ESSENTIALS - Original - Boardwalk

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Sweeter than cotton candy, closer than the waves to the sand, our Boardwalk print in mint will remind you of warm summer evenings full of laughter and fun. 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 - Boardwalk is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 18.
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
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Asked by: JESSICAL
Essentials carriers are a four-position carrier and cannot be used forward facing out. You baby will have to be worn facing in towards you in the Essentials. You may want to consider the six-position COMPLETE line if forward-facing out is a position you are interested in. We offer a 30 day return policy for carriers in new condition, with tags and packaging.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-05-20

Can you place child facing out with this carrier?

Asked by: Lp123
Essentials carriers are a classically styled 4 position carrier. Forward facing-out is not a position possible in an Essentials. If that position is important to you, the 6 position COMPLETE style can be used forward-facing out.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-05-17

What size baby can use this style carrier.  I am looking for something for newborn to 6 mo

Asked by: Mimi M
The Essentials carrier can be used from 7-45lbs, but does require the addition of an infant insert to be used from the first 7-15lbs.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-05-17

can I use it for an infant about 3 to 4 weeks old? Do I need an infant insert?

Asked by: edenlove
Essentials carriers can be used starting at 7lbs, but do require an infant insert (available under the accessories tab) for the first 7-15lbs.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-05-09

Does this come with the insert? My toddler is 28 pounds. If it doesn't, do I need it?

Asked by: mytikamorgan
The infant insert (not included with purchase) is only needed to use the Essentials carrier from 7-15lbs.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-05-12

Where does the panel go when you unzip? Does it just flap around or come completely off?

Asked by: SK843
The panel is attached on the bottom and can be rolled up and secured with a tie built into the carrier.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-05-08

Are you able to carry a newborn in this without the insert? Does this have the lumbar support like the complete? 

Asked by: Bsam
Essentials carriers are a classically styled 4 position carrier that does require an infant insert for use from 7-15lbs. This style of carrier does not include a lumbar support, which can be purchased separately under the accessories tab (as well as the infant insert).
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-05-12

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: 2017-04-28
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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!