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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.

oohlaalaa Fri 25-Jan-13 17:36:03


Just an update. I've been watching Manduca's on Ebay, but they were trading at almost new price. I saw one on Amazon for £79.50, which is the lowest I've seen, and decided to take the plunge.

So now have my two carriers, Hugh a Bub and Manduca. I've spent about £100, which is more than I'd have liked too, on our tiny budget, but I think these two carriers will have us covered for years to come.

pookey Tue 11-Dec-12 15:23:46

To actually add something to the conversation I had a connecta and loved it for no 2 but once she was walking she wouldn't go in it any more. Used it on a fair bit on my front for no 3 esp useful in airport situation but just sold it as didn't eveb occur to me to try and get her on my back in it duh! I think hip carry is what will work with dc3 and dont believe you can do that with baby connecta.

pookey Tue 11-Dec-12 15:07:58

Oohlaalaa hope you get on well with the Manduca - found this thread as looking for something for my 2 year old Manduca sounds good that you can do hip and back carries def going to look into it too..

Hope you don't mind a hijak (sp?) blush but if anyone sees this thread and is also interested in a hugabub I have one on London gumtree. sorry for intruding! {scurries off...}

oohlaalaa Mon 10-Dec-12 10:37:43

Thanks Moojie.

Definitely buying a Manduca. I've also bought a second hand Hug-a-Bub sling on Ebay, it was £20 with postage, and thought I could wear it around home/ in the garden. I thought it'd be better with newborn.

The Manduca will be DH's sling, as he won't be seen in anything hippyish. I've been watching the Manduca's on Ebay, but second hand they sell for about £65, and can be bought for £84 with free delivery on amazon. I'd rather buy new, and sell on again, with the small price difference.

moojie Fri 02-Nov-12 20:23:16

I know I'm a bit late in replying but I have a manduca and I really love it. I have a 6mo ds and a 3yr old ds and both have been in the sling and seemed comfy. There is a lot of adjusting so you can get it to be comfy. Sometimes I've put it on and it's just not felt right, pulled at the shoulders etc but a bit if adjusting and I can wear it for hours. Ds2 loves the hip position although it does pull on my neck slightly so can't do much more than an hour.

Ds1 is a back carry boy despite never having been in a carrier until 2 months ago. I have a double buggy but now use the single and a sling as either child can go in either!

The reason I chose the manduca was because of the hip carry and being able to cross over the straps something that a lot of the other carriers don't do. I cross over the straps if I'm carrying ds2 in the front carry for a while as its much more comfortable.

Hope this helps.

oohlaalaa Tue 16-Oct-12 12:52:22

Thanks everyone. I'll compare prices on Kiddicare and Amazon at the time of buying.

Foshizzle Tue 16-Oct-12 12:35:45

Had both a Manduca and a Connecta. Both very comfortable but the Manduca edged it I think, especially in the colder weather. DH had no problem wearing the Manduca, very similar to an Ergo and DC felt very supported in it. Almost made my money back on it two years later.

Did find the Manduca a bit warm for summer but had a Solarweave Connecta for hot days and holidays.

jaggythistle Tue 16-Oct-12 12:29:55

i got mine on amazon, prices as good as any on there when i looked.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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 11:25:25

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?

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.

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?

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.

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

what do you mean by knee to knee Indith?

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.

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