Is the Ergobaby Omni Carrier Safe for Newborns?

The Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier is the Ergobaby Carrier that does everything. In terms of safety, it is unparalleled.


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.


In terms of carrying position and ensuring the baby has a safe, secure position, after securing shoulder straps, always make sure the baby's bum is evenly centered in the carrier. Reach inside the carrier and rotate the baby's hips into a seated position, sinking the baby's bum deep into the carrier to encourage a comfortable natural spine position (slightly rounded, C-shape). Then squat the baby's legs to make sure the baby's knees are positioned higher than the baby's bum for a proper spread-squat position (M-Position). Finally, pull the seat sides (padded thigh area) out on either side ensuring the fabric/padded area under the baby's thighs reach from knee to knee.


Your newborn should always be carried parent-facing. You should never carry your baby facing out until the following developmental milestones are met:


  • Displays good head and neck control
  • Chin clears the carrier panel when in good positioning
  • This is usually around 5-6 months old.


There are several versions of the Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier. All have the same awesome design features, with a few key differences mostly in terms of the type or style of fabric used:


  1. Ergobaby Omni Dream - made from 100% super-soft cotton.
  2. Ergobaby Omni Cool Air Mesh - made with mesh-type fabric for targeted airflow.
  3. Ergobaby OmniBreeze - the most breathable Omni option.
  4. Ergobaby Omni Classic - the original cotton option.


What Are The Key Features of the Ergobaby Omni 360?


All Omni Carriers have the following great features included as standard:


  • Lumbar Support
  • Tuckaway Baby Hood
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Crossable Shoulder Straps
  • Breastfeeding Friendly
  • Machine Washable


What Are The Carrying Positions of the Ergobaby Omni 360?


The Ergobaby Omni is suitable for a newborn and offers everything you might want in terms of carrying positions:


  • Front Carry Inwards from Newborn
  • Front Carry Forwards Facing
  • Hip Carry
  • Back Carry


The Ergobaby Omni baby carrier has a waistbelt with a lumbar support for added comfort. With a newborn baby, you should wear the waistbelt high and tight on your waist so baby is close enough to kiss. For smaller babies or parents with a long torso, we recommend wearing the waistbelt higher on your body. In the event of a C-section, wearing the waistbelt higher will likely be more comfortable for you. We recommend that you always wear the waistbelt in a snug fit as it allows an even better weight distribution on your hips for more comfort on your back and shoulders. The lumbar support should always be centered on your back in the front position, centered on the front for the back carry position, and supporting your back in the hip carry position.


You can wear the Ergobaby Omni baby carrier with shoulder straps crossed on your back in the front carry position, with baby facing in or facing out. Wearing crossed straps or parallel straps is individual comfort preference. The crossed straps allow you to easily position the shoulder straps where it is most comfortable for you to wear them on your shoulders, which makes it a great feature for parents with narrower or wider shoulders. It is also appreciated by parents with less mobility as you don't need to reach in the back to fasten and tighten the chest strap, as all the buckling and fastening is done on the front.


Until your baby has demonstrated strong and consistent head and neck support, her/his head needs to be supported. Ensure the top edge of the carrier is at your baby's mid-ear level for proper support by positioning baby higher or lower on your body, when pulling the body of the carrier up around your baby's back. For a newborn baby, 6 weeks and under (minimum 7 lbs / 3.2 kg), fold the head and neck support on the inside, and button it to the lower buttons on the front from the side using the tabs for a tighter support. When baby starts to turn head from side to side and to hold his head for a few moments, you can fold the neck and head support on the outside and button it to the lower buttons. This usually happens around 7 weeks. For older babies, you can also button up the head and neck support for extra support when needed, such as when she/he is sleeping. When wearing your baby facing out (min 14 lbs/6.4 kg), make sure the head and neck support is folded down on the outside and buttoned to the lower buttons, and that your baby's chin is over the top edge of the carrier body.


The Omni is safe for your baby’s hips - Ergobaby carriers have been acknowledged by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as "Hip Healthy" products and awarded a Seal of Approval by the AGR of Germany as back healthy for babies and parents. The AGR Seal of Approval is awarded to products whose back-friendly design has been verified by an independent testing committee made up of experts from various medical disciplines.