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Ergobaby Omni 360 Review

Expensive and uncomfortable for parents and passengers
ergobaby omni 360 baby carrier review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $180 List | $179.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to clean, sturdy fabric, multiple positions
Cons:  Expensive, poor instructions, not as comfortable
Manufacturer:   Ergobaby
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Feb 19, 2018
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RANKED
#9 of 16
  • Child Comfort - 25% 6.0
  • Parent Comfort - 35% 6.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6.0
  • Ease Of Cleaning - 10% 5.0

The Skinny

The Ergobaby Omni 360 is a soft structured baby carrier that works for children weighing 7-45 lbs. It offers four carry positions so you can cater to your baby's needs and preferences while you're out adventuring. It features padded shoulder straps, a waistband zippered pocket, and an adjustable seat width. However, the Omni 360 is expensive, and neither parents nor passengers felt it was very comfortable. The padding in the shoulders is so thick it can chafe, and the seat sides also rub little legs. Given the price, we wish this carrier's overall comfort and ease of use performance were better. We feel parents can save money and have a better experience with a higher-ranking baby carrier that costs less.

Editor's Note: We updated this gear review on October 18, 2022, to include new sections to help you compare options and select your final decision.

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Pros Easy to clean, sturdy fabric, multiple positionsEasy to use, comfortable to wear, cozy for baby, affordableBudget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dryEasy to put on, super comfortable to wear, cozy for kidsMachine wash and dry, comfy for baby and parents, economical
Cons Expensive, poor instructions, not as comfortableHang to drySize specific, no adjustabilityLong drying time, lots of buckles and straps, expensiveHarder to use, lots of fabric
Bottom Line Expensive and uncomfortable for parents and passengersEasy to use, comfortable sling to wear and sit inInexpensive, easy to use, wrap style without the wrap hassleMost comfortable to wear with a cozy seat and easy attachmentBudget-friendly wrap that is comfortable but harder to use
Rating Categories Ergobaby Omni 360 Nalakai Ring Sling Baby K'tan Original BabyBjorn One Boba Wrap
Child Comfort (25%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
Parent Comfort (35%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
10.0
8.0
Ease of Use (30%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Ease Of Cleaning (10%)
5.0
8.0
10.0
3.0
10.0
Specs Ergobaby Omni 360 Nalakai Ring Sling Baby K'tan Original BabyBjorn One Boba Wrap
Min/Max Weight 7 - 45 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 33 lbs 7 - 35 lbs
Carry Positions Facing In (7 & 20" - 45 lbs)
Facing Out (14 - 30 lbs)
Hip Carry (17.2 - 45 lbs)
Back Carry (17.2 - 45 lbs)
Facing In (8 - 35 lbs)
Hip Carry (8 - 35 lbs *BGL recommends Head/Neck/Torso Control)
Kangaroo Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Hug Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Adventure Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Explore Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Hip Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Facing In (0 - 36 mo./33 lbs)
Facing Out (5 - 15 mo./26 lbs)
Back Carry (12 - 36 mo./33 lbs)
Facing In (Newborn - 35 lbs)
Weight 1.83 lbs 0.9 lbs Sm: 0.89
Lg: 1.04 lbs
2.26 lbs 1.41 lbs
Packable Size Medium Small Small Large Small (5.5 yards in length)
Fabric 100% Cotton 58% Bamboo
42% Linen
100% Cotton Cotton, Polyester, PU Foam 95% Cotton
5% Spandex
Hood Yes No No No No
Storage Options Storage pouch below headrest,
Zippered pouch on the waist belt
Pocket on the tail Pouch on the belt. None Storage Pouch
Other Features & Notable None None Azo Dye-free Adjustable Seat Width,
Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1
None
Included Accessories None None None None Storage Sack
Care Instructions Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Machine wash cold, hang dry Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Machine wash warm, hang dry Machine wash cold, tumble dry low

Our Analysis and Test Results

ErgoBaby was started by a mother, Karin Frost, in 2002 when she couldn't find a great baby carrier she liked. Wanting to keep her little one close, she tried several different baby carriers but couldn't find one that was both comfortable and ergonomic. The soft structured carrier provides freedom to enjoy all of life's adventures while keeping your baby close. Ergobaby now produces 30 different carriers in 5 different categories, including Swaddlers for newborns. Ergobaby is located in Los Angeles and sells in more than 700 retailers in the US and over 50 countries.

