This carrier is a fantastic product that has three very satisfied customers (Mom, Dad, and baby)! We got this when our son was born and started using it within about a month (with required infant insert - Ergobaby Easy Snug Infant Insert, Grey). Our son didn't like it at first, but once he got better head control and could look from side to side to see the world, he was much happier. He loved being close to one of us, and he would often relax so much that you'd think he was asleep, but his eyes were wide open!
As he has gotten bigger, using the facing-in position has gotten more challenging (at 7 months, he now wants to reach for everything and can tuck his arms out from under the adult's shoulder straps), but he is still very relaxed in public places and stores while using this carrier. It's very comfortable for the parents and easily adjustable to fit either of us (My wife is 5' 3" with a medium build and I am 6' 2" with a large upper body build). It can get a bit warm for both adult and baby, but it's not uncomfortable or sweaty. The carrier works best with both parents present to help load and unload baby and adjust the straps, but it is doable with just one person (My wife is better at solo carrying than I am!). We have not tried the hip carry position (looks uncomfortable and worse in every way than facing-in position) or the back carry position, but the Ergobaby excels at the facing-in carry.
We actually chose the original over the Ergo 360 because of the clip fastener for the waistband on the Ergo original versus the velcro band on the 360 and because of the slightly higher weight limit on the Ergo original. We wanted the 360 for the facing-out option, but when we were ready to purchase, the 360 had only the velcro waistband, and several reviews of the 360 mentioned that it can be very loud to remove (bad for a sleeping baby!) and can be more difficult for a single user with no help.
We have washed the entire carrier several times, and it has held up very well. This is a great, high-quality baby carrier that is comfortable for baby and adult. We have found that for many baby products, "you get what you pay for" is very true, so we were willing to splurge on this carrier and we are glad we did!
Keep it moving in the comfy Ergobaby® Original Collection! Baby carrier crafted from cotton and linen. Ergonomic for baby with deep seat to ensure natural frog-leg seated position, aligning with the recommended carry position from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Ergonomic design allows carrier to be worn front-inward, hip and back carry positions. Adjustable hood provides protection from the sun and supports babies head. Padded, adjustable shoulder straps. Padded waist belt to relieve pressure. Padded back panel. Soft cotton lining keeps your little one comfortable. Side release buckles. Large zippered storage pocket allow for easy carry of much needed items. For ages newborn to 48 months. Please note: 0-6 months must use infant insert (sold separately). For weight range: 7-45 lbs. Please Note: weight range for infants is 7-12 lbs. Measurements: Shoulder Strap Length Range: 28 in. - 45 in.;Waist belt Circumference Range: 26 in. - 55 in. Material: Shell: 45% cotton, 55% linen.Lining: 100% cotton. Machine wash cold. Designed in the U.S.A., imported. This product may have a manufacturer's warranty. Please visit the manufacturer's website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for full manufacturer warranty details.