When I was still expecting, I was very nervous about how I would be able to handle three kids on my own. Two kids? No problem… Well, usually anyway. Three? Pandemonium. I knew that I wanted to breastfeed for at least a full year, but I knew from previous experience how hard it can be to juggle feeding sessions with giving my much-needed attention to older children. The last thing I wanted was for our family to miss out on summer adventures because of a certain cute, but demanding newborn. Now that school has begun, there are a whole new set of difficulties to navigate, from getting ready for the bus in the morning to tying skates at hockey practice in the afternoon. Luckily, my Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier has helped our family enjoy the summer and new school year all the while ensuring that our baby’s needs were being met.
Baby wearing has saved my sanity as a busy mom of three. I have worn my daughter in our Omni 360 carrier grocery shopping, camping, hiking, at the beach, to parks and splash pads, at family functions and play dates, while wiping butts and putting shoes on toddlers. It honestly just makes the most sense – before birth, our babies were cuddled up inside of us for nine months. Of course their favourite place is going to be with us after birth. Going along with the idea of the “fourth trimester” is much easier than trying to fight human nature.
What Can the New Ergobaby Omni 360 Do That Others Can’t?
Before having the chance to review the Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier, I had purchased an Ergobaby Original. It didn’t come with the required newborn insert and I had read reviews cautioning using the newborn insert in the summer months as the fabric can get quite hot to wear. Without the insert, the Ergobaby Original works well for babies around 4 months and over 12 pounds – basically once they develop strong head and neck control.
It didn’t take long to recognise the improvements of the Ergobaby Omni 360 to the Original:
- The Omni 360 can carry a newborn without buying an added insert
- While the Original can carry an infant inward facing, or on the hip and back, the Omni 360 can do all that and forward face
- The shoulder straps can be crossed in the Ergobaby Omni 360 for comfort and versatility
- The Omni 360 is much easier to get on and off, thanks to the double-lock buckles on each side up front. With the Original I found it really hard to reach behind to unclasp the buckle between my shoulder blades. With the Omni 360 I can keep the back buckle done up and still easily get it on and off.
What I LOVE About the Ergobaby Omni 360:
- It is so easy to get on and off all by myself
- It is the only carrier I need, as it allows for all carrying positions from newborn to toddler stage.
- It’s easy to switch my baby from a facing in to a facing out position
- It can be worn for long periods of time without causing back pain or fatigue. It has built-in lumbar support and extra-cushioned and crossable shoulder straps.
- It has a simple yet beautiful design
- It is washable and easy to take care of
- It has an adjustable head cover to protect my baby from the elements or when she needs to take a nap
- It is ergonomic for my baby, as it holds my baby in the hip-healthy M shape in every position
- I can easily breastfeed my baby in this carrier!
- It is comfortable enough for my baby to enjoy naps
- I can get everything I need to get done while keeping my baby happy and getting some extra bonding time in
What I Wish the Ergobaby Omni 360 Had:
- A washable drool cover. My baby has reached the dreaded teething stage, and while facing outward she drools an excessive amount and the carrier can get quite wet on those busy days that I forget a bib. This obviously isn’t necessary, but if it came with two washable bib covers I wouldn’t have to ever put the carrier out of commission while it is sitting in the laundry pile!
- A handy storage bag. Every time we go anywhere, I bring our Ergobaby Omni 360. It lives in our minivan, and it comes to every hockey practice, grocery trip, play date and errand. If I could stuff it into a cute bag it would make me feel more pulled together and I would be less likely to forget or lose it!
These are obviously things that are not deal breakers, and not specific to the Omni 360. This carrier has everything I need to keep my baby happy and comfortable, so it is a definite win in my books.
Some Quick Tips for Success with the Ergobaby Omni 360
The most important thing to note about the Omni 360 is that there are two front buttons that will need to move depending on your baby’s position. Doing so will make sure that your baby’s hips stay in the healthiest and most comfortable position at all times.
- If your baby is facing in, hip, or back carry positions, use the black buttons
- If your baby is facing outward, use the grey buttons
Only use the outward facing position when your baby is fully alert and interested in taking in their surroundings. If they become disengaged or tired, simply switch them back to an inward facing position so they can rest.
Here are some guidelines on which positions to use when:
- Front facing IN: from newborn Min. 7lbs / 3.2 kg & Min. 20in / 50.8cm – Best position for baby during 4th trimester (0-4 months)
- Front facing OUT: from ~ 5 months Min. 14 lbs / 6.4 kg – Use once baby has strong head control and baby’s chin can FULLY clear the top of the carrier.
- Hip From ~ 6 months Min. 17.2 lbs / 7.8 kg – Use once baby can sit up on her own.
- Back From ~ 6 months Min. 17.2 lbs / 7.8 kg – Use once baby can sit up on her own.
The double-lock buckle system is an added safety feature. You will need to squeeze the sides and open the central tab at the same time to open the buckle. This can be done with one hand.
Here’s a helpful video on how to forward-face your baby with the Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier:
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What do you think about the new Ergobaby Omni 360? Do you have experience with any of the Ergobaby carriers? What’s your favourite way to carry your baby? Please share in the comment section below to help other mamas!
This article was published in partnership with Ergobaby. The Mama Nurse was given the Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier to review.