Performance Comparison



ergobaby omni 360 baby carrier review - little ones had varied responses to the ergobaby with older children...
Little ones had varied responses to the Ergobaby with older children disliking the padding on the seat sides.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Baby's Comfort


Little testers weren't thrilled with the Omni 360's seat. While the seat and sides are padded, the sides seem to irritate little legs, and the larger a child is, the worse it is. Carriers without padded sides were cozier overall, which is somewhat counter-intuitive.

The heavily padded straps of the Ergobaby can cause chafing for some...
The heavily padded straps of the Ergobaby can cause chafing for some wearers.
The waistband of the Ergobaby has a padded waistband that some...
The waistband of the Ergobaby has a padded waistband that some parents felt didn't add the comfort they hoped for.

Parent's Comfort


The Ergobaby was not the most comfortable carrier for parents from our hands-on testing. The Ergobaby has padded shoulder straps that are almost too padded, making it feel somewhat bulky and uncomfortable. Depending on how wide or narrow your shoulders are (above left), the straps can chafe your arms or armpits in the back carry position. The padding in the front carry position is better, but the waistband can rub on the upper part of your derriere depending on how long your torso is (above right).

ergobaby omni 360 baby carrier review - adjusting the seat width of the ergobaby is relatively easy with the...
Adjusting the seat width of the Ergobaby is relatively easy with the color coded velcro panels. Unfortunately, you need to do this before you put the baby inside which means you may need to guess the first few times you use the carrier.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Ergobaby has multiple features and adjustments that increase the complexity of use. With seat width adjustment and moveable head support, there is a steeper learning curve, and the manual is not the best. The instructions are more complicated than necessary, given that much of it is intuitive.

The buckle clips on the Ergobaby have a built-in safety mechanism.
The buckle clips on the Ergobaby have a built-in safety mechanism.
The Ergobaby has a useful zippered pocket on the waistband under the...
The Ergobaby has a useful zippered pocket on the waistband under the carrier seat.

The Ergobaby has safety buckles (above left) that require a little practice to use quickly and without hassle. The carrier also has a waistband pocket under the seat bottom with one zippered pocket and one quick-access open pocket, allowing you to stash small items, like your baby's pacifier, keys, etc.

ergobaby omni 360 baby carrier review - the ergobaby is machine washable and can be thrown in the dryer...
The Ergobaby is machine washable and can be thrown in the dryer which is rare for this kind of product. However, it isn't the best for spot cleaning unexpected accidents when in use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Cleaning


The Ergobaby is one of a few carries you can machine wash on cold and tumble dry on low, making it easier to launder than other structured carries with thick padding that require air drying. However, the only downside is it isn't the easiest to spot clean for on-the-go messes. While you can scrub away spit up, it takes longer to air dry than some of the competition, leaving you with a wet carrier or no carrier at all. For an additional cost, Ergobaby offers a drool bib that attaches to the Omni 360 and is machine washable. Those who desire a line of defense to help protect the carrier from their baby's drool and chewing may be interested in this accessory, but it's not required.

Should You Buy the Ergobaby Omni 360?


The Ergobaby Omni 360 is expensive, and its overall performance isn't outstanding among the baby carrier competition. However, those who want a baby carrier with longevity and several carry positions may enjoy this carrier for hands-free snuggles and closeness at home or while adventuring outdoors.

What Other Baby Carriers Should You Consider?


We suggest considering the Tula Free-to-Grow, another soft structured carrier that provides similar longevity as the Ergobaby Omni 360, working from newborn to toddlerhood. If a sling is more your style, the Nalakai Ring Sling is a high-ranking contender that's super easy to use, comfortable, and less money.

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