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Have you seen the new Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier? The one that’s just like a regular ErgoBaby Carrier, but with the added option of your baby facing OUT? You know, exposed to the world, overstimulated, crotch dangling… but wait this one isn’t a crotch dangler… its ergonomically correct. And its quite possibly, a genius move for Ergo. It’s a step in the right direction for baby-wearers everywhere. Yep, you heard me right… the Ergo 360 is a GOOD thing!

Here’s why:

  1. Media– Every TV show or movie I have seen that features a baby carrier, has babies facing out. So most people expect to be able to have their baby facing out, watching the world. Ergo has created a comfier, more ergonomically correct baby carrier that allows people to carry their baby facing out if they choose.
  2. Mainstream Moms (and Dads)– Babywearing is slowly becoming more mainstream. I’d hate for new mothers to be scared away from babywearing because they are worried about finding the “right” kind of carrier. Mothers who love babywearing make it a point to find chat rooms or local meetings to find the perfect carrier, but your average first time mom might not. To me it’s more important to have moms (or dads) WEARING their babies than keeping them in a bucket seat or plopping them in a stroller for every outing. The Ergo 360 provides an ergonomically correct, comfortable carrier that allows parents to decide how they want to carry their baby.
  3. Baby Preference-Some babies like the comfort of mom or dad, facing in or on your back. Its easy to hide their face if they want a break from the world. But there is another type of baby who wants to face out, who wants to see the world, and who squirms and cries when restricted by tummy to tummy babywearing. Some older babies are curious and happier facing out. If you have a baby like this, you know how nice another option for a forward facing ergonomically correct carrier will be.
  4. Comfort-So I haven’t had a chance to try the Ergo 360 (it releases in Spring 2014), but it looks A LOT comfier than some other popular forward facing carriers. It also has an adjustable width in the seat area to make sure that the baby is in a comfortable seated position.

Note: Please use your best parental judgment. Babies are easily over stimulated and you know your baby best. Not all babies will want to face forward or stay that way for a long time.

What do YOU think? Will you be trying the new Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier?