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Ergobaby All Position Omni 360 Baby Carrier | Your Questions Answered

Posted by Melissa Luhrman on 23rd Sep 2019

Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Carrier in GreyThe Ergobaby All-Position Omni 360 baby carrier is quickly becoming Australia's most popular baby carrier and for good reason. 

Ergobaby have been creating award winning baby carriers for over 15 years and this is their best one yet

Its comfortable, ergonomically designed, provides 4 different carrying positions, can be used from newborn with no infant insert required, is easy to adjust and it's available in a number of stylish colours. 

Buy Online at BubCarrier.com.au

At BubCarrier you can buy the Ergobaby Omni 360 online at the lowest prices & with FREE delivery!

NOW also available in a NEW 'Cool Air Mesh' version with 3D airmesh panels and better ventilation to suit our warmer Australian climate - highly recommended!).

Frequently Asked Questions

We've created this page to answer your questions about this popular baby carrier. If after reading the information below you still have a question or would like some advice to help you decide which baby carrier is right for you, please contact our experienced babywearing experts and we'll be happy to help you.

What are the 4 carrying positions of the Ergobaby All Position Omni 360?

The Omni 360 All-Position Carrier provides four different carrying positions. These are front-inward, front-outward, hip, and back carry positions. 

What is the difference between the Omni 360 Premium Cotton and the Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh versions?

The Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh version features 3D mesh, a moisture wicking lining and other innovations to maximise ventilation to keep you and your baby cool. 

In our hot Australian climate we highly recommend the Cool Air Mesh version for the added comfort and ventilation it provides. 

UPDATE: It also now includes one-handed sliders, instead of buttons, to make it even easy to adjust your carrier while 'on the go'! 

What do we (Bubcarrier.com.au) think about the new Ergobaby’s All Position Omni 360 Baby Carrier?  

At BubCarrier.com.au we think its great! In-fact we think the Cool Air Mesh version is the best carrier we've ever seen!

Ergobaby have done a fantastic job creating a baby carrier that is:

  • Comfortable to wear
  • Can be used from newborn to 20kg with NO infant insert required
  • Ergonomic for babies in all four positions (front inward, hip, back and front outward)
  • Hip-Friendly 
  • Easy to adjust for growing babies
  • Supportive and padded lumbar support for the wearer
  • Good neck and head support for young babies (padded and adjustable)
  • Stylish & contemporary colours which both partners would be happy to wear (rather than prints which may go out of fashion)

Overall we think Ergobaby have created a fantastic carrier that will stand the test of time. 

It is more expensive than some other carriers, including one of our personal favourites the Manduca Classic, but it still offers good value for money for those looking for the best baby carrier on the market today. 

At what age can I start using this baby carrier?

You can start using this baby carrier from newborn (3.2kg), and the great news is that you don't need an infant insert (unlike previous Ergobaby carriers).

Front-Inward is the only recommended position for infants younger than 5 months. Hip, Back, and Front-Outward positions should only be used once baby has enough head and neck support, which typically happens at around 5-6 months. 

What is the weight limit on the Ergobaby 4 Position Omni 360 Carrier?

There is a recommended weight limit of 20kgs for the carrier to provide optimal ergonomics and comfort. 

Is an infant insert required for newborns?

No, which is great news! This carrier is very adaptable and can suit babies from newborn (3.2kg) without needing to purchase a separate infant insert. 

But we would like to reinforce that this carrier should only be used to carry children in the ‘facing out’ position once they are approximately 5 months old, and even then only for short periods. Prior to that, the “facing in” position on the parent’s chest is the preferred and most comfortable solution.

NOTE: Since babies grow and develop at different rates, monitor your newborn’s development to decide when she/he is ready for the transition.

Up to what age can and should I carry my child, and for how many hours a day?

