In this article, we will be looking at how Ergobaby Omni 360 compares to other Ergobaby models as well as others in its class, such as Lillebaby Complete, Baby Bjorn, and Nuna Cudl. But first, let’s delve deeper into Ergobaby Omni 360 and see what it’s offering and how it works.
What Is the Difference between Ergobaby 360 and Ergobaby Omni?
Ergo Omni 360 is an improved version of the Ergobaby 360, so they share a lot in common and look the same, although the Omni also has a new design. However, they have these differences:
The 360 feels a bit softer than the Omni. But, the Omni does not need an infant insert to use from birth, unlike the 360. Also, Omni has crossable shoulder straps option and a detachable pouch which are lacking in the 360. The underarm strap buckles of the Omni have been redesigned, so they are more accessible and easier to buckle by yourself. The Omni is also more expensive, $179 while the 360 carrier goes for $139.
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Ergobaby Omni 360 Vs Nuna Cudl
Nuna Cudl is a high-end carrier with looks, comfort, and a high price tag to match Ergobaby Omni 360. It comes in muted, neutral colors that look luxurious, but it’s the intuitive features such as magnetic clasps and other handy features such as two removable bibs, sunshade hood, and pocket that make it stand out from other carriers. Here is how it matches up with the Ergobaby Omni 360.
- Both carriers are suitable to use from birth without an infant insert
- Both carriers have an adjustable seat from newborn to toddler. Ergobaby uses Velcro straps to adjust seat width while Nuna’s seat zips up or down. Nuna also has adjustable leg openings to make them smaller to hold smaller babies and newborns in a snug, more comfortable, and secure position.
- Both are versatile carriers that support face in, face out, and back carry. But Nuna also has an additional newborn position and Ergobaby a hip carry option.
- Both carriers provide you with several convenient features. The Nuna carrier has a sun hood, two built-in cotton bibs, and a pocket on the side of the waist belt. Ergobaby has a detachable pouch, sun hood with its own pocket but doesn’t have a bib.
These carriers have a different design that makes the Nuna Cudl much easier to wear and put in the baby. You buckle the shoulder straps and waistband with the Nuna carrier, pull it over your head like a t-shirt, and then place the baby inside. You don’t need to very carefully hold your baby to your chest, on one hand, to wear shoulder straps and then fiddle with the buckle behind your neck to secure your child as you do with the Ergobaby carrier.
Nuna carrier straps have magnetic clasps that are effortless to fasten than Ergobaby’s buckles-although they are also a bit tricky to unfasten when you need to take off the carrier. To release the clasps you push down on a button on the top of the buckle while pulling the strap at the same time, which can take some time to get used to.
- Nuna carrier has a well padded waistband with Velcro, while Ergobaby uses a buckle to secure instead. Some people dislike Velcro waistbands saying they are difficult to adjust and noisy too. But, on the other hand, they don’t dig into your skin as buckles do.
- Nuna is quite heavy because of the extra thick padding, but Ergobaby is ultralight and is adequately padded in all the right places. Still, since the Nuna carrier is made from organic cotton and mesh fabric, it is more breathable and cooler on a hot day than Ergobaby Omni.
- Nuna carrier weight limit is up to 35 pounds while Omni is 45 pounds.
Ergobaby Omni 360 Vs Cool Air Mesh
The main difference between Ergobaby Omni 360 and Cool Air Mesh is the fabric. Ergobaby Omni 360 uses the standard cotton fabric that is warmer, while the Cool Air Mesh carrier has mesh panels, making it lightweight and more breathable. It is one of our top carriers for air travel. Therefore Cool Air Mesh carrier is ideal for summer, hotter climates, and for people with an active lifestyle. It also dries faster after washing.
When it comes to texture, the Cool Air Mesh feels a bit rough, but the Omni is softer against your baby’s skin.
The other minor difference is that the Cool Air Mesh uses sliders on the front panel to switch from inward-facing to outward-facing, while the Omni 360 uses buttons instead. Also, the Cool Air Mesh carrier has a hood pocket with a zipper, while the 360 pocket doesn’t have a zipper. Still, it keeps the hood tucked in.
Ergobaby Omni 360 Vs Baby Bjorn One
Baby Bjorn is one of the best-rated carriers; it is stylish, comfortable, and easy to use. Let’s see how it compares to the other highly-rated competitor, the Omni.
- Both carriers are ready to use with a newborn without needing an insert and are also certified hip healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
- Both carriers are fully adjustable for the baby and parent, with adjustable seat, waistband, and shoulder straps.
- Both carriers allow nursing, but the Ergobaby Omni is more friendly to breastfeed with lowering shoulder straps that enable you to get the baby in the correct position and a privacy hood. Baby Bjorn forms a barrier between the baby and the wearer, making it hard for some people to find a comfortable position to nurse, depending on their body type. Also, it doesn’t have a hood.
