In the past 10 years, Ergobaby’s soft structured carriers have quickly gained a well-deserved reputation as some of the best baby carriers on the market.
Their ease of use and versatility has made them a popular choice with moms and dads alike. As such, we at MMC thought it was only fitting to create an Ergobaby Omni 360 Review!
These award-winning carriers are recommended by doctors, lactation consultants, and other medical professionals to support healthy hip development and baby-parent bonding.
And just when you thought they couldn’t get any better, they launched the Ergobaby Omni 360.
Ergobaby Omni 360 Review
This drool-worthy carrier makes all your baby wearing dreams come true; It’s easy to wear, incredibly comfortable, and infinitely adjustable for a perfect fit from newborn to toddler.
Like all of the Ergo carriers, the Ergobaby Omni 360 supports proper hip development with their ergonomically designed bucket seat.
Unlike previous models, however, this seat is now adjustable for babies from 7 to 45 pounds and can be used with baby facing in or out.
The carrier also sports a sturdy lumbar support panel for extra comfort without causing back pain and the shoulder straps are fully adjustable for a custom fit.
Below is my complete Ergobaby Omni 360 Review…
Pro #1: Ease of Use
Part of what’s so wonderful about the Omni 360 is that it eliminates any learning curve so you can wear it like a pro straight out of the box.
There’s no wrapping or tying and you don’t need to watch a tutorial on YouTube each time you go out.
Don’t get me wrong – I love wrapping my baby but when I’m in a hurry, the Ergo is my grab and go carrier. Just a few clips and I’m done.
Because it’s so easy, the Ergo is the only carrier my husband will use so we always keep it with us no matter where we go.
In just a quick 1-2-3 you can be out the door and ready for an adventure with your little one. Just clip the waistband and make sure the seat is positioned properly with the lumbar support panel in the middle of your back.
Put the baby in the carrier and pull it up over your little sweetheart while still holding him or her with one hand.
Clip the back strap and make any little adjustments before tucking the straps away in the handy elastic bands. Et voila! You’re done! It really was that simple.
Pro #2: Personalized Comfort
The Omni 360 is loaded with carefully designed details that allow you to adjust the fit for ultimate comfort.
To begin, the generously padded straps won’t dig into your shoulders like some other carriers on the market.
A common complaint from previous models was that the shoulder straps would slip, but the Omni 360 has resolved this by allowing the straps to be worn either parallel or crisscross. Problem solved!
So whether your shoulders are square or sloped, narrow or wide, you can find the perfect fit.
While some brands allow a personalized fit by offering different sizing options, the Omni 360 will fit all frames.
When my first was born, I began with a wonderful little wrap that kept my sweet smelling newborn nice and snuggly against my chest.
I loved the skin on skin bonding it offered, but my husband was missing out. It was too small for his broad frame.
The Omni 360, however, is a one size fits all carrier that can adjust to any frame.
The waist belt extends to 55 inches so even a plus size parent can enjoy a comfortable fit in a snap. But the best part is the lumbar support panel.
All Ergo soft structured carriers allow the majority of your baby’s weight to be carried at the waist, rather than putting pressure on your shoulders.
But the Omni 360 has additional lumbar support to relieve pressure on the lower back.
You can spend more time carrying your baby without worrying about a visit to the chiropractor the next day.
They’re not just concerned about your comfort, however. What about the baby?
The Omni 360 adjusts to your child as well so you know he’s enjoying the ride.
Thanks to the padded head support your baby will drift seamlessly to sleep and avoid the dreaded head jerk as they float off to dreamland.
The UPF 50+ sun shield will protect their sensitive skin and eyes from wind, sun, or the prying eyes of strangers in the grocery store.
Have you ever seen someone walking through the mall with a miserable looking baby in a poorly designed carrier?
The legs and arms dangle like a rag doll as the baby awkwardly tips forward and the parents, oblivious to their baby’s plight, hunch forward with aching shoulders. Until recently, most forward facing carriers fit this description.
But the Omni 360 allows babies and toddlers alike to ride comfortably and safely in any position, including facing out.
The bucket seat has an innovative button system that allows you to adjust the seat for your baby’s size and carrying position while keeping the ergonomic M shape in the legs.
Pro #3: Versatility
Recently, one of my friends was telling me about her favorite baby carriers and why she liked them. She went into the other room and came back with her arms full of carriers.
She had the “perfect” carrier for Summer and the “perfect” carrier for Winter. Carriers for newborns and infants and toddlers. So. Many. Carriers.
She spent so much money and used each one for such a limited purpose…
But wouldn’t it be nice if there were just one carrier that could meet all of your needs?
Whether you’re into minimalism or just on a budget, the Omni 360 is so versatile that it really is the only carrier you’ll need from birth to toddler.
With the cool air mesh model, even a Texas Summer can’t stop you from babywearing.
Previous models of the Ergo required a separate infant insert to carry your newborn, but the Omni 360 can carry a baby as small as 7 pounds without an added insert.
