ErgoBaby 360 Four-Position Cool Air Carrier
10.7" x 7.1" x 7"
Supports baby to toddler (12-33 lbs./ 5.5-15 kg), and infants (7-12 lbs./ 3.2-5.5 kg) with the use of the Infant Insert (sold separately).
• Acknowledged as a "hip healthy" product by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
• Option of four comfortable and ergonomic ways to wear baby: Front-Inward, Front-Outward, Hip, and Back carry positions.
• Extra wide lumbar support waistband provides extra support for the low back.
• Extendable back panel that can be rolled down for front-outward, or upwards for the inward facing positions to provide extra head, neck and back support for baby.
• Padded shoulder straps evenly distribute baby's weight in combination with the wide waistband to maximize parent comfort.
• Sleeping hood provides support for baby's head while sleeping, protection from sun and added privacy while nursing.
• Tracks along shoulder strap liners for adjusting height of the upper back buckle.
• 100% Polyester material makes the carrier very breathable and keeps baby cool in warmer weather.
• Additional hip support for baby with extended flaps in the thighs.
• Neck support feature is nice and sturdy for younger babies.
• Neutral grey color for both mom and dad to wear in style.
• Back to the original buckle design at the waist band - no more noisy Velcro when removing the carrier.
• Better lumbar support than Original 360 design.
• The Teething Bib cover can't be used when the neck support flap is in use.
• Difficult to fit original infant insert inside properly.
• Upper back adjustable buckle is difficult to reach sometimes.
• Lumbar support/waist buckle has two adjustment points which can make it difficult to get the lumbar support directly in the center of the back without a lot of adjusting.
• Some of the mesh parts of the carrier are prone to frizzing after prolonged use.
Calling all babywearing parents! If you’re from Florida (like me) or any place that gets considerably warm outside, you have to check out the ErgoBaby 360 Four-Position Cool Air in Carbon Grey. The 360 Cool Air is a performance carrier from the ErgoBaby family of carriers with some new features and improvements from the previous 360 design.
The 360 Cool Air has the same safety and reliability that we’ve come to know and love from ErgoBaby.
Rather than the noisy Velcro waistband that so many 360 carrier parents complained about, this carrier reverts back to the previous waistbelt buckle design with a slight modification. The lumbar support is a floating piece that can be adjusted from either side of the waistband, which can be a meddling feature, but a definite improvement from the Velcro nonetheless.
Another great new feature on the 360 Cool Air is the adjustable upper back clasp. This allows for parents with longer or shorter torsos to adjust to their comfort accordingly for where the upper back closer will provide the most ergonomic support and help with keeping your kiddos head stable if they end up snoozing in the carrier (and you know they will).
One downside to the Cool Air design, and even though it’s a minor one, it deserves to be noted – the lack of colors and prints available for this style. Many of the ErgoBaby Original carriers come in a variety of prints or colors to match your personality. While this neutral “Carbon Grey” color makes it easy for sharing the carrier between mom and dad, it’s still an underachievement in the area of design offerings.
Another minor but potentially deterring note about the material of the carrier would be the durability of the mesh inside the carrier. I am a babywearing dance fitness instructor and this is the carrier I use most often, teaching anywhere from 5 to 7 classes a week while wearing my daughter. On top of that, we are avid babywearing parents and our carrier gets a lot of use daily. Unfortunately, the mesh has already started to frizz and our baby is only 4 months old. Not sure how this material will hold up over the next two years, which is really a shame, since it’s a wonderful concept with the breathability of the mesh lining.
The optional teething bib is a must for us, especially with a teething baby who faces forward at times in our carrier. The teething bib is fitted and runs along the front of the carrier as well as halfway up the shoulder straps. For an inward facing baby, the 360 Cool Air has a neck support panel that can be flipped up to stabilize baby’s neck while she sleeps.
Here’s the rub about wanting to use these two product features at the same time. When the teething bib is attached, the neck support is unable to be used. This is a bummer for those times when you’re soothing a teething baby in the carrier and they eventually fall asleep. At this point, removing the teething bib and flipping up the neck support is a risky move if you don’t want to wake up baby. Again, a minor but unfortunate design flaw.
My husband loves wearing our daughter facing forward and the extended thigh support allows him to do so safely without the risk of hip dysplasia. So baby and daddy can walk along and enjoy the sites together.
Right now, we are happy with our carrier for a minimum of a better design than the original 360 carrier. And if ErgoBaby can address the minor flaws and material durability for the long run, we’ll be even happier for the future generations of parents who purchase this carrier.