After weeks of waiting, Americans finally got a glimpse of their own Royal Baby last week, as Kim Kardashian posted a photo of her newborn son Psalm West on Twitter. However, the heartwarming parenting moment quickly turned controversial, as the parenting police arrived wondering if Kardashian’s photo actually put Psalm in danger.
In the photo, which seems to come from a text conversation between Kardashian and her husband Kanye, Psalm is lying face-up in his crib but several commenters noted that the crib was overstuffed with blankets and padding, which can actually be dangerous for newborns, as it puts them at risk of suffocating or other sleep-related deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
One user wrote, “1. Congrats! 2. Anyone else freaking out about all the blankets & bumpers?! American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping the crib free of blankets & pillows until baby is 12 months old, as these can create a suffocation hazard. @kanyewest Just looking out for a fellow dad.”
Psalm West pic.twitter.com/F0elQd1cJq
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 17, 2019
Another user, who identified themselves as an ER doctor, offered up similar advice, writing, “Please please please go pay an overpriced ‘sleep consultant’ to get all that unnecessary padding, bumpers, and blankets out of your child’s crib so they are not at risk for SIDS. I’ve tried and failed to resuscitate too many children that have died this way.”
These complaints align with the AAP’s recommendations, as they encourage parents and caregivers to “place the baby on his or her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.” The AAP also addresses the risk of soft bedding, advising that parents “[a]void use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys. The crib should be bare.”
Kardashian has not publicly responded to the criticism but according to a source, she is aware of the complaints and only staged the photo to post online. So hopefully, the only parenting sin Kardashian committed was using her children for likes.