I bought the original Ergobaby 360 with insert Ergobaby 4 Position 360 Bundle Of Joy with Easy Snug Infant Insert, Grey a few months ago before my second daughter was born. Then I received this Ergobaby Omni 360 to review on Amazon. Here is my comparison of the Omni vs. original 360.
As far as I can tell, the Omni is the new version of the 360 carrier. They are built very much the same, with the same fabric (slightly different color). The Omni has a smaller feel than the original 360.
When I chose the color for my original 360, I went with the grey color. I decided against black because I was afraid of showing both cat hair and spit up stains. However, the fabric is not stain resistant at all, and after my first wear (when I dropped a tomato slice on it) I found out that I probably would have been happier with the black one.
-Super comfy for wearer. Ergobaby carriers are by far the most comfortable carriers for the person wearing the baby (at least from the ones I’ve tried). EDIT: my daughter is now 6 months old and 20 lbs., and this carrier is just as comfortable as it was when she was 8 lbs. I can wear her for hours without getting tired.
-No insert like the original 360. When I bought the original 360, I was surprised that they hadn’t come up with a way to fit smaller babies other than an insert that you had to buy separately. In the Omni, there are 3 positions that you velcro to fit babies of different sizes and NO INSERT. (Yay! I couldn’t stand the insert.)
-Buckles at waist instead of velcro. I actually didn’t mind the velcro, but some people felt like the velcro wakes up a sleeping baby. I would just leave the carrier on until I left the room, and then I would undo the velcro. The velcro actually seemed easier to adjust to me, but once you have the buckle adjusted to your size it is easier than the velcro to get on and off.
-Built in hood for sun shade (same as original 360)
-Storage compartment for keys, phone, etc. It fits my iPhone 6 and keys with room to spare. My original 360 did not have any storage except within the hood storage compartment.
-Not as hot as the original 360 with insert in. The original 360 did not breathe as well as the Omni.
-Hard to get on. This is the biggest downside for me. I have pretty good shoulder flexibility, but I struggle with getting the back shoulder buckle snapped. I have found that loosening the straps on the chest area before buckling the back shoulder strap works better than trying to do the chest straps first. I cannot emphasize enough to WATCH THE VIDEOS ON THEIR WEBSITE. I tried putting these carriers on just by reading the manual, and I had a really hard time visualizing what to do. Ergobaby’s website has some good videos that are each a few minutes long that show how to wear/adjust different positions.
-Still not ideal for tiny babies. I have a Baby Bjorn that worked a lot better when she was between 7-10 lbs. I felt like in the Ergobaby (both the Omni and original 360) a newborn feels like she will fall out the leg holes. (I will say though that the Bjorn feels too small once the baby hits about 15 lbs., as I found out with my older daughter.)
-Baby still prefers being in Bjorn right now, but she is starting to enjoy the “frog” position of the Ergobaby more. (EDIT: once she was old enough to hold her head up well, we switched her to forward-facing which she LOVES. She giggles and coos and happily kicks her feet the whole time she's in there, it's pretty awesome!)
-Not great stain resistance in the lighter colors. Oxiclean took out most of my tomato stain, but not all of it.
-Still expensive. These are very expensive carriers, and if you don’t use them very often you might be okay with a less expensive one. With an older child, I feel like I am constantly wearing the newborn—otherwise I would get nothing done. So for me, it is well worth the price to have the most comfort.
This is a great replacement for the Baby Bjorn I was using, and I definitely prefer the Ergobaby Omni 360 over the Ergobaby original 360 carrier. I will still be using my Osprey Poco Plus carrier for backpacking when she is older, but the Omni will be used for all of our other outings and shorter walks/hikes in the future.