Many Jill Duggar fans probably hoped that the new mom was making a one-time mistake by wearing her baby sling in a dangerous position. However, a second photo has emerged that shows the 19 Kids and Counting star wearing the same sling in a similar manner.
The photo in question was recently shared on the Duggar Family News: Life is not all pickles and hairspray Facebook page. It was reportedly taken during the Duggars’ appearance at the ATI Family Conference in Big Sandy, Texas, and it shows Jill Duggar wearing her sling a bit too low. She’s also keeping baby Israel’s face completely covered.
“Is that a baby or a cocoon?” the photo was captioned.
The baby sling photo quickly went viral, and it wasn’t long before experts started weighing in on the incorrect positioning of baby Izzy. According to ABC News, the picture got so much attention that it was even discussed during a recent episode of Good Morning America.
“Usually in a ring sling, the baby should be a little bit higher up on her body,” Holly Ann Cordero said during a discussion about the photo. Cordero teaches mothers the proper way to wear slings at her Brooklyn store, Wild Was Mama. She also stated that Jill is making a mistake by keeping Israel’s face hidden.
“You want to have the baby either upright or in a cradle position… you want to be able to see her face.”
Dr. Richard Besser, the chief health and medical editor for ABC News, pointed out that infants can suffocate if they aren’t positioned properly, and there have been reports of sling-related deaths. However, Israel definitely isn’t in the group of infants who are most at risk of being killed or injured in a sling.
“There are some babies who are at greater risk,” Besser said. “If your baby’s premature or small for their age, or [in] the first four months of life or they have any cold at all, don’t use a sling.” Jill recently provided photographic evidence that Israel definitely isn’t small for his age.
Adriane Stare, a certified babywearing educator, told Yahoo! Parenting that babies in slings should be worn up high and close. A good rule of thumb is this: a mother should be able to kiss the top of her baby’s head. It’s also important to make sure that the baby’s chin is off his chest to prevent suffocation.
ABC News asked Jill Duggar to comment on the baby sling controversy, but she turned down the opportunity to defend herself. However, at least worried moms now know that Jill is aware that she isn’t wearing the sling properly. It’s important to point out that the second baby sling photo was taken before the first picture caused such a huge backlash, so Jill was likely oblivious that she was doing anything wrong. However, it might trouble some fans to know that the 19 Kids and Counting star was making a habit of bad babywearing before her error was finally brought to her attention. They can only hope that Jill responds to the controversy by taking the time to learn the proper way to carry Israel in the sling.
Jill Duggar didn’t just cause a minor scandal by wearing her sling wrong in Big Sandy. According to Starcasm, some 19 Kids and Counting fans criticized her decision to take a 2-week-old baby on a long trip. However, they weren’t just worried about Izzy — they were concerned about Jill’s health, too. During a recent interview with PEOPLE, she revealed that she’s still struggling to recover from her lengthy labor and emergency C-section.
“One day I felt really good and I did too much that day and the next day, I paid for it. The pain around my incision depends on what I’ve done that day and if I’ve rested enough or not.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Jill Duggar’s traumatic pregnancy will be the main focus of this Tuesday’s episode of 19 Kids and Counting. You can check out a sneak peek of the episode below.
Do you think Jill Duggar will start wearing her sling correctly now that she’s aware of the big mommy controversy she caused?
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