The INSIDER Summary:
- Kim Kardashian has responded to criticism over the position of her son Saint West’s car seat.
- The mom of two posted a photo of her 20-month-old son in a forward-facing car seat on Facebook this June.
- In the comments, many people argued the car seat position was unsafe and broke California state law that requires toddlers under 2 to sit in rear-facing seats.
- However, the law doesn’t apply to children who are over 40 inches tall or weigh more than 40 pounds.
- In a new video, Kardashian explained that Saint West meets those requirements.
The reality star recently defended her parenting skills in a new video, which we first read about on People.
In the video, posted to her website, Kardashian addressed accusations from Facebook users who claimed that she put her son Saint West in danger — and potentially even broke the law — by placing him in a forward-facing car seat.
Here’s the offending photo that Kardashian shared on Facebook this June:
Many people in the comments suggested the position of the 20-month-old’s car seat wasn’t safe, and pointed to a California law passed in January 2017 that says children under the age of two must sit in rear-facing car seats.
“It’s illegal to have a child facing forward in California that is less than 2 years old,” one user commented. “Please turn his car seat around, it’s not too late!” Another person wrote: “Let’s protect this handsome boy by making sure [the seat is] rear facing.”
However, the law also mandates that rear-facing car seats are not applicable to children with a height of 40 inches or more, or a weight of over 40 pounds.
In the video, Kardashian said that her son meets these requirements, and therefore can sit in a forward-facing seat.
“What people didn’t know is that Saint is now the weight and height requirement to sit forward-facing,” she said. “Saint actually weighs more than North, if that is believable.”
It’s not the first time Kardashian has defended herself for how she chooses to parent her kids.
In July, the reality star responded to people who shamed her for dressing her 4-year-old daughter North West in a corset-style dress with a Snapchat video that showed her dress didn’t feature a real corset, but rather a lace-up detail designed to look like one.
As both of these examples prove, it’s best not to judge other people’s parenting at all.
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