Carrying isn’t a mandate, but rather the most simple, healthy and easy way to transport a child while promoting a strong bond between the parent and the child. Therefore: Parents and children should together determine which position and duration is preferred and most comfortable. Follow your baby’s lead and respond to his/her cues. As with all Ergobaby baby carriers, the Omni All Position 360 Carrier can be used from birth for babies weighing at least 3.2 kgs up to approximately 3-4 years old (max 20kg), and allows for carrying your child in four ergonomic positions – front-inward, front-outward, hip, or back. 

The child’s weight is evenly distributed between the shoulders and waist which allows you to carry your baby for longer periods.

What are the buttons at the base of the shoulder straps used for?

These buttons hold the back panel in place. For additional head and neck support (used for the inward facing positions), fold the panel up and use the top button to buckle in place. Fold the panel down when not in use and secure with the bottom button.

Previously Ergobaby only offered ‘inward facing’ carriers, why are they now offering a carrier where the child ‘faces out’?

It is important that parents carry their children, as being carried satisfies a fundamental childhood need for closeness, physical contact and a sense of safety. Ergobaby designed the ergonomic, Four Position 360 Carrier to offer parents many options in one carrier – front inward, hip, back AND front-outward facing (“facing out”), in order to meet parents’ request for this option for babies who are physically and developmentally ready for greater interaction with their environments. 

Important note: The manufacturer recommends that this position be used only for short periods starting from the age of 5-6 months upwards, and only when the child is awake. If the child is tired and wants to sleep, it is recommended parents change the position to an inward facing or back carry position as the preferred and most comfortable solution. 

Please note that our online video instructions show how you can move a baby from outward facing to inward facing without the need to put baby down.

In the past Ergobaby have championed the idea that children are subject to a great deal of distractions/overstimulation when carried “facing out”. How can they reconcile this with their previous philosophy? Is it sending mixed messages to parents?

Ergobaby view the front-outward position (‘facing out’) as a supplementary option for short, active periods and not as the primary carrying method over multiple hours. Now and again, situations arise where parents — and children — prefer this position. Naturally, there is a greater risk of over stimulation than with the ‘facing in’ position, since the child cannot actively turn away. Yet on the other hand, the ergonomic posture ensures very close body contact that allows parents to actively perceive the signals their children are giving. 

Parents know their children best and can tell when their child is fussy, tired or “zoned out” and it is time to switch to the ‘facing in’ or back carrying position. As a manufacturer of comfortable, ergonomic carriers, they wanted to offer parents a choice of all options for ergonomic carrying. Their goal is to encourage all parents to wear their babies for as long as possible by giving them a comfortable, healthy way to do so. 

Additionally, by giving parents who insist that their carrier have a front-outward option a choice within Ergobaby's product line, it allowed communication with parents about over stimulation in all of the activities and products that parents choose for their baby. They are hoping that this will make new parents more educated about all of the situations that can lead to over stimulation and make them more attuned to baby’s cues that he/she is over stimulated.

How do I know if my baby is ready for Front-Outward facing position?

Once your baby can see above the front panel of the carrier, has strong head & neck control, and has a natural curiosity to see and interact with the world, they are ready for front-outward carry. Ergobaby recommend starting with short durations (5-10 minutes) to prevent over-stimulation. If baby shows signs of over-stimulation (zoned out, catatonic, fussy, tired) or sleepiness, just turn them back around to Front-Inward so they can find comfort in their wearer and rest.

Is the Front-Outward position ergonomic for the baby?

Yes, the Ergobaby 360 Carrier ensures that babies are seated in the ergonomically correct, frog-leg position with knees even to hips, and a rounded spine. This is true for all four carry positions. The bucket seat ensures baby’s back will be curved – not arched, allowing baby to always be seated in an ergonomic position with all four carry positions. The seat also allows the baby’s bottom to be fully supported and prevents pressure on baby’s crotch area.

Is forward facing comfortable for parents?

