ESSENTIALS - Original - Circle of Love

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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 a 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 - Circle of Love is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 104.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best carrier ever I love this toddler carrier. We have used it several times and all I can do is rave on and on about the comfort for both my daughter and I!!! Thanks Lillebaby for letting me carry my toddler in comfort and style. And the mesh really allows her to stAy cool and comfortable on outdoor hikes :)
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Cute! Perfect Pattern and I can't wait to get my little one in it! This will be the perfect back up to my Complete carrier when we are out and about!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Face-out position is AWESOME! I have a three month old who loves to see what doing and she absolutely loves the face-out position. The carrier is durable, soft fabric, stylish, and lightweight. My LO loves to munch on the front of the carrier now that she's teething haha!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful carrier! I got this earlier this month and it's been so great! It's very easy to use, and my baby loves being in it. My son is 6 months old and we have tried 2 other carriers (wraps) and my son would get hot or feel smushed and he would have a melt down after 10 minutes. I couldn't get anything done around the house because he wanted me to be holding him most of the day. Mom's know that have multiple kids know how exhausting it is to carry around the baby, plus try to cook, care for a garden, animals and your other kids all at once. This carrier was a godsend. It's helped my back not hurt and I'm much more productive than before since my hands are free! I also love how adjustable this is because I'm very petite and my husband is over 6 ft tall, and we can both use the carrier!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful design My husband and I both love this carrier. Even my teen daughter has worn it to carry her little brother. It's very comfortable and the print is so pretty. I love the soft feel of it!
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Best carrier I've used. My son gets excited when he sees it on me and he used to hate being worn.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Love love love!! My son loves my LÍLLÉbaby!! He hates every other carrier we've tried! The hood, pockets, and airflow features are amazing!!
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this carrier!! I bought this for my son who loves to be up but is always really warm. The air flow is fantastic and I'm no longer wet from his swear when I wear him! Bonus is it's super comfy as well and super cute! Thank you for such a great carrier!!!!❤
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This carrier stands out above the rest! I have tried multiple carriers for my babies at different sizes and stages and my Lillebaby is, hands down, my favorite! I used to deal with an aching back after a long day of baby wearing. My Lillebaby carrier has given the perfect amount of back support so that there is no pull on my neck and shoulders. Also, the storage pockets for my phone, keys, sunscreen...I can't imagine carrying a separate bag again for those necessities. And can I say how cute it is! I love the fun, modern designs and colors they come in. Didn't break the bank and had everything that had been lacking in other carriers. My baby is happy and comfy and so is his momma!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely comfy I bought my Lille baby a few months ago and it's the first carrier I've bought that I use constantly. It's convenient and roomy enough to breast feed in, I love the hood cover so I can feed anywhere, anytime. It's also very easy to take on and off and easy to clean. Overall this carrier is very well made, looks great with high quality materials and it's lightweight. I highly recommend this product and I would definitely purchase again.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love my new LÍLLÉbaby!! I would say my only complaint is the hood doesn't really work with the infant insert. Besides that I adore it
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love our carrier! I have had my carrier for a few weeks now. Its super comfortable and it fits my 3 month old well. He snuggles right in and falls asleep. I can tell it will grow well with him too! Its extremely comfortable for me my little guy is nearlybe18 pounds and I can wear him for hours with no discomfort I live in Colorado so I'm so pleased with the option to unzip the mesh when the temps start rising.My only wish for the carrier would be a pocket somewhere (maybe on the waist belt) to stash my keys and phone when I have the front unzipped. So thrilled with my purchase!
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Savor I bought this carrier about a month ago. Im a mom of 3 kids with my youngest just turning 1. I had never worn my kids before, and saw this carrier and thoight why not start trying. Its such a heaven sent, my middle guy is 2 and has some sensory issues and finally i am able to go to the store and not ha e a melt down. And its perfect for my 1 year old who absolutely is a phase 1 clinger. Not sure what I did with out my lillebaby before.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Carrier Received on time! Great packaging! Appreciated the directions on different ways to wear! Great product; wish I had gotten it sooner; so much easier than a mint wrap;-) plus I love the attachments for breathing & weather cover for baby's head. Thank-you.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great and very comfortable I bought this 2 weeks ago went on a hike with baby on my back very good padding and breathable material
