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Infantino Flip Advanced Review

Less expensive, low quality choice that isn't comfortable to wear
Infantino Flip Advanced
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $32 List | $24.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, lightweight, easy to put baby in
Cons:  Uncomfortable for baby and parent, hard to use, difficult to clean
Manufacturer:   Infantino
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Feb 19, 2018
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  • Child Comfort - 25% 5
  • Parent Comfort - 35% 3
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6
  • Ease Of Cleaning - 10% 4

The Skinny

The Infantino Flip Advanced carrier is a budget-friendly option that looks like some of the more popular carriers on the market. It features adjustable seat bottom, has three carry positions, and is machine washable. However, the Flip Advanced feels flimsy compared to the competition and it lacks internal support or structure which makes it uncomfortable for parents to wear and less cozy for little ones. While the price might attract parents who aren't sure if babywearing is their thing, we think its poor design and lack of functionality will result in a negative experience that may turn parents off babywearing forever.

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Pros Inexpensive, lightweight, easy to put baby inEasy to use, comfortable to wear, cozy for baby, lower priceBudget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dryMachine wash and dry, comfy for baby and parents, economicalInexpensive, machine washable
Cons Uncomfortable for baby and parent, hard to use, difficult to cleanHang to drySize specific, no adjustabilityNeed to hold baby while you put it on, lots of fabric, hard to wrapLess secure feeling, not as supportive, line dry
Bottom Line Less expensive, low quality choice that isn't comfortable to wearEasy to use, comfortable sling to wear and sit inInexpensive, easy to use, wrap style without the wrap hassleBudget-friendly wrap that is comfortable but harder to useAverage with no stand out features for comfort or convenience
Rating Categories Infantino Flip Adva... Nalakai Ring Sling Baby K'tan Original Boba Wrap You+Me 4-in-1
Child Comfort (25%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Parent Comfort (35%)
3.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
Ease Of Cleaning (10%)
4.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
Specs Infantino Flip Adva... Nalakai Ring Sling Baby K'tan Original Boba Wrap You+Me 4-in-1
Min/Max Weight 8 - 32 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 7 - 35 lbs 8 - 32 lbs
Carry Positions Facing In (8 - 32 lbs)
Facing Out (head control - 32 lbs)
Back Carry (sit up - 32 lbs)
Facing In (8 - 35 lbs)
Hip Carry (8 - 35 lbs *BGL recommends Head/Neck/Torso Control)
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) Facing In (8 - 32 lbs)
Facing Out (head control - 32 lbs)
Back Carry (20 - 32 lbs)
Weight 0.92 lbs 0.9 lbs sm 0.89
lg 1.04 lbs
1.41 lbs 0.97 lbs
Packable Size Medium Small Small Small Large
Fabric Polyester, Cotton 58% Bamboo
42% Linen
100% Cotton 95% Cotton
5% Spandex
Not Specified
Hood No No No No No
Storage Options None Pocket on the tail Pouch on the belt. Storage Pouch None
Other Features & Notable Bib None Azo Dye-free None None
Included Accessories None None None None Bandana Bib
Care Instructions Machine wash cold, hang dry. Machine wash cold, hang dry. 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 employes 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



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


This carrier is one of the most uncomfortable for passengers with the lowest score for baby comfort in the group. The fabric on the Flip is thin and flimsy feeling without 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 the...
The Flip's shoulder straps and chest clip lack padding thick enough...

Parent's Comfort


The Flip is the most uncomfortable 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 waist 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 digging into collar bones and softer bits (above right).

While the Flip isn'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 do need to ensure you set the seat width before you put it on, but once you set it, 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.

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 one of the harder to clean products in the group. The Flip is machine wash cold water and hang 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 blow out of spit up incident while you are out and about. The fabric is harder to clean and takes longer to dry than most of the competition.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team