If you’ve been following me for a while you will probably know that I love babywearing. I loved using our stretchy baby wrap, but as Logan grew I knew we would need a more structured carrier. There are so many options out there it can be overwhelming, and with a higher price point, you want to make sure you are choosing the right one to invest your money in. I tried a few different structured carriers so that I could show you my favourite and write a full Ergo Omni 360 review so you know all of the features and can compare this great carrier to other ones you may be looking at.
Full disclosure, I did receive this carrier at a discount in exchange for some social media mentions. I chose to write an honest Ergo Omni 360 review because I want to be able to help you find the best baby carrier. As with everything I post all thoughts and opinions are completely my own. I never talk about anything that I don’t personally use and believe in. For more information you can view my disclosure page.
Ergo Omni 360 Review
The Ergo Omni 360 is very comfortable to wear. Since birth I have been using stretchy baby wraps like the Beluga Baby, and although I absolutely love them, as your baby gets older it gets more uncomfortable as there is added stress to your back. As soon as I tried this structured baby carrier I loved how comfortable it was to wear and that I didn’t feel any strain in my shoulders anymore. When babywearing it is important to make sure you are doing it safely. Check out for the 4 main rules of babywearing in my stretchy baby wrap review.
It has an ergonomic design with comfortable hip and shoulder straps. When wearing front carry positions you are able to wear the straps like a backpack, or crossed. I prefer the cross position because I find it to be more supportive and comfortable. I do recommend checking out a local boutique like Momease where you can try it on first hand and have them help adjust it so you know it fits properly and comfortably.
The main reason I gravitated towards the Ergo Omni 360 is that it has many carry positions and is labeled as a “hip healthy” product by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. This means that it has a hip-friendly ergonomic design for all of it’s 4 carry positions including front carry – facing in, front carry – facing out, hip carry, and back carry.
The front carry – facing in position is great for young babes from newborn onward, and it has a little hidden hood that you can pull out for added neck support for sleeping babies, and to keep them covered from the rain. Another great thing about the Omni 360, compared to the 360 is that it doesn’t need a newborn insert for fresh new babies.
The front carry – facing out position is our favourite right now and is recommended for babes 5 months and over. As Logan is more aware and interactive he enjoys hanging out and taking everything in while we go for hikes and grocery shop.
The hip carry is a nice option, but to be honest I probably won’t use it. I rather just have him on my front or back.
The back carry is great as your little one gets older and heavier as it can be more comfortable and allows you more room to use your hands. This position is recommended for babies 6 months all the way up to 48 months or 45 lbs.
Ease of Use
When I was first looking at the carriers at Momease I was a little overwhelmed by the different carry positions and how to wear them, but after some hands on tutorials, it’s really easy to pop Logan in and hit the road. Some of the things I really like about the Ergo Omni 360 are:
- Easily adjustable sturdy velcro tabs to make sure the carrier is the right width for your baby based on their height.
- The safety buckles are easier than other brands to unclip one handed. You squeeze the usual sides of the clip and flick the center clip with your finger (see picture above).
- Easily adjustable for facing in and facing out carry positions by sliding their seat to be more narrow or wider at the top (see picture below).
- The chest/back strap that is attached to the shoulder straps easily slides up or down to accommodate different heights of mom and dad.
The Ergo Omni 360 has so many other great features which really helped sell this particular structured carrier. All of these little bells and whistles really add to the safety, comfort, and ease of use.
- Removable fanny pack: This is my favourite feature of the Ergo Omni 360. It’s just big enough to hold all of the essentials: diaper, wipes, phone, keys, and bank cards. You can probably squeeze in a few other items like a onesie, hand sanitizer, or food pouch.
- Adjustable neck support for baby: You can easily adjust the neck support to go higher or lower based on your babies size and need for support.
- Hidden hood: It’s great for extra support for napping babies and to cover their head from the elements. It folds up neatly and discreetly so that you don’t even notice it is there.
- Cool air mesh: This is only a feature if you are buying a cool air mesh version of the Ergo Omni 360, but it is great for allowing air to pass through so you and babe don’t get too sweaty and can regulate temperatures better. It’s perfect for those sunny day hikes.
- Strap elastics: These elastics are located at the end of the straps so that they can neatly fold up so you aren’t left with long straps hanging out everywhere.
- Safety clips and elastics: There are added elastics that the clips need to be woven through so that they are in the correct position and there is less pressure on the clip. As mentioned in the easy of use, there is an extra point that needs to be released to undo the clip which makes it more secure.
- Machine washable: This carrier is machine washable which is so great as your babe gets older and snacks while on the go, or spits up. I would recommend doing up all of the straps so that they have less chance of catching on things in the washer and hanging or laying flat to dry.
As you can probably tell with this Ergo Omni 360 review, I am very impressed with this carrier. It is a higher price point at $234, but I think it is worth every penny. The structured carrier has a long lifespan with 4 different carry positions carrying your babe from infancy all the way up to 48 months. It is very comfortable, and after a little practice it is very easy to use. It has lots of great little features including a removable fanny pack and being machine washable. If I had to find one negative thing about the carrier it is that it is a little bulky for packing, but it is no bulkier than other competitive structured carriers.
I highly recommend going with the Ergo Omni 360 when wanting to purchase a structured carrier. You can order online, but it is great to visit a local baby boutique like Momease so that they can help fit you and show you how to use it. As mentioned previously you want to make sure you are babywearing safely. Make sure you check out my stretchy baby wrap review for the 4 main rules of babywearing.
Babywearing has so many great benefits and makes doing things so much easier. I love babywearing for shopping and hiking. What are your favourite things to do while babywearing? Leave us a comment below 🙂