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Lillebaby Essentials Carrier Review

     I’m 34 weeks expecting and we’re excited for the arrival of baby boy 4!! So excited that I can’t wait to share the new Lillebaby Essentials 4-in-1 carrier with you and it’s fit on this pregnant Mama. What 4 carries you ask? Carries include Front/Infant with insert, Front carry, Hip carry and Back carry. While this does not offer a forward facing option (like the Complete series), it’s an amazing carrier and addition to Lillebaby. The price is unbelievable and as you can see with my 35 lb 3+ feet tall 21 m/o baby, the fit is great too! It has lots of features, including a hood, padded shoulder straps and lots of adjustments. Here, take a look at our review sample and find the carrier through my affiliate links, you need to see this Lillebaby!

     At just under $90 Lillebaby has done a great job and worked some serious magic with the Essentials Carrier. What an amazing price right? I bought my first SSC for $140 and it’s not as nice. In addition, in January 2016 they will be launching an infant insert to go along with this carrier turning it into a 7-35lb size, 15-45lbs without the insert. Made of canvas, this carrier has both a curved top portion for head support -and- a mesh hood to use as needed. Features include:

  • 15-45lbs (7-35 with infant insert coming January 2016)
  • Mesh sleep hood (tucks into front pocket)
  • Generous front pocket
  • Zippered pouch (on pocket)
  • Padded arm straps that extend under my arms
  • 4 Carrying positions
    • Infant (with insert), Front, Hip and Back.
  • 100% cotton
  • Perfect Fit Adjusters (allows length of the shoulder strap -and- position of the front panel to be adjusted)
  • One-hand release buckles
  • Easy adjustment for nursing
  • Padded panel for comfort under baby’s knees (see grey strip below)
  • Chest/Back clip that slides up and down!!
  • Elastic bands to secure extra length on adjustments
  • Great price
  • Dual adjustment straps, allow for parallel or cross buckling 
  • Sleep Hood with Elastic Bands instead of Snaps like the Complete

     While this carrier doesn’t offer the structured head support and ability to front-face carry like many other Lillebaby carriers, I think you’ll agree that it’s a fantastic carrier at an amazing price. It has been made with Lillebaby quality and design and will certainly be on lots of parent wish-lists! As you can see I’m expecting and carrying my 35 lb nearly two-year-old. I’m comfortable with the strap under my bump, he’s comfortable and the carrier seat extends nicely under his knees. This carrier hits at almost where our Lillebaby toddler carrier does (by his knee), but in the toddler carrier the back panel reaches his shoulders. What a nice fit for a tall baby! I look forward to the infant insert (coming soon) and baby boy 4 will be 2-3 weeks old when it’s released. Check back with me to see how a newborn fits in this carrier…or possibly the Blue Heart to Heart they released…because with my 4th boy coming soon blue hearts is a perfect fit, right?!
     The Lillebaby Essentials Carrier has a curved top panel for head support. Some parents may want to iron this portion or take care to not bend. After my baby was leaning backwards, sideways and twisting around I did notice that it wrinkled a bit. However, I’m happy with how far it extends up to his armpits. In addition, I have enough room left in the straps that my husband (who loves his Lillebaby toddler carrier) will be able to wear this too. The length on the padded straps is great too. I have worn other SSC carriers that aren’t padded as far and I wind up with the nylon strap digging in my armpit…which is very uncomfortable.
     Overall the design was really well thought out and the carrier is easy to adjust. Unlike some of our other SSC carriers, the clip that would otherwise end up on my throat with a back carry slides up and down!! That’s so exciting because it means that this will adjust to fit many torso sizes. I also really like the single-handed release buckles. When letting my sons down from a carry I like to keep one hand on their bottom, and the other is used to unbuckle the carrier. With some clips this is impossible because you need two hands to release the straps. Downsides? It’s not as soft and flexible as Lillebaby’s airflow fabric, but the canvas offers less bounce and more stability and options for prints…and I find it comfortable and softening with wear.
   

     About the company. Lillebaby has Scandinavian roots in it’s design and inspiration and was founded by designer Lisbeth Lehan. Mom Lisbeth developed Lillebaby with a team of parents and designers, a rock climber, a chiropractor, pediatricians and anyone and everyone else you could imagine might have a say in how a babycarrier should be made. With knowledge from taking medical courses and design skills, she has the perfect combination of personal experience, education and know how to make wonderful carriers! Make sure to follow Lillebaby on facebook and join the LilleLove fangroup! It’s a great way to see upcoming releases and chat with other LilleLove fans!
     Lillebaby has a huge and growing line of carriers. They produce many in an airflow fabric that is airy for warm babies and climates and have been releasing stunning embossed carriers and prints!! (I’ve included a few from their Amazon shop below). As always thanks for stopping by! I appreciate a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Periscope (when being chosen for reviews many companies care about numbers) and love to network on Google and LinkedIn.Want to work together? Contact MamaBananasAdventures@gmail.com.

13 thoughts on “Lillebaby Essentials Carrier Review

  • September 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    That is a cool carrier. My youngest used to fall asleep every time I'd carry him in the front. In the back he's perk up and look all around. 🙂

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  • September 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    That is a cool carrier. My youngest used to fall asleep every time I'd carry him in the front. In the back he's perk up and look all around. 🙂

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  • September 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    What a great carrier. A friend of mine just announced tonight that she is pregnant with baby #3 and she would love this for our hiking days.

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  • September 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    What a great carrier. A friend of mine just announced tonight that she is pregnant with baby #3 and she would love this for our hiking days.

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  • September 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    I always preferred the carriers on the back rather than up front. My back didn't ache after using them!

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  • September 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    I always preferred the carriers on the back rather than up front. My back didn't ache after using them!

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  • September 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    That definitely looks and sounds like a baby carrier I would tell anyone I knew who has a baby to look into. I love that it has a head rest.

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  • September 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    That definitely looks and sounds like a baby carrier I would tell anyone I knew who has a baby to look into. I love that it has a head rest.

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  • September 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    This is a really stylish baby carrier. I love how sturdy it looks and I especially like the Chevron design.

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  • September 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    This is a really stylish baby carrier. I love how sturdy it looks and I especially like the Chevron design.

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