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Infantino Flip Advanced ReviewPrice: $30.00 List | $29.88 at Amazon
Pros: Inexpensive, lightweight, easy to put baby in
Cons: Uncomfortable for baby and parent, hard to use, difficult to clean
Bottom line: Less expensive, low quality choice that isn't comfortable to wear
Carry Positions: Facing In (8 - 32 lbs) Facing Out (head control - 32 lbs) Back Carry (sit up - 32 lbs)
Weight: 0.92 lbs
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. However, we feel the Baby K'tan Original, which is only $20 more for better performance, is a budget-friendly choice for those unsure about wearing their baby.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on 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.
The Infantino Flip Advanced did not perform well compared to the competition, failing to offer long-term comfort for parents or little ones.
The chart above is a comparison of the overall scores for each product tested in this review including the Flip Advanced (in blue). Total scores are calculated using the individual metric results with an emphasis on comfort for parents and the passenger.
The Flip earned a 5 of 10 for 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 Flip earned a 3 of 10 for comfort, the lowest score in the group. It 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).
Ease of Use
This carrier earned a 5 of 10 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 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.
Ease of Cleaning
The Flip earned a 4 of 10 for ease of cleaning. This carrier 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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team
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