Frequently Asked Questions about Manduca Baby Carriers:
Manduca Baby Carriers – designed in Germany offer an excellent ergonomic baby carrying solution with a delightful range of styles, fabrics and colours.
Endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association – the Manduca comes with many great features and accessories to custom fit the carrier for your little one.
What is the weight limit of the Manduca Carrier?
Designed to cater to the needs of newborns and infants from 3.5kg all the way to toddlers and pre-schoolers weighing up to 20kg.
How many Carry Positions does the Manduca Carrier cater for?
The Manduca baby carrier can be worn in 3 Carry Positions – Front (baby facing in) , back and hip carry positions.
Do I need a separate Infant insert to carry my baby or is the infant seat included?
No, all Manduca baby carriers come with an inbuilt infant seat that allows infants to sit comfortably in the carrier in the ‘M’ position as well as a unique lightly padded wrap around top panel to provide support for a newborn’s neck. You can carry your baby in the Manduca from birth, or rather from 3.5 kg (approximately 7 lb 11 oz) in weight. In the first few weeks, you should use the integrated seat insert (see instructions for use), which will raise your baby a little higher as it sits in the carrier, and for the very first weeks its legs should be tucked up inside.
If the Carrier fits me will it also fit my partner?
The Manduca’s design allows it to fit babywearers all the way from petite ladies to taller bigger fathers. There is no need for additional waist extension attachments as the waist belt is able to extend all the way out to 140cm. This allows couples who are different sizes to share the same baby carrier comfortably.
As your baby grows, the Manduca is also built to ‘grow’ with your child. The Manduca comes with an extendible back panel that can be easily unzipped or packed away depending on your baby’s needs. This allows you to provide more support for your baby when they need it and when you baby grows larger you can easily zip it up allowing them more freedom.
Promoting Ergonomic Positioning and Weight distribution?
Yes as a quality ergonomic baby carrier, the Manduca’s generously padded shoulder straps and anatomically shaped belt work together to distribute the weight from your child effectively, while your baby sits in the orthopedically recommended ‘M’ position.
Safety and Quality All Manduca Baby Carriers are made with the safety of your child in mind. Besides using the best class of materials such as 100% certified organic cotton and hemp, 100% nickel free zips and press studs by YKK and premium grade plastic buckles, Manduca carriers come with a 3 point release on the hip belt buckle to further reduce any risk of the buckle accidentally opening when your child is still in the Manduca.
How do I adjust my Manduca baby carrier so it will fit me? (be sure to visit the Manduca videos online for demonstations of Manduca use.)
Before putting your baby into the carrier, you should adjust it to suit your own size. You can do this using the long nylon straps at the two-way buckle fastenings of the shoulder straps and the waist belt. The ends of the nylon straps can be tucked away in the belt and strap loops. You will usually only have to make these adjustments once. Day to day you should only have to use the short nylon straps for fine tuning.
Can I carry my baby in a front facing forward position in the Manduca baby carrier?
The Manduca baby carrier is not designed to carry a baby in a “face forward” position.
When can I start wearing my baby on my back with my Manduca baby carrier?
It is recommended to wait until your baby no longer needs the infant seat insert to carry them on your back. Your little one will then have increased head and neck control for supported sitting.
Why do I need three-point buckle on the waist belt? It makes the opening of the carrier more difficult.
We are aware that the three-point buckle fastening is a bit more complicated to release than a standard one. However, we felt that the main priority was to ensure that the fastening can’t be opened by accident, for example by a sibling or someone pulling on the waist belt.
With a bit of experience and practice you will quickly learn how to open the buckle fastening with three fingers of one hand.
A practical alternative is to leave the Manduca on and let the main panel hang down in front of you like an apron when the baby is not in the carrier. Many parents have found this to be the simplest solution when their baby is out of the Manduca for short periods.
What are the elastic loops on the straps of the Manduca baby carrier by the fastenings for?
For your comfort and to increase the Manduca’s safety still further, all strap and belt fastenings lie on a padded part of the strap or belt, on which there is an elastic safety loop. This is why you should always pull the quick fixes tight enough so that they come to rest behind the loops and on the padding.
When do I need to unzip the back extension in my Manduca baby carrier?
The back extension has a dual purpose: it supports older babies, and children’s backs (back carries) and also provides support to the upper back and neck area of younger babies (front and hip carries). Unzipping the back extension on the main panel lengthens your Manduca by 7cm. Unzipping the back extension also gives you the option to breastfeed more discretely.
Our tip: You can use the back extension instead of the head support for front carries. If your baby can already hold his head by himself, you can keep the back extension zipped away when he is awake, so that he can see more of what is going on around him. If he falls asleep, just unzip the extension and baby’s head enjoys perfect support. You may find you need to tighten the shoulder straps.
My baby is 12 weeks old now, but I have the feeling that she is still too small to go in the Manduca without the seat insert, as without it her legs are too widely spread.
You’re probably right: your baby is in an in-between phase, nearly too big for the seat insert, but with thighs too short to be comfortable and properly supported without it. You should carry on using the insert in combination with the back extension! In this way, your baby will still be sitting a bit higher in the carrier and doesn’t have to spread their legs too wide. Their lower legs can now hang out of the carrier on each side and there won’t be any pressure on the thighs or the backs of the knees.
It will vary from baby to baby, depending on their individual size. Most babies are ready to wave goodbye to the insert at between 3 and 5 months of age. Another good way to determine if a baby has out grown the infant insert is when Manduca’ s body panel only covers the baby’s thighs up to and not beyond the baby’s knees. The baby’s calves should then be able to dangle freely outside the carrier. When this happens, the infant insert is no longer needed.
My son is 6 weeks old and we are using the seat insert, but he isn’t supported at all above the base of his neck.
In addition to the infant seat insert, you should be using the back extension. The time for this winning combination often comes at 3-4 weeks, but usually at 6 weeks at the latest, depending on how long your baby’s upper body is. For babies this age, the carrier’s main panel should always extend right up to the neck and beyond, so that the baby’s upper body and neck are supported adequately.
In the weeks after this, you can let baby’s lower legs hang down out of the carrier at the sides, a particularly good idea if your baby keeps trying to push itself up and stand up in the carrier.