Kim Kardashian West certainly receives her fair share of negative press, as do many people in the public eye. The latest criticism of the reality TV star came after Kardashian West shared this photo of her adorable son, Saint West, on Facebook.
What could people possibly have to criticize about a photo of a cute baby? Well, many people on Facebook said that the boy appears to be sitting in a forward-facing car seat. Saint, who was born in December of 2015 is only 18 months old, and the Mayo Clinic recommends not switching your child’s car seat to forward-facing until age 2. But they also note that if your child is at least 35 pounds and/or meets the height requirement for the car seat manufacturer, you can switch to forward-facing sooner.
Online commenters didn’t waste any time alerting Kardashian West to her supposed mistake—even though it’s safe to say these people don’t know Saint’s height or weight.
One commenter weighed in with this gentle reminder: “He is so cute let’s protect this handsome boy by making sure is rear facing [sic].”
But, others were quick to jump to her defense.
“As mothers, we should really support each other and not criticize every single thing another mom does – no matter who she is…” one Facebook user wrote. “Let’s show some support and give a little credit where credit is due. Every mom does things differently. Doesn’t make it right or wrong.”
We agree that no mom should be shamed online, but it’s important to note that car seat safety is crucial. Unfortunately, there are some common mistakes that many parents make, famous or no.
So, let this recent criticism of Kardashian West serve as a reminder for all of the parents out there.
One year and 20 pounds used to be the minimum guideline for turning the car seat around from the American Academy of Pediatrics, but they’ve since changed that policy and currently recommend that children remain in rear-facing car seats until age 2.
“A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body,” Dennis Durbin, M.D., F.A.A.P. told Parenting magazine.
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So, use Kardashian West’s photo as a reminder—not an opportuntity to bash another mother— and make sure you read up on the latest in car seat safety before officially deciding to turn around your child’s car seat. When it comes to our children, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.