If you are a regular Hip little one reader you may have read that our smallest addition is a very cute but not overly happy baby. Now of course I would love to sit down and hold her all day but the reality is that that is just not possible when you have 3 other children to look after and a household to run. Some people might say it won’t hurt her to cry a little but I can’t listen to her sad little baby cries without wanting to pick her up and cuddle her. The best way to keep everyone happy is to keep her close and content in a baby carrier whilst still keeping my hands free for everything else that needs to be done, it’s the perfect solution for all of us.
The world of baby wearing can be quite confusing, there are so many different brands and styles and everyone has an opinion on what is best. My advise: Don’t just pick the cutest colour/print, first make sure your new carrier is safe (encourages an orthopedically correct seating position), comfortable (for you and baby), genuine (there are lots of counterfeits on the market!) and suitable (for your baby’s weight and your activity).
German label Manduca is one of the world’s leading baby carrier brands and very popular here in Australia. Manduca carriers promote the healthy M-position, the natural shape of babies’ legs which supports their spine and pelvis. Your baby’s (future) health is not something to take lightly so please pick your carrier with care. The Manduca carrier is not just comfortable for baby but also for mum, it is fully adjustable with wide, padded shoulder straps and a supportive waistband.
Being a so-called soft structured baby carrier the Manduca is both sturdy and supportive yet flexible at the same time, just the way I like it. It gives me the confidence that baby is well protected and in the right position and it easy to put on, pretty much like a backpack but then at the front. We use the Manduca Blackline, made of 100% organic cotton it is soft (right from the start) and safe (no nasties).
Most soft structured baby carriers have a minimum weight requirement of ca. 5.5kg (Ergo) – 7kg (Boba), so they would not be recommended for a newborn unless you buy a specific newborn insert to fit. The Manduca however is designed with an inbuilt newborn insert (3.5kg+), this means most babies can be carried in a Manduca straight from birth. Not only does it save you the cost of buying an extra insert, it also very practical as you can’t forget it. This great video shows exactly how the insert works, it didn’t take me long to get the hang of it with our newborn.
Another fantastic feature of the Manduca carrier is the built in suncover. It is nicely tucked away in the special pocket at the front and can be rolled out when you need the extra coverage, the cover is very handy for sunny days, to protect your sleeping baby from curious people/light and to provide privacy when breastfeeding, it also gives extra head support. As you can tell the Manduca has got your whole day covered, from sleeping to feeding to awake time and from sun to rain and in between.
A Manduca carrier is a great investment as it can be used from newborn all the way up to 20kg, that’s the weight of my 4.5 year old! As your baby gets older and heavier you can start wearing your Manduca on your back, something we still do with our 2.5 year old sometimes. It’s great for long walks or days out, we don’t have to bring a bulky pram but she can have a rest when those chubby little legs get tired.
The Manduca Blackline is available in three different colours and is priced at $189.