Manduca carrier

I have always been a huge fan of the Baby Bjorn carriers. I still have the same one we bought when our first baby was born, more than 7 years ago. I just love how simple it is — how easy it is to put on and strap baby in. But, I must admit I’ve always been intrigued by the carriers which you can use on the front and the back. It seems really practical to have a baby carrier which you can use as your child grows into the toddler stage.

VUP Baby recently sent me a Manduca carrier to try out, and so far I am really impressed. I like that the Manduca carrier has an integrated newborn pouch for babies, and you can adjust the height of the carrier to ensure your baby’s head is supported. I first put Marlow in the carrier when she was 5 days old (see photo), and she’ll be able to ride in the carrier (front, back or hip) until she is three (or roughly 20kg)! Plus, it’s made of organic cotton which is always a bonus. I think, after all these years, I’ve been converted!

What about you? Are you a fan of baby carriers, or do you prefer the buggy/stroller? If so, which baby carrier/sling do you use? (There are so many options!)

x Courtney

16 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Katherine | November 28, 2012 | Reply

This looks like a good alternative to the Baby Bjorn. I also like that it can be used for older kids, too, up to 20 kilos. I have to say, I always find good tips on this site. Thanks for posting about it. I also appreciated Esther’s post about Plus-Plus from a few days ago. I had never heard of it before but will definitely order some for my kids. Thanks again for doing such a great job sorting through all the stuff out there to present only the best products to us. It really saves me time!

2. Pam | November 28, 2012 | Reply

We love the Manduca! Our baby has just turned 2 weeks today and we’ve used our new carrier almost daily. I’ve tried various front carriers, slings and wraparounds but have often found my shoulders aching at the end of the day. However, the Manduca seems to distribute the weight evenly – our newborn weighs as much as a loaf of bread, but I tried my 3 yr old daughter in the piggy back position and it was comfortable. No aches! I’m looking forward to trying the hip position when baby is a bit older. It’ll be great to have a free arm since I have 2 other children…

3. Diana | November 28, 2012 | Reply

I allways thought, I’d be more of a stroller-mom, but… I really love my manduca! As you said, it’s easy to put on, goes a long way and is eaven cool enough for daddys to wear. For our first we used it a lot. But for the very first days of our second I found the Moby wrap more comfy. I felt like I could snuggle him nicely in front of me. And it’s also from organic cotton – definitely a plus. But when he’ll get bigger, I’ll be definitely back with my manduca.

4. Diana | November 28, 2012 | Reply

… And I also have to admit, that I really love your blog. There are allways so many great ideas. Like last week I tried the hand & feet reindeer with my 2 1/2 year old. We had so much fun and they made a cute christmas-decoration on our windows. So thank you very much!

5. Nixie | November 28, 2012 | Reply

I LOVE the manduka. I have used it for 2 babies and have just been carrying my 10 month old on my back while cooking lunch while he had a little nap. I also still carry my 3.5 yr old in it. I am a big believer that babies are happiest when being carried (i.e rather than being in a buggy).

6. Anaïs | November 28, 2012 | Reply

Also a big Manduca fan! Especially with the second kid, carrying the little one and running and playing with the older one is easier. The Manduca/Ergobaby (better for small-framed moms) are apparently better for babies than the Bjorn and other similar carries, especially for boys. The babies sit their weight across the entire bottom and not on the privates. Remember it is important to bend those knees upwards so that they are higher than the bottom (in M shape), so the legs do not dangle.

Personally, I have less lower back pain with a scarf (easy to tie – don’t be afraid), and find it easier to breastfeed in the scarf too. Plus you can tuck the feet in on the sides… I prefer the Manduca for back only when the babies are a bit older. I carried my older child until I was preggie with number 2: he weighed 14 kilos at the time, age 2.5 years.

7. Catherine | November 28, 2012 | Reply

I love the babyccino blog, so many good ideas and topics…
I agree with the previous poster, Moby wrap for the first 2-3months, it just recreates a warm and fuzzy feeling like somehow baby is still in your belly! I love it how the sling keeps them cosy and comfortably wrapped. A few youtube videos of how to tie it and it was a doddle. And for 4months plus I loved my Ergobaby, used it so much, it is similar to Manduca but without the newborn pouch. Although now I see the Manduca I think I would like to try it! :o) happy baby wearing!

8. Christy | November 28, 2012 | Reply

It looks so cosy for your baby! Seems awfully similar to the Ergobaby (which does have an optional infant pouch insert) though…..is that brand available in the UK? I used the Ergo for 2 of my 3 children and wish I had had it for my first. Soooo much more comfortable on my back and shoulders than the Bjorn. Didn’t use it on my back much as I found it awkward to get my toddler in and out by myself. But my babies loved being carried around through age 2 and amazingly it was comfortable. I still occasionally will wear my three year old (she is pretty light….only 14 kilos) if she is having a really cranky day and needs a snuggle.

9. Lindsey | November 29, 2012 | Reply

OK, now I want to try this1 it looks so comfy and Iike marlow is so snug in it!

10. Kate | November 29, 2012 | Reply

Another manduca fan here! Had a baby bjorn which great until my daughter was 6/7 month and got to heavey for me to carry like that.

I love how the manduca straps cross at the back which helps support my back.

I looking forward to carrying a newbron in it one day!

11. Isabelle | November 29, 2012 | Reply

I prefer the scarf too. I like the manduca when they are older like toddler. But my favourite after a Storchenwiege scarf ( I ve used for my daughter till pregnant again, age 2.5) is my new JPMBB ( Je porte mon bébé) scarf which I LOOOVEE. I use it since the first day out of the hospital for my, today, 7 months little boy. And it is really easy to use, just need to get use too and get a good teacher to start with. :-)

12. Isabelle | November 29, 2012 | Reply

and thank you for your lovely blog which I love. xxx from Switzerland

13. Emilie in Paris | November 29, 2012 | Reply

You look absolutely fabulous, esp. taking account your had a baby 9 days before hand!

14. maria cañal | November 29, 2012 | Reply

Courtney, you look great! it is great to see you!

15. Nath | November 29, 2012 | Reply

I have tried 3 sorts out of despair: baby bjorn, ergo and baby scarf wrap. I bought the scarf after trying it out from a friend and I must say it Was a lifesaver for the baby colics. It was the only thing that would instantly calm my baby down. I bought the ergo after reading the rave reviews and was so disappointed. I never liked wearing it, i found the straps too big and foudn it very akward to open the legs of young baby wide enough to sit in the carrier. The newborn insert was just very impractical. In the end I swap between the baby Bjorn and the scarf wrap. I guess everyone finds what suits them…

16. Sybil | December 3, 2012 | Reply

I love baby carriers. I use the Baby K’Tan with my son. I love it! It’s more like a scarf but without all the knots. It’s really easy to use and, like a scarf, there is more than one position (depending on the baby’s age).

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