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Ergobaby Four Position 360 Review


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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
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Manufacturer:   ergobaby

The Skinny

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

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief, BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
Sunday
June 21, 2015
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.

Performance Comparison



Baby's Safety


We liked versatile carriers that offer multiple carry positions  like the Ergobaby Four Position 360 shown here.
We liked versatile carriers that offer multiple carry positions, like the Ergobaby Four Position 360 shown here.
The Ergo 360 received a 9 of 10 for Baby's Safety. Unlike many competitors that allow baby to face out in the front carry position, the Ergobaby 360 manages to maintain the ergonomically correct "frog" position for baby when others couldn't. In fact, this is the only carrier we tested that was able to accomplish this feat. The seat provides plenty of support while holding baby in an upright position, close enough to kiss. We can tell baby feels safe and secure in this carrier.

Baby's Comfort


The Ergobaby adjusted for front carry facing out. At about 8 inches wide  this is definitely one of the best  most supportive seats we've found when it comes to this position.
The Ergobaby adjusted for front carry facing out. At about 8 inches wide, this is definitely one of the best, most supportive seats we've found when it comes to this position.
The 360 received an 8 of 10 in this category. The structured bucket seat of the 360 has more depth than many of the other carriers we tested. This allows baby to sit comfortably with her weight resting on her bottom and her knees at the same level as her hips, which is considered ergonomically correct. Once inside, baby consistently falls and stays asleep.

Parent's Comfort


Wide Velcro waistband on the Ergobaby Four Position 360.
Wide Velcro waistband on the Ergobaby Four Position 360.
Scoring an 8 of 10 in our testing, the Ergobaby 360 was one of the top performing carriers for Parent's Comfort. It has well-padded shoulder straps and distributes weight well. The waistband on the 360 is a soft, wide Velcro band, which our testers either loved or hated. Here's why: it's super wide and soft and you don't have a plastic buckle digging into your skin like you do with other carriers. However, the Velrco makes a loud sound when taking it off, which will definitely wake a sleeping baby, plus you can't easily tighten or loosen the waist band without completely opening it up. Overall, we loved the support and even weight distribution of the carrier.

Ease of Use


These buttons were easy to adjust to change baby's position in the Ergobaby Four Position 360.
These buttons were easy to adjust to change baby's position in the Ergobaby Four Position 360.
The Ergobaby 360 received a 7 of 10 for Ease of Use. As baby carriers go, the 360 is slim and low profile. It has a small-ish sun hood, but there is no storage pocket for it, which was disappointing. To use the outward facing position, you just need to re-button the seat into the narrow seating position and button down the back panel so baby can see out. This is an easy adjustment, but the buttons are a little more difficult than snaps (like the ones on the Beco Baby Gemeni) and don't seem as sturdy. As mentioned above, we do not like that the Velcro waistband cannot be adjusted while wearing baby. The rest of the straps are easily adjusted, and nursing in this carrier is no problem after loosening the shoulder straps a bit.

Nicely padded Infant Insert for use with the Ergobaby 360.
Nicely padded Infant Insert for use with the Ergobaby 360.
For newborns, you'll need an additional newborn insert (for 7-12 pounds). The infant insert is nicely padded with a seat to support baby's hips and legs. The seat is removable for different ages and height of the baby. It also has an adjustable head and neck cushion for extra support which fits nicely inside the carrier and was very comfortable for baby. It does, however, feel warmer and a bulkier compared to other infant inserts we tested.

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 360 hanging out to dry.
The Ergobaby 360 hanging out to dry.
The 360 scored a 7 of 10 because it is machine washable, although it's unclear as to whether it's okay to put it in the dryer. We're assuming it should be hung up to dry like most other soft structured carriers.

Best Applications


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.

Value


With the infant insert in use  a newborn is held close and snug to mom in the Ergobaby 360.
With the infant insert in use, a newborn is held close and snug to mom in the Ergobaby 360.
At $160, the price of the 360 is lower than the BabyBjorn Carrier One which comes in at $189. Although priced a little higher than the other two carriers (Beco Baby Gemeni and Lillebaby COMPLETE All Seasons) we tested that offer the same four carry positions, based on our findings, the 360 is arguably higher quality than the Beco and functions better than the Lillebaby. If the front carry forward facing position is a must, than we say go with the Ergobaby 360.

Conclusion


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:
  • With a more breathable mesh lining, and a more active fit, the Ergobaby Performance at $140, is the perfect way to take your baby hiking with you.
Winter Weather Cover
Winter Weather Cover

Other Ergobaby accessories for the 360 are:
  • A Teething Pad & Bib for $25, that attaches to the front of the carrier with buttons and helps to keep the carrier clean when baby is teething.
  • A fleece lined Winter Weather Cover available for $50, snaps on at the shoulders to keep baby warm and cozy during chilly winter walks.
  • The Ergobaby Infant Insert at $25, adds extra head and neck support for infants from 7-12 pounds. It's 100% cotton and machine washable.

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