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Ergobaby Four Position 360 Review
Price: $160 List | $158.99 from Amazon
Pros: Close/secure hold, ergonomics, easy
Cons: Noisy velcro, chest clip, weight limit
Bottom line: Versatile, well made, but only works up to 33 Lbs
The Ergobaby Four Position 360 ended up in third place overall in our testing, just behind the two Editors' Choice Award Winners. This is a versatile and comfortable carrier that offers the front carry facing out position that so many babies enjoy. It did lose points for a difficult-to-buckle chest clip, lack of storage pockets, and Velcro waistband, but we still had an overall pleasant experience and give it a stamp of approval.
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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
Ergobaby set out to make a new, fresh carrier that allows baby to face outward in an ergonomically correct position, and they did a really good job. The 360 is a "4-position" carrier which means it can be used in the following ways: back carry, hip carry, front carry facing in, and front carry facing out. What Ergobaby has managed to achieve through these different configurations is a carrier that can be marketed towards both those who demand a carrier that supports their baby's legs in a wide position as well as those who desire a carrier in which their baby can face outwards. Read on to find out why it beat out other carriers that offer the same four positions, namely, the BabyBjorn Carrier One, the Beco Baby Gemini, and the Lillebaby Complete ALL Seasons.
Ease of Use
One other complaint we have has to do with the chest clip (which, in the front carry position becomes the back clip). The chest clip is supposed to rest between your shoulder blades in the back and, to clip it by yourself, the instruction manual recommends that you lengthen the straps all the way out, reach back to clip it, then tighten the straps back up again. This was difficult for us, and nearly impossible for the dads who tested this carrier due to limited shoulder flexibility.
Ease of Cleaning
The Ergobaby Four Position 360 will take you from the newborn stage (using the infant insert) all the way to toddler-hood. However, at 33 pounds, the weight limit is lower than the Tula Ergonomic Baby and the Onya Baby Outback, which both top out at 45 pounds. Also, the suggested window for forward-facing is 22 pounds, which seems a bit narrow, so we urge you to keep these limits in mind.
Ergobaby made a great carrier that allows the facing out carry while keeping baby in a very comfortable and ergonomically correct position. The carrier is simple and great looking, although with a weight limit of 33 pounds, it will not last as long. The wide, comfortable waistband is very supportive, though not loved by all due to the noise of the Velcro and lack of adjustability.
Other Versions and Accessories
Ergobaby offers a few other soft structure baby carriers, including:
Other Ergobaby accessories for the 360 are:
— Adrian Hogel & Juliet Spurrier, MD
Most recent user review: June 15, 2015
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