Introducing the Ergobaby OMNI 360
The Ergobaby OMNI 360 is ultimate “all positions” Ergobaby carrier. Featuring the best bits of their other carriers, it is suitable from birth with jo infant insert and offers front, back, hip and world-facing carrying positions.
The Ergobaby OMNI 360 features a highly structured panel. This creates the deep and wide seated position, that supports an optimum healthy hip position even in its facing out configuration. The adjustment of the panel between outward and inward facing is as simple as changing two button fastenings. These fasten on the outer buttons for parent facing, and the inner buttons for outward facing.
Ergobaby OMNI 360: features and functionality
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 marked positions for the tabs. However you can position the tabs between recommended setting to achieve 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.
Crossed or rucksack style straps
The Ergobaby Omni 360 offers you the opportunity to wear the carrier with either crossed straps or rucksack style straps. This gives you the opportunity to try both options to 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. The long padded straps can mean that for petite people it is not possible to get the carrier tight enough when using the rucksack strap position.
People with broader shoulders are likely to find either configuration comfortable!
Ergobaby safety buckles
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.
Fastening the chest strap
The Ergobaby OMNI 360 can be worn rucksack style. Some people find it tricky to get the chest strap fastened or positioned comfortably. Often people find that they are most comfortable with the chest strap level with their shoulder blades.
This video shows 3 different techniques for fastening the chest strap
World facing in the Ergobaby OMNI 360
The world facing option the Ergobaby OMNI 360 is one of the most ergonomic world facing positions of any carrier. It positions your baby into a wide, deep seated position, 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 Ergobaby OMNI 360 offers a supportive carry in all positions.
The Ergobaby 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!
What's the fuss about forward facing?
Outward facing positions can be a contentious topic. Some people believe that it is not an appropriate position for carrying babies. Our article offers a balanced perspective considering the evidence to help you make up your own mind. .
What to be particularly aware of when world-facing:
A key concern when carrying in any carrier or position is ensuring that your baby’s airway remains clear at all times. In a world facing position it is easier for your baby’s airway to become compromised if their head drops forward.
The following two precautions reduce this risk:
Responsivity to cues
Young babies can become overwhelmed very quickly when world-facing. When we carry in arms we naturally change position regularly, and turn babies towards us if they grow unsettled whilst facing outwards.
In a carrier it is possible to carry your baby more passively. This makes it easier to miss early cues that your child is getting overwhelmed. We recommend staying responsive to your baby in all carrying positions. When forward facing it is harder to see their face to read their cues, so check them regularly and remain attentive to signs that they are overwhelmed or overstimulated.
Forward facing in slings can be a contentious issue. Our article considers the evidence around forward facing in slings so that you can make your own informed decision about what is right for you and your baby.