Ergo 360 Review – Ergobaby OMNI 360 All-in-One Ergonomic Baby Carrier Review – by Laura
I was given the opportunity to try out an Ergobaby OMNI 360 and I couldn’t have been more excited. Seven years ago, an awesome cousin looked at my baby registry and realized I was missing something of great importance, a baby carrier. At the time I hadn’t given babywearing much consideration, but as I look back today I realize that her gift, an Ergobaby Original, would be the greatest I’ve received as a mommy. Since then I have tried and owned more baby carriers than I can count, but I always come back to my Ergobaby Original. I have never had an opportunity to try an Ergobaby OMNI 360 or any forward facing carrier so I jumped at the chance to see what the hype was all about.
Disclosure: We were provided with a baby carrier for review purposes however the opinions here are our own. Post contains affiliate banners.
A bit about Ergobaby the company
Ergobaby was born in 2002 out of a love for babywearing but a frustration with the available options on the market. Karin Frost, a mother with a background in design set out to create a carrier that would hold baby closer and more securely as well as a more ergonomic design, one of the first of its kind.
Since its launch, Ergobaby 360 has received numerous accolades. BabyCenter awarded the OMNI 360 the best carrier of 2015 – 2018. The baby list, What to Expect When Expecting, the Bump, the Cribsie awards, Fit Pregnancy and Baby, the JMPA innovation awards, plus many more have also given the OMNI 360 best of awards. With all of these amazing reviews it’s not hard to wonder why the Omni 360 is one of the most popular carriers on the market.
Ergobaby OMNI 360 Features:
Front facing / inward position for newborns 7lbs and up WITHOUT insert
Forward / outward facing position for babies sitting unassisted
Hip wearing position for babies sitting unassisted
Back carry position for babies sitting unassisted
Crossable shoulder for a personalized fit
Velcro adjustable seat for babies personalized fit
Adjustable from newborn to toddler 7lbs – 45lbs
Lumbar support for extra back comfort
Detachable storage pouch
The Good and the Great of the Ergo 360
The features of this carrier are fantastic. I am a mom of 3 so I was easily able to test all carries. The Ergo Omni 360 has the same comfort in the front and back carries that I fell in love with from the Ergo Original. All have straps that are easy to adjust. The front inward carry can easily be loosened to lower baby to breast for easy feedings, and re-adjust just as easily so as not to wake a sleepy baby. Both of these functions are the most important features of any carrier in my opinion.
The front outward facing option is what surprised me the most. I have often heard front facing carriers are hard on your back, and having had back issues in the past I have always avoided carriers with this option. I flipped my 6-month-old around into a front carrier while visiting a museum and a farmers market and again the next day on hiking trails. Each time, without fail, she squealed with delight. We spent 45 minutes on the trails forward facing and both mommy and baby returned to the car happy. I also really like the velcro adjustments. As a mommy of 3 who is more often found in the woods with her kids than anywhere else, ease of use is my number one priority. The velcro makes for extremely quick adjustments when switching carries or kids in the carrier. The only downfall to the velcro is that it’s loud which could be problematic with a sleepy babe. I found the overall ease of use the velcro provides to be an invaluable asset to this carrier.
The only things I found less than ideal were the hood and the detachable pouch. The hood is very supportive and great for sleeping but due to its short nature, it doesn’t offer much discretion for breastfeeding or sun protection. We spend a great deal of time outside and do almost all of our feedings in a carrier and it’d be nice to have that option. The detachable pouch isn’t large enough to fit a diaper and wipes which would be ideal. It can also be a bit difficult to access when baby has a proper deep seat. It did fit a phone, keys and plenty of rocks from our hike so it’s still a very useful addition to the carrier.
Over All Opinion
I have many carriers for different reasons, but I have never felt like any have outdone my first Ergobaby. Well, Ergobaby outdid themselves! Even with the few minor things I’d change, I’d pick this carrier over the others I have the privilege of owning. It’s ease of use and versatility on the go make it a carrier to reach for!
Ergo 360 vs Ergo Adapt
The main feature separating the Ergo 360 and the Ergo Adapt carrier is the ability to forward face. Both carriers are adjustable and have this hook & loop style system to adjust seat width, both carriers go from approximately 7-45 lbs however unlike the Ergo 360, the Ergo Adapt does not forward face. See my full Ergo Adapt Review here.