In a nutshell

A great front carrier, this is easy to get baby in and out of, comfortable to use and good looking

What we tested

  • Comfort for baby
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Comfort for you
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Ease of use
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Design
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Sturdiness
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.


  • Broad elastic holds baby comfortably, simple arrangement of straps protects parents’ backs, minimal fastenings make it easy to use


  • Might not work if you’re left handed and have to use it without help, pointless hat/gloves/zip pocket

Samsonite Rival Front Baby Carrier means the hunt for a baby carrier that is both comfortable and safe may finally be over, especially is you ignore the odd accessories.


Samsonite is a name you might associate with travel cots, especially those bubble-like pop-up ones. Bags, for mums-to-be backing for labour day or new mums need to cart changing kit around, also feature. And then there’s the Samsonite Rival Front Baby Carrier

I greeted the Samsonite Rival Front Baby Carrier with much excitement. Apparently the designers at Samsonite started off by getting rid of as many of the multitude of buckles and clips that appear on most competing carriers.

The end result fastens on one side only, which should make it a safer and easier-to-use piece of kit. The sides are built with wide bands of elastic so they stretch with baby making him super snug. And all of this comes in a stylish black with a grey polka-dot trim.

What we love

Cormac, 12 weeks, and I love the Samsonite Rival Front Baby Carrier because it does what it says on the tin. It’s comfy for both of us, easy to use and looks not half bad.

As survivors of wrestles with complicated continental styles of carrier, Cormac and I felt our hearts sink when we first had a go with the Samsonite Rival Front Baby Carrier. Although not quite able to hold his head up all the time, he was too big to fit into the insert and really didn’t like having his nose pressed to my chest without it. In desperation I turned him round to point outwards and bingo! It fitted like a glove, he didn’t feel too heavy and I could see over his head. He particularly enjoyed the view.

What to watch out for

It would have been easy to give up, but Samsonite Rival Front Baby Carrier is worth persevering.

It comes with a matching hat and mittens in the same dinky dot design. They look great in the product’s publicity photos, but, frankly, seemed like a bit of an odd addition.

I was also a bit puzzled by the zipped pocket on the front of the carrier. Anything fatter than a bus pass would dig into your baby.

I’m right-handed so getting Cormac in and out of the carrier was fairly slick, but I’m not sure how it would work for a left-hander.

It’s hard to know how well the carrier will work for parents of different shapes and sizes – I got the distinct impression that Cormac’s head was well cushioned by my bosom.

Who is the Samsonite Rival Front Baby Carrier best for?

Right-handed mums who like taking walks after an easy-to-use, comfy carrier.


MadeForMums verdict

The Samsonite Rival Front Baby Carrier is a carrier that fits, is comfy and not too fiddly. Ignore the unnecessary accessories and you’ll find a product that works.

Product Specifications

ModelRival Front Baby Carrier
Suitable for
Child age (approx)Birth to 12 months
Child weight3.5kg to 10kg
Washing instructionsMachine washable
FasteningClick fit
Number of carrying positions2
  • Smaller baby insert pod
  • One fastener release for baby
Head huggerNo