This is an honest review of the Ergobaby Omni 360 all-in-one baby carrier. Please bare in mind that I haven’t used any other baby carriers, so cannot compare it to others on the market. It is purely based on my first-hand views and experience with the product.
The Ergobaby brand has been tried and tested amongst parents since 2003. In the Autumn of 2017, Ergobaby released the much anticipated Omni 360; described as the best one yet!
We bought this black carrier second-hand in November on eBay for £130 - a bargain! It was described as brand new and still in the box, and came with a newborn insert. On the market, the Ergobaby Omni 360 usually retails for around £150 to £160 so it is quite a pricey one compared to others I’ve seen.
The newborn insert is an additional £20. The carrier also comes with a detachable zip-up pouch (or, if you like, bum bag) which is big enough to hold money, a phone and keys, and also comes with a pull-out hood for baby to keep out rain and wind.
My initial reason for purchasing this carrier was so that I could wear baby around the house - at the time, George was only a few weeks old and wasn’t happy anywhere other than in my arms - as well as the benefit of using it outdoors for hands-free walking. If I’m being honest, if you’re looking for a carrier primarily for wearing baby around the house, then this isn’t the one for you. I’ll go into more detail about this further along in the blog.
In three simple words, I would describe the Ergobaby Omni 360 as comfortable, secure and efficient (for wearing Baby in four different positions).
Ergobaby describes their carrier as:
Our all-in-one, newborn-ready Omni 360 has all the carry positions. Omni 360 grows with you from week 1 to 36 months. Our crossable shoulder straps give a personalised fit. You can have it all.
Ergonomic, forward facing option
Adjustable from newborn to toddler
Lumbar support for extra back comfort
Weight range 3,2-20kg (~0-36m)
Breastfeed in carrier
USING THE ERGOBABY WITH A NEWBORN
I have been using the carrier since George was roughly three weeks old and can say he was comfortable in it from the start. Depending on the weight and size of your baby, you adjust the carrier to suit. If you’re buying this carrier to use with a baby that is under six weeks old, I would consider purchasing the newborn insert (however have read elsewhere that this isn’t needed!?). I tried using the carrier without the insert when George was small but it definitely wasn’t do-able - he was only 5lb 4oz when he was born though!
The carrier is safely usable from 7lbs (3.2kg), but from my experience, the best fit was when George was around 10lb. And is usable up until 33lbs (15kgs), which is potentially over two years of age, meaning you get a lot of bang for your buck!
The first time I used it, George fell asleep almost instantly, lying against my chest. But boy did we both get hot and sweaty! I breastfed until George was two and a half months old. But have to admit I never breastfed using the carrier, although can imagine it would have been easy and subtle enough in the right position.
COMFORT AND ADJUSTING
I’ve used the carrier both around the house and on walks. I would say that it is a bit big and bulky for use around the house, but perfect for walking, and doing bits and bobs around town. In the house, I wanted to use it whilst doing a bit of housework, but found it difficult due to bending down and it digging into me, as well as getting in the way when reaching for things. It felt like I was pregnant again! And it definitely didn’t work when I tried to sit down and eat while wearing it - whether that was me being optimistic about baby carriers! I’m prone to back pain, which I do get whilst wearing this, so can’t really comment on whether the carrier is likely to do this for everyone. In terms of the lumbar support, I don’t really feel the benefit of this.
Depending on the weight and size of your baby, the Ergobaby Omni 360 has adjustable Velcro tabs which securely and comfortably hold your baby in the correct position. I would say that it takes approximately two to three minutes to get you and baby comfortably into and out of the carrier.
When clipping in the straps, you will notice (which I started to panic with when trying to get out of the carrier for the first time, thinking I was stuck!) that there is a safety clip on the clips. This can be a bit difficult to undo when it is just yourself. But on the positive side, it’s a safety feature that could potentially save your baby from falling out!
Up until now, due to George being the age he is, I have only been able to use the carrier in two positions; front-facing and world-facing. My personal preference is definitely world-facing due to baby being able to see a whole lot more and not get so hot. As mentioned previously, if baby is facing towards you, be prepared to get hot and sweaty. Particularly if baby’s face is directly on the skin of your chest!
Overall, the Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby carrier suits wearers of all shapes and sizes. For my personal use, it is perfect now for what I need it for; walking and shopping. It isn’t as comfortable for wearing around the house though, whereas a cuddly wrap carrier would be perfect.
It is a quality, well-padded, structured and comfortable carrier for both you and baby, well worth the money. I’m sure if George could speak, he would more than agree!
I have a feeling that this carrier would last a good few years (and babies *wink*) of use.
Well done Ergobaby you’ve created a great product!