Looking for a comfortable, supportive baby carrier? The Ergobaby Omni 360 and the BabyBjorn Carrier One are two of the carriers that you’re likely to have heard of most. They are stocked in major stores and feature in many online reviews. We have many other fantastic ergonomic baby carrier brands to choose from, but these two are hugely popular for good reasons.
From the outside these carriers both claim to offer many of the same features. But despite all the information you can read online, it’s still difficult to work out which will be the best buy for you.
So here’s our overview of each carrier; what it claims to offer, what it’s really good at – and what else you need to know about these baby carriers based on testing by our expert team and the thousands of families we’re worked with!
SPOILER ALERT! Based on thousands of families we generally recommend the Ergobaby Omni 360 over the BabyBjorn Carrier One as it suits more parents and lasts longer. BUT they both have pro’s and con’s, so read on for our detailed comparison.
BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Air
The Baby Carrier One from BabyBjörn is their most supportive and ergonomic carrier yet – now in a cool air mesh version.
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Ergobaby Omni 360 and BabyBjorn Carrier One: The Similarities
The BabyBjorn Carrier One and the Ergobaby Omni 360 are aiming to appeal to the same customers (dads and mums) and so have many features in common. They are both very padded and structured; both offer the same carrying positions (front parent-facing, front outwards-facing and – in theory – back carrying) and are comfortable to use beyond the first few months. They both have adjustments designed to offer healthy hip support as your baby grows.
Both are great for walks and using when out and about, or even for babywearing exercise classes. Whilst, in theory, you could use them at home, most people find that their padding and bulk is not really practical for this. Remember – babies will love to be held when at home. So if you’re pregnant or have a newborn under 3 months, you’ll likely want to also look at softer slings for around the house with a newborn too.
Ergobaby Omni 360
Ergobaby carriers really are the bee’s knees. Tried, tested and trusted, they are a top choice for many new parents.
The Ergobaby Omni 360 is their ultimate, all-in-one baby carrier. It’s Ergobaby’s most versatile carrier yet.
What They Don’t Tell You!
Features, fit and weight ranges often do not work as advertised. Weight ranges are especially misleading; 35lb is the weight of an average 4 year old; 45lb is an average 6 year old! Neither of these carriers are practical or comfortable to use up to their maximum weight limit.
With structured carriers like these, your comfort all comes down to how the carrier fits you, and how easy you find it to put on and adjust. You’re not going to really know what works best for you unless you’ve tried them both on.
If you’re not able to do that, get in touch with us at [email protected]: We will ask you some questions about your body shape and your family’s needs and suggest which carrier is likely to be best you. You can also test drive any of our carriers with our sling hire service.
If you’ve read all the features, maybe tried them both on and still can’t choose between two carriers, it’s ok to go by looks! You’re the one wearing it after all.
Remember : These two are the biggest names but they’re Not The Only Baby Carriers in town! We have over a hundred carriers that could work for you. Do also check our our Newborn Baby Carrier Buying Guide 2021 and Our Which Baby Carrier Should I Move On To? guide for babies aged 3 months and up.
BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One
The Baby Carrier One from the world-famous BabyBjörn is their most supportive and ergonomic carrier yet.
What’s really important when Choosing Between the Ergobaby Omni 360 and the BabyBjorn Carrier One.
You want your carrier to really do what you’ve bought it to do. Does it need to adjust between different shapes and sizes of adult? Which carrying positions do you REALLY want to use? And how do the advertised features line up side by side.
Here’s our comparison of the two carriers, based on our expert and customer reviews.
|Brand and Model||Ergobaby Omni 360||BabyBjorn Carrier One|
|Manufacturers Weight Limits & Age Guide||3.2kg – 20kg (7lbs – 45 lbs) / 0-4years||3.5 – 15kg (8 – 33lbs) / 0-4years|
|Realistic Age Guide||Ideal from approx 8-9lbs. Best from 2-4 weeks until 24 months.|
Highly adjustable, bucket-shaped body panel make this is long-lasting carrier.
|Ideal from approx 8-9lbs. Best from 2-4 weeks until 12 months. |
‘Shallow’ body panel means it’s very hard to fit to a toddler, unless they are very slim.
|Fit For Parents||Good for mums and dads of most shapes and sizes.||Excellent fit for many dads. Good for taller or more athletic builds. Not such a good fit for very petite mums, due to the bulkiness and straps length; or bigger breasted mums, who may find the internal hardness uncomfortable.|
|Carrying Positions||4 Positions: Front facing in (from newborn), Front Facing out (4-10months), Hip*, Back (6months+). |
Hip carrying isn’t a comfy option for most.
The most comfortable outwards facing position of any baby carrier, thanks to it’s bucket-shaped body panel.
|3 Positions: Front facing in (from newborn), Front Facing out (from 4-10 months) Back (6months+).|
Back carrying option isn’t easy to do and your baby likely to sit very low on your back.
|Can you Breasteed in it?||Yes||No|
|Separate Newborn Insert Needed?||No; whole carrier is size adjustable||No; has integrated newborn insert|
|Fabric & Colour Options||Wide range of colours. Cool Air mesh version available with same features and functions as cotton version.||Small range of colours. Cool Air mesh version available with same features and functions as cotton version.|
|Ease of Use||Fewer buckles so quick to put on and take off; easier to get baby onto your back; Easier to adjust between different users.||Can put carrier on before picking up baby; easy to pop baby in and out without taking off the harness; good if you’re nervous about using carriers.|
|Price||£154.90||From £159.90 (Cotton)/ £169.95 (Air)|
|Comfort for Parent||Additional lumbar support; firm padding; the most adjustable straps, with 2 configurations for front carries to fit a wide range of adults; the most comfortable front facing position.||Padding to shoulders and hips; back support; one method of fastening that may not suit everyone; fits taller and less curvy parents more comfortably than petite or shapely ones.|
|Support For Baby||Easy to get a safe, snug fit for a wider range of babies; multiple head support options; better range of ergonomic support for healthy hip positioning.||Range of fit for different babies is more limited; does have padding for baby’s back and head support; feautures and adjustable head rest; does not always offer ideal hip positioning.|
|Nice To Have||Detachable waistband pouch for storing your keys and phone; fold-away sleep shade/hood.|
The Bottom Line
The Ergobaby Omni 360 is a really excellent carrier, performing well in all areas. It has the greatest longevity and the most ergonomic front facing position for both baby and parent. Plus it’s got some little handy extras.
With multiple strap configurations it’s more adjustable suits a wide range of adults so it’s a great option if you’re swapping your carrier between two parents. It’s our most popular baby carrier for these reasons!
The BabyBjorn One is very easy for many parents to use without any extra help, so it’s great for nervous carrier users or if you don’t carry very often.
It’s less adjustable and so offers fewer ergonomic carrying positions and isn’t as practical if sharing between both parents. This is a good option to consider for dads who mostly carry at the weekends. If you prefer a more streamlined look then the Baby Bjorn One may catch your attention.
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