The Ergobaby Embrace VS Omni 360 has 10 differences and 9 similarities. Read up below to find out more.
I highly recommend that you think first and prioritize your needs in a baby carrier.
Is budget the number one concern? Is comfort a more pressing issue? Do you want extra features like storage, privacy hood or those things don’t matter at all?
I’ve listed down and compared the many features and aspects of both the Ergobaby Embrace and the Omni 360 in this article. I’ve also thrown in my two cents worth at the end to help you make a final decision between the 2 baby carriers.
Let’s start first with their similarities.
Ergobaby Embrace VS Omni 360: Similarities
There’s no need for an infant insert for both Ergos, which is awesome and convenient.
Both are suitable for babies, with the Ergobaby Embrace designed specifically to carry a newborn (minimum 7 lbs./3.2 kg and 20 in/50.8 cm).
Fit For All
When it comes to accommodating all sorts of body types, both the Ergobaby Embrace VS Omni 360 can fit a wide range of bodies, from XS to XXL.
The Ergo Omni’s waistband can extend up to 52″, which can fit plus-size wearers.
The Ergobaby Embrace, on the other hand, has a waistbelt that is 2.8 in/7 cm wide and 22.4 in/57 cm long. The waistbelt webbing is 32.3 in/82 cm long. The spreadable shoulder straps are 3.9 in/10 cm wide. When spread out, the shoulder straps measure 9.2 in/23.5 cm. The shoulder strap webbing is 21.2 in/54 cm long.
The Omni 360 is available in cotton or mesh. The latter keeps both the wearer and the baby cool, which is great to wear during the hot weather or when you live somewhere warm.
Some petite moms find the Omni 360 a little bit too uncomfortable though, because of its seemingly overwhelming structure, wide lumbar support, and padded shoulder straps.
With that said, a lot of parents have high praises for this baby carrier (me included), as those features make it possible to carry the baby for a longer time more comfortably.
So it depends on the wearer. That’s why it’s necessary to test baby carriers first.
The Ergobaby Embrace is also comfortable on its own. Its lightweight, stretchy knit fabric provides a cozier way of carrying your baby while ensuring a safe and sturdy hold on your baby.
It definitely looks and feels (for others, I’ve never used an Embrace) less bulky than the Omni 360 and it’s also pleasant to wear during the summer or for warmer climates all year round.
Both Ergobabys are “hip-friendly”, as certified by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
Ease of Use
All baby carriers take some time and practice to get used to but personally, I think both of these Ergos are pretty easy to use.
It just depends on your comfort level. Some parents find it hard while some find it quick and breezy.
Check out how to use the Ergobaby Embrace here:
Slight swinging and rocking are optional but hey you do you. 🙂
Kidding aside, I think this is an automatic trait when carrying your baby, bwahahaha, you just gotta swing and rock a little bit.
Anyway, check out the videos on the Omni 360’s page on how to use it:
Make sure to always test it extensively before purchasing it.
The head support for the Ergobaby Embrace VS Omni 360 is provided but its usefulness and effectiveness are debatable, as reviewed by parents online.
For the Ergobaby Embrace, they’ve stated on their product page that it has a padded head and neck support, which should cover and support at your baby’s mid-ear level.
Some parents find this adequate, freeing up their hands to do or hold something else.
Other parents find it quite lacking, as they still constantly need to hold their baby’s head, wishing the fabric would go a bit higher to give that extra security and support that their newborn needs.
The Omni 360, you can use the front panel and fold it as a head and neck support for your newborn baby. Buckle it in place and secure it with the provided buttons.
Some parents find this uncomfortable though as it presses against their baby’s head and doesn’t look snug and cozy at all.
For older babies, you can fold it and button it up when needed, such as when your baby is sleeping. You can also use the front panel to provide support when your kid is in the facing-out position.
Both Ergos have some leg padding to provide some comfort to your little one.
