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Tukula Short Sleeve Bodysuit
Ade + Ayo

Tukula Short Sleeve Bodysuit

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Comfy onesie with unique print made from high-quality 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton.
Ade + Ayo

Tukula Short Sleeve Bodysuit

Comfy onesie with unique print made from high-quality 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton.
Free Shipping on orders over $75 & Free Returns
Values
BIPOC-owned
BIPOC-owned
Organic
Organic
Small business
Small business
Sustainable
Sustainable
Women-owned
Women-owned
Supports charity
Supports charity
Discount available

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Why you'll love it

This is a beautiful piece and is bound to be a wonderful addition to your baby's wardrobe: unique print, high-quality materials, and created by a conscious brand.

  • Super soft and lightweight 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton
  • Snaps on bottom so changing is a breeze
  • Printed label on inside back to keep baby comfortable
  • Machine washable for easy care

Specs

  • Made in:
    Designed in Oakland, California; produced in various parts of the world including Rwanda, India and China.
  • Materials / ingredients:

    100% GOTS-certified organic cotton

  • Dimensions:
    x
    in;
    oz
  • Any plastic in contact with food?
  • Grows with your baby?
  • Other features:

    About the print:

    Tukula print is a playful interpretation of kuba cloth - a textile traditionally handwoven by the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kuba cloth is woven using the strands from raffia palm leaves that are then dyed using natural dyes. This fabric originated in the 17th century and is characterized by bold patterns that suggest movement. Of the 17 ways that a design can be repetitively varied on a surface, the Kuba people have exploited twelve in their cloths! Amazing. Historically, the Kuba people have used these cloths as wrappers, skirts, sleeping mats and even currency. This print is named "Tukula,” the Bakuba word for the red pigment obtained from the heartwood of indigenous trees and traditionally applied to art and cloth created by the Kuba people.


    Note on colors:

    Colors may vary slightly from how they appear on a computer/smartphone screen. Due to the nature of fabrics and print processes, this print may or may not be the exact same shade, hue, or tone of a previous release of this same print.

  • What's included in the package:
  • Manufacturer's warranty:

Care instructions

To maintain the quality, color and feel of your clothing we recommend the following wash instructions:

  • Machine wash cold, inside out with like colors
  • Use normal or mild detergent
  • Reshape while damp. Tumble dry on low heat.
  • Do not iron on print. Do not bleach.

*Organic Cotton may shrink with washing, because it is not chemically treated.

Leleki values

BIPOC-owned
Organic
Small business
Sustainable
Women-owned
Supports charity

Certifications

Leleki guide

Reviewed by Dr. Rob Lindeman, MD, PhD

A pediatrician with over 20 years of experience. General pediatrics and pediatric pulmonary medicine training at the Boston Children’s Hospital. BS - Yale University; MD and PhD - Columbia University.

Why it's useful

  • Many baby articles of clothing have more than one common name. Onesies and bodysuits are essentially the same thing. We'll call them onesies here.
  • Onesies look like a short- or long-sleeved shirt with snap openings at the bottom so they don't ride up while providing easy access to the diaper.
  • Onesies are great for newborns because they ensure only smooth material near the umbilical cord (no waistband from pants); however, you can always opt for a diaper plus a T-shirt.
  • Your baby can comfortably wear onesies all day long, if so you choose. On chillier days, you can pair them with pants and socks. Onesies are also great as your baby gets older because they allow their legs to move freely for playing, kicking, rolling, and eventually crawling.

What to consider

Material Safety

  • GOTS or OEKO-TEX certification: We only carry GOTS or OEKO-TEX certified onesies made from natural materials to minimize the risk of dermal exposure to harsh chemicals. Read more here
  • Important! We recommend pre-washing all textile baby items before using to minimize the chance that any residual chemicals or packing dust don’t irritate your baby’s skin.

Practicality

  • Babies, especially young ones, often dislike clothes going over their head, and it can be really hard to put things on newborns with very little neck and body strength. Therefore, for younger babies, choosing a kimono-style onesies with side snaps, or a onesie with front snaps that make the neck open very wide, can make your life much easier and keep your baby happy.
  • Make sure that the onesie isn’t too tight, as tight-fitting baby clothes can cause skin irritation, rashes, and even digestive issues.

Style

  • Depending on the weather, you can choose long or short sleeves.
  • Have fun with colors and patterns!

How many to get

  • For each size, you need approximately 1-2 onesies or sleepers per day; there will be days when you go through more. That means that if you do laundry once a week, you need 7-14. If you have the budget, it might make things easier to purchase in the middle to high end of that range, especially when your baby has just arrived. You can adjust the number when you size up if you find yourself doing laundry more frequently than you expected. 
  • For sizing, start with size 0-3 months. If your baby arrives early, you may have to order a few preemie pieces. You may also want to have a few 3-6 month pieces just in case you have a large newborn or a fast grower.
  • Remember that you won't know your baby's growth trajectory until they’re here, so don't buy too many larger sizes (6 mo+) as you might end up with the wrong size for the season.
Leleki does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The resources on our website are provided for informational purposes only. You should always consult with your care provider / a healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.

