Why We Love It
The Ergobaby Omni 360 is the newest addition to the Ergobaby range. Featuring the best bits of their other carriers, it is suitable right from birth until toddler and includes a front carry, a back carry, a hip carry and a world facing option!
The Ergobaby Omni 360 has improved on the design of the much loved 360 carrier with the addition of an adjustable base, similar to the one in their Adapt carrier. The easy to adjust Velcro makes it simple to size the carrier appropriately for your child whatever their age.
The world facing option is brilliant in the Omni 360, based on the seat position in the 360 carrier. It sits baby down into a bucket seat, keeping legs supported to the knee and their spine curved even when facing forward. The fixed lumbar support and the option to wear the shoulder straps either crossed or rucksack style means the Omni 360 offers an extremely supportive carry in all positions.
The Omni 360’s design makes it incredibly easy to switch from world facing to parent facing positions without disturbing baby too much. Simply change the button and turn baby round!
Now available in their Cool Air Mesh version too (available soon to rent and to buy from It’s A Sling Thing), the Ergobaby Omni 360 has proved to be one of the most popular slings in our selection.
Tips and Tricks
Adjusting the carrier
The base of the Ergobaby Omni 360 features a velcro panel in the waistband with two movable tabs. There are three suggested positions for the tabs depending on the size of your baby, however it is possible to put the tabs between positions to get a perfect fit. Your baby must be able to bend their knees freely in the panel so be aware of how wide you have it set! You can also adjust the neck panel to support your baby fully.
World Facing Position
The Ergobaby instructions suggest that the world facing position is used for short periods only. In the wider sling community world facing positions have been a contentious topic for a while, as some people believe that it is not an appropriate position for children to be carried in. However, many children enjoy being carried facing the world and the new point of view it offers them. No position in the carrier, if the usual safety and comfort guidelines are followed, will be dangerous for a child.
When using the world facing position your child must have excellent head control, i.e. can hold their head consistently without wobbling. This often occurs in babies around 4-6 months. They must also only be in this position when awake. Both of these guidelines are to ensure the airway remains open as in a world facing position it is easier to close the airway when the head drops forward.
Many children love being carried world facing, however young babies can become overwhelmed very quickly and seek the comfort of snuggling into the person carrying them. If you were carrying them facing out in your arms you would change position regularly, and turn them in when they wanted to lean into you. In the carrier it is possible to carry facing out longer and miss early cues that your child is getting overwhelmed, so we recommend trying to stay in tune with how your child is feeling in this position. You know your child and some children are happier in this position than others.
World facing positions can put different strain on the person doing the carrying’s back, so some people don’t find this position comfortable for long periods. If you’d like your child to have a wider view of the world but be able to turn into you and curl in then a hip carry is a useful alternative. When baby is old enough to be back carried and if you can carry high enough for them to see over your shoulder then a back carry can also fulfil these needs.
Crossed Straps or Rucksack Straps (and those safety buckles!)
The Ergobaby Omni 360 offers you the opportunity to wear the carrier with either crossed straps or rucksack style straps. This can give you the opportunity to try both options and see which suits your body. Crossed straps can spread the weight across the torso and is especially useful if you have narrow shoulders or a short torso. Those of us with broader shoulders might find that rucksack style straps are more comfortable!
When changing between the strap styles or if you’re regularly using crossed straps then you will be using the safety buckles on the Ergobaby Omni 360! The safety buckles are a feature to ensure that the buckles aren’t accidentally opened. To open them, you need to lift the central part of the buckle and then squeeze to open.
If you are using the rucksack style straps do adjust the back strap/chest strap to the position which is most comfortable for you. Often people will find that at the bottom of the shoulder blades is a really comfortable position for it to be in (think bra strap level on women!) which then means you need to find a method to do it up. This is a great video from a colleague of ours showing some different methods!
If you’re interested in trying the Ergobaby Omni 360 we have several available to hire (Herringbone, Black, Khaki and Blue Daisies), and a range available on our Try Before You Buy scheme and to buy too!