Although this baby carrier has been designed to distribute baby’s weight as well as possible, parents will always find that inward leaning (front inward, hip, back) will be most comfortable for parents. If parents become uncomfortable with their baby in the front-outward position, they can quickly and easily and quickly transition their baby to one of the other three carry positions.

Can I alternate between front-inward and front-outward positions with the carrier on?

Yes you can! Just make sure you support your baby securely as you switch between the black/grey buttons on the bucket seat. Please note that the online video instructions found in 'video tab' button in each Ergobaby product listing show how you can move a baby from outward facing to inward facing without the need to put baby down.

At what age can I carry my baby in the back carry position?

Each parent and child is different, but usually around 6 months, baby will be ready to be carried on the back and parents are more comfortable with not having their baby in direct line of sight. People with larger babies who are more developed may choose to put their baby in the back carry position even earlier than 6 months, especially for longer carry times since many parents find it more comfortable to wear heavy babies on their backs.

There is a belief that only the ‘facing in’ position puts children in the anatomically correct spread-legged sitting position. How did Ergobaby resolve this problem?

As one of the leading manufacturers of baby carriers, they knew that any solution that was created had to offer full ergonomic benefits in all positions. Ergobaby designed the Omni All Position 360 Carrier so that it has a structured bucket seat, ensuring that the correct spread squat-leg sitting position is maintained even in the Front-Outward position. 

At the same time, the child’s pelvis is gently tipped toward the rear when placed into the carrier, so that the child’s upper spine makes contact with the parent’s body along its full surface, which supports the physiology of a baby’s slightly rounded back. 

With the front inward position, the infant’s head is supported; what about when worn front-outward?
For children who cannot yet support their heads, this support is very important. The ‘front outward’ position should only be used once the baby has strong and consistent head and neck control.

It is recommend that the ‘facing out’ position be used when baby has demonstrated she is ready, only for short periods starting at approximately 5 to 6 months, and only when the child is awake. If the child is tired and wants to sleep, the ‘facing in’ position on the parent’s chest or on the back is still the best and most comfortable solution.

As a parent, how do I decide: What is better for my child, facing in or facing out? And how can I know?
Parents form tight bonds with their children. Parents know their children and their children’s moods and as a result, are in the best position to decide the optimal way to wear their children based on various factors, such as the situation, the child’s mood and the estimated carrying time. 

This innovative carrier gives parents the option of making this decision based on their own individual needs as well as those of their child. Its quick and easy to change between the different positions when circumstances and situations change

Is the new Ergobaby four Position Omni 360 Carrier safe?
The safety of Ergobaby's children’s products is utmost priority. The latest Four Position Omni 360 Carrier, as with all Ergobaby's carriers, has added safety mechanisms on the hip and shoulder belts, including high-quality clasps, carefully selected materials and a sturdy overall design. It was developed in collaboration with midwives and baby carrier consultants and extensively tested with parents of babies ranging in age from newborn to 3 years of age (15kgs).

Can I breastfeed with the new Four Position 360 Carrier? How does that work?
Yes, as with all of the Ergobaby Carriers you can breastfeed while on the go. This can be done in either the hip or front-inward carry positions by usually loosening the straps however it is important to adjust the carrier back to a safe position once finished breastfeeding.

Washing Instructions
Machine washable: Cold with mild detergent on gentle cycle. Dry on delicate cycle and remove when seams are still damp. Air dry.

For specific washing instructions please check your instruction booklet or look at the product specifications for your carrier on our website.

Order Online

You can purchase the Ergobaby Omni 360 All Position Carrier and the Upgraded Cool Air Mesh Version on our website. 

We stock all the popular colours, provide fast free delivery and offer a full after-sales support service to help you get the most out of your purchase. 

Want to Know More?

If you would like to speak with a trained Baby Wearing Consultant (Stage 1 Die Trageschule) please contact us on 002 8324 6518 or email info@bubcarrier.com.au.