Ergobaby Carriers: What’s the Difference?

woman holding baby in original ergobaby carrier on beach

Visit Ergobaby’s site and you’ll quickly see they have a lot of baby carriers—8 to be exact. So if you’re wanting to know what an Ergobaby Original vs. 360 matchup looks like or what makes each carrier different, carry on as we provide all the details and compare Ergobaby carriers so you can choose the right baby carrier for you, your child, and your lifestyle.

Omni 360

2 women holding babies in ergobaby carriers walking outside

 

  • Style: Soft-structured carrier
  • Materials: Premium cotton, mesh
  • Age & Weight: ~0-48 months, 7-45 lbs.
  • Infant Insert: No Infant Insert needed
  • Positions: 4 ergonomic positions (front carry-inward facing, front carry-forward facing, hip carry, back carry)
  • Waistband: Lumbar support waistbelt
  • Straps: Padded, crossable shoulder straps
  • Price: $180

Why You’ll Love It

This all-in-one baby carrier really does have it all. From the baby privacy hood to the detachable storage pouch, lumbar support, and four ergonomic sitting positions for babies and toddlers, the Omni 360 is as easy to use as it is functional. Providing security, comfort, and hands-free connection, this carrier lets you have your cake and eat it too.

 

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Embrace

 

  • Style: Hybrid – simple to use like a structured carrier but soft and cozy like a wrap 
  • Materials: Oeko-Tex Standard 100% certified fabrics
  • Age & Weight: ~0-18 months, 7-25 lbs.
  • Infant Insert: No Infant Insert needed
  • Positions: 3 ergonomic positions (newborn, front carry-inward facing, front carry-forward facing)
  • Waistband: Padded, supportive waistbelt
  • Straps: Stretchy, crossable shoulder straps
  • Price: $80

Why You’ll Love It

Embrace brings together the best parts of a soft wrap carrier and a supportive structured carrier; just like it’s going to help bring you and your baby closer together. Designed with safety, simplicity, and comfort in mind, you’ll be able to soak up all the newborn snuggles you want.

 

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360

woman holding baby in ergobaby 360 carrier

 

  • Style: Soft-structured carrier
  • Materials: 100% cotton, mesh
  • Age & Weight: ~4-48 months, 12-45 lbs.
  • Infant Insert: Needed for babies 0-4 months and 7-12 lbs.
  • Positions: 4 ergonomic positions (front carry-inward facing, front carry-forward facing, hip carry, back carry)
  • Waistband: Lumbar support waistbelt
  • Straps: Adjustable, padded shoulder straps
  • Price: $160

Why You’ll Love It

The Ergo 360 is an all-positions, all-seasons baby carrier. A machine-washable carrier that’s also nursing-friendly and comes with a baby privacy hood (for nursing and protecting baby’s head from the sun or wind), it offers comfort and convenience for babywearing whenever and wherever you need it.  This is the perfect carrier to follow the Embrace or the Aura wrap, once your baby is developmentally showing cues that she wants to see the world (around 4-6 months) and face out!

 

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Adapt

dad holding baby in ergobaby adapt carrier

 

  • Style: Soft-structured carrier
  • Materials: 100% premium cotton, mesh
  • Age & Weight: ~0-48 months, 7-45 lbs.
  • Infant Insert: No Infant Insert needed
  • Positions: 3 ergonomic positions (front carry, hip carry, back carry)
  • Waistband: Lumbar support waistbelt
  • Straps: Padded, crossable shoulder straps
  • Price: $140

Why You’ll Love It

When you become a parent, there’s a lot you have to adapt to. Let the Adapt Carrier help you easily adjust to parenthood through the newborn, baby, and toddler stages. Ergonomic support for baby plus back and shoulder support for you, this soft and flexible carrier is a must-have baby item whether you plan to babywear indoors or outdoors.

