What You Need to Know About the Ergobaby Infant Insert

The infant insert keeps young babies safe and comfortable in their carriers

Nothing is more important than your new little baby. You’ll want to spend every waking moment snuggling them and ensuring they’re content and safe. That’s why it’s important you get the absolute best baby carrier for you and your baby. Baby carriers allow you to keep your baby close while still being able to do things around the house, go on a walk—go about having a normal-as-possible day.

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Nothing is more important to us than making sure you and your baby feel comfortable and secure while getting in all that bonding time. That’s why we’ve designed safe, high-quality baby carriers and also an infant insert to use with some of our carriers.

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How to Use the Infant Insert

Our infant insert can be used two different ways:

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  • You can use just the pillow part of the insert as a cushioned booster for babies with stronger necks and better head control.

Whether using the whole insert or just the pillow, make sure your baby is correctly sitting on the pillow and that the pillow is placed at the bottom of the insert and/or carrier.

The Ergobaby infant insert is an accessory for the original baby carrier

When and Why You Need the Infant Insert

You only need to use the infant insert in the Original and All Position 360 baby carriers. The infant insert is a safe, comfortable, convenient and easy-to-use insert for newborns. It’s important to use the infant insert because it provides structured, cushioned head and neck support for babies 0-6 months old, as well as keeps your baby’s legs in the ergonomic “M” shape. This makes the carrier safe for their hips, legs and ligaments. The infant insert ensures your baby feels snug, safe and content, while also giving you peace of mind knowing your precious baby is comfortably supported inside our carrier.

When You Don’t Need the Infant Insert

Infant inserts should be used with our Original Baby Carrier and our 360 carrier, but aren’t necessary with the Adapt and Omni 360 baby carriers.

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If you’re using the Original Baby Carrier or our 4 position 360 carrier, some babies won’t need the infant insert if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • Are 4-6 months old
  • Have good head and neck control
  • Can see over the top of the carrier
  • Can sit inside the carrier without it bunching at the bottom between their legs.

Our infant insert also isn’t needed with some of our carriers, such as the Adapt and Omni 360 carriers. The Omni 360 is the baby carrier for every baby and every carrying position.

Unlike our Original and All Position 360 baby carriers, which require purchasing the infant insert to carry a newborn, the Omni 360 is newborn ready. It’s made to carry babies and toddlers who weigh between 7 and 45 pounds and are at least 20 inches long, without ever needing the infant insert. The bucket seat in this baby carrier gradually adjusts to cozily fit and support your growing baby, providing the proper ergonomic “M” shaped sitting position for babies up to 48 months. It also allows you to carry your baby in four positions: facing in, facing out, hip carry and back carry.

It’s also ergonomically-designed for parents and more comfortable than ever to wear. Like our other carriers, it offers great lumbar support to relieve strain on your back while babywearing. This new and improved baby carrier also has its strap buckles in the front, which allows you to wear it with crossable shoulder straps. Many parents appreciate this feature, especially those with wider or narrower shoulders, because it provides more comfort. Being in the front also makes it easier for you to buckle, fasten and tighten the strap than if you’d have to reach around to the back to do it. Several moms have also told us it’s really easy to nurse while babywearing with the Omni 360.

Choosing the best baby carrier for you and your child is an important decision that can seem daunting at first, but doesn’t have to be once you know what to look for: an ergonomic baby carrier that’s versatile, durable, safe, and comfortable for you and baby.

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Kirsten Metcalf is a writer, editor and mother to a hilarious but very strong-willed toddler and a beautiful baby girl. She started writing short stories in elementary school and years later became a sports reporter and editor. Now, she mainly writes marketing, religious and parenting-related blog posts. Even before she knew she wanted to be a writer, Kirsten knew she wanted to be a mom. She knows being a mom is one of the most rewarding but hardest jobs out there, which is why she loves being able to share parenting knowledge and support to other moms through her writing. When she actually wins negotiations with her toddler, Kirsten likes to reward herself by watching KU basketball, eating cheesecake, or going on a Target run by herself.