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Tula Baby Carrier vs Lillebaby Essentials

The Tula baby carrier has got itself quite a following. Often when people ask for a recommendation for a baby carrier online the response is simply 'Tula' such is the brand awareness. It doesn't come cheap either and with the basic model starting at £99 it is an expensive business.

The Lillebaby Essentials is its big competition for 2016. Launched at the end of 2015 and now being released in a whole range of funky prints after a great reception. It is very well priced at £79.00 and given the already huge following since it launched, it is going to give Tula a run for their money, and maybe pull down their prices a bit to match their competition!

 

I was eager to get my sling loving paws on both of these carriers to try out and review. I have now owned them both for over 12 months so I think this is a very real comparison blog. They are well used, have both been washed a handful of times, and have become all squished up and soft. They have both been put through their paces with various sized children!

 

The Tula Baby Carrier is suitable from 3.5kg up to 20kg. It has 3 carrying positions: parent facing, infant and back. It requires an insert, which must be purchased separately to use it from newborn. It has a removable hood and a small Velcro closing pocket on the waistband.

 

The Lillebaby Essentials Carrier is suitable from 3.5kg to 20kg. It has 4 carrying positions: parent facing, infant, hip and back. It requires an insert which can be bought separately to use it from birth. It has a mesh hood and a large zipped pocket on the carrier of the panel.

So let's start with the waistband and work our way up with these two. Both the Tula and the Essentials have soft and well-padded waistbands. The padded waistband on the Tula is 12cm wide at the middle of the waist and 69cm long. The webbing on both sides gives an extra 75cm. The padded waistband on the Lillebaby Essentials is 11cm wide at the middle of the waist and 69cm long. The webbing on both sides give an extra 71cm. On the waistband of the Tula there is a pocket that closes with velcro, it measures 19cm x 10cm. Both have easy to open and easy to close buckles. The excess webbing, if there is any, can be rolled up and tied away with a simple elastic at the end of the webbing that is a small but really clever addition.

For the Lillebaby Essentials there is an optional lumbar support available to buy. The Lillebaby lumbar support has a bit of a cult following amongst some babywearers! It sits right into that gap that other baby carriers often seem to cause issue it, right in the middle of the base of your back. It makes even a jumbo baby feel weightless. There is no Tula equivalent (sadly!)

The panel on both the Tula and Lillebaby Essentials are made from a strong crisp cotton that softens up lovely with a few wears. The panel on the Tula is approx 40cm wide x 40cm high. The base of the Tula starts at 34cm and spreads out to 42cm at the top of the panel. On the Essentials it is approx 41cm wide x 40cm high. The base at the bottom of the Lillebaby Essentials is 35cm wide and it spreads out to 41cm at the top of the panel. The panel on the Lillebaby Essentials is home to the pocket that closes securely with a zip. It measures 17cm wide x 16cm high and there is also an open pocket on top that you can put the hood in when not in use or pop non valuables.

Legs out padding. Both carriers offer similar legs out padding that years ago was considered an optional extra on some soft structured baby carriers. Both legs out padding is approx 18cm long x 3cm wide. This is really a lovely extra on both of these carriers for your slingee as it sits right at the point where their squishy thighs are and really adds some luxury comfort.

The shoulder straps next! The padded & fabric straps on the Tula measure 7cm wide and are 59cm long. The webbing gives an extra 65cm of length. The Lillebaby Essentials has padded straps that are slightly tapered from 6cm to 7cm wide and are 59cm long. The webbing gives an extra 67cm in length. Both have perfect fit adjusters where the straps meet the panel & this offers great adjustability. They are a simple but genius addition! They allow you to shorten the non-padded strap section of the straps where it meets the panel at the shoulders and this little feature really helps you get a better customized fit. The perfect fit adjusters on the Lillebaby Essentials is 2.5cm longer than the Tula & the webbing is much longer. This means it will be easier to tighten compared to the Tula as there is more webbing strap to grasp.

 

Here is where the Lillebaby Essentials really excels. The straps on the Tula can be worn rucksack style only, the straps are sewn in to the main carrier panel. The straps on the Lillebaby Essentials can be worn rucksack style but can also be crossed at the back, as the straps are attached to the carrier with a buckle, and not sewn in. This is done by simply unclipping the buckle to remove the strap from the panel body midway up. One strap at a time is then passed over the shoulder to the opposite side creating an X on the centre of your back and providing really amazing comfort and support.

The next section is a Lillebaby Essentials exclusive as the Tula doesn't have this option (and it really should in my opinion!) Dual adjustable straps! How do people survive without these on soft structured carriers? (I'm joking, I know they survive just fine, but still!) They are so simple yet make adjusting the carrier so much easier. They are essential if you have any type of weakness in your hands or wrists as they allow you to set up the carrier so you have the option to adjust by pulling on either end of the strap. For me this means that I can adjust the straps and when I pull to tighten it I can pull it from either end of the strap, or just one. Not everyone can reach back easily. It makes adjusting a little bit easier regardless of whether you are front carrying or back carrying.

 

Onto the hoods. Well they both have them! The hood on the Tula is removable and is made from cotton material just like the main panel. It attaches to the main panel with 2 strong and easy to pop on/off snaps. It is a clever feature. The Lillebaby Essentials has a hood that is permanently connected to the carrier, at least it won't get lost! It is made of a soft strong mesh so it is very breathable over the baby's head and gives increased visibility for naps. When not in use it can be tucked into the open pocket on the front panel. Both hoods clip up with small plastic hooks and a little bit of elastic on the shoulder straps which is very handy. The excess webbing can be wrapped up again with simple elastics attached to the lower end and on the upper end the webbing sits neatly into a built in elastic on the webbing strap, so there is no bulk from webbing at your chest.

Washing! Both of these carriers were used in a busy sling library and for use within my family for the purposes of giving them a full test! They were both spot cleaned, washed numerous times and line dried or put in front of a radiator. All fabrics on both slings have withstood the washing with the usual amount of fading you would expect. The softer panel on the Lillebaby Essentials seemed a bit easier to spot clean than the Tula, but this is a minor detail. It is certainly very durable.