- Both carriers have cooler versions made of mesh; for the Ergobaby, it is the Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh, while the Baby Bjorn is the Baby Bjorn Air.
- Both carriers are within the same price range, although Bjorn is slightly more expensive. $189 vs $179
- Ergo Omni has a higher weight capacity of up to 45 pounds while Bjorn’s is 33 pounds. This makes Omni ideal if you want a carrier with more lifespan to use with a toddler. However, Bjorn provides a better fit for newborns and smaller babies.
- Ergo Omni is an all-position carrier with facing in, facing out, hip, and back carry. Baby Bjorn does not support hip carry position, but some people never use this position anyway.
- Ergo Omni provides you with convenient features like a hood and a detachable storage pouch to keep your essential items. Unfortunately, Baby Bjorn neither has a hood or a pocket.
- Design -While both carriers are easy to wear and take off, they have entirely different designs that may seem harder or easier to different people.
The Omni is worn by strapping the waistband first, and then the shoulder straps are secured after you have put the baby in. The problem with this method is that you need to carefully support your baby as you readjust shoulders which some feel are less secure, and also you need to reach behind your head to snap the buckle on your back, which needs a bit of flexibility.
On the other hand, the Baby Bjorn shoulder straps panel goes over your head like a t-shirt, the waistband is strapped, and the front panel is buckled on one side to allow you to put in the baby from the other side. Many find this method simpler and more secure because the carrier holds the baby. Plus, all the buckles you need to wear and remove the Baby Bjorn are located on the front, where they are easy to reach.
You can choose the carrier that is easier for you to wear, but we also find that even a carrier that seems hard to wear just needs practice, and once you get the hang of it, it becomes easy.
Ergobaby Omni 360 Vs Lillebaby Complete
It is very hard to choose between these two top-rated carriers because they share a lot of features and functionality. However, we hope to share the few differences between them to help you decide which one would work best for you.
- Both carriers are suitable for children in the same age range (7 -45 pounds), and no insert needed.
- Both are versatile carriers that support face in, face out, hip, and back carry and are also certified hip healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. However, Lillebaby also supports Fetal and Newborn positions in addition.
- Both carriers have an adjustable seat width for the baby.
- Both carriers have a nicely padded waistband with lumbar support on the back
- Both carriers have adjustable, cushy shoulder straps that can be worn parallel or crossed on the back for comfort.
- Both carriers are nursing friendly
- Both carriers feature SPF 50+ hood for sun protection, privacy, or preventing distractions when the baby is sleeping.
- Both carriers come in a wide range of colors.
- Both carriers have two pockets each. Ergobaby has one for the hood and a detachable one for your essentials. The Lillebaby carrier also has a pocket for the hood and a zipper front pocket for other things. You can also detach the hood and use the pocket to stash more stuff.
- Seat adjustability
While both carriers have adjustable seats, Ergobaby has three settings: narrow, middle, and wide, which are based on the baby’s height, whereas Lille has two positions, narrow and wide, based on the mode of use. For example, with Ergobaby, a newborn uses the narrow setting, then after three months the middle, and after nine months the wide setting. With the Lillebaby carrier, the narrow position is used for front-facing in carrying with a newborn (not fetal position) and toddler while the wide position is for fetal position, hip, back carry, and face in position with a toddler. This makes the Ergobaby Omni the most adjustable between the two for different kids and different wearers.
Ergobaby carrier is available in only two fabric options; cotton and mesh, while Lille uses a wide variety of fabrics depending on the model. The Lille Complete Original uses cotton, Airflow has mesh, All-season combines panels of cotton and mesh, the Organic has 100% brushed organic cotton, Embossed has faux suede and microfiber, and Woven is a blend of 53% cotton and 47%tencel. As you can see, Lille gives you a wide range of fabrics choices based on temperature, comfort, and style.
Lillebaby comes with a bib to help cover you up when the baby is breastfeeding and also doubles up as additional head support when the baby is sleeping. The Ergobaby carrier doesn’t have this extra feature.
- Lillebaby is cheaper than Ergobaby Omni by about $50
Ergobaby Omni 360 Vs Embrace
As earlier mentioned, Ergobaby has a lot of carrier models. The Embrace is a comfortable carrier for infants and has minimal features and is cheaper. Here is a close comparison with the Omni.
- Both carriers need no insert to use with a newborn
- Both carriers are certified hip friendly
- Both carriers provide adequate head support so you can free your arms to do other things. The Omni requires you to fold the front panel and secure it with buttons, while Embrace has a built-in head and neck support that rises up to mid-ear level.
- Both carriers are great for breastfeeding as you just need to loosen the shoulder straps to lower the baby in the right position.
- Ergobaby Embrace is strictly for newborns and tiny babies (7 to 25 pounds/ 18 months), while the Omni accommodates newborns up to toddlers (7 to 45 pounds/48 months).
