Heartwarming photo of 9-month-old baby happily sitting in a purse went viral in 2018

Mary Scott
Dec 18, 2018
08:26 P.M.

Nine-month-old Lamar Jr. became an internet sensation in 2018 after photos of him in a purse went viral.


Iliana Elias, a 21-year-old mom and restaurant manager, took to Twitter last August to share the results of her brother babysitting her son.


In the viral photo that now has over 140,000 retweets and likes combined, Lamar Jr, aka LJ, is seen smiling even though he’s in a Louis Vuitton bag. The mischievous “babysitter” also draped a burgundy scarf over the large purse.

Iliana captioned the post:

“This is what happens when I ask my little brother to keep an eye on my son.”

Twitter users could not get over the cuteness of the photo, and they shared their reactions with some heartwarming comments.

"Your baby’s smile is so pure & lovely. What a gorgeous boy."
"Your son is the cutest!!! Look at that cute little face. Those eyes, that smile. Too cute."
"This picture would make me so happy, your brother just changed the game. He’s a beautiful baby!"

Iliana spoke to Yahoo Lifestyle and explained how her son ended up in the bag. “My 16-year-old brother Zion was watching LJ while I got ready for work, and I walked in the room, and he was carrying him in my purse,” said the Chicago-based mom. “He figured LJ would fit in there.”


Iliana also shared that LJ is always giggling. She added:

“Right now, he’s in a curious phase and copies everything we do -- and he’s learning how to kiss.”

The attention from the photo had the young mom and her boyfriend, who is also LJ’s father, considering a baby modeling career for their son.



Yahtai is another baby who won the internet in 2018 because of her unique reaction to the word “Hallelujah!” In a video captured by Yahtai’s mom, the little girl is jumping on her father’s lap, but immediately he says the word, she lies flat on his chest and pretends to be sleeping.

Youtube/Christopher Julian

Youtube/Christopher Julian

Her father, Christopher, said their family reads the Bible and prays every night, and it was on one of those occasions that they noticed their daughter’s hilarious reaction.

Read up on more of that story and see the adorable video here.

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