Featuring breathable mesh to keep your baby cool and three carrier positions, the Infantino Triple Comfort Rider offers lumbar support but is still more suited to smaller babies.
Infantino Triple Comfort Rider
Triple Comfort Rider
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Infantino is an American company with a large range of baby carriers, toys and puzzles, popular in the US, but less well known on the UK market. I tested the Infantino Triple Comfort Rider on my not insubstantial 1-year-old Jack. It’s a 3-position baby carrier suitable for babies weighing between 3.6kg-16.4kg (8-36lb), with padded memory foam straps and breathable mesh material. I trialed it as a carrier designed for longer than normal wear – say if you were going for a walk, rather than a very quick nip to the shops.
The Infantino Triple Comfort Rider on can be worn in one of three ways – on your front with baby facing out, on your front with baby facing you, and on your hip. I tried Jack in all three positions on three longish walks (60 minutes each) around my local area, and can report mixed success.
What we love
The memory foam straps are very well padded and do not dig into your body, even when carrying my little chubster. Also the material, ‘BreatheMesh’, allows air to pass through, which means you don’t end up carrying a hot sweaty baby.
The lumbar support section is a good idea too as it’s a feature lots of other baby carriers don’t have, and it becomes important when carrying older babies where back strain can become a problem.
What to watch out for
I’m not unfit and I normally use a sling style carrier, but I found it hard work to carry Jack around, mainly hard on my shoulders and back.
In the hip and facing me position, Jack’s weight was bearable, but the carrier is totally unsuitable for heavier babies facing out – which to be fair is not what it’s designed for.
I nearly developed a hernia trying to get Jack into the Infantino Triple Comfort Rider, too, mainly because the leg holes are too small for a baby his size, even on the maximum width. I suggest you try one with your actual baby on board before you buy as you may find his or her legs are too ‘fat’ for the leg holes.
It’s also extremely difficult to fasten the buckles and straps while a 1-year-old is wriggling and trying to stand up. The instructions imply you can just ‘slip’ your baby sideways into the sling, snap the buckles shut and go, but for Jack and I it was a 10-minute battle of wills.
I also found it difficult to adjust the straps to the right length for my frame and kept having to start again from the beginning as I was confused by all the bits hanging off it everywhere.
Who is the Infantino Triple Comfort Rider best for?
Smaller babies with little legs.
The Infantino Triple Comfort Rider is a baby carrier with the benefits of breathability, well-padded straps and lumbar support. However, it’s hard work to get your baby in the carrier if you he’s of larger stature.