Thanks to accidentally leaving our Ergobaby 360 behind at an Airbnb in Spain, we have made extensive use of both carriers.
In this guide, we’ll be taking a detailed look at the two baby carriers to try and help you decide which one is best.
Ergobaby 360 vs. BabyBjorn One – What are the big differences
Regardless of the brand and model, a carrier must be comfortable and safe for your baby and convenient for you to carry around as you travel the world.
Ergobaby and BabyBjorn are two of the most trusted brands that manufacture a number of carrier models.
They are both regarded as two of the leading names in baby carriers and both models are at the top of our list of best baby carriers.
Over the years, both brands have manufactured various carrier models, including the Ergobaby 360 and the BabyBjorn One. They are often compared against each other as their products share a lot of features and are priced at a similar level.
Both models are designed to be used from the time your baby is a newborn up to when they are around three years of age. However, despite the similarities, both products have differences as well.
Here is a side by side comparison of the two models:
|Features||Ergobaby 360||BabyBjorn One|
|Full Review||Ergobaby 360 Review||BabyBjorn One Review|
|Cost||Check Price||Check Price|
|Item Weight||1.59 Pounds||2 Pounds|
|Min. & Max Weight Requirements||12.13 to 33.1 Pounds||8 to 33 Pounds|
|Material||100% Cotton Canvas shell with 100% Cotton Poplin lining||Lightweight Machine-Washable Cotton|
|Carrying Positions||Four positions; Front inward facing, front outward facing, hip carry, and back carry positions.||Four positions; 3 front wearing (newborn, inward facing, and outward facing) and 1 back wearing position.|
The BabyBjorn is a slightly better choice for infants as it doesn’t require the use of an infant insert.
The Ergobaby 360 does require you to purchase the insert if you plan on wearing it with an infant.
On the other hand, the BabyBjorn doesn’t have a hood to protect against sun and light rain. We also found that the head support flap tended to get in the way, and got very dirty over time.
We also found the waist strap on the Egobaby 360 offered better support.
Ergobaby 360 Overview
The Ergobaby 360 carrier is first up on this review.
This particular carrier is popular among parents for a reason.
The 100% pure cotton allows for maximum comfort and breathability, keeping you and your babies airy when it’s hot outside.
The cotton is lightweight and weighs only 1.5 pounds. This means that it doesn’t add unnecessary bulk to your body. But it still has padded, long straps that are comfortable and provide decent lumbar support.
A definite bonus is the pocket, which can hold a regular size smartphone.
Pros of Ergobaby 360
- The Ergobaby 360 is a Hip Healthy Carrier and is endorsed by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
- It allows parents to carry babies in 4 different ergonomic positions, allowing parents to carry babies both in the front and back. This is where the 360 in the name comes from.
- The adjustable and crossable straps allow mothers to breastfeed more conveniently.
- The ergonomic design and bucket seat in combination with the straps offer good lumbar support.
Cons of Ergobaby 360
- The carrier may require some adjustment when it comes to carrying newborns or small babies. A newborn seat insert is compulsory for comfortable and safe placement.
- Similarly, petite wearers with a small stature may face some difficulty in finding a snug fit of the carrier.
- While the cotton is lightweight, it may trap heat. Because of that, the parent and baby might get hot and uncomfortable after a while in hot climates.
- Lastly, the hip carry position might be awkward. It may take a few tries to figure out exactly how you wear the carrier.
The straps on your baby carrier are incredibly important. They take off a lot of the physical pressure that comes with carrying a baby on your shoulders.
The straps on the Ergobaby 360 carrier are padded and crossable.
This relieves a lot of the strain from your mid-back and prevents you from having a sore back after a long day of babywearing.
BabyBjorn One Overview
When BabyBjorn released their Original carrier, it quickly became one of the most popular models available in the market.
However, that carrier had its flaws. In order to make the carrier more ergonomic and comfortable, the BabyBjorn One was released.
This particular carrier is a great alternative to the Ergobaby 360.
Like the Ergobaby, the BabyBjorn One allows parents to carry babies from when they are newborns until they are three years old.
Unlike the Ergobaby 360, you don’t need an additional infant insert.
You can also carry your baby in four different positions.
The manufacturer designed the carrier meticulously to ensure it was ergonomic for the baby. The seat has back support that makes sure your baby’s neck and head stay in place and stops them from wobbling when you walk with them strapped in.
The design also considers the wearer’s comfort, so you don’t strain your back and shoulders, especially when carrying a 1 to 3-year old.
The straps are wide and padded, so the carrier doesn’t dig into the your shoulders.
What we like:
- BabyBjorn One carriers are all Hip Healthy and certified by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
- The lightweight material of the carrier prevents the wearer and baby from getting too hot when wearing the carrier in warm weather.
- The carrier has quick-release snaps in the front and top of the seat, making it easy to take the carrier on and off.
- The ergonomic design allows wearers to switch positions of the carrier without having to take the carrier completely off.
What we don’t like:
- The construction of the carrier may be a bit stiff and too rigid compared to the Original and other models.
- Some wearers find the belt strap to be in the way when putting on or taking the carrier off.
- Breastfeeding can be hard while the baby is still in the carrier. The straps can be constrictive, not giving enough room for the baby to move their head.
- The absence of a privacy hood or cover can make it hard for the baby to sleep undisturbed, letting light and wind hit their face directly.
Which Carrier is Right for You
Comparatively, both carriers are pretty similar and make a fantastic carrier for travel and regular use.
Let’s take a look at some factors that may help you make that decision:
Safety & Design
Both of these carriers are designed with great care and are improvements on previous models that were lacking many of the features these carriers have.
Compared to other carrier manufacturers, these offer greater safety for your baby’s spine and joint health.
Certified by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, these are meant to keep your baby’s hips, spine, head, and neck in the right position.
However, the foldable head support in the BabyBjorn model offers more support.
The material, weight, and locking mechanism of the carrier can make or break how easy it is for the wearer to use. Thick and incredibly dense materials can make the baby and wearer sweaty and uncomfortable.
Both carriers discussed here are made of 100% cotton and 3D mesh. These materials are breathable and prevent the wearer and baby from getting hot.
When it comes to overall wearability we found the Ergobaby slightly more convenient.
This was mainly due to the large, padded waist strap that provided a lot of back support.
While some people complain that the strap makes too much noise, we found we could get around this by loosening the straps, taking our sleeping son out and then taking the carrier off at a distance.
The BabyBjorn One and Ergobaby 360 overlap in many areas, and to be honest you can’t go wrong with either choice.
If I was recommending a baby carrier for an infant, I would give the slight edge to the BabyBjorn One.
For a larger baby or toddler, the Ergobaby 360 provides slightly better support, and the hood provides additional protection against sun and light rain.
Now that you are well-versed with the details, you can choose whichever makes the most sense for you.