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I can only afford one sling - Connecta or Manduca?

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oohlaalaa Tue 16-Oct-12 10:17:16

We will have a pushchair and a sling.

Money's tight and I'd ideally like to purchase one sling only. I'm not bothered about using it immediately, so it'll be from three months, to up to three years.

From internet research I was thinking either a Manduca or a Connecta? The Manduca is more structured, and I think would suit an older child better? They both have good reviews, and provide for correct leg position, back support and head support. Compared to some, they appear to be quite easy to use? I don't want anything too complicated. Which one though?

The sling needs to be manly looking, so that my husband will use it.

I plan to use pushchair most of the time, but would like the option of a sling, particularly for country walks and quick trips to the shops.

Any help gratefully received.

HalleLouja Tue 16-Oct-12 10:18:24

Can you find a sling library? I loved my connecta and would recommend it but you are best to go and try some. They usually have dolls if you don't have a baby.

oohlaalaa Tue 16-Oct-12 10:19:00

P.S. I won't be using the forward facing position.

oohlaalaa Tue 16-Oct-12 10:23:04

HelleLouja - I could, but I'm hoping if I research it properly, it'll be fine. Having to parcel it up, and send it back is too much hassle. I live in the middle of nowhere, so would not be able to collect.

If I don't buy it before the baby arrives, then my MIL might buy it for me, as a gift (something she hinted at), and I think she'd get me the Baby Bjorn (same as SIL).

HalleLouja Tue 16-Oct-12 10:31:17

I bought a boba which had great reviews and just didn't work for me. So if you could try before you buy it will save you hassle. Don't get a bb - they aren't very comfortable to wear.

Its better to find a sling library if you can than shell out loads on something you don't use talks from bitter experience. If you are in the middle of nowhere there are some who send out slings.

Indith Tue 16-Oct-12 10:36:18

If you go to a sling meet while pregnant there will most likely be a few mums who are ahppy to lend you a child to try some on with grin.

It is true that it is best to try first as they are all slightly different and different people get on with different slings.

If you join slings and things FSOT on FB then that is a good place for buying and sellinga dn you can see that by and large you don't lose much money selling them on so don't worry too much about getting something that will last to toddlerhood as you can always trade it in for a bigger one (ideally you want it going knee to knee and then you need the height in the body so they don't flop when they fall asleep).

HalleLouja Tue 16-Oct-12 10:37:25

You do get most of your money back when selling.

oohlaalaa Tue 16-Oct-12 11:08:46

I've read the reviews on Baby Bjorn, which is why I want one bought, before MIL buys one!!

I like the fact the legs are spread out with the Manduca and Connecta, into the proper sitting posture.

I live in North Wales. The nearest sling meet would be an hour away. I've joined FSOT. I'm happy to take a chance, and buy blind. They both look good slings, so expect it'll be fine.

I think the Manduca, looks more supportive for carrying, as the child grows, and more manly for DH to use. I think the baby would quickly outgrow the Connecta. Ideally I'd buy both, but they are so expensive. I thought I could get both second hand for the price of new, but they are still expensive, second hand. I've decided to treat us to one new sling.

I love pushchairs, and don't think I'll be carrying baby in sling all the time. Perhaps once they are two years old, they'll never be in sling. I just don't know how this will work out.

ScaredySquirrel Tue 16-Oct-12 11:14:40

I have a connecta and love it. I just waited until the baby was born and tried it then with her (I think I could probably have sent it back at that stage).

I'm not sure the sling will last her into toddlerdom, but it's still fine at 5 months. Seems a lot easier than the ergo anyway which seems better for older children.

ScaredySquirrel Tue 16-Oct-12 11:16:00

what do you mean by knee to knee Indith?

HalleLouja Tue 16-Oct-12 11:16:17

You can always sell your connecta and buy a toddler one which is what I am doing.

HalleLouja Tue 16-Oct-12 11:17:04

Toddler connecta that is. How far are you from Chester? I am sure there is a sling meet there. Or is that the one you are referring to?

Indith Tue 16-Oct-12 11:20:06

Knee to knee is across the seat so the material of the sling stretches from knee to knee.

I wrapped with the big 2 but the baby isn't as keen. I got a babyhawk for £35 and when gets bigger I'll sell it on and get a toddler/preschool carrier unless he has come around to wrapping by then.

oohlaalaa Tue 16-Oct-12 11:25:25

Chester's the one I had in mind. It's closer to 45 mins, rather than an hour, but busy with work at the moment, and it's an 1 1/2 drive, and fuel.

I don't see that I could get the decision that wrong, with either of these two?

