A baby carrier has become a staple accessory for parents and that’s no exception when it comes to travelling. Handy for flights and destinations that don’t lend themselves to prams, a baby carrier opens up a lot of ‘travel’ windows. With lot’s of different makes and models on the market, it can be confusing and stressful to chose the right baby carrier for you.
They often come with a hefty price tag, so before you invest, make sure that you are comfortable and that your baby is comfortable in the carrying before purchasing. For us, we visited a Mamas and Papas store and tried a few popular brands on. Both myself and Nathan carried George and ultimately we went with the Ergo Baby 360 Omni Cool Air Mesh. We made the right decision and got plenty of use out of it at home and abroad.
If you would like to know what other baby carriers are available on the market, check out our blog post, Best Baby Carriers 2020.
WHY AN ERGOBABY OMNI 360 COOL AIR MESH?
I was initially drawn to the Ergobaby Omni 360 and BabyBjorn one baby carrier. Both reputable brands with return policies, should anything happen and I need to replace or change my purchase. With George being a heavy baby, it was important to have a carrier that provided support for me. I have issues with my lower back and with the Ergobaby Omni 360, you can carry your child in 4 different positions.
In a hot climate, you need a baby carrier that allows air in. With the cool air mesh, you get just that. The vents allow air to circulate and for your baby’s heat to escape. It also means that you won’t be working up too much of a sweat either, as you move around. I found the carrier to be incredibly lightweight. You can use this carrier until your baby is either 48 months old or until they weigh 20kg.
With the carrier comes a small purse for you to store essential items in, that you can velcro to the carrier for easy access. The material is easy to wipe down from sweat and general baby mess and, we put it in the washing machine a few times and it was fine. Simple to use, comfortable and easily adjustable so other both you and your partner can take the lead without causing additional stress.
FEATURES OF THE ERGOBABY OMNI 360
This carrier has a lot of features that are simple and serve a purpose, resulting in the best purpose baby carrier on the market. You can use this baby carrier from birth, and the carry positions encourage you to adapt your needs as your baby grows.
- Front carry – facing parent (0+ months)
- Front carry – facing out (5 months+)
- Hip carry (6+ months)
- Back carry (6+ months)
To provide support and comfort for its users, the Omni 360 has lumbar supports and crossable straps. Along with a thick adjustable waistband, the weight sits on your hips and is evenly distributed across your shoulders. It really is incredibly comfortable for both baby and wearer.
The carrier has a ‘hood’ that can fold up to protect your baby’s neck. This is securely fastened using buttons on either side and can be placed in an up or down position, without hindering use. The Omni 360 Baby Carrier Cool Air Mesh has also been acknowledged as a “hip healthy” product by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
FUNCTIONALITY OF THE ERGOBABY OMNI 360
The straps around the waist are comfortable and easy to maneuver with your baby in hold and out. All you have to do is pull the straps. To use, you gentle enter your baby into the desired seating position (front or back) and then put your arms through the arm straps. The straps are then connected by a small clip, that you do yourself. It can be a bit tricky, if you are by yourself and have a wriggling baby! But once connected, you then pull two straps to tighten until it feels comfortable.
Then the middle belt is closed again with a plastic buckle, which is a lot larger than the clip for the two arm straps. I practised putting George into the Omni 360 by myself a few times at home, to get both of us used to the process and routine.
You can’t go wrong, the clips are big enough to find and use. A simple click together or squeeze to open. There are two sets of cords for the shoulder and back supports, that are located on either side and you just pull them until you are comfortable with the position. Once happy, you wrap them up and hide them within the carrier, so they are out of the way.
The Omni 360 packs up and weighs little to nothing so can be carried in your handbag, carry on luggage or a rucksack. Again, for me, the ease of use was desirable so that both me and my partner, could take turns carrying George around. Several times he had his naps in the carrier and it was lovely to have him so close to me.
The official Ergobaby website lists the carrier for £154.90.
£34.95 for the Winter Weather and Rain Cover
£17.99 for the Ergobaby Teething Pad
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