I am SO excited about the latest baby carrier by Ergobaby – the Ergobaby Omni 360. It is a game changer.
In the spirit of full disclosure I do work as a product demonstrator a couple of times a year for Ergobaby at the Melbourne baby expos. But this review is entirely my own. I had an original style Ergobaby for children, and used mine most days for about five years. I feel like my children spent more time in the Ergobaby carrier than they did in their cot. It was absolutely the best baby product I bought. Period.
So even though I do have a relationship with the brand this review is entirely my own opinion and isn’t sponsored or affiliated with the Ergobaby brand in any way. I just want to share with you how awesome it is!
How Has The Ergobaby Omni 360 Improved?
So, keeping in mind how much I loved the earlier version of this carrier, the Omni 360 is absolutely incredible. The Ergobaby Omni 360 is essentially a hybrid of the previous two carriers – the Ergobaby 360 and the Ergobaby Adapt.
The Ergobaby 360 offers the option of forward facing position (as well as front inward facing, hip and back carry like the original Ergobaby), but it requires an infant insert to be suitable from birth or 3.2kgs. Whereas the Ergobaby Adapt is suitable from birth without the infant insert, but it doesn’t offer the option of forward facing.
The Ergobaby Omni 360 does everything. Forward facing, parent facing, hip and back carry, all without an infant insert. As well as having a couple of subtle, but very useful changes.
Crossing Over The Straps
Unlike the original Ergobaby carriers, the Ergobaby Omni 360 have the shoulder strap buckles positioned at the front of the carrier. Which means you can easily cross the straps over at the back and buckle them up at the front. This might not sound like a big deal, but after a few years showing other parents how to put on an Ergobaby carrier, it’s such a relief to have two options for how to actually strap the carrier on. Because everyone has different flexibility, body shapes and comfort level when it comes to putting their baby in a carrier. So parents can work out which method is the easiest and most comfortable for them.
To see this feature in action make sure you watch the video at the top!
To Forward Face Or Not To Forward Face
That is the question. Or it used to be. Now parents don’t have to choose which features are more important to them. The Ergobaby Omni 360 does absolutely everything without having to compromise on features. If you’re choosing a carrier while you’re pregnant, or your baby is still a newborn, you don’t know whether or not your baby will even want to forward face. I didn’t have the option with my children, but I don’t think I’d ever have used forward facing with my son – once he was wanting to look around I just back carried him. But I may have used forward facing with my daughter. Maybe. I don’t know. I just didn’t have the option. But now parents do!
The Benefit Of No Infant Insert
I used the infant insert for my daughter when she was a newborn. We lived in Queensland at the time so it was hot. I’ll say that it is doable. But I’d have to strip her back to a nappy and singlet to put her in it. It’s 100% cotton, so it’s breathable, but it does add extra couple of layers of fabric. And I wouldn’t say it’s difficult, but it one extra thing to learn how to use – and use properly. It’s also one more thing you need to buy, bring with you, and store when it’s not in use. So I think being able to simply adjust the carrier as your baby grows is just so much easier.
Re-Reviewing The Ergobaby Omni 360
I can’t make any promises, but I’m going to try to get my hands on another Ergobaby Omni 360 around March next year when a friend’s baby is due, because I do want to show exactly how it works, and what it looks like, with a real baby. Especially with a newborn! Because I don’t have any babies in my life right now. And while the doll I used in the video above was okay, it definitely wasn’t the same as using an actual baby. But we’ll have to wait and see what I can do!
Also – one final thought. HOW COOL IS THIS LITTLE BUM BAG! It’s removable, but I can’t see why you would. It’d be so handy.