LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons Review

We purchased the LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons baby carrier to test it against thirteen other top ranked baby carriers on the market. The LILLEbaby is a solid baby carrier with a few drawbacks, but overall fared well in our extensive testing process, with high scores the versatility, design quality, and comfort categories, but a lower score in the usability category.



LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons


Test Lab Score 82


Range
0
Comfort
80
Versatility
95
Design Quality
85
Usability
66


How it Compares


The LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons is a standard backpack style, soft structured carrier. It has a variety of carry options and a very versatile size range of children it can carry. 

View of one year old test subject in a front facing hold

Most Common Complaints

When testing the LILLEbaby carrier, we read through the online critical reviews of the carrier to find the most common complaints. Three complaints in particular we agreed with:

Review CriticismOur Experience
Hard to set upWe had trouble getting the carrier set up the first time. We ended up having to look up a video online to get help setting it up. The instructions are not very clear
Straps are bulkyWe did feel that the straps were bulky and tended to bunch in the back due to their size
Uncomfortable materialWe agree that the material was not very soft

These criticisms were not dealbreakers for us in any way. Once we were able to figure out the carrier’s set up, it was much easier to navigate. The initial set up was the greatest challenge, particularly figuring out how to adjust the seat.

The bulky straps, though a bit cumbersome, were well padded. We did not like that they bunched up some in the back, and though we prefer a thinner shoulder strap, these were soft and comfortable to wear.

Lillebaby complete all seasons front view

The material is made up of cotton and polyester. The inner portion of the carrier is mesh and the outer portion is a somewhat rougher cotton. Though the material was not as soft as some of the other carriers we tested, we didn’t specifically find it uncomfortable. 

Testing and Research

We researched the highest-ranked baby carriers and purchased the top fourteen to test and compare. We read several buyer guides and critical reviews to determine the best criteria to test the carriers. From testing the comfort to comparing the versatility of each carrier, we put each of them through several tests to determine which would come out as the best baby carrier. 

LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons
Amazon
Test Lab Score82
Range
0
Comfort
80
Versatility
95
Design Quality
85
Usability
66
SpecificationsThis Product
Adult Comfort Rating8
Child Comfort Rating8
Wearability Styles Rating10
Child Size Rating9
Security Rating9
Support Rating9
User Friendly Rating7
Minutes to Set Up11 Minutes
Instructions Rating6
Min/Max Weight7lbs to 45lbs
Carry PositionsFront Fetal, Infant Inward, Ergonomic Outward, Toddler Inward, Hip Carry, Back Carry
MaterialPolyester/Cotton
Included AccessoriesRemovable sun hood
Notable FeaturesTemperature control panel
Care InstructionsMachine washable
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Usability

Usability was the lowest scoring category for the LILLEbaby in our testing process. It took us around eleven minutes to get it set up the first time and we had to look up a video online to walk us through it. Adjusting the seat width was the main thing that we struggled with.

Though the instruction manual is fairly extensive, the illustrations that they use are a little unclear, particularly for more detailed actions like seat adjustments. Some written instruction along with the illustrations would have helped a lot in making the manual easier to understand.

View of the seat adjustment portion of the LILLEbaby instruction manual
We wished that the seat adjustment area had some written direction as well

Another complication with the seat adjustment is the need to remove the lumbar support piece when adjusting the seat, as the strap slides through the adjuster. This is not a major issue as you should only have to adjust it a couple of times total, but it is a minor inconvenience. 

Once you get used to using the LILLEbaby, the adjustment features become easier and more second-nature. There is a bit of a learning curve, however, so make sure you are taking the appropriate time to familiarize yourself with the process to ensure you and baby stay safe while using the carrier.

Versatility

With six carrying options, the LILLEbaby was one of our highest scorers in wearability styles

LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons
10
Ergobaby Omni 360
10
Ergobaby Omni Breeze
10
Graco Cradle Me 4 in 1
9
Baby Tula Coast Explore
9
YOU+ME Baby Carrier
9
Infantino Flip Advanced
9
Tushbaby Hip Seat
8
BabyBjörn Harmony
8
BABYBJÖRN One Air
8
MOMTORY Baby Carrier
7
BabyBjörn Mini
7
Boba Baby Carrier Classic
6
TBG Men's Tactical
5

The carrier offers a variety of different carrying positions: three inward facing carries (fetal, newborn, and toddler), as well as an outward facing carry, a back carry, and a hip carry. 

The fetal carry and infant carry position are fairly similar, with the main difference being the seat position. However, do note that in order to use the fetal position carry, you must separately purchase an infant pillow seat that inserts into the carrier. We did find this requirement a little frustrating, however, the infant carry and fetal position carry can both be used starting at 7lb, so there is still an option for a newborn baby without making a separate purchase. 

The LILLEbaby also offers a good range of child sizes for carrying. A newborn baby as small as 7lbs can use the carrier, all the way up to kids weighing 45lbs.

