When you look at this picture, you probably see a proud dad and his baby daughter, celebrating Father’s Day together – a perfectly innocent and rather sweet image.
However, look a little closer at Ryan’s daughter James’ positioning in that carrier, and you might find yourself agreeing with commenters who say that something is not quite right…
The questioning began after Ryan’s wife, Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively, posted the snap to her Instagram account, with the tongue-in-cheek caption:
‘Happy Fathers Day!!! … @vancityreynolds Since the day our baby was born, I’ve felt so strongly in my heart that you were most likely the father. #ILoveYouSoMuchItsSilly’
Despite the fun, relaxed nature of the image, Blake, 27, and Ryan, 38, have since come under fire from commenters on the photo saying that their child isn’t in her carrier properly. People were quick to point out that she is too low down and that her legs are in the wrong position.
‘Dude the baby is suffocating in there!’ one commenter exclaimed, whilst another wrote, ‘Poor baby looks so uncomfortable and unsafe. Please have hot hubby read the instruction manual.’
Some commenters defended Blake and Ryan from the backlash, pointing out that James is their first child and all new parents make mistakes, but others said that it wasn’t a matter of judgement, but of safety.
‘The reason the baby is unsafe and is obviously in the carrier wrong is because of the leg positioning, the baby should be in a seated position…that is how they are secure. The legs would be coming out the sides instead of the bottom. This has nothing to do with anyone thinking they’re a better or perfect parent, it has everything to do with carrying about the Reynold’s and the safety of their baby,’ one follower stated.
Parenting blog The Stir explained that James’ feet are dangling out of the bottom of the carrier, and they’re together. When baby’s feet are pushed together in a carrier, it increases the risk of hip dysplasia, as their little hips are basically pushed out of their sockets. Instead, doctors recommend that baby carriers “support the thigh and allow the legs to spread to keep the hip in a stable position.”‘
‘The other thing going wrong here is that James’ head seems to be completely obscured. Babywearers always want to make sure they can see their infant’s face, and keep their airways clear.’
However, not everyone agreed that James was in immediate danger – Adriane Stare, a certified babywearing educator told Yahoo Parenting: ‘Although baby James is not in the most ideal position for this carrier, it’s really wonderful to see a happy dad trying his best to follow his instincts and snuggle his baby close.
‘When a baby is carried heart-to-heart on mom or dad’s chest, even when not perfectly positioned, a parent is much more able to be attuned to how baby is doing versus when their babe is away from them in a stroller.’
What do you think of the way James is sat in her carrier – harmless mistake, or a risk that needed pointing out? Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts!