Kylie Jenner, the social media and makeup mogul of the Kardashian/Jenner clan now known for being the youngest self-made billionaire to grace a cover of Forbes magazine, made airwaves on social media after she posted a video on her Snapchat of her 5-month-old daughter, who apparently already has pierced ears. Some critics took to social media to shame Jenner for the ear piercings, telling her she should have waited for her daughter to make the decision for herself or claiming that the procedure is unsafe.
While there may be some credence to the argument that letting kids decide if or when they want to get their ears pierced is a good idea, the argument that piercing an infant’s ears is unsafe is absolutely incorrect. Pediatricians recommend that parents wait at least two months until after the birth of their daughter — and state that this is actually the best time for infants to get their ears pierced because it coincides with the tetanus vaccine.
In fact, it’s better to do it before a baby is Stormi’s age — because that’s when they start to localize pain and might pull and tug on their earlobes. Plus, the younger a baby is, the less likely they are to be stressed out about the procedure because to be fair, they don’t really know what’s going on.
Kylie is hardly the first famous parent to be mom-shamed on social media, and this isn’t her first time around the rodeo, either. Chrissy Teigen is pretty constantly shamed by anonymous naysayers who criticize her parenting; Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson, John Legend, and John Stamos are a part of the club, too.