ESSENTIALS - Original - Lily Pond

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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
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$89.99
ESSENTIALS - Original - Lily Pond is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 104.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great comfy carrier I bought this with my infant boy in mind but my 22 month old loves it so much it really has become her carrier.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can clip the back by myself! I bought this carrier a month ago and absolutely love it! So comfortable!
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stylish with great features Love this carrier more than any other. It is very comfortable and the padded shoulder straps are what really make this stand out above any other. So happy a friend recommended this. Also, I'm very impressed with the customer service, they've been nothing short of amazing.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great support Bought it for my third child, was a little disappointed to learn I needed the insert for newborns but love the carrier other wise!
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have! Out of all the baby gear I have for my daughter, this is the one thing I couldn't live without! I am blessed with a very snugly baby who won't allow me to set her down long enough to get anything done. My carrier is comfortable enough for both of us to wear for long periods of time, allowing me to get things done around the house. We also get a lot of use out of it going to her big brothers' football games. I'm able to watch with my hands free for cheering. It keeps her warm when the weather is chilly, and keeps us both cool in the heat when we leave the front panel unzipped. I had purchased a cheaper brand first, but couldn't wear it longer than a few minutes because my back would hurt so bad. With my Lillebaby, there is no back pain.
Date published: 2017-10-02
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
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Can I wear this forward facing too?!

Asked by: Kayla Serdinak
Essentials carriers are a classically designed 4 position carrier: hip, back, infant and forward facing in. If you are interested in the forward facing-out position, you should consider a carrier from the COMPLETE line which does offer that position as a carrying option!
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-10-18

How does this close/open? The back or sides? I’m usually by myself do I don’t have help clasping a back one. 

Asked by: Amanda20
The chest clip is adjustable up and down, so you can set it perfectly for you to open and close yourself. There are also clips on the sides of your carrier, and if you prefer, you may keep the chest clip closed, open the clips on the side and slide the carrier over your head to put your carrier on that way! We are always happy to help with any more in-depth carrier help with an email to customerservice@lillebaby.com
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-10-10

I almost do not speak english. I want to know how much is the total cost including shipping to Mexico

Asked by: Marc
Thank you for your interest in LILLEbaby! To place an order in Mexico, please visit our international customer page here: https://www.lillebaby.com/international-customers
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-09-28

The part of the belt under the seat is heavily padded but the other side of the belt has no padding. This makes it so you must wear the belt very tight and all the pressure is on the part of the belt with no padding. Do you sell padding for the belt?

Asked by: Allie12345678910111213141
We do have a tummy pad available, which is intended to help create a smooth line while babywearing. The tummy pad is lightly padded. While Essentials carriers do not include a lumbar support, they are available for purchase as an accessory item in black or grey.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-09-28

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
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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.

 

  1. INFANT
  2. TODDLER
  3. HIP
  4. BACK



AGE: 
  • 7lbs and up
  • Infant insert available here





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

BENEFITS:
  • 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.



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

BENEFITS:
  • 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.



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

BENEFITS:
  • 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?
Yes.

 

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?
Yes.

 

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

 

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