ESSENTIALS - Original - Silver Cloud

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When all you need are the essentials, our new Essentials carrier has you covered. This classically constructed 4-position carrier, made from our softest, most durable cotton, is the perfect addition to any baby carrier collection - designed for adventure, crafted with style, and yours to keep on hand, in the car, on the go, wherever you go. Parenthood is journey - keep the Essentials handy.

Fabric: 100% Cotton
Four Carrying Positions
Attached Mesh Hood
Perfect Fit Adjusters for custom strap length
Two-Way Adjustable Shoulder Straps
Machine Washable
ESSENTIALS - Original - Silver Cloud is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 95.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I love how easy this carrier is too use!!! My 6 month old loves it as well!! Oh ya and the compliments I get from just about everyone!! After look for weeks I'm so happy I went with a lillebaby!!
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!!! I've been through six different baby carriers in this is the only one that fit around me and that's perfect with the infant insert my baby and I both love it!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO comfy! I bought my lille about a month ago and I'm loving it! I borrowed one from a friend for a couple months and liked it so well I decided to buy my own! It's so comfy and breathes well. My baby is super hot blooded and so is her daddy, but they can stand to be in the carrier together without overheating. Highly recommend a lillebaby!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing carrier We have been a Lillebaby fan since our little one was real little and I can not say enough good things about them! We have had numerous different carriers and recently we purchased an essentials to give it a try... and my toddler loves it! She fits so well in it and it is so comfortable to wear on our extended trips to the store and walks around the blocks. She's obsessed with donuts so the print is an added bonus as well!
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love how cool this carrier is. I bought this a week ago and have already done errands and playdates. My baby doesn't over heat while using it so it has been great. So glad I bought it.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful carrier! We bought to try, once for ours and 2 for our friends, we all love them!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfy and easy to use even for petite moms. I have two of these carriers and their are worth the investment. They make family outing much easier with a little one.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable Amazing back support very beautiful carrier and my son is always comfy in it.
Date published: 2017-09-01
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I just ordered the Essentials All Seasons for my baby, she weighs about 15-16 lbs and is 4 1/2 months old. Would I need an insert to carry her?

Asked by: Laura_ann82
It is not likely that your baby would need the infant insert, as that is a required piece up to 15lbs in size.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-09-14

Hi! I have a Lille baby carrier essentials 4 in 1  And I have a baby 3 months old and his weight is 15 lbs  Should I still get an insert or he will be ok without it? 

Asked by: Ameliya
The Essentials requires an infant insert from 7-15lbs. If your baby is over that size, it is likely that he no longer needs the infant insert to ride comfortably in his Essentials.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-09-14

Can a toddler be worn on the front of Mom and face outward?

Asked by: Christinee18
Essentials carriers have four carrying positions available. While the baby can be worn on your front, facing the wearer; the forward facing-out position is not possible in the Essentials. If you are interested in the forward facing-out position, you may want to consider a carrier from the COMPLETE line which has six carrying positions.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-09-14

Does this carrier allow for the thinner front facing seat for younger babies that other lillebaby carriers have? Also, can I use a rolled swaddles for the infant carry? My son is super close to 15lbs and I don't want to buy the infant insert 

Asked by: Niki777
The Essentials carrier does not have the adjustable seat like the COMPLETE style of carrier. Rolled swaddling blankets are not approved for use in the Essentials, and the infant insert is required for use in babies up to 15lbs.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-09-14

Does this carrier need newborn insert? And does the part where their legs go get smaller? Most carriers have snaps to make that part smaller since their legs are shorter and shouldn't be opened as wide as a toddlers

Asked by: JenJoc
Carriers from the Essentials line do require the use of an infant insert for the first 7-15lbs and do not have an adjustable seat. Essentials carriers are classically designed 4 position carriers. For a LILLEbaby carrier that has an adjustable seat that can be narrowed or widened based on the age and size of your baby, you will want to consider a carrier from the COMPLETE line.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-09-14

 Am I able to use this carrier without an infant insert with my 17 pound four month old ?

Asked by: Angelap
The infant insert is required for 7-15lbs. At 17lbs of size, it is likely your baby is large enough to go without.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-09-12

I am taking a plane ride with my 4 month old in a week and I just bought the essentials all seasons baby carrier. Do I need the infant insert? I am a little confused with how she is sitting in the carrier. It does not seem comfortable.

Asked by: mpatten
Babies from 7-15lbs do need the infant insert for the Essentials carrier. We would be happy to give you a fit check! Simply email us at and we can get you started!
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-09-11

Does the sprinkle donuts carrier have the lumbar support ?

Asked by: Mercier
LILLEbaby Essentials carriers do not include a lumbar support. They can be purchase separately in either black or grey.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-09-11
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Airflow Features


The LÍLLÉbaby ESSENTIALS baby carrier combines the basics of babywearing with LILLEbaby’s signature commitment to quality and style.  This simplified carrier design is a beautiful compliment to our COMPLETE collection, for those who prefer to keep a variety of carriers on hand or prefer the classic 4-position carrier construction.

1. FOUR ERGONOMIC CARRYING POSITIONS -  The ESSENTIALS provides four carrying options - Front - Infant (with the addition of the infant insert), Front – Facing In, Hip, and Back. The ESSENTIALS is recommended for children 15lbs-45lbs.  With the addition of the infant insert, it is approved for use from 7lbs-45lbs.

