Jill Duggar-Dillard can’t seem to catch a break this week from critics after photos of her son prompted outrage online.
The reality star has spent quite a bit of time in Central America with husband Derick and son Israel on a mission trip, but the family took time out to share photos of the baby’s first Christmas over the holidays. One of the pics shows Israel sitting on a blanket on a tiled floor in front of several wrapped gifts, but it’s what’s on the wall that has several people concerned for his safety: an electrical outlet.
According to fans who took to the comments section on Instagram, the outlet appears to be uncovered, which is a big no-no when it comes to baby-proofing a home. However, as pointed out on She Knows, the outlet could simply be a safety feature in itself, as some doctors have advised against the plastic plugs many people use because they could be a choking hazard. Instead, some parents are choosing outlet covers that have sliding clips which cover the holes.
It’s also possible, as one commenter pointed out, that the parents simply sat baby Israel down for a quick photo and never thought about the outlets.
“Oh people, the gifts and the blanket are arranged so nicely that They Probably Just set the baby Down for a Quick Picture. Its adorable,” julie_best72 wrote.
Jill and Derick Dillard have been on the receiving end of quite a bit of criticism recently after a photo of Israel surfaced that showed him with an apparent black eye, and another of the 8-month-old during “blanket training”, which involves swaddling a child to get him to learn self-control. Jill’s mom, Michelle, reportedly used the technique on her own children, but many say that 8 months old is too old for such “training”.
According to a 2011 report by the National Resource Center on Child and Health Safety and the American Academy of Pediatrics, swaddling can increase the risks of “serious health outcomes” and it is “not necessary or recommended.”
Jill and her sister Jessa are back in the spotlight, for better or worse, now that they’ve been given their own spinoff show. Counting On features the young women as they navigate life as wives and mothers after the cancellation of their family’s show, 19 Kids And Counting. The former hit TLC show took a huge blast after Josh Duggar was revealed to have sexually abused several underage girls when he was 14 years old, and the network quickly pulled the show from its rotation. Later, when Josh’s name was implicated in the Ashley Madison hack and it was revealed that he had cheated on wife Anna, the entire family took a hit in the media as their religion and practices were scrutinized.
Anna has appeared on the spinoff, speaking briefly about what it was like to find out her husband had been unfaithful, but it’s unclear whether she will stay with him. However, many fans believe she’ll stay simply because of the terms of the family’s religion.
“It was definitely a hard thing, and I think it is such a betrayal for a spouse to go through what we’re walking through, and it was hard. It was hard to realize that it was such a public thing, and so not only was it a betrayal against me, but it was a betrayal against those that call themselves Christians, because here we were as a Christian couple. Josh was my first love. He is my one and only,” Anna Duggar said in a tearful interview.
Josh Duggar, meanwhile, has remained off the radar as he reportedly seeks treatment for a sexual addiction.
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