She’s in hot water. Counting On star Jill Duggar shared a photo of her son, Samuel Dillard, via Instagram on June 2, and her followers are not especially pleased with it. Why? Because the little guy isn’t rear-facing in his car seat. Uh oh!
“Made a quick trip to @sonicdrivein for a little #familytimeout #sickkids,” Jill, 28, captioned the post. “Sam loved his corndog #happybaby.” Little Sam does look pretty happy in the shot, but Jill’s fans certainly were not 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.” Yikes.
“That child should be rear-facing … not safe in an accident,” another follower wrote along with a link to a site about infant car seat safety. “Please consider placing Sam in a rear-facing position — it is so much safer,” someone else replied. Jill has yet to respond to her fan’s concerns on Instagram.
A lot of people scolded those who were offering the 19 Kids and Counting alum car safety critiques in the comments, but one person pointed out, “For everyone trying to run to her rescue regarding the car seat comments. It is not mom shaming. It is trying to save a child’s life. Car seat safety is not a parenting preference. It is life or death. The way the child is strapped into the seat is not correct. Moms are helping moms. If you post it on Instagram you’ve opened yourself up to feedback and no moms are trying to ‘shame’ her.” Good point.
This is not the first time Jill has faced backlash after posting a photo of either of her sons on social media. She was also slammed for giving her older son, Israel Dillard, popsicles when he had an upset stomach after sharing a picture of the sick little dude on Instagram back in February. “Why do you need to share this?” one person asked. “It’s just not necessary to share all the gross details!” Well, at least “gross” is better than “not safe,” right?
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