On Easter, Jessica Simpson proudly shared the first pictures of her new family of five, starring one-month-old daughter Birdie Mae Johnson. But what was meant as an innocent photo quickly turned controversial as people started attacking one of the 38-year-old star’s parenting decisions.
In two of the photos, Birdie, who was born on March 19, is seen laying in her bassinet in a floral dress. And while many complimented the infant (“Cheeks for weeks!” wrote one fan), others were concerned that Birdie was laying on her stomach.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be placed on their backs to lower the risk of sleep-related deaths, namely sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). When a newborn is on their stomach, it can decrease the amount of oxygen they take in.
“Beautiful girls beautiful dresses but please BABY BACK ONLY …SAVE YOURSELF THE HEARTBREAK OF SIDS,” one parent wrote. Another chimed in, “Remember as a role model to demonstrate safety so others will remember to do what’s safest for their baby as well!”
However, according to mom Tina Simpson, Birdie was just posing for the photo. Tina defended her daughter with a comment that read, “We stood over her and placed her in that position for a picture only! Enjoy the preciousness!”
It’s the second time in less than a month that Simpson, who also has six-year-old daughter Maxwell and five-year-old son Ace with husband Eric Johnson, has faced criticism online. Earlier this month, she was shamed for posting a picture of a full cup of breast milk with the caption, “This is what success feels like,” as some parents pointed out that not all women are able to breastfeed.