The Infantino Sash is a Mei Tai style carrier that works without buckles or complicated adjustments. It can be used in a front, back or hip carry positions and for little ones up to 35 lbs. The Sash is budget-friendly, relatively comfortable for little ones and wearers, and can be machine washed. Unfortunately, it isn't as comfortable as some of the competition and it is harder to put it on and get baby in at the same time. It has parts we never did figure out how to use which makes the manual a disappointment. In short, while this carrier has somethings going for it, for longer adventures we suspect it will disappoint with the discomfort for both the wearer and passenger.
Infantino Sash Review
Pros: Softer fabric, easy to adjust to size, budget-friendly
Cons: Hang to dry, baby goes in before you have it on, mystery loops
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|Pros||Softer fabric, easy to adjust to size, budget-friendly||Ease to use, soft fabric, comfortable||Comfortable, easy to adjust, pocket||Easy to put on, super comfortable to wear, cozy for kids||Budget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dry|
|Cons||Hang to dry, baby goes in before you have it on, mystery loops||Price, extra hanging fabric||Hang to dry, rough fabric||Long drying time, lots of buckles and straps, expensive||Size specific, no adjustability|
|Bottom Line||Inexpensive fairly comfortable carrier with a few disadvantages||Comfortable to wear and sit in, this sling is easy to use and clean||Easy to wear and adjust with comfort for baby but the fabric could be softer||Most comfortable to wear with a cozy seat and easy attachment||Inexpensive, easy to use, wrap style without the wrap hassle|
|Rating Categories||Infantino Sash||Tula Ring Sling||Maya Wrap...||BabyBjorn One||Baby K'tan Original|
|Child Comfort (25%)|
|Parent Comfort (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (10%)|
|Specs||Infantino Sash||Tula Ring Sling||Maya Wrap...||BabyBjorn One||Baby K'tan Original|
|Min/Max Weight||8 - 36 lbs||8 - 35 lbs||8 - 35 lbs||8 - 33 lbs||8 - 35 lbs|
|Carry Positions||Facing In (8 - 36 lbs) Hip Carry (sit up - 36 lbs) Back Carry (sit up - 36 lbs)||Facing In (8 - 35 lbs) Hip Carry (8 - 35 lbs *BGL recommends Head/Neck/Torso Control)||Facing In (0 - 3 mo) Facing Out (3 - 6 mo) Hip Carry (6 mo - 35 lbs)||Facing In (0 - 36 mo./33 lbs) Facing Out (5 - 15 mo./26 lbs) Back Carry (12 - 36 mo./33 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)|
|Weight||1.05 lbs||sm 1.05 lg 0.97 lbs||sm 0.92 lg 1.16 lbs||2.26 lbs||sm 0.89 lg 1.04 lbs|
|Fabric||Cotton, Polyester||100% Cotton||Cotton, Polyester||Cotton, Polyester, PU Foam||100% Cotton|
|Storage Options||None||None||Zippered pocket on tail||None||Pouch on the belt.|
|Other Features & Notable||Detachable hood||None||None||Adjustable Seat Width, Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1||Azo Dye-free|
|Optional Accessories||None||None||Ring Covers, Wet Sac||None||None|
|Care Instructions||Machine wash cold, hang dry.||Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.||Machine wash cold, hang dry.||Machine wash warm, hang dry.||Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Infantino makes various types of baby gear from toys and accessories to baby carriers. The Infantino company is made up of moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and even a few grandparents so they can include different parenting insights for their products for little ones. Infantino stresses safety in their designs and makes efforts to use harm-free materials.
The chart below shows the overall score of the Sash (in blue) compared to the other carriers tested in this review.
The sections below include the details of how the Sash performed curing testing compared to the competition.
The Sash earned a 6 of 10 for baby's comfort. This carrier holds tiny testers close and most seemed content during testing. The fabric is soft, and there are no hard edges or thick support causing stress on little bodies. However, the lack of support and design can also mean that longer journies result in lack of support for little bodies as well. While the Sash may work well for quick trips, it may not offer what little ones need for longer adventures.
The Sash earned a 6 of 10 for parent comfort. This score is just below the average for the group and has the style advantage of fitting most parent body types thanks to the tie attachment. The wide lightly padded straps are comfortable and avoid putting too much pressure on a small space. However, for longer journies, it can get uncomfortable and larger little ones can be harder to carry.
Ease of Use
The Sash earned a 5 of 10 for ease of use. The carrier is simple and relatively intuitive right out of the box. It doesn't have any buckles or adjustments to hassle with thanks to the tie style straps. There are some mystery loops on the carrier that the manual doesn't discuss and we never did sort out what they were for, but it seemed to work fine without them. This lack of information makes the manual less than stellar, and we think it should include information for all of the features the carrier provides. However, what hurts the Sash's score is that you can't fully put the carrier on before you put the baby in and you need to support the baby while you arrange the straps and tie them. This method can be more difficult than you think.
Ease of Cleaning
The Sash earned a 5 of 10 for ease of cleaning. The Sash is machine washable, but it can't go in the dryer. You need to hang it to dry, but it should dry faster than the thicker soft structured carriers with a lot of padding and internal support. It isn't the best for spot cleaning on the go should you get something on the carrier, which hurt its cleaning score.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team