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 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 - Lily Pond is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 46.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall amazing <3!!! I bought this All Seasons LÍLLÉbaby and I love love love mine. We've already used it to go to the Zoo and will be using it for our trip to Disneyland and just for regular day use it is a live saver and I wouldn't want to be without it anymore. Thank you for inventing this amazing carrier :)!!!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent carrier for everyday or adventures! I've been using my Lilliebaby for a month now. I use it daily; from shopping to mopping my little man loves being close to me. I recently wore it for 8 hours while we traces around New York City. It was comfortable and my little guy slept, enjoyed the view an so ultimately felt safe in the hustle and bustle of the city. I'd buy this carrier again. I love that it has the cool mesh option and the pocket. If you are looking for a comfy, cute, and wellmade carrier, this is the carrier for you!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I bought this like 3 weeks ago, I love it! It had pockets that are super convinient, the mesh makes it cooler and my son seems super comfy. I have even stopped using my ergo. It was a great purchAse.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome deals! I recieved my lillebaby a few weeks ago and, i love it!!!!! It holds my precious baby just right so shes happy and sleeps well while im able to do house work and more! I cant say how much i truely enjoy your product!
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Question I had just ordered this carrier and wondering if I need the lumbar support or if it comes with it. I have a 27lb toddler that I will be carrying and want it to be as comfortable as possible
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every day wear! Love you can wear this in any weather and at any age for baby. Comfortable for long hours and great back support
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! I bought this in anticipation for our baby due in august, but I tried it in a back carry for my 2 year old. Even while pregnant it was very comfortable and easy to get her up and buckled. I'm excited for our little guy to get here and try it with him.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for dad! I bought the Essentials All Seasons carrier for my boyfriend for Father's Day, and he loves it! He is 6'6" and it fits him well. I am 5 feet tall, and tend to use wraps to babywear, but he couldn't get the hang of it. The Lillebaby fits him better and is much simpler. I am so glad I bought it!
Date published: 2017-06-30
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Where can I purchase an infant insert? &nbsp;I am not seeing the option for one on your website.&nbsp;

Asked by: Shan80
We are working hard to get the infant inserts restocked as quickly as possible. We don't have an exact date yet, but do anticipate those to restock sometime this month.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-07-06

How can I buy the insert for my baby ?

Asked by: Wenma7
We anticipate restocking the infant insert very soon (sometime this month!)
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-07-06

What is the difference between complete all seasons and essentials all seasons?

Asked by: Stacey88
COMPLETE carriers have 6 carrying positions available, include a lumbar support and have an adjustable seat and neck support. No infant insert is necessary with carriers from the COMPLETE line. Essentials carriers have 4 carrying positions, and an infant insert is necessary to use an Essentials from 7-15lbs. The Essentials is a conventionally styled carrier, without an adjustable seat and neck support. The lumbar support is not included with your Essentials purchase (however they are available as a separate purchase). The COMPLETE All Seasons and Essentials All Seasons both feature temperature control panels, a mesh inside and a cotton outside. There is a panel that can be zipped up in cool weather, or zipped down to help cool baby off in hot weather.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-07-13

What is the weight limit/ age to use the toddler carry without the fetal insert?&nbsp;

Asked by: Carley
Essentials carriers can be used without the infant insert starting at 15lbs (and when there is good head and neck control of your baby).
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-07-06

After delivery i become fat will the waist belts of baby carrier comfortable for me it is adjustable

Asked by: Vine
The waist belt is adjustable, you may want to consider adding a tummy pad to your order as it does wonder for hiding any after delivery bumps.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-07-06

I don't see the infant insert for sale in the accessories, only the infant pillow. Can you please clarify how we buy the infant insert for the essentials all seasons.

Asked by: Gabi
We don't yet have an exact date those will be back in stock, but we are working hard to get those restocked and anticipate it will be VERY soon!
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-07-15

Does the Essentials come with a tummy pad like the complete? Can you compare the two for me?&nbsp;

Asked by: Brianna0924
The tummy pad is an optional accessory for both the Essentials and the COMPLETE carriers. A coordinating lumbar support is included with purchase of a COMPLETE, but can also be purchased separately for your Essentials carrier.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-06-23

I know you have to use the infant insert up to 15lbs but I want to know if the infant has to be a specific length? My son is almost 14lbs and 25in.

Asked by: mevidson
There is no mandatory length necessary to stop using the infant insert. When your son has great head/neck and trunk control OR weighs 15lbs, he could be ready to use just the infant pillow in your Essential carrier.
Answered by: LILLEbaby
Date published: 2017-06-22
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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!