Baby wearing. I completely missed the boat on this phenomenon with my first son. Yes, I had a baby carrier that I used occasionally but I hardly wanted to use it because frankly, it killed my back. I felt like I was 100 years old after 20 minutes in that torture device.
Be better than I was and get the RIGHT baby carrier. That’s the key.
With my second I was given the ErgoBaby 360 Baby Carrier as a gift. My first question was how was this carrier any different than my last one. Well, I was schooled pretty quickly. The support of the ErgoBaby was so well distributed that I did not feel it pulling in my back. I was able to wear my Ergo 360 for hours at a time comfortably even when my son was older (read: heavier). Hence why I felt the need to write an Ergo 360 Baby Carrier review… So other moms will know there is a product out there that won’t break your back.
ErgoBaby 360 What’s New
If you have used the original Ergo Baby Carrier, then you may know a little about this brand. The ErgoBaby was designed with a unique, structured bucket seat. This keeps baby sitting in a frog-legged, seated position which is ergonomic and most optimal for spine position.
The main concern with carriers that forward face (and even most standard carriers to be honest) is that they don’t keep this type of position and instead “dangle” baby from the crotch. This is extremely bad for your baby’s hips and spine.
I would also have to think that being carried that way would become extremely uncomfortable after a certain amount of time. I had a “crotch dangler” carrier and both of my boys hated it after about 20 minutes. This is where the ErgoBaby carriers outshine any other brand. I have reviewed and tried many carriers but none were able to achieve the frog-legged, seated position like the ErgoBaby.
The Original ErgoBaby carrier offered only 3 carrying positions – Front-Inward Facing, Hip Carry, and Back Carry.
Many moms complained that they wanted a Front-Outward Facing position as well and missed it with the ErgoBaby. Well, ErgoBaby took that feedback and created the ErgoBaby 360.
ErgoBaby 360 Features
- Four Carry positions: Front-inward, Front-outward, Hip and Back
- Adjustable hood to support baby’s head while sleeping, protect from sun and offer privacy while nursing
- Structured bucket seat to support your baby in an ergonomic seated position.
- Adjustable waistband (26-55in & 66-140cm) that can be worn high or low to maximize comfort.
- Adjustable seat width and back panel grows with your baby.
- Adjustable padded shoulder straps
- 100% Cotton Canvas shell and 100% Cotton Poplin lining
- Machine washable
- Carrier is usable from day one with your newborn with an Ergobaby Infant Insert (sold separately & for babies 7-12lbs/ 3.2-5.5kg) and through 36 months
- 9 Color Options
I found all four carrying positions very comfortable and easy to maneuver baby into. My second son actually preferred the Front-Inward carry probably because he liked to fall asleep within 5 minutes of being placed in the ErgoBaby.
I found that the carrier was extremely convenient and easy to haul around a sleeping baby in. I didn’t feel the need to support his head or hold onto him in any way. So perfect for being out and about or if you need your hands free.
One thing I wanted to mention that I didn’t love about the Ergo 360 is the Velcro waistband. I found it a pain to have to undo the Velcro (which make a very loud noise) if I needed to adjust the waistband. The Original Ergo has a clip which is super easy to adjust. I think ErgoBaby should have stuck with the clip only here.
I will say though it’s a trade off with the waistband because by getting rid of the clip, the waistband is very soft and you don’t have a massive piece of plastic digging into your lower back when you sit down. I did appreciate it on that level.
Another feature I wasn’t in love with was the buttons that fold down the panel and adjust the seat when switching to forward facing carry. I think snaps are easier. The buttons do kind of look cute on the carrier, however. Again, not a deal breaker but something to note.
Overall, the ease of using this carrier is right there with some of the other major brands on the market. The ErgoBaby 360 gives you a lot in terms of carrying options but more importantly is extremely comfortable to wear as an adult and for your baby.
See the Ergo 360 in Action
Great video demonstration of the ErgoBaby 360 and all its features!
Price wise, the ErgoBaby is not the cheapest and it is not the most expensive. I certainly say for the options you get and the safe carry positions, it is well worth the price. The best place I have found to purchase the Ergo 360 is on Amazon.
I hope you like the ErgoBaby 360 as much as I do. If you have any questions or comments about the ErgoBaby 360, please leave me a comment below!
Additional Accessories and Options
Get the ErgoBaby 360 with breathable 3D Air Mesh lining keeps baby cool year round! 3 color options.
This teething pad and bib protects your carriers from dribble and drool where you need it most!
The Ergobaby Easy Snug Infant Insert allows you to carry your newborn baby both comfortably and ergonomically in a soothing, nest-like comfort, for a cozy transition to the world from the womb.