- The Embrace is made of lightweight, stretchy knit fabric, which makes it appear less bulky while providing a cuddle-like hold on your baby. On the other hand, the Omni is made of lightweight cotton fabric, but it gives the carrier a bulky appearance.
- While both carriers have adjustable seats, they each use a different mechanism. The Omni seat is adjustable in three modes: narrow, middle, wide using Velcro tabs on the waist belt based on your baby’s age/height. On the other hand, Embrace seat adjustment is done by folding the waist belt. For example, you fold the waist belt inward twice and cinch in the middle to transform into a Newborn mode. Ergo Embrace provides a more snug fit for your newborn or small baby and raises them up your chest where you can kiss the top of their head easily. The Omni does not provide the best fit for smaller infants.
- The Omni offers 4 carry positions- facing in, facing out, hip and back carry while the Embrace has three modes; newborn facing in, baby facing in, baby facing out.
- The Omni has padded adjustable shoulder straps that can be worn backpack or crisscrossed style while the Embrace shoulder straps are thin, stretchy and can only be worn crisscrossed at the back.
- The Omni has lumbar support which prevents pain even after wearing it for long periods. On the other hand, the Embrace does not have lumbar support but it is not necessarily a big deal since you are using it with a small baby.
- The Omni has a detachable pouch to keep your keys and phone safely as you head out but unfortunately the Embrace does not provide you with any storage pocket or pouch.
- The Omni has a privacy hood but the Embrace does not.
Of the two, choose to Embrace only if you are willing to buy another carrier later when your baby is bigger. Or you need a snug fit for a smaller baby.
Ergobaby Omni 360 Vs Tula Explore
Both Omni 360 and Explore are great carriers with a similar design. And by the way, Tula is now owned by Ergobaby since 2016, although they are still operating separately.
Both carriers have the same contoured padding and button placement and adjust in a similar way to allow forward-facing carry. They both have a headrest that flips up to provide head and neck support, or buttons down to adjust the seat for a newborn or to switch to a forward-facing position.
- Ergobaby Omni has lumbar support on the waistband while the Tula doesn’t.
- The Omni shoulder straps can be backpack style or crossed, but Tula straps cannot be crossed.
- Tula is a lot more soft and flexible than the Omni.
- Though both carriers have padded shoulder straps, Tula’s do not feel bulky and are softer. Ergobaby Omni shoulder straps feel a bit bulky and stiff, especially for petite wearers.
- Ergobaby Omni has thick padding on the front panel to support the baby’s legs in the forward-facing position, whereas Tula only has thick padding around the leg holes with lighter padding on the rest of the panel. This makes Tula less bulky in general and in appearance.
- Ergobaby Omni has a small pocket to tuck the hood and a detachable pouch for your essentials. Tula’s hood is detachable and there is a pocket on the waistband.
- Ergobaby Omni has safety buckles on the end of shoulder straps. Tula doesn’t have these.
- Tula comes in beautiful designer print patterns while Omni comes in a wide range of colors.
Ergobaby Omni 360 Vs Aerloom
Heirloom is Ergobaby’s latest model. It is a unique, innovative carrier but still has a lot of similarities with the Ergobaby Omni 360. Let’s see what is different about the two so you can be able to choose one over the other.
- Both have a similar design, the shape and basic structure with a front panel, shoulder straps, waistband connecting in the same way and functioning in the same way.
- Both are suitable from birth without the need for an infant insert, and the seat adjusts to expand as your baby grows.
- Both carriers offer inward facing, forward facing, and back carry. But, the Omni also offers a hip carry position.
- Aerloom is made from innovative FormaKnit fabric, which is a knitted fabric that is lightweight, breathable, and a bit stretchy, so it molds around your body. The Omni is made from 100% cotton, which is lightweight but not as breathable compared. So if you are worried about overheating or bulkiness Aerloom is the better choice of the two.
- Aerloom is made from 87% recycled polyester and 100 % cotton lining, which is OEKO-TEX certified, making it ideal for eco conscious parents. Ergobaby Omni is made from 100% cotton.
- Ergobaby Omni 360 has an option of crossing shoulder straps at the back or using the regular backpack style. Aerloom doesn’t allow you to wear crossed, but compared to other Ergobaby carriers its shoulder straps are thinner(less bulky), comfortable, and do not slip off the shoulders.
- The Omni has a higher weight capacity until 45 pounds or 4 years, while Aerloom accepts kids up to 35 pounds or 3 years of age.
- The Omni has a convenient storage pouch attached to the waistband, which can also be detached, but Aerloom has a pocket at the back on the lumbar support, which is not easily accessible.
- The Omni offers adequate head support (reaches mid-head level) for newborns and has a hood. Unfortunately, Aerloom does not have a hood, and it doesn’t rise enough to support the baby, so the parent must always support the baby.
- Aerloom is the more premium carrier of the two, so it is pricier and is also not readily available like the Omni.
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