With celebrities like Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt all being photographed babywearing, this has made it cool for us non-celebrity Moms and Dads to get in on the growing craze. Babywearing has become increasingly more popular in the last few years and there are now so many brands and variations on the market it is difficult to know which one to pick. We are going to look at Ergobaby vs Babybjorn, who are two big names in the babywearing circle, specifically, we will be looking at the Ergobaby 360 vs Babybjorn One.
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What are the Main Differences between Ergobaby vs Baby Bjorn
Although the Ergobaby 360 and the Babybjorn One look very similar there are a few differences between them that may help you decide which one is best suited to your needs.
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- The Ergobaby 360 baby carrier weighs 2.2 pounds, whereas the Babybjorn One weighs in slightly less at 2 pounds.
- Ergobaby 360 minimum and maximum weight requirements are 7 to 45 pounds. But for babies weighing 7 to 12 pounds, you would require a newborn insert, this can be purchased separately. Babybjorn One minimum and maximum weight requirements are 8 to 33 pounds.
- Although both have four positions they are slightly different. Ergobaby 360 has front inward facing, front-outward facing, hip carry and back carry positions. The Babybjorn One has 3 front wearing (newborn, inward-facing and outward-facing) and 1 back wearing position.
- Only the Ergobaby 360 comes with a privacy hood, this helps protect your baby from the sun providing UPF 50+ protection and light rain.
Ergobaby 360 is one of many baby carriers offered by Ergobaby along with other baby related products. The Ergobaby 360 design is based on the original Ergobaby carrier and there are not a huge amount of differences between them. The only differences that I could find are that the original had a nice big storage pocket which the 360 does not, this would be very handy and the material has changed to ensure it is breathable so that you do not get hot and sweaty in warm weather.
The features of the 360 are well thought out and provide huge benefits to parent and baby alike. It comes with 4 position carrying, forward facing the world, facing you, on the hip and on the back for when your baby is older.
The comfort of both you and your baby have been thought of with the ergonomic design of the 360. It has an adjustable carrier seat to ensure your bay has good support in all positions. For you, there is back support with the lumbar support waistbelt and padded shoulder straps help to distribute your baby’s weight evenly, this helps to alleviate any stress on your shoulders.
The 360 is made from soft, lightweight breathable mesh to keep you cool and comfortable while out and about. It is also 100% machine washable.
The 360 also is an easy to adjust carrier so that it will fit multiple wearers with ease. Includes a tuckaway baby hood that comes with UPF 50+ protection, it is also handy for easy breastfeeding.
- It is a Hip Healthy carrier that is endorsed by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
- It offers 4 different carrying positions.
- Adjustable and crossover straps allow more convenient breastfeeding.
- It offers good lumbar support
- Easy to fit
- Comes in a variety of patterns
- In order to carry a newborn you would need to purchase a newborn insert.
- Smaller framed wearers may find it difficult to get a snug fit
- The hip carry position may be a little awkward and need some tweaking to find out exactly how to wear the carrier.
- The cotton material may trap heat, causing both baby and wearer to get hot and uncomfortable.
- No pocket to store keys/phone
Babybjorn One is one of various carriers offered by Babybjorn, slightly different from their original design in that it has a lower maximum weight of only 25 pounds and was made from cotton which can sometimes make both parent and baby hot and uncomfortable.
The features of the Babybjorn One carrier offers some great features to make your baby wearing journey trouble free. For your baby. there are a few features that ensure their comfort and safety. It comes with an ergonomic leg position with a seat area of more than 12 inches wide, it is designed to give your baby a proper wide leg position when they are being carried facing you. It has also been acknowledged by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute that it is a ‘hip-healthy’ baby carrier. This means that the hips of a newborn baby get the correct support and are held in an optimal position with their legs angled outwards.
For your comfort and support the One carrier comes with extra padded shoulder straps to make carrying your baby comfortable by distributing weight evenly. The waist belt provides stability and pressure relief when you are carrying your baby and allows for their weight to be evenly distributed.
Babybjorn One is suitable for babies from newborn to 3 years old. It ensures this by providing firm, adjustable head support this is to make sure that your newborns head and neck are secure and properly placed.
The One features 3 front positions and one back position. The first front position allows you to carry your newborn close to your chest and high up enough for you to be able to kiss their forehead. When they get a little older the height of this front facing position can be adjusted and you can chose to front carry facing in or facing the world. From around 12 months old your baby can then be carried on your back.
The materials used in the Babybjorn One are safe and kind to your baby’s delicate skin. It is also easy to machine wash and due to the nature of the fabric it is constructed from dries quickly.
- All the carrying positions are hip healthy and certified by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
- Lightweight material stops both baby and wearer getting hot and uncomfortable.
- Quick release buttons make it easy to take on and off.
- You can switch positions without taking the carrier off completely.
- Comes in a variety of patterns
- Carrier is a bit stiff and rigid
- The belt strap can get in the way when putting on or taking off the carrier.
- Difficult to breastfeed while in the carrier.
- No privacy hood
FAQ Ergobaby vs Babybjorn
For the Ergobaby 360 do I need an insert for a 12 pound baby?
12 pound is very close to the upper weight limit of the insert. It will all depend on how much stability your child has and how they fit in the ergo pocket. The insert also includes a removable bolster that helps prop your infant up so they stay close enough to kiss.
As a parent, how do I decide what is better for my child, ‘facing in’ or ‘facing out’?
Parents know their children the best and are in the best position to decide the best way to wear their children. Various factors will influence this choice, baby’s weight, age, the child’s mood and how long they will be carried for. The 360 allows you to quickly change between ‘facing in’ to ‘facing out’ whenever a situation changes.
Is an infant insert needed for the Babybjorn One?
No there is no need for an infant insert in this model. It has two different levels of mesh, one can be zipped up to adjust for infants.
How big is the waistband on the Babybjorn One?
All Babybjorn carriers are designed to fit parents sizes xs to xl. The waist belt for the One when laid out flat is about 56 inches
Ergobaby vs Babybjorn the Winner!
Both of these baby carriers are fantastic and they both provide good all round features and benefits. They are both similarly priced, although the Babybjorn One is slightly more than the Ergobaby 360. But you would need to purchase an additional newborn insert to use the 360 from birth so they would work out the same price.
One thing I do love about the 360 is the tuckaway hood, this will be a very useful feature when out and about in most weather conditions. I also prefer the shape of the 360 as I am not so keen on the Babybjorn more rigid structure. Taking these points into consideration I would recommend the Ergobaby 360 as the winner!