The Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier is the Ergobaby Carrier that does everything, including back carrying!
Ergobaby’s all-around carrier has all the features you need - newborn to toddler, all carry positions, with premium features and award-winning designs.
There are several versions of the Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier. But regardless of the one you choose, all have the same awesome design features, and all can be used to carry your baby on your back.
The Ergobaby Omni is perfectly suitable for newborns. In fact, it was specifically designed to be used with newborns. The Omni doesn't need any additional infant inserts, or anything extra at all - it’s ready for your newborn when you take it out of the box.
All Omni 360 carriers have great premium features that make babywearing safe and comfortable, such as lumbar support and crossable shoulder straps. They offer a range of carrying positions from front carrying, hip carry to, of course, back carrying, which is what' we'll be talking about today.
Back Carrying can be a fantastic way to carry for many families. The main benefit of the back carrying is the freedom - it allows you to do many tasks that would otherwise be difficult with a baby on the front, such as doing laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, and hiking. In many cultures, mothers have used the back carry position when they needed to work but still care for their young child. Yay for achieving freedom and convenience while still being able to tend to and hold your baby close!
With the back carry, your baby is also centred more on your hips, which makes your baby’s weight a lot easier to support for longer periods of time. Soft-structured carriers with wider waist belts also help evenly distribute your baby’s weight, so you shouldn’t have any lower back pain when back carrying. The Ergobaby Omni 360 is a great option for back support thanks to its additional lumbar-support waist belt and padded shoulder straps.
Every baby is different and will grow and develop at different rates, but typically once your baby is able to sit up on her own, you can consider the back carry. To err on the side of caution, though, Ergobaby recommend waiting until your baby is at least 6 months old and weighs around 17 pounds before back carrying with the Omni 360. Because you can’t constantly watch and supervise your baby when she is on your back, it’s safest to wait until your baby has strong head and neck control and can comfortably and firmly sit on her own on a firm surface and in a carrier for longer periods of time. You also want your baby’s legs and hips to naturally open into an “M” or frog-leg position.
While back carrying is one of the most liberating types of carries–it enables you to be hands–free and keep the baby safe from whatever you are doing–it seems to be one of the most daunting carries for parents. But with a little practice, you can master the art of the back carry.
Need a little help with back carrying, or one-to-one advice? Just get in touch! We've been babywearing and back carrying for many years and can offer lots of help, advice and tips.