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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
  • Anchors
  • Boardwalk
  • Circle of Love
  • Lily Pond
  • Park Place
  • Seahorses
  • Seven Seas
  • Silver Cloud


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  • ESSENTIALS is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfy Cozy Carrier I am a HUGE fan of all Lillebaby carriers!! The Lillebaby essentials in Boardwalk is the newest member to my collection. It is as comfy and as cozy as my embossed and has lightweight as my airflow. It is simple yet so amazing and makes carrying my 12 month old a breeze!! So happy to welcome the Lillebaby Essentials to my collections!!
    Date published: 2016-12-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This has helped me out so much! I have two carriers, an Original All Seasons, and an Essentials. I received this carrier as part of a mystery box and it came with a lumbar support. We have traveled the world with this carrier. It has helped me out when we landed in Heathrow to go through Customs, getting on and off trains throughout Europe and frankly when my toddler just was in a cranky mood. I loved using this when my toddler fell and hit his head and all he wanted were some extra snuggles, and when he wanted to be "uppa", but I wanted my hands free. My husband even uses the carrier in order to give me a break and he loves the lumbar support since he has a bad back.
    Date published: 2016-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable Bought about 7 months ago and we absolutely love the carrier. Goes everywhere we go.
    Date published: 2016-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for the price! I have MANY Lillebabys... With that said.. this is one of my favorite! I have the Essentials in Boardwalk print. I love that it's a much more affordable option that other brands by the name I love! My little is comfy, I'm comfy, we love the print, we love the fit, we love everything about it!
    Date published: 2016-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit! I have both an Embossed and an Essentials, and they are both great carriers, but I have to say that we absolutely love our Essentials.First of all, the price on the essentials is AMAZING! Where else can you get such an awesome carrier for under $100?The Essentials is so comfortable. It's less fussy than the complete line, and to me it's much easier to get a good and comfortable fit. The Perfect fit adjusters on the front make it easy to get my daughter close to my body without making her uncomfortable. I really like them, and I wish the complete line had them!The Seven seas print, which I have, is adorable! It's cute in pictures, but even more gorgeous in person. The blue is so pretty! We use it for our daughter, and it works well for a girl, plus her daddy doesn't feel so weird carrying her around in this print compared to a more obviously girly one.Overall my favorite thing about the essentials line is the simplicity. I have a carrier from their complete line, and while I love it, it's a little trickier to get a good fit. The essentials is grab and go easy. You can buy a separate lumbar support of you're missing thay, but I find it to be very comfortable without it.You really don't need all the bells and whistles to get a great and comfortable carrier, and I highly recommend the essentials carrier!
    Date published: 2016-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent carrier! I absolutely love how comfortable this carrier is. It has held up wonderful in the past year that I have had it. Very comparable to others well known carrier brands such as Tula, and Ergo
    Date published: 2016-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! I was hesitant on purshasing a carrier from here at first because of the price, but I'm glad I did! It is very comfortable and fits great! My son doesn't complain like he did with the other Walmart one we have. Satisfied costumer!
    Date published: 2016-12-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect carrier for all this carrier has been a god send to me with a baby and a 1 year old, light weight and very comfortable to wear, easy to clean
    Date published: 2016-12-19
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    What is the length of the hip/waist belt on the Lillebaby carriers?

    Asked by: Astephens
    The waist length is approximately 52-54" (there is some slight variations between carriers). We generally see moms in size 22-24 fit in our carriers without needing a waist extension which adds an extra 9" to the length. To see more measurements, please select "add to compare" under the product listing of two or more carriers, then "compare products" on the top right hand of your screen.
    Answered by: LILLEbaby
    Date published: 2017-02-18

    Hello! Does this come with the lumbar support? Thank you!

    Asked by: MichelleZ
    The LILLEbaby Essentials carrier do not include a lumbar support. If you are interested in a lumbar support, we do have them available for purchase under our accessories page, or you can look at the COMPLETE line which does include a lumbar support.
    Answered by: LILLEbaby
    Date published: 2016-12-16

    Can baby face out in it?

    Asked by: LLRN616
    The Essentials is a classic 4-position carrier. Front-Infant (with the addition of an infant insert), front-facing in, hip and back. If you are interested in having your baby face outwards, please look at our COMPLETE line, our 6 position carriers that offers forward facing out as a comfortable and ergonomic option!
    Answered by: LILLEbaby
    Date published: 2016-12-02

    This can be worn as a backpack with baby on your back right?

    Asked by: ATMAEkj
    The Essentials carrier is a classic 4-position carrier that includes back, hip, toddler and infant (with optional infant insert) positions. We do recommend that you wait until your baby can strongly support their head and neck, ideally at least 6 months old, before using the back carry position.
    Answered by: LILLEbaby
    Date published: 2016-11-11

    When will this be back in stock? 

    Asked by: Meag
    We don't have an expected date for the Chevron Essentials to restock. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the newest updates and sneak peeks....we may have some FUN things planned!
    Answered by: LILLEbaby
    Date published: 2016-09-23

    Hi there! I would love to purchase this, when do you expect to receive it?

    Asked by: JustEmilyD
    We don’t have an exact date when those will be restocked. Stay tuned and please sign up to be notified on the product page of the items you are most interested in and we will do our best to notify you when they return! You may also want to look at our store locator, located on the top corner of the home page. There may be a store near you that has one currently in stock!
    Answered by: LILLEbaby
    Date published: 2016-08-22

    My baby is 4 months old and 15lb so was excited when I could finally use this carrier however his legs seem too far apart. Can you narrow the seat?

    Asked by: Sarah2306
    The seat in the Essentials carrier cannot be narrowed. There are some signs to show to you when your baby is ready for the Essentials: Baby can comfortably spread legs around you when you hold him or her in front. When baby is in the carrier, baby’s legs can hang at 90 degrees on both sides and baby can bend knees freely. I hope that helps!
    Answered by: LILLEbaby
    Date published: 2016-10-16

    Is this carrier coming back in stock. I am very eager to buy it!

    Asked by: ygoldst
    We don’t have an exact date when those will be restocked. Stay tuned and please sign up to be notified on the product page of the items you are most interested in and we will do our best to notify you when they return!
    Answered by: LILLEbaby
    Date published: 2016-08-16
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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

    • 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!