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Infantino Swift Classic Review
Price: $18.00 List | $15.29 at Amazon - 15% off
Pros: Light, simple, inexpensive
Cons: Flimsy, padding, limited positions
Bottom line: Cheap, uncomfortable, do not recommend
The Infantino Swift Classic was the cheapest carrier we tested, and boy did we feel it. Flimsy construction combined with poorly thought out buckle placement were just a few characteristics that gave both our parent and baby testers a less than stellar experience. While some parents may be tempted by the amazingly low price or seduced by the superficial resemblance to the best-selling BabyBjorn Original, don't confuse this for a bargain; we urge you to look elsewhere.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Infantino Swift Classic was hands-down the most uncomfortable carrier we tried. It's made of a cheap-feeling, almost "fluff-filled" nylon material that just offered no support whatsoever. We felt like we had to keep one hand on baby the whole time, especially if bending over at all. It really seemed like baby could slip out at any moment. The shoulder straps dug into our parent testers and the back support just wasn't there. Baby was squirmy and uncomfortable, we think mostly in part to two giant plastic buckles that come together right under the crotch. We barely lasted 10 minutes in this carrier.
In our experience, the Infantino Swift Classic definitely gave us a return on our investment, which happened to be next to nothing. We were really disappointed to see such an affordable option score the lowest in our ratings. If you're a fan of the Infantino line, we say go for their still affordable, yet much better scoring Infantino Sash Mei Tai.
— Adrian Hogel & Juliet Spurrier, MD
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