Hi everyone, this carrier was sent to me for a review a LONG while ago but thanks to the hurricane, not having electricity and/or internet connection and then me being pregnant, I’m reviewing it now. Sorry!
Not to be confused with the All Position 360, The Ergobaby Omni 360 is marketed to be used from newborn without the need of an insert. According to their page, it can be used with babies from 7 lbs – 45 lbs; it has a front carrying option, front facing-out, hip and also a back carrying option. Straps can be worn parallel (H) or crossed (X). It retails for $180 and you can find it here. Ergobaby just recently launched some new styles including limited edition Hello Kitty collaboration pieces and ones with cool air mesh instead of full canvas.
Lumbar support – it was kind of tricky at first to be able to center it on my back but that’s mostly due to the fact that I’m used to adjusting carriers’ waist belt buckle only on one side versus having the option of adjusting it on both sides. I’m also gonna add that I have a tiny waist and this carrier fit me perfectly.
Detachable storage pouch – how awesome is this? No more need to fill my pockets with tons of stuff: keys, money, cell phone, etc.
Buckles – these buckles feel very secure, like I’m not even sure how to describe it but they’re strong and clip loudly. Just how I like them.
What I didn’t like:
No PFAs – PFAs are personal fit adjusters, those are the threads you adjust at the front of your shoulders straps. I realize that if I just lower the waist and hence the baby too eventually the straps will fit me but baby wouldn’t be close enough to kiss nor would I be comfortable.
Because the fit isn’t optimal, my real baby and also my professional babywearing doll, Luis, were just hanging in there, not securely attached to my body, thus it didn’t feel safe.
Stiffness – Not sure if it is because of little use but it is VERY stiff out of the box. If anyone has had one of these and used it a ton please let me know if it becomes floppy over time. K thanks.
Shoulder straps – I own and have tried quite a few different brands and styles of soft structured carriers (around 9 or 10) and this Ergo Omni 360 was the very first one where you had to pull towards your back instead of to the front to adjust. Not necessarily a bad thing it was just strange and unexpected.
Adjusting it to baby’s size.
The body of the carrier doesn’t grow with your baby. You can’t adjust its height, only the width and only at the bottom. It has hook and loop fastener and also comes with colors so that you adjust it equally on both sides. You can do this by placing the carrier on a flat surface then putting your baby carefully on top and going from there. The width of your baby’s pelvis (the space between their legs) will determine the width of the carrier. However the brand does suggest adjusting colors by weight.
It has buttons on the panel (the body) of the carrier which you must switch for either front facing (wider setting) or front facing out (narrower setting).
Please note that if you’re doing a front facing-out carry with a small baby the width of the carrier should be on its smallest setting. Hip carry is recommended from 5 months+ and both back carrying and front facing-out from 6 months+. I didn’t try it with the straps crossed. The carrier comes with a booklet of very detailed instructions. It is a very versatile item and offers many options, think all four positions with both options for strap placement.
** It also comes with a hood, which is permanently attached. It can be rolled and put away in a pocket behind the neck/head area.