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- The Manduca 3-in-1 baby carrier really does grow with your child.
- 100% organic cotton inner layer with outer layer organic cotton/hemp mix
- 3-in-1 front, back and hip carrier suitable for children from 3.5kg/7.7lbs - 20kg/44lbs
- Integrated newborn pouch for babies from 3.5kg/7.7lbs
- Padded shoulder straps with three ways of adjustment and ergonomic waist belt for comfortable carrying
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The manduca baby carrier is a soft structured carrier which grows with your child from birth to pre-school, making days out easier and more fun. Comfort for you and your baby all day long. Safe baby wearing guidelines recommend babies should be carried close enough to kiss and in the all-important M position. The manduca baby and child carriers have been safety tested and comply with the European Standard EN 13209-2:2005 and are suitable for babies and toddlers from 3.5kg/7.7lbs up to 20kg/44lbs.
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Up until baby was 6 months old, I used an (inherited) BABYBJÖRN Original Baby Carrier - a slightly earlier version of the following:
BABYBJÖRN Original Baby Carrier (Black, Cotton)
Not knowing any better at the time, I really liked the BABYBJÖRN Original. It was extremely quick and easy to put on and take off. Baby seemed comfortable (facing my chest) from birth and enjoyed facing outwards from about 4 months. It is light - good for summer, less good for winter. After 6 months I had 2 concerns:
1. I didn't find the fit of the BABYBJÖRN Original to be particularly snug or stable, so I didn't find it suitable for gentle hill walking.
2. I was becoming aware of a condition called hip dysplasia. (See the "International Hip Dysplasia Institute" website. In particular, the page entitled "Baby Carriers, Seats, & Other Equipment".)
From the above website: "If the hips are forced into a stretched-out position too early, the ball is at risk of permanently deforming the edges of the cup shaped socket (hip dysplasia) or gradually slipping out of the socket altogether (hip dislocation) ... The most unhealthy position for the hips during infancy is when the legs are held in extension with the hips and knees straight and the legs brought together, which is the opposite of the fetal position ... The healthiest position for the hips is for the hips to fall or spread (naturally) apart to the side, with the thighs supported and the hips and knees bent." (See images at end of this review: first position bad; second position good.)
I could see no way to quantify the risk posed by hip dysplasia to baby so, to be safe, I looked for a new baby carrier which would provide the recommended position.
After 4 months of use (autumn/winter - baby aged 6-10 months) I'm satisfied that the MANDUCA baby carrier holds baby in the recommended position for hips. (For 3 months I used it with baby facing chest and straps crossed behind my back. For the past month, with baby now a bit heavy for chest carry, baby has been behind me facing my back.) Both positions provides a snug and comfortable fit and can easily accommodate baby when wearing a quilted 'pram suit'. Baby can fall asleep in it. When baby faces chest, I can wear a light raincoat zipped around both baby and me to keep baby's feet warm and for general weather protection. I feel secure using this carrier for modest hill walking. Baby sometimes sucks on the material. It's therefore reassuring that it's made from 100% organic cotton/hemp. Overall, I prefer the MANDUCA to the BABYBJÖRN Original. After 4 months of very regular use it remains in perfect working order.
In my view, however, the MANDUCA is still far from perfect. It is not nearly as convenient as the BABYBJÖRN Original in terms of put on/take off. There are more straps and elasticated safety loops to deal with. I did not find the straps easy to adjust in the early days. The 'three-point' ('safety') waist buckle can be awkward to unfasten - especially with cold fingers. Frustrated by the finickiness, after the first month I was on the brink of returning the carrier but, seeing nothing clearly better on the market, I decided to stick with it. Having by now developed a technique, it has certainly become easier to use. However, it's also worth mentioning that, although rear-carry has felt more suitable from 9 months onward (less strain on my back; better view for baby), it is not easy to get baby into this position without help from another - particularly if you're wearing a coat, which gets pulled around your body as you swivel baby behind you.
For your reference, I also purchased the Bamboo Baby Sling for £29.99:
Bamboo Baby Sling Hands-Free Carrier and One-Size-Fits-All Wrap with Matching Carry Bag for Newborns Infants and Toddlers to 35 Lbs (Charcoal Grey)
For the first 6 months, my wife found this to be a good product. She liked how closely it held baby to her and she found it comfortable to wear. That said, she sometimes found it finicky and time-consuming to put on/take off. Generally, her excursions were shorter than mine. When she recently tried the Bamboo Baby Sling again for the first time in a couple of months, she found it awkward and conducive to back pain.
I didn't like the Bamboo Baby Sling at all. In comparison with either of the 2 carriers described above, I found it finicky and unstable, and I had much less confidence that baby was comfortable and that baby's head was safe and not at risk of lolling about.
For a baby up to 10 months old, experience would possibly still cause me to choose the MANDUCA. I wouldn't choose the Bamboo Baby Sling or the BABYBJÖRN Original. I might be tempted to try the Ergo Baby Original (link below), which appears to be quite similar to the MANDUCA, but I'm put off by the fact that the Ergo Baby Original requires purchase of an 'infant insert' for very young babies. I'd also consider trying the NIMNIK BABY SLING (link below) which, from the description and pictures, claims to offer a 'hip-safe' outward-facing position (among others) by way of a detachable 'hip seat'.
Ergobaby baby carrier collection original (5.5 - 20 kg), Black/Camel
NimNik Baby Sling Carriers Hipseat - Ergonomics Front 2 Back Carrier, Black
Chosen instead of the Ergo carrier because the Manduca fits women with narrower frames as you can have the straps crossed for a closer fit, whether baby is on your front (0-6months) or back (from 6 months). Also this is cheaper, and can be used from birth with no extra equipment required to be purchased.
Only difficulty is getting the safety clips system done up/undone when trying to hold onto a wriggly baby but I have been assurred by others that this just takes practice.
Had a Caboo previously but couldn’t get on with it.
Feels very well made, good back support, Baby feels very secure and looks comfortable.
Took a bit of time getting use to putting baby in but ideal for the times when you don’t want to get a pushchair out!
Would highly recommend.
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It took a bit to get use on how to put it on and strap baby in correctly