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ESSENTIALS - Original - Boardwalk

ESSENTIALS - Original - Boardwalk

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

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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!


ESSENTIALS - Original - Boardwalk is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 134.
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 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 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 3 out of 5 by from Loved it in front carry, but not back carry When I received this carrier I put my baby in a front carry right away, I was so excited to try it out. I have extensive experience in using baby carriers and I love that there is this budget option. I love the zip away panel and the shoulder straps. The body panel of this carrier fit my small 11mo perfectly. This carrier in a front carry was comfortable for me. Unfortunately when I tried it on in a back carry I found that the wide, stiff waist belt sat on and dug into my hips and rear. I believe this is due to my body shape, my waist is much smaller than my hips (by about 12 inches) and I am short-waisted. Because of the way the carrier sat I could feel after a few minutes of walking around that long term use would be painful. I was so disappointed that I had to return the carrier since I loved it so much in every other way. I think for many people this carrier wouldn't be a problem, the combination of my body type and the waist belt being wider and stiffer than the Complete (which I have found comfortable) is what makes a comfortable back carry in this carrier impossible for me.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable, supportive I have tried many carriers over the years, a friend had given me an ergo baby carrier, which was soo much more comfortable and supportive than those I'd tried before, but after much use and 4 babies( not including before use) it stopped working properly and so I was looking again at various baby carriers...and so many that were similar to the ergo had come out I wanted to check them out...I spent a couple weeks reading and looking at various ones, I had been receiving emails from the Lille baby co. B/c I'd signed up while I was pg, I found this one, I loved the colors, and it looked pretty supportive and comfortable, but it said it had hip support...which is very helpful! I have def. enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comfy! I looked into lillebaby because of all the beautiful prints. But then I saw reviews that talked about how comfy the straps were, and I knew I needed one! The last carrier we used for my first son used to hurt my back and shoulders and my husbands too, but we're big baby wearers, so we knew we wanted something for our second baby that would allow us to wear him for hours without feeling back or shoulder pain. And our lillebaby didn't fail us!!! We wear him everywhere, and he is so snug and comfy in there, and it's easy to put on by myself. I just can't say enough good things about LÍLLÉbaby! I am already trying to convince my husband to let me order another print!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Comfortable for Me and Baby! Lillebaby recently ran a promotion to send in an old baby carrier to be recycled and in return receive a coupon on an order. I love that this company cares about being green! So I used my coupon to get an airflow essentials carrier, which I thought would be awesome for summer. I use my new carrier all the time! It's so easy to put on and is really comfortable to carry my 14 lb baby. The airflow option is so nice, especially since I like hiking and it can get pretty sweaty in the summer time. I love that the weight is distributed to my waist. The hood makes it easy for baby to nap on the go, and the design is cute but neutral enough to match most clothes. I only wish I would have gotten this carrier from the get-go!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New and improved I recently bought the Essentials- All Seasons (fall in fern) carrier. First, I'd like to thank Lillebaby for listening to their customers and improving their products. I owned a Lillebaby about 5 years ago that didn't have the nicer, more comfortable features that their newer lines have now. Second, thank you for having beautiful and fun patterns to pick from. It's nice to be able to pick something closer to my personality and color preference.
Date published: 2017-06-28
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