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply wonderful! I love this carrier! It's so simple and so comfortable. I used my sister in law's complete for the first 4 month of my son's life and like it so wasn't sure about the essentials. But I am so happy with it, it's the perfect budget carrier. The pocket is huge and can gold my cell phone, pacifier, and debet card / money so it's perfect for shopping and not needing a purse. The drop paneling is perfect for when my LO falls asleep because he kicks off body heat like no other! And don't get me started on the print, it's absolutely beautiful!! This is the first carrier I have every purchased and I've never been happier.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Lillebaby! I bought this almost a month ago to replace my wraps. This is SO much easier to use and the 3D mesh is invaluable as we head into summer weather. I want sure it would really make a difference, but I believe it does. I am really enjoying the closeness and comfort this carrier brings my baby and me - I can wear him for longer because this distributes his weight better, which is a big deal for me and my bad back.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's love Since this is my 4th baby, being able to wear my little is a must! This carrier is lightweight, comfortable and easy to use. I recommend this carrier to all busy mom looking for convenience. I am considering purchasing the complete carrier as well and keeping one in the car so that I am never without one!
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around! I bought this a few weeks ago and I am so glad I did. I went back and forth between the Lille and another carrier, but ultimately chose this one for the ability to carry my daughter more than one way, and for the ability to unzip the front for the mesh barrier. We live in Texas, so to be able to make it cooler for both of us while I'm wearing her is a huge positive! The instructions to adjust the straps are straightforward and it is easy to wear. I was nervous it would be to complicated, but it wasn't at all. The lower back support is excellent and my daughter loves being worn in it. I would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best carriers ever!! I purchased this as my 2nd Lillebaby so I would never be without! I would forget to transfer my 1st, the Lillebaby Complete All Seasons Cupid's Arrow, from my home to my car and back. So this gorgeous wrap stays in my car!! By far the most comfortable carrier ever, can't recommend them enough! I only wish I would have started my collection sooner, my youngest is 13 months and she's the 4th of our girls!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's Love! I bought this as my back up carrier (I already have an Airflow I love) and I absolute love it! I use the lumbar support from my Airflow when I is it so it's super comfortable. The colors are amazing in person!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my carrier Bought the essentials to have a second more lightweight carrier , also to be able to back carrier sooner as my 10 month old doesn't fit wide seat yet. We love it!
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wonderful item! I bought this about 2-3 weeks ago, I seriously love it! it’s so comfortable. even little loves it. she falls asleep and doesn’t fight it. in our other carrier, she’s get so squirmy. we both love our seahorse carrier!
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the essentials! I love using the essentials for my two-year-old she's on the smaller side but still wants to be carried so I throw her in the essentials on my back and she loves it comfortable for mom and baby. I love that I feel secure and safe while wearing her on my back.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Do comfy & easy to use I bought this on sale and it is great. This is so easy to use and very comfortable. My only complaint is that there isn't a lumbar support. It is a very pretty print as well which I love.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice, but still adjusting I'm used to a wrap, so I find the straps a bit uncomfortable and cumbersome, however, I think this carrier is going to last many years and many wears. My three year old even wanted a ride!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy and simple to use If you like Tulas then you will love the Essentials even better. It is the closest style to a Tula brand carrier. It is functional, simple to use and makes hands free so easy. The Lily pond print is so pretty and vibrant in person, the colors really pop
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable! I had a different brand carrier when I had my son two years ago, and neither of us liked it. I bought this to use for his little sister due in December, but it's so comfy to use with my 2 year old! Love the zipper in the front to make it cooler since it's been hot here this summer
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the pockets! I bought this carrier after receiving a coupon from the trade in event. I loved the design and the pockets come in handy. The hood is stretchy and breathable which is great for naps. The only thing I do not like is that even though I've worn it several times the carrier still feels stiff. I'm hoping it will soften up overtime and with more use. The straps can also be difficult to tighten at times. Other than that I am very happy with this carrier and I feel like I got a very good deal.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I originally bought the 6 position carrier but we lost it after only 2 months, used it only once. So I bought this as a replacement since summer was coming and I underestimated how hot it would get for my little guy. I love the pockets and the fact that I can just unzip the front part when it's hot outside and it keeps him comfortable. I also really like the color and pattern plus its easy to put on. One thing that wasn't clear when I bought it, and I'm still not sure about is whether it can be used outward facing. I don't think it can but I had read some people say that it could, the base seems too wide to do outward facing but maybe when he's a little bigger? I've tried to look it up and can't find an answer. The original one I ordered could be used outward facing and the base/seat part could be changed from wide to narrow and this one can't. So for me that's the only negative thing about this particular carrier, otherwise I love it!
Date published: 2017-07-09
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Can you hip carry with this 4-1

