The Manduca front, hip and back carrier is a fantastic all-rounder that will see you through from birth to pre-school age, although some of the carrying positions take time to master.
Manduca front, hip and back carrier
front, hip and back carrier
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The Manduca carrier is a soft, structured baby carrier that can be used from newborn (3.5kg/7lb 7oz) to around 4 years (20kg/44lb), with three carrying positions: front, hip and back. There’s a newborn insert for tiny babies, and a zip-away extending panel so it will grow with your child.
The Manduca carrier features a wide, ergonomic waistband and adjustable padded shoulder straps so your baby’s weight is distributed evenly, making it comfortable to wear. It’s also comfy for your baby or toddler, carrying her in an orthopaedically correct position. It has a 3-point waist buckle that can only be opened with two hands, and the buckles are also secured by elastic webbing to protect your baby if one accidentally came undone.
The integrated sunshade doubles as a head support if your baby nods off, and the carrier is lined with organic cotton. It’s available in four colours, plus four limited-edition prints, from £99.
What we love
I’m a big fan of slings and baby carriers, and the Manduca is one of the best I’ve tried. The comfort is unbeatable – the wide waistband and padded shoulder straps take 5-month-old Katie’s weight, and even after an hour’s wear, I don’t notice any strain.
In the front-carrying position, the Manduca is really easy to use. It’s much like putting a rucksack on your front. The buckles fasten easily and the shoulder straps are simple to adjust. Katie seems calm and happy in the Manduca, and while she’s too small for the back-carrying position (suitable from 8kg/17lb), it looks like a great way to carry a toddler, piggyback-style.
Although the Manduca isn’t cheap, it justifies its price tag. Not only will it last for up to four years, but it’s also ideal on occasions where using a buggy is difficult, such as on public transport. The unisex design and colours will appeal to dads, too.
What to watch out for
While using the Manduca on my front is a breeze, I found it hard to get Katie into the hip-carrying position without help. The back-carrying position also looks tricky to master, as you have to first sit your baby on your front and then shuffle her round to your back, although no doubt this would be easier with a toddler who could hop onto your back herself.
My only other real gripe was with the in-built head support and sunshade. While it would be useful if Katie was napping, it’s too enclosed when she’s awake, and she doesn’t like not being able to see. On sunny days, I preferred to put a sunhat on her. She also has a tendency to chew the shoulder strap when I’m carrying her.
Who is the Manduca front, hip and back carrier best for?
Mums and dads after a comfortable, supportive and easy-to-use carrier that will last from birth to pre-school age.
The Manduca front, hip and back carrier is a brilliant buy that will stand the test of time. Comfortable and sturdy, it’s a pleasure to wear, and your baby will enjoy it too. Some of the carrying positions take practice, but it’s the perfect alternative to a buggy and has dad-appeal too.