The INSIDER Summary:
- Kim Kardashian West was criticized for putting her 18-month-old son Saint West in a forward-facing car seat.
- Facebook users judged the reality star’s parenting in the comments of a photo she posted showing Saint in his car seat.
- According to California law, children under two must sit in rear-facing car seats.
- However, the law does not apply to children with a height of 40 inches or more, or weight of over 40 pounds.
- Some Facebook users defended Kardashian in the comments.
Many moms are unfairly judged for their parenting skills, and celebrities are even more publicly shamed for how they raise their children.
Kim Kardashian West is the latest celeb parent to be mom-shamed over a photo she shared of her 18-month-old son Saint West sitting in his car seat on Facebook on June 24.
In the comments, several users took issue with the direction of Saint’s forward-facing car seat. As Refinery29 points out, a law in California passed in January, 2017, mandates that children under the age of two must sit in rear-facing car seats.
Many Facebook users instantly criticized the reality TV star for not putting Saint’s safety seat facing away from the driver’s seat.
“Let’s protect this handsome boy by making sure [the seat is] rear facing,” one Facebook user wrote.
“It’s illegal to have a child facing forward in California that is less than 2 years old,” a separate user wrote. “Please turn his car seat around, it’s not too late!”
Another commented: “Omg! Guys the world is gonna end! His car seat needs to be rear facing!”
A number of commenters hit back at Kardashian’s haters, and brought up the fact that the car seat might have been turned around simply for the photo.
“This could be a seat that turns 180 degrees so you can move the seat to take a picture,” one Facebook user commented. “We don’t know that they didn’t turn him around to take a picture and then turn him back again.”
Others argued that no one should be judging Kardashian’s parenting at all.
“Front facing or rear facing, at least she got the safety clips right this time! Let’s show some support and give a little credit where credit is due,” one mom wrote. “Every mom does things differently. Doesn’t make it right or wrong.”
It’s worth noting that, as Refinery29 points out, the law requiring rear-facing car seats is not actually applicable to children with a height of 40 inches or more, or a weight of over 40 pounds.
Since we don’t know either of those things about Saint for sure, we ought to give Kardashian a break. Being a mom of two — and soon, three — is surely hard enough without facing criticism from strangers on the internet.
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