The Omni 360 has a more defined and structured leg padding, while there’s only a slight, barely noticeable padding in the Embrace’s material.
It has mixed reviews though, some parents complained about the material pinching or leaving marks on their baby’s legs. Or worse, cutting the circulation of their baby’s legs.
While some seemed to like it for their baby.
Both Ergobaby carriers can be used while nursing and just needs to be adjusted and loosened up a little to position your baby properly.
Some have even breastfed their babies while doing the dishes or cleaning!
Just make sure though that your newborn’s face is not pressed against your body and check up on them from time to time.
Both the Ergobaby Embrace VS Omni 360 are machine-washable. Just don’t use a fabric softener for the Omni 360 as it might affect the quality of the material.
For the Embrace, make sure to fasten all buckles before washing and to place them in a laundry bag.
All Ergobaby carriers that are manufactured in 2017 and beyond have the ErgoPromise Lifetime Guarantee, which means if you find the material defective, they can replace it at no charge.
What’s The Difference Between The Ergobaby Embrace VS Omni 360?
Age/ Weight Range
The Ergobaby Embrace is suitable for newborns (minimum weight 7 lbs./3.2 kg and minimum height 20 in/50.8 cm) up to babies that weigh 25 lbs./11.3 kg or are around 12-18 months.
The Omni 360 can be used from newborn to toddlerhood (7-45lbs).
Both are newborn-ready but you get a longer mileage with the Omni 360, as you can use it longer and for bigger, older kids.
When it comes to seat adjustment, both the Ergobaby Embrace VS Omni 360 are adjustable but in different ways.
You can adjust the Omni 360’s seat via velcro tabs on the waistbelt. There are certain guided lines there to help you adjust it based on your baby’s height/ age.
It’s also easy to quickly switch from facing into facing out position when using the Omni 360, because of its one-handed slider adjustment.
The Ergobaby Embrace’s seat adjustment, on the other hand, happens when you fold the waistbelt.
You can fold the waistbelt inward twice and cinch in the middle, to accommodate and use it in Newborn mode.
Check out here again how to use the Ergobaby Embrace and adjust the seat for newborns:
When you use it in Newborn mode, the back panel shortens by 3.5 in/9 cm (from the base of the waistbelt to the top of the panel). Then its width also narrows down at the base from 11.8 in/30 cm to 10 in/25.5 cm.
It feels more natural to carry your newborn or smaller baby in the Ergobaby Embrace as they don’t go too low on your chest and you can easily snuggle up and kiss them.
And it looks very easy to adjust (as long as you’re not carrying your baby). Just fold it and wear it!
However, there’s not much seat adjustment to be done when your baby is taller than 23 in/ 58.4cm or when you want them to be in facing out position.
Check out the videos below on how to wear it for bigger babies and in the facing out position.
Embrace for Bigger Babies
Embrace in Facing Out Position
As you can see, you just wear and use it without adjusting anything, which can be a perk especially when your baby is crying and you just need to quickly carry them without having to do any seat adjustments.
But that also means you can only carry it for a certain age/ weight, unlike the Omni 360 where you can pretty much use it until toddlerhood.
The Omni has 4 carrying positions – facing in, facing out, back, and hip carry, while the Embrace has three modes you can use to carry baby:
- Newborn Mode – Facing In
- Baby Mode – Facing In
- Baby Mode – Facing Out
The Omni 360’s padded, adjustable shoulder straps can be worn two ways – one in an “H” style/ rucksack position. The other is criss-cross style at the back.
Some parents find the Omni’s shoulder straps uncomfortable and challenging to wear. While others find it convenient and easy to use.
The Embrace’s shoulder straps can only be used as crisscross at the back, with advice not to spread the straps when wearing your baby in the facing out position.
It’s also thin and stretchy and definitely not as padded or as bulky as the Omni 360.
Some parents like this option while some find it annoying that the stretchy shoulder straps don’t seem to stay in place, especially if you have broad shoulders.
The Omni 360 has built-in lumbar support, letting you wear your baby and toddler for longer periods without having some pain on your shoulders and neck.
The Ergobaby Embrace doesn’t have any lumbar support which is still fine, considering that you can only use it until your baby’s around 12-18 months or are 25 lbs./11.3 kg.
There’s no storage/ pouch/ pocket for the Embrace which can be a little bit of a hassle.
The Omni 360 though has a detachable pouch that you can use to carry your keys, phone, and small essentials.
The Embrace doesn’t have a privacy hood while the Omni 360 has a built-in hood that you can use for sun protection, nursing, or when your baby is sleeping.
When it comes to design and colors, the Omni 360 offers more and it even has some limited edition design, like the Harry Potter theme!
The Embrace has only a few yet classic colors.
As you can already gauge, the Ergoababy Embrace is way more compact and lighter, compared to the Omni 360.
That’s I guess the upside of not having so many features like a privacy hood, storage, and more. It makes the Embrace baby carrier so much easier to roll and keep in your bag or under your stroller.
The Ergobaby Embrace is way cheaper than the Omni 360, given that it has fewer features and can’t be used for that long.
Comparison Table Feature: Ergobaby Embrace VS Omni 360
This is best viewed on a desktop. Take a quick look at the features of the Embrace and Omni 360 for comparison.
|Features||Ergobaby Embrace||Omni 360|
|Infant Insert||No Need||No Need|
|Fit-For-All||Yes, can fit petite and plus-size moms and tall, burly dads||Same|
|Comfort||Light, stretchy knit material||Available in cotton and mesh material|
|Easy To Use||Yes||Moderately easy, once you’ve gotten used to it|
|Leg Padding||Available but barely noticeable||Available|
|Warranty||ErgoPromise Lifetime Guarantee||ErgoPromise Lifetime Guarantee|
|Age/ Weight||for newborns (minimum weight 7 lbs./3.2 kg and minimum height 20 in/50.8 cm) up to babies that weigh 25 lbs./11.3 kg or are around 12-18 months.||from newborn to toddlerhood (7-45lbs)|
|Seat Adjustment||2 seat adjustments via folding the waistbelt||3 seat adjustment via velcro tabs on the waistband|
|Carrying Positions||4 positions – facing in, facing out, back, and hip carry||3 positions – newborn mode facing in, facing in, facing out|
|Shoulder Straps||Criss-cross at the back only||“H” style/ rucksack position and criss-cross at the back|
Ergobaby Embrace VS Omni 360: So What Baby Carrier Should I Get?
If you’ve reviewed all those features above and you’re still quite undecided on what to choose, here’s what I think you should get.
If money is not an issue and you’re ready to buy another baby carrier when your baby gets older and bigger, then go for the Ergobaby Embrace.
Personally, I wished I had the Embrace when I was a new mom as it looks snugger and easier to manage, especially when carrying a newborn.
I had the Omni 360 but I didn’t use it until my baby was 2 months old as she looked so small and fragile in the Omni. It didn’t feel and look as cozy as the Embrace.
The Ergobaby Embrace might not have the bells and whistles that the Omni 360 has but if you want a less bulky and less complicated way of carrying your newborn, then I recommend it.
On the other hand, if you want to get more out of your baby carrier, then Omni 360 is a practical choice.
It can be a “one and done” baby carrier. You can use it until your kid is 3-4 years old or weighs 20kg, it has all these extra features like a detachable pocket and it’s designed in a way that enables you to carry your baby for longer periods, because of its lumbar support.
It’s made to last longer and you can still use this for your 2nd or 3rd child, without losing its quality and sturdiness.
So for practicality’s sake, go for an Omni 360. For a more comfortable newborn-wearing experience, go for an Ergobaby Embrace.
Let me know what you’re getting by commenting below. 🙂
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