Your right, I could sell the Connecta, to buy next stage sling, but I thought I'd keep everything for second child, rather than have to buy again.

The thing which is making me consider the Manduca, is that I think DH would feel happier wearing it?

KaraStarbuckThrace Tue 16-Oct-12 11:30:24

I had a Connecta and loved it, but I sold it when my baby got to around 18lb as I found the straps were not padded enough.
If you are on Facebook, there is a group called Slings and Things FSOT and advice there are often people selling various carriers and slings on there. I now have a Boba 3G which is fab, can be used from 7lbs and I am very comfortable carrying my 20lb toddler. It was £95 but I'll get a fair chunk of that back when I sell it. Ergos are also good carriers as well but if you buy one second hand be VERY careful as there are an awful lot of fakes - I have 2 friends who both managed to purchase fakes sad Luckily another friend wised them up and they managed to get their money back!

oohlaalaa Tue 16-Oct-12 11:31:04

Indith - I saw the BabyHawk and this was another option. It was about the same price as Connecta (£60 ish), was the babyhawk for £35 second hand, or a sale?

I decided at the same price to go for Connecta, but at £35 would buy a Babyhawk.

Indith Tue 16-Oct-12 11:31:41

Hmm if you really want one that will last properly all the way through then get an Ergo I'd say. Tis buckles, dh friendly etc. Just be VERY careful buying as there are a lot of fakes so only get from stockists listed on the website. You can get tehm second hand though and the ladies on slings and things will point you int he right direction for a proper one.

If you get something where you might need a bigger one later though you will have 18 months or so to save up if you wanted to keep the sling for the next baby rather than trade it in and anything might happen between now and then. You might hate slings, decide that when the baby outgrows it you will not bother and use pushchair only, or you might love slings but not that one and have a collection of wraps. Who knows?

Indith Tue 16-Oct-12 11:33:33

The babyhawk was second hand and well loved with slight damage (not affecting use). In better condition they are around £40-£45 second hand. Often come up on slings and things but ebay can be good too for them though not for other slings.

oohlaalaa Tue 16-Oct-12 11:33:50

KaraStarbuckThrace - joined FSOT. The second hand price they are asking, is not much less than new price? I usually buy second hand, when it's at least 30% less than new.

KaraStarbuckThrace Tue 16-Oct-12 11:35:16

That demonstrates how well they hold their value - so if you buy new, you can be confident of getting most of your money back.

Indith Tue 16-Oct-12 11:39:55

Yes things really do hold their value in the sling world. With wraps there are trends and some can be more sought after than others and fetch silly money. The soft structured carrier market is a bit more stable! That's why I say ebay is good for babyhawks though because the sling nuts are on slings and things not ebay grin.

oohlaalaa Tue 16-Oct-12 11:45:13

Thanks Indith - I'll keep my eye out for second hand. With the Ergo, the Manduca was getting better reviews. I cant remember why it was coming out better, but decided they were similarly priced, and to pluck for the Manduca.

Thanks KaraStarabuckThrace, it was the second hand price, making me buy new.

I don't like the look of the wraps btw, and DH would never wear one, so not buying one.

I don't see myself as an earth mother, carrying my baby in beautiful slings everywhere. It's more to put the baby in, to go and see DH on the farm, rather than get pushchair out, or for a Sunday afternoon walk.

It's our first baby, so a little bit of wait and see.

bloodybuilder Tue 16-Oct-12 11:50:59

I tried out a friends Mandica and loved it. It is more adjustable than an ergo so lasts longer as baby grows.
I have a Kari me now for newborn dc3 but am on the lookout for a second hand manduca, but agree they are so pricey !

oohlaalaa Tue 16-Oct-12 12:15:33

Okay, I've made up my mind. It's a Manduca. I think DH would use it. I don't need to buy it till end of December. I want it before baby arrives, so that MIL does not buy us the Baby Bjorn. She can then get us a baby gym or bouncer. I'm not so fussy with this!

I'll need to buy it before end of December. Money is tight at the moment, with household expenses, so it'll be after November's pay cheque (19th).

Do prices change much, when is the best time to buy, and where will I find an offer?

I'll keep an eye out for a reasonably priced second hand Connecta or Babyhawk.

jaggythistle Tue 16-Oct-12 12:23:40

i have a Manduca and really like it.

i started with an inexpensive stretchy wrap (£15 from Victoria sling lady online) and got the Manduca when DS2 was about 3.5 months old.

it has built in newborn support, unlike the ergo where you have to buy a separate insert for the first few months.

DS2 is a huge 6mo now and I'm still using both quite happily. I've also had my toddler on my back in the Manduca which was surprisingly comfy. smile

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