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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.
The best of both worlds, this versatile hybrid is ready for whatever comes its way. Featuring an exclusive temperature-control panel that easily zips-up for warmth and zips-down to expose cool, breathable, 3D mesh. It’s lightweight, road-ready and built for daily use—be it in the brisk fall winds or blazing days of summer.

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 - Charcoal Anchors Away is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 7.
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 Great for the petite Purchased the essentials because of reviews, the PFA's mean that i can finally have a hight tight back carry! I am so in love (though the hood should be bigger)
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great carrier!! I really love this carrier!! The only negative is i wish all of the lillebaby carriers came with lumbar support.. I ended up contacting the company about it and was able to buy one from them! But I think they should just sell the lumbar support with all carriers.
Date published: 2016-12-11
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
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Does this purchase include the inserts for newborns? Or is it sold seperatel?

Asked by: Newmom1234
The infant insert is sold separately, and is required to use the Essentials carrier from 7-15lbs.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-04-20

I need to know what the back of this looks like, and how it supports the back and which ways to wear this one. 

Asked by: Robin
The Essentials is a classically styled carrier that offers 4 positions: infant, toddler, hip and back. You can see more product photos by scrolling to the bottom of the product listing. While the Essentials carrier does not include a lumbar support, they are available for separate purchase under the accessories tab. Here is a great blog post that goes over the Essentials features as well:
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-04-20

From what lbs to what lbs do you need the insert

Asked by: dori
The infant insert is required to use an Essentials carrier from 7-15lbs.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-04-12

does this have a lumbar support? also my baby is only 10 lbs. is it ok if i use the pillow instead of the insert?thanks!

Asked by: mommaroro
Carriers from the Essentials line do not include a lumbar support, which are available for purchase separately under the accessories tab. For a baby at 10lbs, you will need to use the Infant Insert in your Essentials carrier for the additional neck support it provides. Use the LILLEbaby infant insert for babies between 7-12lbs and continue using the Infant Insert for babies over 12lbs until baby demonstrates strong neck and consistent neck and head control. The infant pillow is for use in babies that are at a minimum of 12lbs and ALSO have consistent head/neck control. Hope that helps!
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-04-14


Asked by: PUNKIN
Our carriers are designed to be easily adjustable for a variety of sizes and heights. The waist measures 52 inches, and we offer an extension that adds an additional 9". You can find more measurements by visiting this link:, and please remember we do offer a 30 day return policy and are always happy to assist with personal fit help as well! Our return policy can be viewed here:
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-04-11

Where can I find a video showing how to use the infant insert in the essentials?

Asked by: xjeska7
If you visit the infant insert listing (under the accessories tab), and scroll to the bottom of the page you will see FAQ which includes a video for using the infant insert. The infant insert is necessary to use the Essentials carrier from 7-15lbs. We do anticipate the infant insert restocking in April, and you can sign up to be notified by adding your email address to the "notify me" box on that product listing.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-03-28

I watched a you tube video and the gal had the park Place carrier and the little label was aqua, on the pictures its more of a lime green.  This might sound ridiculous but I love it with the aqua, not so much with the lime/yellow color...which one is it?

Asked by: Tracy H
On the Essentials Park Place carrier, the logo tag is the signature yellow/green (chartreuse) LILLEbaby logo. On some of the Essentials carriers you will find the aqua logo that you preferred (this is decided based on which tag best coordinates with the print/color). Donuts and Sprinkles and Boardwalk are two Essentials prints that include the aqua colored logo.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-04-06

Does this come with lumbar support?

Asked by: mmates
LILLEbaby Essentials carriers do not include a lumbar support. They are available to purchase separately under the accessories tab on our website and are interchangeable with the Essentials, COMPLETE and toddler CarryOn lines.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-03-21
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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!