and snug carrier that can still have freedom of movement. The fabric allows baby's back to round naturally and the extra material can be used to extend the seating area or to cover little legs and feet. Little testers liked this carrier because of the freedom of movement and feeling of security with additional movement.

The Ring Sling is comfortable for parents to wear even on longer trips thanks to an easy to adjust design that can be altered on the go for increased comfort.
The Ring Sling is comfortable for parents to wear even on longer trips thanks to an easy to adjust design that can be altered on the go for increased comfort.

Parent's Comfort


The Tula earned an 8 of 10 for parent comfort.


The Ring Sling has a broad swath of fabric that extends over the wearer's shoulder helping to evenly distribute the burden of baby's weight over a larger area. The material is soft, much softer than the similar Maya Wrap ComfortFit Sling, and it adjusts for comfort by pulling baby closer or by shifting the fabric up or down on your shoulder.

The Tula Ring Sling is the easiest carrier to use in the review with a simple intuitive design and only one adjustment point.
The Tula Ring Sling is the easiest carrier to use in the review with a simple intuitive design and only one adjustment point.

Ease of Use


The Tula earned a 10 of 10 for ease of use. No other carrier is as easy to use as the Ring Sling.


This carrier is easy to use right out of the box with only one component and intuitive design. The fabric is easy to thread and can adjust on the go for parent or baby's comfort. The Ring Sling goes over your head and one shoulder and can be put on without holding your baby. Little ones slide into place, and the fabric tightens or loosens for a secure fit. The manual is good with simple pictures and descriptions.

The Ring Sling is machine washable and dryable which means less downtime between adventures.
The Ring Sling is machine washable and dryable which means less downtime between adventures.

Ease of Cleaning


The Tula earned a 9 of 10 for ease of cleaning. A score of nine is the highest for any carrier in this review.


The Tula is machine washable on cold and can be tossed in the dryer on low. Tumble drying is a huge advantage over hanging to dry as there is less downtime when you can't use the carrier. We also like that the Ring Sling is easy to spot clean should little ones have any accidents on their adventures. The fabric wipes clean and dries quickly.

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Other Versions


Our little testers seemed content and happy when sitting in the Free-to-Grow.
Tula makes a few different styles of carriers including the soft structured Tula Free-to-Grow which won an award in this review. The Free-to-Grow has an adjustable width and height seat and works for infants without an infant insert. If you are looking for a one and done carrier to last for your baby's babywearing years, the Tula Free-to-Grow is a good choice.

Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team