Shot of 4 year old in a back carry on the LILLEbaby

The waistband does adjust to wearers of different sizes, extending up to 52 inches. This by itself was one of the higher extension options that we tested, but LILLEbaby does also sell a waist belt extender that can extend the fit up to 61.5 inches.

Additionally, the carrier offers adjustment options for wearers of different heights and options to wear the shoulder straps in a crossed “X” or straight “H” pattern.

Design Quality

The LILLEbaby scored pretty well in overall design quality. We felt that it had solid security and support features for babywearing. 

When it comes to stability for the wearer, the LILLEbaby includes a large lumbar support piece on the waist belt. This provided great support that many other carriers did not have. 

Two adjustable straps on the head support piece offer excellent stability to babies who can not yet hold up their heads, or who fall asleep while in the carrier and need additional support. The straps can be tightened or loosened based on the size of the baby and the amount of neck support needed. 

We felt that the carrier offered good security, never giving the feeling that baby was not safe. This is partially due to the larger size of the carrier compared to some others. 

Here is how the LILLEbaby ranked in Design Quality:

MOMTORY Baby Carrier
89
Graco Cradle Me 4 in 1
87
LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons
85
Ergobaby Omni 360
84
Ergobaby Omni Breeze
84
BabyBjörn Mini
80
Tushbaby Hip Seat
79
YOU+ME Baby Carrier
77
BabyBjörn Harmony
77
Baby Tula Coast Explore
76
Boba Baby Carrier Classic
76
Infantino Flip Advanced
75
BABYBJÖRN One Air
70
TBG Men's Tactical
62

One complaint we noted when researching this carrier is that it is very bulky. Though there are components of this carrier that do feel a little bulky, we feel that, overall, the carrier is not too large. We did note the bulkiness of the shoulder straps, which we did not really like. The waistband is wide, but we felt that it gave good support rather than seeming too bulky. This larger waistband did help ensure we could only bend at the knees when carrying a baby. This was helpful since you should not bend at the waist when babywearing.

The material is not particularly soft, though we did not feel it was too rough to provide comfort. The mesh on the inner portion of the carrier gives airflow, and the front portion can be unzipped to a mesh underside, offering even more breathability. 

Comfort

The LILLEbaby is a pretty comfortable carrier. The lumbar support piece and padded shoulder straps give good comfort to the parent or adult wearer. Though again, we were not a big fan of how bulky the straps felt. 

This carrier did better than many others in weight distribution. We didn’t notice any undue pressure on the hips or waist. Many carriers tend to pull the shoulders forward with the child’s weight, but we did not feel this was an issue with the carrier. The material is thick and well padded, which is good for softness, but could get a little bit warm if worn outside or for long periods of time. The breathable mesh on the inside does help some with this.

Here is the LILLEbaby’s Comfort Rating:

Ergobaby Omni 360
90
Graco Cradle Me 4 in 1
90
Tushbaby Hip Seat
90
MOMTORY Baby Carrier
90
BabyBjörn Harmony
90
LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons
80
Ergobaby Omni Breeze
80
Baby Tula Coast Explore
80
Boba Baby Carrier Classic
80
BABYBJÖRN One Air
80
YOU+ME Baby Carrier
70
Infantino Flip Advanced
70
BabyBjörn Mini
70
TBG Men's Tactical
60

The LILLEbaby did a good job of keeping baby’s legs in the ergonomic “M” position that carriers strive for. Our test subjects never seemed to be uncomfortable and we did not notice and undue pressure on their legs. This carrier did not have the child’s arms go under the shoulder straps, which was different from many other carriers we tested. Though this could cut down a bit on security if you are not careful, our one-year-old test subject did seem to enjoy having more freedom for her arms.

Our four-year-old test subject was happy and comfortable in the back carry. We did note that, when wearing the LILLEbaby in a back carry, the weight of the child in the back tends to push downwards on the waist so much that it pushes down on your pants. We also noted that the weight would pull the front buckle from the adult’s chest towards the neck.

What Makes the LILLEbaby Unique

The LILLEbaby carrier comes with a variety of features, some similar to other carriers, some more unique.

Similar to some other carriers, the LILLEbaby provides a storable head covering for privacy or sun protection. The hood can roll up and store under the head support when not in use.

A small pocket on the front of the carrier can hold small items like pacifiers or a cell phone, but is long and narrow enough to hold a thin bottle.

We enjoy the added bonus that the front portion of the carrier can zip open to a mesh underside for more breathability and airflow. This is a nice bonus feature that most carriers do not offer.

GIF showing the front of the LILLEbaby unzipping for airflow

Additional accessories that can be purchased for the LILLEbaby include a waistband extender and fetal seat insert.

The LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons costs around $100. We felt that this was a fair price for what the carrier offers. From its wide range of child-size wearability to its extra features and flexibility of wearer size, we think it is worth the investment. There are a few things, like the bulky straps and complicated setup, that we would change if we could. However, this is a solid piece of baby gear that continues to work as your little one grows. 


Kid Travel Editorial Team