 

Pro's & Con's of the Tula: The Tula is a good carrier, no doubt about it. It is comfy, it comes in a huge range of prints and is widely available. Sadly a lot of these prints are then sold for above the retail value which can be hard to understand when you have set your sights on something! It is a lot more expensive than the Lillebaby Essentials, and it does a whole lot less in my opinion. The removable hood is a great feature. The pocket on the waistband I found rather useless, especially as often there was a toddler bum blocking the access. I was disappointed that I couldn't cross the straps and that it could only be worn rucksack style. The fabric is soft and easy to care for. Overall it is a great baby carrier though and does exactly what it claims to do!

 

Pros & Cons of the Lillebaby Essentials: The main disadvantage to the Lillebaby Essentials I think is its name! I immediately thought it would be a more basic carrier, compared to what - I don't know?! It is anything but. It is packed with clever features, it is very well thought out and is a really fabulous carrier. I had to keep checking I had got the price correct as it does so much for so little really. I loved the zip pocket, I don't carry a bag (one more thing to lose!) so I was able to pop phone, car keys, bank card and some coins in here. It is a very comfortable, soft and durable carrier. I love that it can be worn rucksack style and with the straps crossed, being able to add a lumbar support is also fab (especially for my partner's bad back!) This carrier really wins when compared to the Tula in my opinion. 

 

They are both popular carriers, they both allow you to have wonderful hugs on the go with your little person. This review was written and based on the 2 carriers I have in front of me. All measurements are approximate. The devil is in the details as with all baby carriers and so I would suggest you take the time to look at all the features you want & need in a baby carrier before making a purchase. Better still pop along to your local Sling Library to try them both out!

Which carrier you prefer and why?

23 Comments

Kylie Black

Date 1/14/2017

Essentials

 

Andrea

Date 1/14/2017

I prefer the look of the lillebaby as it has a big pocket to carry things in and I don't like having to take a bag when I go dog walking.

 

Stefenie Taylor

Date 1/14/2017

I orginally chose the lille baby over tula as I love the toki doki designs they have and the lumbar support is amazing. The adjustable neck support is fantastic as you can have it up or down depending on bubs age. The essentials looks fantastic and I will definitely be buying one to add to my collection. It looks light weight to throw in the changing bag for trips just in case and I love the pocket on the front

 

Helen Davis

Date 1/14/2017

I have to say the Essentials is my pick. You get a lot for your money ! Love the pocket as I'm not one for carrying bags. Lovely patterns to pick from to.

 

Hazel Gibbons

Date 1/14/2017

I am a huge Tula fan but only have a baba sling & an old school Chicco to compare it to, both were terrible and as I got them with LO was newborn they put me off babywearing until I bought my Tula when he was 9 months. Just said to OH recently I think it's the best baby purchase we have made. I would love to try a Lillebaby as it sounds like it has even more to offer, the extra lumbar support & crossover options definitely appeal to me as little man gets heavier my back suffers more.

 

Carli Sutcliffe

Date 1/14/2017

I have only had the lillebaby essentials for a few days and am unable to compare it to a Tula as I have no used one. I like how easy the essentials it to use.

 

Eve Macmillan

Date 1/14/2017

I think the lalliebabe would be the one for me. I like the fact that you get one more carry position and that the hood is attached. That would definitely be something that I would loose.

 

Lucy watty

Date 1/14/2017

I love a Lillebaby over a Tula especially seen as no infant insert is needed. The essentials all season looks great - perfect for summer and winter. Would love to add one to my stash :)

 

Katie

Date 1/14/2017

I love the lillebaby. From all the functions to the style and design. It's easy to use and looks good too.

 

Orla

Date 1/14/2017

I prefer the lillebaby as you can cross the straps- much better for a smaller mum!

 

Louise Kelly

Date 1/14/2017

I prefer the essentials for the bigger pocket and the dual adjustable straps!

 

Mira de silva

Date 1/14/2017

Essential carrier preferred due to cross back straps and and hood that tucks away

 

Denise O Connor

Date 1/14/2017

I prefer the lillebaby essentials because of the adjustable straps

 

Taralouise Folds

Date 1/14/2017

In theory I prefer the essentials, but Ive only used the carry on �� cant be much in the difference apart from the size tho �� The lumbar support and the ability to cross the back straps was a definite win for the lille, I have a giant baby and get back pain so these were an absolute must have when choosing my carrier x

 

Shelley Witham

Date 1/14/2017

I love the designs available for the lillebaby and the ease of use.

 

Orlaith Dowling

Date 1/14/2017

Originally a tula girl -but ive been coverted absolutely loving lillebaby - the support is 2nd to none - love cross straps and the designs avail but most of all the fab price cannot believe the value for such awesome product. I would love love love to win this ��

 

Sydney Lanier Burke

Date 1/14/2017

This is such a great breakdown! I think the Lillebaby definitely looks to win the comparison. The one thing I like best about the Tula is probably the one thing that would get me in the most trouble -- the removable hood. I have an Ergo Organic, and I get annoyed with having to stuff the hood into the pocket (like on the Lillebaby); I do know, however, that I'd probably take the hood off and lose it/leave it at home and then need it! I really love that you can cross the straps of the Lillebaby, which I think would help with that little bit of lingering back pain after wearing for a few hours. Thanks for the comparison!