2. PERFECT FIT ADJUSTERS (NEW!) - The ESSENTIALS is outfitted with Perfect Fit Adjusters, or PFAs, which allow the wearer to adjust the length of the shoulder straps and positioning of the carrier panel to achieve a truly customized fit.

3. TWO WAY STRAP - Our two-way adjustable straps enable wearers to carry "backpack style" or with straps crossed in the back. Dual adjustment buckles simplify breastfeeding and adjusting straps on the go.

4. SLEEPING HOOD - The ESSENTIALS all-weather sleeping hood is constructed from a soft, breathable mesh, which provides excellent air flow for your sleeping baby and improved visibility for parents.

5. POCKETS - Our large zippered storage pocket offers ample storage space for all your other essentials, and the easy-reach pocket is ideal for storing the hood when not in use.


  3. HIP
  4. BACK

  • 7lbs and up
  • Infant insert available here

  • 6 months and up.
  • Use when baby can comfortably sit with her legs around your waist.

  • Baby is face to face with you, protected from the surroundings.
  • Ideal for carrying tired or sleeping babies.
  • Wide, deep seat ensure a natural sitting position.
  • Tall torso facilitates baby's weight leaning into you and keeps baby's center of gravity inside the carrier.
  • The wide seat helps improve weight distribution between hip and shoulders so you can comfortably carry for longer periods of time.
  • Comfotably nurse baby with easy-reach adjustment buckles on sides.
  • Privacy hood for sheltering from the sun and wind.

  • 6 months and up.
  • Use when baby can strongly and independently support her/his head.

  • Hip carrying feels natural for many parents.
  • Allows baby's weight to rest on your hip, with less pressure on your back.
  • Ideal for communicating, learning and for exploring togeteher.
  • Baby can see your face and read your cues.
  • Simplifies doing tasks that would otherwise be difficult with a baby on your front.

  • 6 months and up.
  • Use when baby can comfortably sit with her legs around your waist.

  • Ideal for carrying heavier weight.
  • Ideal for carrying a baby for longer periods of time.
  • Puts less pressure on your lower back.
  • Seat helps improve weight distribution between hip and shouldres so you can comfortably carry.

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1. How does the ESSENTIALS compare to the COMPLETE?
The COMPLETE is a 6-position carrier with a number of unique features. The ESSENTIALS was designed to offer the best solution in the more simplified, traditional soft structured carrier category. It features 4 carrying positions (with the optional infant insert launching in January) and includes different features than the COMPLETE. For a side-by-side look at the differences and similarities, please see our compare chart.


2. Will the ESSENTIALS replace the COMPLETE?

Not at all! We believe the LÍLLÉbaby COMPLETE is the best baby carrier on the market and we will continue launching new exciting prints and options in the LILLEbaby COMPLETE line.

The ESSENTIALS, compared to the COMPLETE, is a simplified, traditional 4-position carrier option designed to compliment our higher end COMPLETE collection. We are proud to be able to offer it at under $90, allowing more families to experience the wonderful benefits of babywearing or to keep a second baby carrier as a backup (in the car, at grandma’s, etc) so that they are never without a babywearing option.


3. What are the weight limits?
The ESSENTIALS is recommended for children 15lbs-45lbs.  With the addition of the infant insert, it is approved for use from 7lbs-45lbs.


4. Does it have a hood?
Yes, the ESSENTIALS has a built-in, lightweight mesh hood which attaches with “hook and eye” elastic fasteners, and tucks neatly into the pocket when not in use.


5. Which carrying positions does the ESSENTIALS offer?
The Essentials is a classic 4-position carrier, which includes newborn with infant insert, front facing in, back, and hip. It does not have a forward facing option.


6. How do the straps adjust?
The straps features two-way adjusters so that you can easily tighten, carry with straps crossed, and loosen the carrier to breastfeed. In addition the ESSENTAILS features Perfect Fit Adjusters (PFAs) on the front of the straps which provide an additional way to customize the length of the straps and adjust the positioning of baby.


7. Can I cross the straps?


8. Is it easy to breast feed in it?
Yes. Both the two-way straps and the perfect fit adjusters simplify breastfeeding.


9. What is it made of?
Carrier is 100% cotton with a Cotton Mesh Hood


10. Do I need an infant insert?
Yes. The Essentials does not have a safety harness nor neck support like the COMPLETE, and a rolled blanket in place of the insert is NOT sufficient. You MUST use the LÍLLÉbaby infant insert for infants who are not ready to sit with their legs around the parent’s waist. The infant insert will be available in January.


11. How long does the Infant Insert need to be used?
The infant insert must be used until baby is ready to comfortably sit with his or her legs around the wearer’s waist. The age depends on the baby’s size and build and also the parent’s size and built, but normally is minimum 6 months.


12. Does it include a lumbar support?
No. Lumbar Supports are sold separately.


13. Why is it cheaper than the LÍLLÉbaby carriers?
The ESSENTIALS is made with high end fabric and material, but with fewer whistles and bells, it is simply less expensive to make than the COMPLETE.


14. Can I use the LILLEbaby COMPLETE waist extender on the ESSENTIALS?
No. The waist extender for the Essentials will be ready in early 2016.


15. Will there be other patterns or colors, in Airflow, etc.?
At this time we are launching the Essentials in cotton only.


16. Is it washable?
Yes. Machine washes on delicate cycle and hang to dry.


17. Can it be used to tandem carry?


18. Is this a limited edition?
No. It is here to stay!