Why you'll love it

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Specs

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Care instructions

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Values & certifications

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Leleki Guide

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This is a beautiful piece and is bound to be a wonderful addition to your baby's wardrobe: unique print, high-quality materials, and created by a conscious brand.

  • Super soft and lightweight 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton
  • Snaps on bottom so changing is a breeze
  • Printed label on inside back to keep baby comfortable
  • Machine washable for easy care

Specs

  • Made in:
    Designed in Oakland, California; produced in various parts of the world including Rwanda, India and China.
  • Materials / ingredients:

    100% GOTS-certified organic cotton

  • Dimensions:
    x
    x
    in;
    oz
  • Any plastic in contact with food?
  • Grows with your baby?
  • Other features:

    About the print:

    Tukula print is a playful interpretation of kuba cloth - a textile traditionally handwoven by the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kuba cloth is woven using the strands from raffia palm leaves that are then dyed using natural dyes. This fabric originated in the 17th century and is characterized by bold patterns that suggest movement. Of the 17 ways that a design can be repetitively varied on a surface, the Kuba people have exploited twelve in their cloths! Amazing. Historically, the Kuba people have used these cloths as wrappers, skirts, sleeping mats and even currency. This print is named "Tukula,” the Bakuba word for the red pigment obtained from the heartwood of indigenous trees and traditionally applied to art and cloth created by the Kuba people.


    Note on colors:

    Colors may vary slightly from how they appear on a computer/smartphone screen. Due to the nature of fabrics and print processes, this print may or may not be the exact same shade, hue, or tone of a previous release of this same print.

  • What's included in the package:
  • Manufacturer's warranty:

Care Instructions

To maintain the quality, color and feel of your clothing we recommend the following wash instructions:

  • Machine wash cold, inside out with like colors
  • Use normal or mild detergent
  • Reshape while damp. Tumble dry on low heat.
  • Do not iron on print. Do not bleach.

*Organic Cotton may shrink with washing, because it is not chemically treated.

Certifications and Standards

Values

BIPOC-owned
BIPOC-owned
Organic
Organic
Small business
Small business
Sustainable
Sustainable
Women-owned
Women-owned
Supports charity
Supports charity

Awards

Reviewed by Dr. Rob Lindeman, MD, PhD

A pediatrician with over 20 years of experience. General pediatrics and pediatric pulmonary medicine training at the Boston Children’s Hospital. BS - Yale University; MD and PhD - Columbia University.

Why it's useful

  • Many baby articles of clothing have more than one common name. Onesies and bodysuits are essentially the same thing. We'll call them onesies here.
  • Onesies look like a short- or long-sleeved shirt with snap openings at the bottom so they don't ride up while providing easy access to the diaper.
  • Onesies are great for newborns because they ensure only smooth material near the umbilical cord (no waistband from pants); however, you can always opt for a diaper plus a T-shirt.
  • Your baby can comfortably wear onesies all day long, if so you choose. On chillier days, you can pair them with pants and socks. Onesies are also great as your baby gets older because they allow their legs to move freely for playing, kicking, rolling, and eventually crawling.

What to consider

Material Safety

  • GOTS or OEKO-TEX certification: We only carry GOTS or OEKO-TEX certified onesies made from natural materials to minimize the risk of dermal exposure to harsh chemicals. Read more here
  • Important! We recommend pre-washing all textile baby items before using to minimize the chance that any residual chemicals or packing dust don’t irritate your baby’s skin.

Practicality

  • Babies, especially young ones, often dislike clothes going over their head, and it can be really hard to put things on newborns with very little neck and body strength. Therefore, for younger babies, choosing a kimono-style onesies with side snaps, or a onesie with front snaps that make the neck open very wide, can make your life much easier and keep your baby happy.
  • Make sure that the onesie isn’t too tight, as tight-fitting baby clothes can cause skin irritation, rashes, and even digestive issues.

Style

  • Depending on the weather, you can choose long or short sleeves.
  • Have fun with colors and patterns!

How many to get

  • For each size, you need approximately 1-2 onesies or sleepers per day; there will be days when you go through more. That means that if you do laundry once a week, you need 7-14. If you have the budget, it might make things easier to purchase in the middle to high end of that range, especially when your baby has just arrived. You can adjust the number when you size up if you find yourself doing laundry more frequently than you expected. 
  • For sizing, start with size 0-3 months. If your baby arrives early, you may have to order a few preemie pieces. You may also want to have a few 3-6 month pieces just in case you have a large newborn or a fast grower.
  • Remember that you won't know your baby's growth trajectory until they’re here, so don't buy too many larger sizes (6 mo+) as you might end up with the wrong size for the season.
Leleki does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The resources on our website are provided for informational purposes only. You should always consult with your care provider / a healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.