Ergobaby Four Position 360 Review
The Ergobaby Four Place 360 ended up in third place overall in our testing, only behind both Editors' Choice Award Winners. This is a flexible and comfortable carrier that offers the front take facing out standing that so many infants love.
Evaluation and Hands on Evaluation Findings
Ergobaby set out to make a fresh, unique carrier which allows baby to face outward in an ergonomically correct place, and they did a great job. The 360 is a "4-place" carrier which means it can be used in these manners: back take, hip take, front take facing in, and front take facing outside. Read on to learn why it beat out other carriers offering the same four postures, specifically, theBabyBjorn Carrier One, theBeco Baby Gemini, and theLillebaby Finish ALL Seasons.
Unlike many competitions that enable baby to face outside in the front carry location, the Ergobaby 360 manages to keep the ergonomically ideal "frog" position for infant when others could not. Actually, this is theonlycarrier we examined that was capable to achieve this effort. The seat provides lots of support while holding infant in an erect posture, close enough to kiss. We can tell infant feels safe and protected in this carrier.
The 360 received an 8 of 10 in this group. This permits infant to sit comfortably with her weight resting on her backside and her knees at exactly the same degree as her hips, which is considered ergonomically right. Once indoors, infant consistently falls and remains sleeping.
Scoring an 8 of 10 in our testing, the Ergobaby 360 was among the top performing racks for Parent's Relaxation. It's nicely-cushioned shoulder straps and disperses weight nicely. The waistband on the 360 is a soft, broad Velcro band, which our examiners either adored or loathed. Here's why: it is super broad and soft and you do not have a plastic buckle digging into your skin like you do with other carriers. Nevertheless, the Velrco makes a loud sound when taking it away, that'll undoubtedly awaken a sleeping infant, plus you can not easily tighten or loosen the waist band without fully opening it up.
As baby carriers go, the 360 is slender and low profile. It's a smallish sunlight hood, but there isn't any storage pocket for it, which was unsatisfactory. To use the outward facing location, you only want to re-button the seat into the narrow seats posture and button down the rear panel so baby can see out. This is a simple adjustment, but the buttons are a little more challenging than snaps (like those on theBeco Baby Gemeni) and do not look as tough. As stated earlier, we don't enjoy the Velcro waistband cannot be fixed while wearing infant. The remaining straps are easily fixed, and nursing in this carrier is not any issue after loosening the shoulder straps somewhat.
For newborns, you will need an added newborn insert (for 7-12 pounds). In addition, it has an adjustable head and neck pillow for additional support which fits nicely inside the carrier and was really comfortable for baby. It does, nonetheless, feel warmer and a bulkier in comparison with other baby inserts we examined.
One other gripe we've has to do with the torso clip (which, in the front carry location becomes the rear clip). This was hard for us, and almost hopeless for the fathers who examined this carrier due to small shoulder flexibility.
Ease of Cleaning
The 360 scored a 7 of 10 because it's machine washable, although it is uncertain as to whether it is acceptable to place it in the drier. We are supposing it should be hung up to dry like most other soft ordered carriers.
The Ergobaby Four Place 360 will take you from the newborn period (using the baby insert) all the way to toddlerhood. Additionally, the recommended window for forward-facing is 22 pounds, which looks somewhat narrow, so we encourage you to keep these limits in mind.
Although priced a little higher than both of the other carriers (Beco Baby GemeniandLillebaby FINISH All Seasons) we examined that offer the same four carry locations, based on our findings, the 360 is arguably higher quality than theBecoand works better than theLillebaby.
Ergobaby made an excellent carrier that enables the facing outside take while keeping infant in an extremely comfortable and ergonomically correct posture. The carrier is straightforward and amazing looking, although with a weight limitation of 33 pounds, it WOn't last as long. The wide, comfy waistband is really encouraging, though not loved by all due to the sound of the Velcro and lack of adjustability.