Asked by: Sobrien
You can hip carry in the Essentials, yes!
Answered by: LILLEbaby Team Member
Date published: 2017-03-17

I am wondering about how big my daughter has to be to be "too big" for a baby carrier, or this Sea Horses printed Essentials 4-in-1 carrier. Please and thank you.

Asked by: Zs Mum
Hello, This carrier is rated up to 45 lbs. You can use this carrier up to that max weight as long as you and your child are comfortable!
Answered by: LILLEbaby Team Member
Date published: 2017-03-09

When can I use essential carrier without infant insert ?

Asked by: Brittanyshep25

Can this particular one sit face out? 

Asked by: Nong

In description it says 15-45lbs does that mean it can't be used for infants?

Asked by: Nikiapk

Does the essentials also have the lumbar support in the back? 

Asked by: BreM

What is the whole width of the seat portion that baby sits in?

Asked by: thebrocks

I wanted to buy the Essentials All Season Park Place Carrier. Does this one come with a baby insert? It says it's 7-45 pounds & it says it has an insert but coming soon. So just a little confused about whether or not it has insert.

Asked by: Lei808

Can we add lumbar support separately in 4in1 original ?

Asked by: Saran

What is the weight minimum and maximum for this carrier?

Asked by: Dadbod24

Would I be able to carry my almost two month baby in this carrier? Also would I need the infant insert? If I do need an infant insert when will you guys have them back in stock? 

Asked by: Rae95

Hi, do I still need an infant insert for the complete series? My baby is just a month old and weighs 7lbs though she is quite small in size. Also, do you ship in the Philippines? You have a local website here but there are models that are not available.

Asked by: Aliane

How long will shipping take to reach Oklahoma? I'll be ordering one Friday and we leave to go on vacation the following Thursday. So I need to know if I need to ship it to my house or my dads.

Asked by: MrsMorris0218

Hello, I am interested what are the dimensions (in cm) of the panels of the 4 in 1 essentions baby carrier and the toddler version? Thank yoy

Asked by: SofiaAnt

My daughter is 8 pounds and I want to buy this, do I need to buy the infant insert to go in It?

Asked by: Ashleekiss2

Does this Carrier have an attached hood?

Asked by: NIRE

Hello!  Could you tell me the difference between essential all season and essential original??  Thank you 

Asked by: Louise

Can this particular carrier sit the baby facing out? 

Asked by: Nong

What is the main difference between the Essentials All Seasons baby carrier & the Complete All Seasons baby carrier? there is quite a bit of difference in rice

Asked by: Marybaby10

Can I use the waist belt extender with this carrier?

Asked by: arice09

How do these fit plus sized woman? 

Asked by: Katie95

What waist size does this carrier fit?  As a plus size lady I want to be sure they straps will fit around me before I buy. 

Asked by: TiredMom2988

My husband is 6'6 and 310lbs, would this accommodate him to wear it?  Our other brand carrier doesn't fit properly and wondered if yours would

Asked by: Katie zam

Does this have the lumbar support?

Asked by: Alicia1212

Hi! I live in Nevada and it gets very hot over here during summer and my youngest kid is 1 yr (no little  babies) What carrier do U suggest that I won't just use for a little amount but actually be able to use for a long while ??

Asked by: Momm

Do all Lillebaby's have the ability for foward facing? 

Asked by: saquil2016

What product fits better for a plus size mom? Size 6-12months

Asked by: Viri

Does this come with infant insert?

Asked by: Heathher

I want a carrier that can be used for an infant as well as for a kid till 3 to 4 years old . Which one is recommended. How long does delivery take. Is there a shipping charge

Asked by: Sneha

What is the width and height of the body pannel/seat?

Asked by: mamab5
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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.

Coming Soon!

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!