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Infantino Flip Advanced Review

Less expensive, low-quality choice that isn't comfortable to wear
infantino flip advanced baby carrier review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:  $36 List
Manufacturer:   Infantino
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Feb 19, 2018
40
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#16 of 16
  • Child Comfort - 25% 4.0
  • Parent Comfort - 35% 3.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 5.0
  • Ease Of Cleaning - 10% 4.0

The Skinny

The Infantino Flip Advanced works for children weighing 8-32 lbs. It has an adjustable seat bottom and offers three carry positions to suit your baby's developmental stage and preferences while toting around. It's a budget-friendly option that looks like some of the best baby carriers on the market, but from our hands-on testing experience, it's low-quality. It feels flimsy compared to others in the lineup and lacks internal support or structure, making it uncomfortable for parents to wear and less cozy for little ones. Compared to the competition, Flip Advanced didn't impress us, and it struggled to score higher.
REASONS TO BUY
Inexpensive
Lightweight
Easy to put baby in
REASONS TO AVOID
Uncomfortable for baby and parent
Hard to use
Difficult to clean
Editor's Note: We updated this gear review on October 18, 2022, with additional information on how this baby carrier compares to others to help your decision-making process.

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Pros Inexpensive, lightweight, easy to put baby inBudget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dryMachine wash and dry, comfy for baby and parents, economicalEasy to clean, comfy for baby and parent, economicalInexpensive, machine washable
Cons Uncomfortable for baby and parent, hard to use, difficult to cleanSize specific, no adjustabilityHarder to use, lots of fabricHard to use, lots of extra fabric in the wayLess secure feeling, not as supportive, line dry
Bottom Line Less expensive, low-quality choice that isn't comfortable to wearInexpensive, easy to use, wrap style without the wrap hassleBudget-friendly wrap that is comfortable but harder to useComfy option that is easy to clean but much harder to useAverage with no stand out features for comfort or convenience
Rating Categories Infantino Flip Adva... Baby K'tan Original Boba Wrap Moby Wrap Classic You+Me 4-in-1
Child Comfort (25%)
4.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Parent Comfort (35%)
3.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Ease of Use (30%)
5.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
6.0
Ease Of Cleaning (10%)
4.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
5.0
Specs Infantino Flip Adva... Baby K'tan Original Boba Wrap Moby Wrap Classic You+Me 4-in-1
Min/Max Weight 8 - 32 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 7 - 35 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 32 lbs
Carry Positions Facing In (8 - 32 lbs)
Facing Out (head control - 32 lbs)
Back Carry (sit up - 32 lbs)
Kangaroo Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Hug Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Adventure Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Explore Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Hip Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Facing In (Newborn - 35 lbs) Kangaroo Position (< 8 lbs)
Facing In (Newborn - 35 lbs)
Hip Carry (5 mo - 35 lbs)
Facing In (8 - 32 lbs)
Facing Out (head control - 32 lbs)
Back Carry (20 - 32 lbs)
Weight 0.92 lbs Sm: 0.89
Lg: 1.04 lbs
1.41 lbs 1.3 lbs 0.97 lbs
Packable Size Medium Small Small (5.5 yards in length) Small (5.5 meters in length) Large
Fabric Polyester, Cotton 100% Cotton 95% Cotton
5% Spandex
100% Cotton Not Specified
Hood No No No No No
Storage Options None Pouch on the belt. Storage Pouch None None
Other Features & Notable Bib Azo Dye-free None None None
Included Accessories None None Storage Sack Stuff Sack Bandana Bib
Care Instructions Machine wash cold, hang dry Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Machine wash cold, hang dry

Our Analysis and Test Results

Infantino is a juvenile product company that makes a variety of gear for babies, from toys to soft carriers. Infantino employs moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and a few grandparents to get different parenting insights for making products for parents and their children. The company puts safety first and makes every effort to use harm-free materials.

Performance Comparison



infantino flip advanced baby carrier review - the flip lacks much of the internal structure most of the...
The Flip lacks much of the internal structure most of the competition have with thicker padding to provide more support.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Baby's Comfort


The Flip struggled to provide a comfortable place for little passengers. The fabric on the Flip is thin and flimsy feeling, lacking the softer feel of most of the competition. We had difficulty adjusting the carrier to fit each child, and while the seat bottom has two widths, the options aren't enough to ensure a comfortable seat. Overall, similar to the problems with comfort for parents, the carrier lacks the internal structure or padding required for this kind of carrier to ensure real napping comfort.

The Infantino Flip waistbelt has no padding or support on most of...
The Infantino Flip waistbelt has no padding or support on most of the strap, so it fails to support the baby's weight comfortably without digging into the wearer.
The Flip&#039;s shoulder straps and chest clip lack padding thick enough...
The Flip's shoulder straps and chest clip lack padding thick enough to comfortably support the baby's weight during a back carry. Testers complain of pain in their arms, backs, and collar bones.

Parent's Comfort


The Flip is one of the most uncomfortable carriers for parents to wear, with a surprising lack of structured support in the straps and waist belt. Unlike similar carriers with wide supportive waistbelts, the Flip waistband is almost all strap, with only a wide padded centerpiece. Our testers reported discomfort in the back of their arms with poor back support (above left). Things were worse with the back carry position as the thinly padded shoulder straps dug into collar bones and softer bits (above right).

infantino flip advanced baby carrier review - while the flip isn&#039;t that easy to adjust or put on, you can tell how...
While the Flip isn't that easy to adjust or put on, you can tell how it is supposed to be adjusted or buckled without the manual.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


This carrier is average for ease of use. How to use the Flip is relatively obvious right out of the box, even if you don't read the instructions. You need to ensure you set the seat width before putting it on, but once set, it is somewhat intuitive for strap adjustment and placement. It is harder to get on compared to much of the competition with a similar look. However, putting a baby inside is better than average, with the ability to put the carrier on and adjust it almost completely before picking up the baby and setting them inside. You don't need to hold the baby in place as you mess with straps or long fabric ends.

infantino flip advanced baby carrier review - the flip is harder to clean than much of the competition including...
The Flip is harder to clean than much of the competition including hanging dry directions and hard to spot clean on the go fabric.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Cleaning


The Flip is machine washable on cold before hanging to dry. The hang-to-dry means you'll be without a carrier for at least a day, depending on the ambient climate, which is a bummer when you need to run errands. It also isn't the best at spot cleaning on the go should your little one have a blowout or spit-up incident while you and baby are out and about. The fabric is harder to clean and takes longer to dry than most of the competition.

Should You Buy the Infantino Flip Advanced?


The Flip's cost may attract those who aren't sure if babywearing is their thing. However, we think its poor design and lack of functionality will result in a negative experience that may turn parents off babywearing forever. We suggest passing on this contender as there are better-performing, affordable options elsewhere in the lineup of top-ranked baby carriers.

What Other Baby Carriers Should You Consider?


If you're on a budget, check out the Baby K'tan Original or Boba Wrap. Both options are affordable, easier to clean, and overall, score higher than the Flip, potentially offering a better babywearing experience.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team
 
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