Jill Duggar recently shared a cute video of herself and her husband, Derick Dillard, training their son to crawl. The video seems completely harmless, but because baby Israel’s crawling lesson takes place on a blanket, some critics of the Duggar family are worried, and Jill and her husband might be using a controversial baby training method known as “blanket training.”
According to People, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard updated their fans on Israel’s latest milestones by sharing two videos of the little boy on the Dillard Family website. One video shows the 7-month-old tot pulling himself up and standing while he holds on to the side of the couch. Derick swoops in to catch the unsteady baby when it looks like he’s about to fall.
Even though the video looks completely harmless, some Duggar critics are worried that Jill and Derick have started blanket training baby “Choo Choo” (the parents’ nickname for Israel).
“Cute little guy! Looks just like his mommy. Can’t help but wonder what happens if he crawls off that blanket, though,” Marjorie Downey wrote on the Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles And Hairspray Facebook page. The page moderator warned that she was deleting nasty comments about the possibility of Jill Duggar blanket training Israel, but left a few of the less critical comments up.
“Sadly the word blanket, when in relation to any of them, will always make us think the worst,” Suzy K. Reynolds wrote.
ChicagoNow shared an anecdote from someone who was once a member of a forum called Christian Moms Of Many Blessings, and this person tells a very different story about Michelle Duggar’s blanket training method. Jill Duggar’s mother allegedly did a guest chat on the forum many years ago, and she advocated for using flexible rulers while blanket training. She also told moms to try to lure their children off of blankets using toys before swatting them. Michelle’s references to the rulers were reportedly later deleted from the forum.
There’s further evidence that Jill Duggar and her siblings grew up in a household where corporal punishment was practiced. In police reports obtained by In Touch Weekly, one of Josh Duggar’s sexual molestation victims — four of whom were his younger sisters — told police officers that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar had “a rod” and that they used it to spank all of their children.
Even though Jill Duggar’s parents believe (or used to believe) in corporal punishment, this doesn’t mean that Jill and Derick Dillard will use the exact same child-rearing methods to raise Israel. Commenters on the Pickles and Hairspray Facebook page are usually very critical of the Duggars, but most of them seem to agree that the video of Israel crawling on a blanket doesn’t show Jill and Derick doing anything wrong.
“I actually know what blanket training is and there is no evidence to support the fact that Jill is using it,” Shelby Miller wrote. “The fact she has him on a blanket doesn’t mean she (sic) blanket training and the floor underneath is exactly why she has the blanket on the floor. Children who live in tiled floor houses still have to have playtime.”
What do you think of Jill Duggar’s video of Israel crawling? Are you worried that she and Derick might be blanket training the baby, or are you more concerned that the parents are letting their son chew on a marker?
[Photo by Jill Duggar Dillard / Instagram]