While this may not sound like a big deal, let me tell you – it is huge.
When you pull up to the grocery store only to find that you left the newborn insert at home, you’ll frantically search under all the seats before announcing defeat and returning home empty-handed (not that I would know).
The ability to use the carrier without the insert is for me, a total game changer.
Ergo already released the Adapt line of carriers that don’t require the newborn insert, but Adapt doesn’t allow for the forward facing position, which brings me to my next point…
The Omni 360 allows you to carry your baby in or out, front, back, or hip!
The Omni 360 allows you to carry your baby in four different positions. Wait, four?
You may have heard that other brands offer six or more, but they are just counting age variations on the same basic four positions: front facing out, front facing in, back carry, and hip carry.
The most popular position for young babies (and the only recommended position for newborns) is the front inward facing position.
Your little babe is nestled up against you, tummy to tummy, with legs spread apart in a froggy or M shape.
This position is great for breastfeeding (more on that later) and ideal for skin on skin.
Babies love to sleep nestled up against mom or dad and this position allows your little cherub to sleep soundly while you go about your daily life, hands-free. This is especially helpful if you have multiple children.
Just because baby needs a nap doesn’t mean you can stop parenting your toddler or preschooler, unless you want some new modern art on your walls…
Just make sure the crayons are out of reach – okay?
The back position allows you to wear your baby like a backpack from six months onward.
This is a great way to carry your little one when they start putting on some weight as a back carry really feels much lighter.
It also allows you a little more freedom in movement and visibility in front, something my husband appreciates when we hike.
As always, make sure baby’s face is unobstructed and the airways are clear by checking in a mirror before starting your adventure.
When I’m not using a carrier, I find that the most natural way for me to carry my baby is on my hip. I don’t even think about – I just do it.
The Omni 360 allows you to carry your baby just like you intuitively would, but hands-free. Just reconfigure the shoulder straps following the directions in your manual. It’s so easy, you’ll only need to look once – I promise!
Now that we’ve covered the three standard positions, let’s get to what really sets the Omni 360 apart: front carry with baby facing out.
As babies begin to take more interest in the world around them and learn to tune out excess stimulation, they enjoy riding face forward in order to explore the ever-changing world around them.
By making a few simple adjustments using the buttons on the seat, the Omni 360 allows babies beyond five months to ride face forward while maintaining proper hip position.
Simply adjust the fit for baby’s bottom and strap the carrier on as usual. Then slide their cute little tooshie forward to adjust their hips and lower the head support so everybody can ooh and ahh at their sweet cherub face.
Baby is now ready to discover the world, without the uncomfortable forward tilt seen in other carriers.
Have you ever gone Christmas shopping with an infant?
Imagine all of the fun of Christmas shopping – crowded malls, long lines – but with a hungry baby who wants to eat now.
They don’t care that you’re the 3rd in line at Bath and Body Works and you’ve already been waiting half an hour to reach this point. They’re hungry!
That’s when, for breastfeeding mamas, you’ll be glad you bought the Omni 360.
Just put the baby in the standard front carry position and loosen the straps a little while lowering the hip belt.
Baby will be in the perfect position for a meal and you can use the sun shield to keep away the Judge-y Judys.
You can breastfeed so discreetly, nobody will know your little one is munching away under there instead of sleeping!
Pro #4: Style
Let’s be real: this could be the best carrier in the world (it probably is), but I’m not about to wear it if it doesn’t look good. So how’s the style factor on the Omni 360?
The designers at Ergo clearly had you and me in mind when they designed it.
They managed to hide most of the buttons and fabric folds that create such a personalized fit while avoiding excess bulk, keeping a sleek profile.
And with at least 15 fabrics to choose from, whether you take your inspiration from Joanna Gaines or Hello Kitty, there’s an option you’ll love and your husband will proudly wear as well. And don’t worry about making a mess, they’re all machine washable.
As an added bonus, each Omni 360 comes with a matching detachable pouch perfect for your car keys, wallet, phone, and whatever other little tidbits you need.
Unless you keep an entire drug store in your purse (guilty), you can fit all of the basic necessities in the pouch.
Ergobaby Omni 360 vs. 360 (The Original Ergo) – What’s the Difference?
The Ergobaby Omni 360 and the Ergo 360 are two peas in a pod. With so many similarities, how do you choose? It can be overwhelming to sort this all out yourself, which is why I’ve done the hard work for you. Sit back, relax, and compare.
How They’re similar:
- Both offer 4 carry positions: front, front facing out, back, and hip carry.
- Both support healthy hip development by keeping your child’s legs in an ergonomic M shape.
- Lumbar support panels are on the waist strap of each carrier so you can go ahead and break up with your chiropractor. It’s not them, it’s you.
- Both carriers have lusciously soft shoulder pads so there will be no painful digging and unsightly indentation marks left on your shoulders.