 

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Original

woman holding baby in original ergobaby carrier on beach

 

  • Style: Soft-structured carrier
  • Materials: 100% premium cotton
  • Age & Weight: ~4-48 months, 12-45 lbs.
  • Infant Insert: Needed for babies 0-4 months and 7-12 lbs.
  • Positions: 3 ergonomic positions (front carry, hip carry, back carry)
  • Waistband: Lumbar support waistbelt
  • Straps: Padded shoulder straps
  • Price: $120

Why You’ll Love It

The Original was Ergobaby’s first carrier—and it’s still a parent-favorite. A large storage pocket for on-the-go convenience and soft, padded support for all-day comfort, it’s easy to see why this classic still reigns supreme. The Original really shines in the back carry (40lb toddler on the back? No problem!), and it’s a long-time fan favorite.  It’s also the cheapest of Ergobaby’s soft-structured carriers.

 

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Cool Air Mesh

parents playing with baby in ergobaby cool air mesh carrier

 

  • Style: Soft-structured carrier
  • Materials: Mesh
  • Age & Weight: ~0-48 months, 7-45 lbs. (Omni 360 and Adapt carriers); ~4-36 months, 12-45 lbs. (360 carrier)
  • Infant Insert: No Infant Insert needed with the Cool Air Mesh Omni 360 or Adapt carriers, but it is needed with the Cool Air Mesh 360 carrier.
  • Positions: 4 ergonomic positions (front carry-inward facing, front carry-forward facing, hip carry, back carry) with Omni 360 and 360 carriers; 3 ergonomic positions (front carry, hip carry, back carry) with Adapt carrier. 
  • Waistband: Lumbar support waistbelt
  • Straps: Padded, crossable shoulder straps
  • Price: $120-$180 (dependent on Adapt, 360, or Omni 360) 

Why You’ll Love It

Our mesh fabric is available in select colors with our Omni 360, 360, and Adapt carriers. The breathable fabric allows air to circulate, so even during the summer, you and your baby can stay cool and comfortable.

 

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Aura Baby Wrap

mom kissing baby's head as she holds him/her in ergobaby aura baby wrap

 

  • Style: Wrap
  • Materials: 100% viscose
  • Weight: 8-25 lbs.
  • Positions: Inward-facing front carry
  • Price: $50

Why You’ll Love It

Wraps can be confusing, especially for a first-time parent. Confusing is one word you’ll never use to describe the Aura Baby Wrap. Simple, soft, stretchy, comfy, supportive, safe—now those are words to use when telling your new-mom friends what wrap they should buy. This wrap also sets itself apart from the crowd with its sewn-in pouch designed for you to fold and store the wrap in when it’s not in use.

 

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Hip Seat

woman holding baby in ergobaby hip seat carrier

 

  • Style: Hip seat
  • Materials: Mesh
  • Age & Weight: ~4-48 months, 12-45 lbs.
  • Positions: 3 ergonomic positions (front carry-inward facing, front carry-forward facing, hip carry)
  • Waistband: Padded, wide, velcro waistband
  • Straps: Padded shoulder straps
  • Price: $129

Why You’ll Love It

Young children are very curious, and when they reach that age of being able to curiously move around, you’ll want a hip seat. Ergobaby’s is a great choice. The padded hip seat is safe and supportive for you and your baby or toddler. It keeps them close and happy, but also makes it easy for them to get down when they want to roam around. There’s also a side pocket so you can easily store and reach for your keys, phone, chapstick, etc.

 

Explore Hip Seat Baby Carriers

 

How to Choose the Right Carrier

With so many options, how do you choose? Think about your baby and your lifestyle and then look for qualities in a baby carrier that meet your needs. Use this information and also check out the carrier comparison page the choose the best carrier for you and your baby. It provides a carrier chart, video, and more in-depth breakdowns of the qualities you want in a baby carrier and each Ergobaby carrier.

No matter what baby carrier you use, there are two things that always remain the same with any Ergobaby carrier—your baby or toddler will sit in a safe, comfortable ergonomic seat and you will enjoy hands-free bonding with your child.

 

Kirsten Metcalf

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.

September 26, 2019

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