Tula Explore Vs Ergobaby Omni 360

by | Jul 29, 2020 | Choosing a sling, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Two of the most popular carriers on the market at the moment are the Ergobaby Omni 360 and the Tula Explore. They are from sister brands, have many of the same features, and are the same price. So which one should you go for? Here are the similarities and differences between the two. The Flowery one is a Tula Explore in Vintage print, and the Grey is the Ergobaby Omni 360 in Trunks Up.

 

Both carriers are suitable from Newborn (3.2kg, 7lbs), with no need for any cushions or insert. Most people use these carriers until little one is around 2, although they are weight tested to 20kg/45lbs.

1. Carrying Positions

 

Both carriers offer a Front facing inwards, Front Facing Outwards and Back carry positions, dependant on the age and development of the baby.

Tula explore baby carrier from newborn

The Omni 360 in addition offers a Hip Carry position.

Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier from newborn
Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier from newborn forward facing
Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier from newborn
Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier from newborn

2. Shoulder Straps

The shoulder straps on the Explore are used in a Rucksack, or H style. You pull forwards to tighten when wearing on your front.

 

The shoulder straps on the Omni 360 can be used Rucksack style, or can be crossed at the back. You pull back to tighten when wearing on your front, and forward when back carrying. 

 

Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier from newborn
Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier from newborn
Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier from newborn

3. Waistbands

 

The waistbands on both carriers is padded at the front and are a very similar shape.

The Explore has an optional, removable lumbar support (at extra cost)

The Omni 360 has a built in lumbar support. This will be on your tummy when back carrying

 

Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier from newborn

4. Adjustment

The Explore panel adjusts widthwise using poppers. The Omni 360 adjusts with Velcro

5. Storage

The Explore has a built in storage pouch with Velcro closure. The Omni 360 has a removable zippable storage pouch.

 

6. Hood

The Explore has a detachable hood in the same fabic as the carrier. The Omni 360 has a built in hood in a plain fabric.

7. Fabric Choices

The Explore offers 100 % cotton options, and Coast options which have mesh on the Panel, and a mesh hood. The Tula brand is fashion-inspired, with a wide range of colourful and more neutral fabric options. The fabric feels softer to the touch than the Ergobaby.

Tula Explore Baby Carrier Coast Maya

The Omni 360 also offers Cotton, and Cool Air Mesh options. The Mesh version has a standard hood, and sliders instead of buttons to adjust the width of the panel for Front Facing Outwards. The colours available tend to be block colours or more subtle patterns.

Ergobaby Omni 360 forward facing baby carrier from newborn Charchoal
Ergobaby Omni 360 forward facing baby carrier from newborn Oxford Blue Mesh

Made up your mind?

 

So which one would I recomend? If having crossable straps and a hip carry option are imporetant to you, you may wish to go for the Ergobaby Omni 360. For brighter fabrics and less different options/confusion go for the Tula Explore.

If you don’t want or need an option which accomodates Front Facing Outwards, there are a lot of different options!

Still confused? Why not book in for a one to one Consultation with me for advice tailored to your needs.

 

Ruth xx

The AUTHOR

Ruth Grint Babywearing Consultant

I’m Ruth, a qualified Babywearing Consultant based on the Wirral. I love helping families like yours find a sling that they love, and to carry their child comfortaby, confidently and above all safely.

 

I offer one to one help via video call, V-books for you to learn at your own pace, and a range of slings, wraps and carriers in the Carrying Connects Shop .

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