 

Kimberley Marsden

Date 1/14/2017

I love the sound of the essential. My husband tried a Tula and didn't get on with it at all. He eventually fell for a lillebaby complete (all hail the lumbar support) and we now both have one. The price point of the essentials mean I can now pursuade him we need more prints in our life. :-D

 

Zuzana halenkovicova

Date 1/14/2017

Both of them are lovely but i personaly prefer lillebaby because of the lumbar suport and also cute prints :)

 

Andrea

Date 1/14/2017

We have the Tula toddler and love it, the freedom of not needing the buggy when at certain things. Took our 2 year old to the ploughing championship this year like every year and we spent all day there using the Tula and a set of reins he loved it ��

 

Lorraine

Date 1/14/2017

Essentials all season please

 

Sarah Frier

Date 1/14/2017

I prefer the essentials Lille baby and the all s Asians one would be my carrier of choice at the moment I use a Bjorne carrier and I feel like I am over heating with my 6 month old, and we are in the middle of winter! I would love a Lille baby ��

 

Abbie

Date 1/14/2017

Essentials without a doubt! Such great value for money. Great quality fabrics used, so soft and luxurious. And oh so comfy to wear, with added sleepy dust <3 <3 <3

 

Hayley Curtis-Gaze

Date 1/14/2017

I prefer the Lillebaby essentials as it has so many more options/features. I love that you can either wear the straps back pack style or crossed, and it's got the lumbar support for those who need a bit of extra back support. My favourite feature is that you can narrow the base and therefore is perfect for smaller babies without having to use a separate insert

 

Aine Doherty Cahill

Date 1/14/2017

Definitely prefer the Lillebaby - great comfort with the padded straps. Can wear my almost two year old on my back and hardly know he's there!

 

Sarah spragg

Date 1/14/2017

I prefer the lillebaby I brought one for my now 4 year old when she was 15mo the old I had not heard of the brand before but the lumbar support sold it to me and it's not a decision I have ever regretted o now have a carry on for my daughter Dow when we go on long mountain walks etc and my son is able to use her old lillebaby.

 

Jennie Bartholomew

Date 1/14/2017

Essentials looks amazing - I love that you can cross the straps ��

 

Catherine May

Date 1/14/2017

I prefer the lillebaby, it's much more versatile :)

 

Debbie Allinson

Date 1/14/2017

The Lillebaby Essentials is most certainly my pick. It suits my needs exactly. Adjustable in so many ways and will last my baba a long while. Great for quick ups or long hill walks. Love the pocket for my essentials too.

 

Kirsty Rayner

Date 1/14/2017

Definitely Lillebaby for me

 

Hayley

Date 1/14/2017

I love the Lillebaby Essentials-great range of prints, comfy and adjustable.

 

Sarah Pearson

Date 1/14/2017

Definitely the Essentials for me as I think it's much better value for money over Tula!

 

Vicky Wotton

Date 1/14/2017

Great comparison of the two carriers! I think Id prefer the Lillebaby because you can cross the straps. I prefer to carry this way as it feels more secure.

 

Vikki

Date 1/14/2017

I prefer the essentials :)

 

Briony cheeseman

Date 1/14/2017

I prefer the essentials Lille baby for all the extra features, the lumber support is amazing, the pocket is so handy and I love the prints.

 

Naomi Matthews

Date 1/14/2017

The essentials - I prefer to wear the straps crossed on carriers and like the look of the larger pocket on it with the zip

 

Amy vickers

Date 1/14/2017

I adore my Tula, I was new to baby carriers 10 months ago. It was between the Tula and essentials Lillie. They both looked great and it was a very hard choice, the decider for me was the Tula print I fell head over heels with the Juliette. I get compliments on it all the time but I'm sure that because of the beautiful doll face rocking it.

 

Kathryn

Date 1/14/2017

prefer the essentials for the bigger pocket and adjustable straps

 

Valerie Aspinall

Date 1/14/2017

I personally prefer a Tula over the last Lillebaby I had, but maybe it's worth another try as the fit on the new one looks totally different.

 

G.Connor

Date 1/14/2017

I love the lillebaby ove the tula the pocket is more usable as where it is on tula if your little one has a nice deep seet you cannot acses it. I love the pull both way feature on the lille too

 

Nicola Cunnington

Date 1/14/2017

I love all the Tula patterns but essentials wins on fit and comfort for both me and baby ❤

 

Meg

Date 1/14/2017

I prefer the essentials for the potential extra lumbar support and and the 4th position on the hip

 

Yvonne Durran

Date 1/15/2017

Definitely the lillebaby for the crossover straps!

 

Tanya pang

Date 1/15/2017

I prefer the Lillebaby Essentials due to the fact you can cross the straps, making it more versatile, and it seems to give you more value for money! Plus the large pocket would be super handy.

 

Piradipa

Date 1/15/2017

Lille baby essentials I like that you can cross the straps at the back for more support.

 

Mahiban

Date 1/15/2017

I have a bad back. I would prefer the lillebaby essentials as it'll give more support there when I carry my baby girl. No doubt about that.

 

Kristie parry

Date 1/15/2017

I prefer the lillebaby as you can cross the straps when front carrying.

 

Ann-Marie wilson

Date 1/15/2017

I don't own either of these but looking at each of them I prefer the essentials lillebaby as the straps cross. They both look gorgeous, but lillebaby defo my favourite

 

Laura Pottinger

Date 1/15/2017

Lillebaby all the way. They just ooze quality and beauty. To be they're just superior in pretty much everyway.

 

kerry hopkins

Date 1/15/2017

i haven't tried a lillebaby before and own a tula so only know what that is like, i'm interested in how the option to cross straps on the lillebaby would make front carries more comfortable.

 

Charlotte Lewis

Date 1/15/2017

What a beautiful essential item �� I would love to win this for a relative as they've just had their first baby.

 

Charlie

Date 1/15/2017

I prefer the lillebaby essentials because I like the pocket. We are an avid campervan loving family. We need to make sure we have as little as possible on board due to 5 of us in a small VW van! I love the idea that I can pop my keys and a little purse etc in the pocket and then we can be off on our adventures!! Having a little one should not stop the exploring!!

 

Rebecca Luke

Date 1/15/2017

I prefer the Tula but only due to the comfort factor. The lillebaby padding was not as comfy, I found it felt thicker & less flexible. I have picky shoulders & the Tula feels great. I do wish it had lumbar support though which would make it almost perfect!

 

Caroline Q

Date 1/15/2017

The Essentials, mainly for the extra big pocket which is a life saver.

 

Sorcha Ní Chatháin

Date 1/15/2017

I'd love to try the lillebaby as it's a tula I have and I'm hearing great things about the lille!

 

Jemima Ross

Date 1/15/2017

I prefer the lillebaby because of the cross over on the back as this would spread the weight more. I also love that it has a pocket! X

 

Alyson baillie

Date 1/15/2017

Love this blog entry. I was all for buying a tula which is expensive but definetly swayed for a essentials. Fingers crossed

 

Stephanie Farmer

Date 1/15/2017

I prefer the Lille baby for the back support and the very cute designs it comes in x

 

Heather

Date 1/15/2017

They are both lovely but I prefer the Lilliebaby essential with its ease of use and pretty patterns!

 

Lorna newman

Date 1/15/2017

I'd prefer the lillebaby essentials because of the option to cross the straps, I'm fairly petite so that would help. I also like the fact that, while very similar, lillebaby is more affordable than the Tula. Fingers crossed x

 

Amy Ciobanu

Date 1/15/2017

I prefer the Tula for the design and the lillebaby for the price

 

Kim Beale

Date 1/15/2017

I prefer the Lillebaby essentials, I like the option to carry on the hip as well, my little girl can be fussy about how she is carried so being able to prop her on my hip too is fantastic, looks like a really comfy well designed carrier, We previously had a Beco carrier which was good as a baby but know she needs more room at 15 months, I love how roomy and long lasting this one is.

 

Megan Copus

Date 1/15/2017

I prefer the Lilliebaby because of the back support and range of prints.

 

Lauren Robinson

Date 1/15/2017

I have a few lillebaby carriers and tulas. Sorry but I just love the Tula for everyday. I use the lillebaby complete for visiting attractions so that baby can face out and also love the all seasons for when it's hot but my Tula is just so floppy and comfy for us both that I can't give it up! Plus there's so many more designs on a Tula, my 3 year old loves his rockets!

 

Kate W

Date 1/15/2017

Especially after reading your comparison, the Essentials gets my vote! You just can't beat the lumbar support!

 

Tara McGovern

Date 1/15/2017

I would go for the lillebaby essentials of the tula for a good few reasons. 1. I'm 4ft11 size 6 to 8 and crossing the straps is a must for me. 2. The zip pocket on the front. I always find it awkward digging into my jeans pockets when baby carrying. 3. The option of adding lumbar support (or taking one off my complete) you get brilliant support with it and having back problems, carrying isn't an issue with it. 4. Dual adjustable straps, makes it easier and you look less 9f a lube doing it in publishing as there's less jumping and stretching to get at them. ��

 

Elena

Date 1/15/2017

I prefer the lillebaby for the look and mainly the fact you can cross the straps. I tride the tula but couldn't get a good fit as the straps felt they were going to slide off or pulled my shoulders. Also the lumbar support is brill

 

Danielle

Date 1/15/2017

Lillebaby for sure. The thought of being able to leave the house and not losing things (I don't mean the baby I mean the pocket in the lillebaby ��) looks beautiful too!

 

Annette Duffy

Date 1/15/2017

I think it would have to be the essentials based on the information given, crossover straps and big pocket! My little man wouldn't go in a carrier when he was a baby, but I'm hoping as we think about having number 2, that he might consider being back carried, as he loves a piggy back. A carrier would give so much flexibility

 

Lucy Storton

Date 1/15/2017

I have a toddler Tula which I love for its simplicity. Would love to try a lillebaby essentials for comparison. We did have a lillebaby embossed but it disappointingly came unstitched which affected my trust in the brand to be honest

 

Charlotte Pestel

Date 1/15/2017

I would pick the Lillebaby Essentials as they have much prettier designs to choose from and they seem to have a lot. Ether features. The pocket is a big bonus as it allows you to keep tissues and wipes etc handy for those little accidents! X x

 

Hayley

Date 1/15/2017

Essentials as the straps are adjustable and the price ;-)

 

Niamh o neill

Date 1/15/2017

I had preferred the Tula until I bought the essentials. I think the pros for the lillebaby essentials are Handy pocket accessible whilst wearing on front and how it folds up smaller to fit in a bag when not in use- Tula is bulkier.

 

Naomi Matthews

Date 1/15/2017

Lillebaby - prefer to cross straps and like the pocket

 

Jennie King

Date 1/15/2017

Lillebaby as you can cross the straps too!

 

Gemma mccourt

Date 1/15/2017

I don't own either but love the look of the lillebaby and am desperate to own one my little girl is 6 months old and I'm constantly carrying her it would be amazing to have my hand free!

 

Lara Swan

Date 1/15/2017

I love the prints of lillebaby and the lumbar support- such a comfy fit.

 

Cassandra

Date 1/15/2017

I have always wanted a Tula but after reading this review I have to admit that the Lillebaby seems to be that bit more superior all these additional features that the Tula doesn't have have most definitely swung it for me hopefully I win but if not I will most definitely be buying one when funds are there

 

Bexky

Date 1/15/2017

Not tried either but think I'd get on better with the lillebaby and my new baby due in February �� Live all of its features including the hood and the different designs it comes in...

 

Nina taylor

Date 1/15/2017

Got to be the lillebaby everytime, hands down the best carrier I've had

 

Tania Adcock

Date 1/15/2017

Think I preferred lillebaby because it looks more versatile than Tula - both are nice - but they have their own perks.

 

Holly Benson

Date 1/15/2017

Definitely the Lillebaby essentials, their pocket and lower price make it a winner for me X

 

Chantal Hill

Date 1/15/2017

I love the Lillebaby as it has the pocket which comes in useful for phones, keys and money x

 

Laura Rawdon

Date 1/15/2017

Personally edging towards the Lillebaby based on previous great reviews and their beautiful designs. But love this detailed and unbiased review. Super helpful, thank you!

 

Laura P

Date 1/15/2017

I love the look of the Lillebaby carrier. I like the padding and that I can forward face with baby x

 

Oditya Obonty

Date 1/15/2017

This is such a great comparison! Lillebaby is the winner for me. The one thing I like about the Tula is colour but most amaging thing about Lillebaby is you can cross the straps, which would be really benefitial for people like me who already has very bad back aches. Thanks for the comparison!

 

HG

Date 1/15/2017

Lillebaby I think!

 

suhana

Date 1/15/2017

lullaby essentials love zipper pockets compared to velcro.

 

Sadia ali

Date 1/15/2017

Love the lillebaby essentials but I need a complete

 

Krysy

Date 1/15/2017

THe lillebaby essentials for its age-adaptability

 

Cassie C

Date 1/15/2017

I definitely prefer the lillebaby,it is super comfy to carry my niece in and she loves it too x

 

Fatemeh

Date 1/15/2017

Definitely the Lillebaby essentials. Lillebaby made it possible for me to carry my son, despite my back being in bad shape. So comfy!

 

Polly world

Date 1/15/2017

I prefer the essentials. Love the added pockets etc.

 

Danielle

Date 1/15/2017

I like the sound of the Lillebaby for the extra lumbar support (purchased separately) and the cross over straps. I am fairly new to baby wearing and the carrier I have worn hasn't done my back any favours x

 

Sarah joseph

Date 1/15/2017

I'm all for the lillebaby. I love that it cross overs and the patterns available

 

Katie bull

Date 1/15/2017

I prefer the Lillebaby as it would be perfect for my 18month old. Have seen loads of reviews saying how wonderful it is and I like the versatility and the pouch for mummy bits too!

 

Pravine

Date 1/15/2017

They are both great products, however, I like the Lillebaby Essentials more as it seems like a handy baby carrier with a better pocket.

 

Pravine

Date 1/15/2017

They are both great products, however, I like the Lillebaby Essentials more as it seems like a handy baby carrier with a better pocket.

 

sarah travis

Date 1/15/2017

Lillebaby all the way. I have 3 and they all have their uses. Please let me win to add to my collection.

 

Lydia Daniel

Date 1/15/2017

The Lillebaby has really impressed me so I think I would go for that. I also love the new essentials as it looks perfect for shoving things in the pocket and heading out the door. I also love the fact that you can cross the straps which I've found essential when front carrying as I'm only 5ft so straps often slip off.

 

Fiona Macleod

Date 1/15/2017

I have a Tula and have never contemplated anything else until I read this, now would love to try a lillebaby. Maybe for my birthday ��

 

Kate

Date 1/15/2017

Thanks for such a comprahensive comparison with great photoes. Its so hard to come by this kind of information when looking for the right carrier. They both seam like great products and at the end of the day a comfortable fit for my body shape is the deciding factor but on the face of it the zipper pocket meens the Lillebaby wins it for me.

 

Pippa R

Date 1/15/2017

I love essentials as the straps can be crossed

 

Jemma Yates

Date 1/15/2017

Lillebaby definitely. Love the pocket and the different designs!

 

Kimberley

Date 1/15/2017

As a new baby wearer Lillebaby would defiantly be my choice. I love the different carrying options.. especially as I have a little chunk! The prints are beautiful too xx

 

Michelle

Date 1/15/2017

I have just bought a Lillebaby and I am amazed at how easy it is to use and how comfortable it is! I have a gorgeous grey and mustard coloured one which matches my new coat perfectly (hee! hee!). Baby seems very happy in it and has fallen asleep twice out of the three times I have worn it which must be a good thing!

 

Réjane C-W

Date 1/15/2017

The LilleBaby essential looks brilliant- I particularly like the fact that the straps can be worn straight or crossed!

 

Anne

Date 1/15/2017

I had a lillebaby but swapped it for a Tula. Love my Tula but would try again!

 

Donna M

Date 1/15/2017

I think I prefer the Lillebaby the dual adjustable straps and option to cross them makes it more suitable for my shape. I also prefer a zip pocket to velcro.

 

Jen Johnson

Date 1/15/2017

Love my lillebaby and recommend it to everyone! Would like to try a toddler Tula though!

 

Chan Siva

Date 1/15/2017

Lillebaby is the one I will go for. Provides the extra cross strap to make me feel secured from leaning to various position. Great product with comfort for the baby. High quality product reflected by the price.

 

Clare Mc

Date 1/15/2017

I've been eying up a Tula, but having read this comparison, the extra lumber support and zipped pocket of a Lillebaby has just swayed me! Would love to give one a whirl!

 

S Malik

Date 1/15/2017

I love the lillebaby, you can do so many carriers with it, it last you and baby years and is just so comfortable! Best I've bought :) The trouble is deciding between all the colours and prints!

 

Jennifer beecroft

Date 1/15/2017

Lillebaby all the way. The ability to cross the straps and the lumbar support are amazing Couldn't do without crossing straps in the front

 

Caroline

Date 1/15/2017

Has to be the Lillebaby for me! ��

 

Sarah Roche

Date 1/15/2017

I really like the Essentials. A pocket is so handy. I like that you can cross the straps and I like the price ��

 

Deirdre

Date 1/15/2017

I love my lillebaby complete, very comfy and supportive for both myself and baby :)

 

Amanda Mehmet

Date 1/15/2017

I've only got a Tula, but I'd love to try the lilebaby for sure and see how they compare!

 

Janene

Date 1/15/2017

I already have 2 Lillebaby carriers which I love so I'd stick with the brand I know & trust.

 

Marina

Date 1/15/2017

I love my toddler Tula because it's super comfortable for my chunky 2.5 year old and me. I also love knowing that it does have a good resale value, the name sells. For the infant stages I had an Ergo but for the next baby I want something new, the lillebaby looks perfect and I love the pocket and the fact that unlike my Tula hood, the Lille hood can't be lost!

 

Mithuun

Date 1/15/2017

The lillebaby because of the pocket.

 

Clare W

Date 1/16/2017

I don't have either so can't say for definitely but this article has swayed me a bit towards the Lillebaby - I like the pocket idea and also that print is fabulous.

 

Sanjeetha

Date 1/16/2017

Lillebaby would be my choice... looks comfy... handy pockets ... cute design... straps are prefect... all round my favourite

 

Marigoula

Date 1/16/2017

Tula carier.... great straps

 

Susan Morrison

Date 1/16/2017

Love the idea of the lilliebaby, features look great and love the designs, the fact is seems good for back is a real plus

 

Layla browning

Date 1/16/2017

Lille baby because of the extra back support and pockets, but love the Tula designs more.

 

Sarah-Jane

Date 1/16/2017

Lillebaby essentials. I love the fact that its very adjustable. Meaning its fab for all men and women of all shapes and sizes. Very comfy x

 

Natasha Anderson

Date 1/16/2017

I loved my current soft buckled carrier (ergo) and thought nothing could possibly be better. How different can they be I naively thought... However having read all the hype regarding the Tula and Lillebaby I had to find out for myself. Having tried both from slinglibrary I have to say I much preferred the Lillebaby. The seemingly small extra features made a big difference to both myself and my husband who only reluctantly babywears. I loved being able to cross the straps and the dual adjustable straps also. I do have a back injury and although I babywear with little discomfort the lumbar support was greatly appealing. I am yet to try this specific feature however I can't wait for my new one to arrive. So in summary - Lillebaby is my personal favourite. Although both great, comfy and easy to use carriers!

 

Luisa

Date 1/16/2017

I have both brands in toddler sizes. I love the pocket and the lumbar support on the lillebaby, but my little likes riding in the Tula better. I feel like the Tula has a higher back so she feels more snuggly, and I actually like less buckles.

 

Tania Watkins

Date 1/16/2017

I think I'll be buying a lillebaby. Tula seems overpriced after reading review. Also hate the inflated prices that tula fans demand! Starting a new trend. Lillebaby essentials please!

 

Kerri

Date 1/16/2017

I liked the look of the Tula prints but eventually chose a Lillebaby since i could cross over the straps! Love the fact the Essentials is now being made in different prints :-)

 

Andrea Golding

Date 1/16/2017

Lille all the way! Amazing prints. Fantastic quality. Very comfy and safe. (Haven't tried Tula but wouldn't want to stray��).

 

Steph Mills

Date 1/17/2017

We have a Lillebaby but do love both. Would love to have a Tula as well! The Tula is softer but the Lillebaby is more structured so great for different purposes

 

Delaine Yeoh

Date 1/20/2017

I prefer the Lillebaby carrier for the lumbar support. X

 

Kira Lancashire

Date 1/26/2017

Lillebaby. I love mine :-)

 

katie

Date 1/26/2017

I think i would go with a lilliebaby as i need lumbar support as suffer with a weak back. I love the all seasons breathable material!

 

Katie

Date 1/26/2017

I prefer Lillebaby because of the adjustable straps and extra support.

 

Kirsty walters

Date 1/26/2017

I don't have either but I've heard nothing but good things about the lillebaby carriers

 

Sinead Kelly

Date 1/26/2017

Lillebaby for me ❤ it looks fantastic and would be so handy as I've got a 17 month old and I'm currently 17 weeks pregnant with our second.

 

Kyla Parkin

Date 1/26/2017

I've been itching to try the essentials! We have used a connecta up to now which has been great but I love the multi carry versatility of the essentials. Baby number three is due in a few weeks and I'd love to snuggle up to him or her on the school run with an essentials!

 

Helen G

Date 1/26/2017

Having not owned or managed to trial either of these due to being a newbie in the babywearing world, I would most likely pick the Lillie essentials over tula due to having more features :)

 

Jo James

Date 1/26/2017

I'm still loving my Tula, although I struggle to clip it without help. Perhaps the essentials will be easier

 

Sarah o connor

Date 1/26/2017

I prefer the Lillebaby because of the amazing quality material abd the overall support it gives mama and baba

 

Jennie King

Date 1/26/2017

Lille baby because as the straps can cross

 

Annabel Welsh

Date 1/26/2017

Love the lillebaby. Really comfortable, handy pocket and really adaptable.

 

Alison S

Date 1/26/2017

I love the lillebaby, why cause i love a carrier that i can cross the straps when front carrying, as this is far more comfy for me.

 

Gillian

Date 1/26/2017

I think from the review the essentials would be my pick. Sound like a good supporting comfy carrier. Looking forward to the new designs being released

 

Ghia Harrison

Date 1/26/2017

Have never tried a Lille I didn't love:)

 

Sophie Hayes

Date 1/26/2017

Essentials :-) such soft fabric X

 

Melanie Fisher

Date 1/26/2017

Lillebaby is just gorgeous the choice of prints is brilliant and the lumbar support is fab love it!

 

Lindsey

Date 1/26/2017

I love the lillebaby as its the only sling I own and to be honest the only sling I want to own. I love the style and the prints on them.

 

Michelle

Date 1/26/2017

The Lillebaby Essentials would be my choice mainly because you can cross the back straps, I find this puts less strain on my back. ��

 

Caroline devlin

Date 1/26/2017

I prefer the lillebaby essentials. What a fab little carrier! The only downside is that there are so many gorgeous designs it is hard to pick one!

 

Rachel Bevan

Date 1/26/2017

I recently purchased the Lillebaby essentials as wanted to continue carrying my 11month old. I love it! So easy for doing the school run too as I have hands free to hold all the bags!

 

Lindsey

Date 1/26/2017

I love the lillebaby as its the only sling I own and to be honest the only sling I want to own. I love the style and the prints on them.

 

Hannah case

Date 1/26/2017

Having researched a lot myself, and after reading this comprehensive review, the lillebaby would definitely be my carrier of choice!

 

Emma Walker

Date 1/26/2017

I've been eyeing up lillebabies for ages would love to try them the cross back would be so much easier for me x

 

Caroline Bradfield McCarthy

Date 1/26/2017

It's no secret that my favourite of the two is the essentials - I tell most baby wearers or new mums and mums to be every day how awesome Lillebaby carriers are. The essentials is the perfect in car carrier. I love ours!

 

Anna Hunter

Date 1/26/2017

I currently have a connecta and although I love it would like to be able to do a bit more with it which is why I am after a lille baby essentialshower xxx

 

Nicole naylor

Date 1/26/2017

I prefer the lillebaby. I feel it is more comfy than the Tula especially when wearing a heavier child

 

Kirsty hughes

Date 1/26/2017

I prefer the lillebaby. More options on carrying position and how to have the straps for better comfort and fit

 

Charlotte Jones

Date 1/26/2017

I would opt for the Lillebaby due to its versatility and lumbar support- needed to carry a growing boy methinks!

 

Vicky Nurse

Date 1/26/2017

I can't compare the two as im due in April and haven't tried either - but would love the opportunity to put one to the test! X

 

Karen

Date 1/26/2017

I love my lilliebaby all seasons in stone with woodland accessories from annie but I would love to try the essentials as my boy is getting bigger it looks easier to use. ��

 

Jillian lawrence

Date 1/26/2017

Essentials is the preferred option. Just getting into baby wearing and trying options at local sling library and love that the essentials has rucksack style carry and also the crossover. Makes getting out and about soooo much easier.

 

Angela phillips

Date 1/26/2017

I love lillebaby and find it much better and more comfortable for petit wearers, plus I love the cross strap option in the lillebaby that the Tula doesn't offer.

 

Jillian lawrence

Date 1/26/2017

Essentials is the preferred option. Just getting into baby wearing and trying options at local sling library and love that the essentials has rucksack style carry and also the crossover. Makes getting out and about soooo much easier.

 

Jeanette Pike

Date 1/26/2017

The Lillebaby Essentials would be my choice, great value for money! :)

 

Karen

Date 1/26/2017

I love my lilliebaby all seasons in stone with woodland accessories from annie but I would love to try the essentials as my boy is getting bigger it looks easier to use. ��

 

Karen

Date 1/26/2017

I love my lilliebaby all seasons in stone with woodland accessories from annie but I would love to try the essentials as my boy is getting bigger it looks easier to use. ��

 

Denise O Connor

Date 1/26/2017

I prefer the essentials because of the straps!

 

Olivia Wright

Date 1/26/2017

I love my Lillebaby, so does my little boy, he loves the Mummy cuddles whilst in it! Love the lumbar support too. I'd love to try a Tula though as heard lots of good things!

 

Olivia Wright

Date 1/26/2017

I love my Lillebaby, so does my little boy, he loves the Mummy cuddles whilst in it! Love the lumbar support too. I'd love to try a Tula though as heard lots of good things!

 

Maria hayes

Date 1/26/2017

I love the complete my little man loves being in it and mummy gets lots of cuddles x

 

Lisa b

Date 1/26/2017

I love grey chevrons and carrying my toddler ❤️ Have never tried a lille baby. Xx

 

Kate

Date 1/26/2017

It's a tough one, both look like great carriers. I've got a lillebaby complete and I love it, so I think for me it would be a case of sticking to what I know and going for the essentials. Great prints too!

 

Tory mack

Date 1/26/2017

Love my Tula but feel it's to big for my 15yr old nephew when he wants to "wear" the baby so looks like the essentials could be a better fit instead of taking two carriers out x

 

Charlotte Paxton

Date 1/26/2017

I prefer the Lilliebaby as it has more features, a hip carry which my lg would have loved and I'm sure my new lb will and the lumber support! X

 

Tanya pang

Date 1/26/2017

I prefer the Lillebaby for the lumbar support and pocket, which is pretty handy for baby wearing!

 

Sue

Date 1/26/2017

I prefer the lillebaby

 

Jessica Howard

Date 1/26/2017

Love a lillebaby - love the multiple options

 

Jade

Date 1/26/2017

Came on here thinking I could t be converted from Tula as I was dead set on purchasing one had been recommended from a few sling wearing friends now leaving absolutely loving lillebaby and desperate for one. I love the fact that you can cross the straps and it has lumbar support. The pattern is super cute, the price tag is fab. And I don't know anyone who has one at present so My little lady and I would love to show it to our mummy and baby friends on our next 'sling stomp' she is loving being carried even more the older she gets - now 19 months and getting a bit snug in her boba air ( not quite as padded as I'd like now she is getting a bit heavier ) also purchasing her a Rueben baby (Nora who is adorable) and hopefully get a doll Lille so this would be a perfect prize to allow us to be matching and my little girl to continue to be carried as I look forward to it most when off work and having a mother daughter day.

 

Amy-Ruth Kane

Date 1/26/2017

Lille! I love my Lillie airflow it's perfect for my hot little man. It's back support is amazing!!!

 

Siouxsie

Date 1/26/2017

If I had to choose would go for lillebaby as more carrying options!!! Xx

 

beverley carlyle

Date 1/26/2017

I'd love to try and essentials as we currently have a lillebaby airflow and it's black, I'd love a different print and the versatility of being able to shove the essentials into my handbag for easy ups on the go

 

Gemma Magudia

Date 1/26/2017

Definitely love the lillebaby! The lumbar support is absolutely fantastic! The designs are beautiful and I would recommend lillebaby to anyone and everyone! X

 

Marcella O'Reilly

Date 1/26/2017

I would love to win this for my baby who's due in March! The Lillebaby sounds amazing!

 

Laura Marsh

Date 1/26/2017

Lillebaby sounds ideal for us, we're foster carers for newborns and young children. I've used a wrap carrier before for a newborn which worked really well, especially as he was a withdrawing baby. So a Lillebaby would be a great when I need a bit more support! ��

 

Jade

Date 1/26/2017

Test

 

Lindsey hunton

Date 1/26/2017

I prefer the lillebaby as i can cross the straps. Iv got huge boobs, my shoulders are under enough strain as it is so spreading the weight across my back is much better

 

Alison Allen

Date 1/26/2017

We love our Lillebaby All Seasons due to its versatility and comfort, as well as it looking gorgeous! I would stay with a Lillebaby every time!

 

Aoife Taylor

Date 1/26/2017

I'm loyal to lille, I think you get more for your money. They have fab prints, crossed straps are a must for me for front carrying and I could never carry without a lumbar support. Love it.

 

kathryn laing

Date 1/26/2017

I prefer the essentials because of the straps.

 

Carol Adamson

Date 1/26/2017

Love my tula, not tried the essentials yet!

 

Sam Powell

Date 1/26/2017

The reviews for both sound great and they both look great. For me there are few extras that I think puts the lillebaby ahead of the tula though, the option of the lumbar support and the additional carrying option, not to mention the cost. The range of prints available are also amazing!!

 

Rebecca

Date 1/26/2017

I love the lillebaby. From all the functions to the style and design. It's easy to use and looks good too. Plus I'm a huge penguin fan and lillebaby helps my daily fix.

 

Katie bull

Date 1/26/2017

The lillebaby essentials is amazing value for money and I love the handy pocket to stop we losing/dropping phone, Keyes etc whilst trying to juggle my very wriggly 18 month old!!!!

 

Gwen Simmons

Date 1/26/2017

Having received the lillebaby all seasons today, I am truly impressed with it. I can't compare to a tula but it out does the manduca which I have loved. Lille baby has some impressive design features. (Don't get the hype of Tulsa or their prints personally).

 

Gaelle Hersent

Date 1/26/2017

Lillebaby! I have tried the Tula a long long time ago and didn't like it. Lullevaby, I love the fact that you can cross the straps, the Lombar support and the pocket

 

Orla Core

Date 1/26/2017

Defo prefer lillebaby essentials because of the straps and the fab prints

 

Joanne Everest

Date 1/26/2017

I haven't got either :-( But I have been following the Lillebaby on your site for ages and have been tempted a number of times to grab one. I love the print varieties, and the fact that I can face my little one forwards. I have currently got an Ergo, but we have outgrown it quickly due to the fact that we can't face outwards and haven't mastered a back carry! Would love to win one and join the club! x

 

Joanne Everest

Date 1/26/2017

I haven't got either :-( But I have been following the Lillebaby on your site for ages and have been tempted a number of times to grab one. I love the print varieties, and the fact that I can face my little one forwards. I have currently got an Ergo, but we have outgrown it quickly due to the fact that we can't face outwards and haven't mastered a back carry! Would love to win one and join the club! x

 

Tabby Griffiths

Date 1/27/2017

Lillebaby for the patterns, branding, options and value for money.

 

Tabby Griffiths

Date 1/27/2017

Lillebaby for the patterns, branding, options and value for money.

 

Emily

Date 1/27/2017

I love our lillebaby original, and would love an essentials for my older boy. They're comfy, easy to use, and good value for money

 

Francesca Jones

Date 1/27/2017

Lille Baby is my favourite due to cost primarily. Also a great range of fabrics

 

Laura Edwards

Date 1/27/2017

The lillebaby. Lots more uses and more comfortable

 

Lauren-Elise Howard

Date 1/27/2017

I'm a Tula girl myself, but I'd love to try out a Lillebaby, and with limited funds due to changing jobs, I'd love to win one so that I could compare.

 

Vicky w

Date 1/27/2017

We currently have an ergo which I love, but looking for something for when baby is smaller as I hare the insert for small babies. I've heard great things about lillebaby and would love to try one out.

 

Shirley Everitt

Date 1/27/2017

I have not had chance to try either carrier but would love to try I have always been drawn to the Lille baby and heard so many great things ��

 

Danielle

Date 1/27/2017

I love the look of the essentials and the fact you can add a lumbar support as I suffer with back pain.

 

Adele Letang

Date 1/27/2017

The lillebaby, we love our 4 way lillebaby but it is quite bulky to carry around I think my partner would love this as he does not get on with our connecta.

 

Carol Kite

Date 1/27/2017

Love the Lille Essentials- the big pocket is a winning feature but most of all I love that the straps cross and they have 2 way adjusters so it is much more comfortable to wear whatever your shape and whether you want to cross or ruck.

 

Jocasta jones

Date 1/27/2017

Lillebaby all the way. Mine and my girls favourite sling ever. So comfy and useful right through all the ages !

 

Claire

Date 1/27/2017

Would love to try a lillebaby to have a go with the cross over straps!

 

Emma

Date 1/27/2017

I'm only 8 stone and narrow around the waist, I love how the lillebaby has that great looking lumbar support and looks a normal natural fit for my small frame. I struggle with slings as I have weak shoulders so a carrier would be perfect to distribute my little chunky boys weight more evenly

 

Kristina

Date 1/27/2017

I prefer to wear straps crossed across my back, so would prefer the Lillebaby. This is a great, in-depth, informative review, thank you!

 

Catriona

Date 1/27/2017

Love lillebaby, it's so comfortable and easy to put on. Lumbar support makes me feel fully supported and nice to point out when randomers ask 'is your back not broke'...

 

Catriona

Date 1/27/2017

Love lillebaby, it's so comfortable and easy to put on. Lumbar support makes me feel fully supported and nice to point out when randomers ask 'is your back not broke'...

 

Alison Watson

Date 1/27/2017

I prefer the Lillebaby Essentials carrier as the designs are lovely, the value is absolutely fantastic (helping many mothers of all financial structures to enjoy the benefits of baby carrying). The design is aimed for comfort, security and creating a deeper bond between adult & child.

 

Alison Watson

Date 1/27/2017

I prefer the Lillebaby Essentials carrier as the designs are lovely, the value is absolutely fantastic (helping many mothers of all financial structures to enjoy the benefits of baby carrying). The design is aimed for comfort, security and creating a deeper bond between adult & child.

 

Bethany irving

Date 1/27/2017

I think I'd prefer the Lillebaby :-) looks to me like I could be comfortable wearing this and also so could my partner. Xxx

 

Jodie Turner

Date 1/28/2017

I would go for the Lillebaby, it's everything the Tula is and more! The fact that you can cross the straps is a real bonus x

 

Emma Bowles

Date 1/29/2017

Both are fab but I like the essentials due to the cross over straps , and the large zip pocket to carry all the essentials i.e. - phone, keys , dummy , tissues.

 

Rebecca Searle

Date 1/29/2017

Prefer the lillebaby as it has more features, better value and it's so pretty!!

 

Nikki Gant

Date 1/29/2017

Love the Lille baby for the lumbar support, and the fact more petite users can tighten it so it fits more snugly than other carriers