I really wanted to love this carrier. We bought it after reading all the amazing reviews and now I’m really disappointed. My first son hated being in it but we just thought it was his temperament and he didn’t like being carried. With my second born, it was ok when he was in a cradle position in with his feet tucked in. But now that he is 4 months he just screams after being in it for 10 minutes. Very time I take him out his legs and neck have these horrible red rubbing spots. But the most concerning is that his legs are way too far spread in i...t and I suspect his heaps get sore. I can just see how his legs take a while to readjust when i lay him down from being in the carrier. Maybe when he is older it will fit better but at this stage I am worried his heaps might get dislocated if I keep using it. Again I watched all their videos on how to use it and tried many times but I get the same results. I can also see that some other mums here have had the same experience with the legs being too far spread.
I was given this as a gift & told it was the best on the market ? That being said I wont try any others then, I don't see how it's worth $170 at all, the shoulder straps are way to bulky & they sit way too far out on your shoulders & constantly feel like they are going to fall off & you can't adjust them to be tighter because if you do you wouldn't be able to reach around to the rear clip, the baby was ok as a newborn in the froggy position but outgrew the back length within a few months even with the extension raised, after the newborn stage ...i was afraid to put bub in there due to the legs being splayed so far apart, besides the fact that she screamed murder & hated it, so sad really because she is a cling baby & I & her would love to baby wear but this contraption was just too uncomfortable & way too hard to adjust & I did try about 20 times , Ive sold it now for some other poor person to deal with.
hmmm!.....the colour is good
The shoulder straps are way too bulky and feel like they are sitting out way too far.Adjustment is ridiculously fiddly. So difficult to put on when out ~ need two hands for waist band and difficult to do up clip inbetween shoulder straps. Babies head is not supported enough. Babies legs have to spread way too far so mine has to keep his legs in. Oh i do like the colour!
Being a typical woman, I was drawn to the red colour but I was curious to see if this carrier was better than my beloved ERGO...it wasn't! Ah well, saved my money!
When I tried the sample on in-store it was very disappointing because:
- the shoulder straps were quite narrowe and didn't distribute my baby's weight very well
- there is no head support for young babies
- the straps are quite fiddly to adjust (much trickier than the ERGO)
- the fabric is much thinner and far less sturdy
- i really didn't like the way it made my 2 mth old sp...
Frustrating - Too Many Fussy Adjustments!
I tried a friend's Manduca carrier for a week or so with my chunky baby since she was geting too heavy to carry in the Bjorn. I used it round the house and out walking the dog but have been totally disappointed with its fussy adjustability. My husband also used the carrier and got frustrated with this design aspect as well. My bub still needs the in-built harness but she would fuss while I tried (with difficulty) to clip her in while on the go. This feature is hard to get secure without having to sit down first (which is not easily possible if ...you are out and about in a park!) Her little legs also got red marks from being so widely spread apart. When she fell asleep the head support didn't hold her head very securely - I wasn't able to bend down without holding her head first. The waistbelt felt ok on the back but it sits too low on the front which gets annoying when you sit down - it cuts into your crotch! Wanted this carrier to work so much becasuse my friend's baby had grown out of it (could have saved some money!)...but so dissappointed! I'm off now to try an ERGO and see how that works... The red colour. The design principle is almost there with thewaistbelt distibuting baby's weight to your hips but it doesn't work well on the front. Too many points to adjust. Very hard to undo the waist belt when out and about (needs two hands). In built harness left red marks on baby's legs. Sleeping hood not well shaped. Waist belt sits too low on the front and cuts into you.
Questions & Answers
How is the Manduca in Australia's 30-40 degree Summer?
Sorry we took so long to answer your question Rebecca. The feedback we get indicates that Manduca works well in warm climates - obviously wearing any baby carrier will be a little warmer than normal, but Manduca is made from natural fibres (organic cotton and hemp) that are breathable and naturally promote moisture wicking. It has a hood/sunshade that will help shade your baby too - and a large hat for you also helps.
Some other commonsense ideas are to dress lightly, keep baby and yourself well hydrated and to consider cooling pads that are available for babywearing from a number of sources.
Can this be used for child facing outwards of the body?
Thank you for the question. Manduca isn't designed to be able to face children forward. We believe that a baby learns most from watching their parent at very close range, and this improves their ability to read and sense emotions, and helps develop language skills. If you're interested in these thoughts, you could read our blog article here: http://www.manduca.com.au/#/babys-bq/4590158633
As Manduca official already answered...it's can't be used for facing forward baby.
If you are in Sydney...and you have Facebook account...feel free to join baby wearing group....we all talking about baby wearing alot...I guarantee that most mummies and daddies not recommended about facing forward baby.
These some reasons :
1. It's over stimulating for baby
2. We can't face the baby so we don't know what's going on to the baby
3. The more heavy the baby the more baby put pressure when you carry facing forward...it's not good for your back also for the baby
It's save facing forward it's just not recommended but Manduca definitely can't facing forward.
As I said manduca maybe not the prettiest baby carrier on the market but definitely the safest!!
Hi. My daughter has downsyndrom and her joint is hyper mobile. Do you still recommend this carrier for my daughter?
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