Yikes, people always have something to say. Jill Duggar of Counting On fame was mom-shamed by several people on Instagram after she shared a photo of her sons that featured 4-year-old Israel Dillard wearing a bib. “Iz is way [too] old to be using a bib,” one follower wrote. “Teach him to eat neatly and you won’t have this issue.”
The photo was just a sweet pic of Jill, 28, posing with a cake along with her sons for her youngest boy’s birthday. But it led to a lot of vitriol in the comments. “Happy birthday to our sweet little Samuel!” she captioned the shot. “We love you, little man! 💕#2yearsold #happyboy.”
While there were certainly some well-wishes for the little boy and the Dillard family as a whole, the mom-shaming comments definitely stood out. “Isn’t the older boy a bit old for a bucket bib?!?” one person wrote. Another said, “Why does a [5-year-old] have a bib on 😆.” (They got the age wrong, but the criticism is the same!)
The Duggar family, in particular, made sure to swoop in and offer nicer comments in the midst of the shaming. “Happy Birthday Samuel!!!,” Anna Duggar wrote. “Love you so much — I pray you continue to grow strong and healthy and love Jesus more each day! 💕PS save some cake for me🎂 😊.” Plus, Sammy’s grandparents commented, “Happy Birthday from Grandma [and] Grandpa Duggar! We pray you grow up to be a Godly man who impacts the world for Christ! We love you, Samuel!! 💙😍.”
This is far from the first time Jill has faced mommy-shaming on social media. She was also accused of putting her younger child in danger back in early June because he wasn’t rear-facing in his car seat.
“Made a quick trip to @sonicdrivein for a little #familytimeout #sickkids,” Jill captioned a photo featuring her son behind her in the car that she posted on June 3. “Sam loved his corndog #happybaby.” While Sam may have seemed happy in the photo, Jill’s fans did not share that happiness in the comments. “He’s super cute, glad he enjoyed his corn dog,” one follower began their reply. “He still looks pretty small, so if he hasn’t maxed the limits it’s safer to be rear facing. Also, unless those strap covers came with his seat, as cute as they are, unfortunately, aren’t safe because they can turn the straps into a conveyor belt in the event of impact.” Eek. Well, at least Izzy wearing a bib isn’t exactly dangerous, just a little odd in the eyes of Jill’s Instagram followers.