- Your baby will be safe from the weather no matter your choice as both come with a UPF 50+ privacy hood to shield your little one from sun, wind, or Nosey Nancy at the store.
- Both offer more than 15 colors and patterns to choose from, though the Ergo 360 does have more color choices than the Omni 360.
- If you live in a hot climate, the cool air mesh option will keep you and baby cool in both carriers.
How They’re Different:
- The Omni 360 comes with a matching pouch for your keys, phone, wallet, and maybe even a small snack. Purchased separately for the Ergo 360, the pouch comes in three colors: black, gray, and navy blue, so unless you purchase one of those three carriers, your pouch won’t match. If you’ve ever tried carrying a purse while baby wearing, you know it can be a bit tricky to keep it from slipping off your shoulder. The pouch makes hands-free baby wearing easy.
- Only the Omni 360 has crossable shoulder straps. This may not be an issue for you depending on your build, but keep in mind that if your partner wants to wear baby as well, it may be an issue for them. If you’re not sure, one of your mom friends probably has an Ergo you can try or stop by any baby boutique and they should have a floor model for you to take a look at.
- By far the most important difference is the newborn insert, or in the case of the Omni, lack thereof. So the question that you as the consumer need to consider is this: will you be using this with a newborn? If there is any chance that you will now or in the future, then the Omni 360 is your best bet.
What Makes the Ergobaby Omni 360 Great
Before I was a parent, I would get excited about things like new shoes, the next Marvel movie, or T-Swift’s newest album.
Let’s be real: I’m still excited about those things. But as a mom, it’s all baby clothes, picture books and now, the Omni 360 that really get me buzzing.
Here’s what I love most about this carrier (and I’m sure you will too!)…
The Omni 360 is the Only Carrier You’ll Ever Need
No, really, I mean it.
From the day you come home from the hospital to the time your child is ready for preschool, the Omni 360 is ready to carry your baby as is.
With no need for an infant insert, this one carrier will last through all stages of infancy and toddler days for all of your children.
It’s strong, stylish, and washable so even when your little bit isn’t so little anymore, you can wash those snack stains away and it’ll look as good as new.
With the Cool Air Mesh model, you don’t need to worry about a separate carrier for Summer heat. One carrier meets all your needs. What could be better?
The Omni 360 is Comfortable for Anybody, and Any Body
Full disclosure: I gained a lot of pregnancy weight.
I refused to look at the scale once my weight gain climbed past 20 pounds, but a few weeks after my bundle of joy was born, I still had quite a bundle around my waist. 40 pounds to be exact.
And despite my good intentions, five months post-delivery, they’re still there.
But you know the great news?
The Omni 360 will still fit and feel good, even when my jeans don’t. The expandable waistband allows you to get a perfect fit every time.
My jeans, however, are not so forgiving and will probably serve as kindling for our next camping trip. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.
Pregnancy not only added to the number on the scale, but the changing hormones, shifting center of balance, and expanding hips meant my lower back is now aching and groaning in ways it didn’t do before. That’s where the lumbar support panel comes in handy.
This genius little padded panel will save you aches and pains and make babywearing so much more enjoyable, especially as your little one grows.
A 7-pound newborn might not sound like such a heavy load, but you would be surprised how heavy it can feel when your body is recovering from pregnancy.
And soon that little nugget will grow into a toddler. With a maximum weight limit of 45 pounds, you’ll be thankful for the extra support.
Finally, the crisscross shoulder straps will help you get the perfect fit every time.
If you’re more comfortable wearing the straps in the standard parallel position, great! But if not, now you have another option to adjust the fit just how you like it.
The Omni 360 is the Easiest Baby Carrier on the Market
As soon as you open the box, you’ll be ready to use the Omni 360.
Just take a glance at the manual to make sure you understand where all of the clips go and how to make those little adjustments to customize the fit, and you’re ready to go.
Keep the manual handy for when your baby grows and you’re ready to try a new position or watch one of Ergobaby’s helpful YouTube videos.
It only takes a minute and the instructions are so clearly explained you won’t need to watch it more than once.
I’ve always been a fan of long wrap carriers, but every time I’m ready to try a new carry I have to watch several instructional videos and practice wrapping and tying before I’m ready to use it with baby.
I always try the carry a few times around the house before I venture out in public.
In part, I want to make sure I can safely wrap my baby but mostly I just don’t want to look like a dork as I struggle to remember the steps in the middle of coffee shop with everybody watching.
The Omni 360 eliminates the need for “practice” time and you’ll be able to carry your baby in confidence from day one, no matter how many people are watching.
I hope you found this Ergobaby Omni 360 review helpful!
But, if you’re on the fence, my best advice would be to take it from a mom who knows. The Omni 360 is an amazingly versatile and comfortable carrier at a great price point.
It has all the best features of the Ergo 360 combined with the Ergo Adapt to make one great carrier that will take you and your little one from snuggly newborn to an energetic toddler.
What adventure will you take your little one on first?