Can You Spot the Safety Hazard in Katherine Heigl's Instagram?

The AAP would not approve of her recent snap.
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Associate Social Editor
March 13, 2018

As parenting professionals, we love hunting around on Instagram for cute baby photos—but we also tend to notice when something seems off or unsafe. That was the case when we spotted a misstep in actress and mother-of-three Katherine Heigl’s recent post.

Heigl shared an adorable photo of 1-year-old son Joshua sitting in his UPPAbaby car seat on Instagram this week. But the innocent proud-mom pic soon became the subject of debate because of one small detail that has the potential to be a very big deal.

Joshua looks a little confused in the snap, and rightly so. The position of the clip on his car seat strap is too low and doesn’t meet AAP suggested guidelines. According to an AAP spokesblogger, the chest clip of a baby’s car seat should be snug at the center of the chest and at armpit level. But in Heigl’s photo, the clip rests over Joshua’s belly.

“Every parent has a few favorite baby products they just can’t live without… and I’m no exception! Items that make life just that little bit easier—bringing peace of mind, saving precious time or simply bringing joy,” Heigl’s caption reads. We’re hoping that the clip was pulled down for a better photo, because the current position wouldn’t bring any AAP guideline loyalist joy.

Heigl isn’t the only celeb mom taking heat for car seat safety violations. Kim Kardashian’s photo of her 18-month-old son Saint in a front-facing car seat was a hot topic of conversation last summer. Any questions about car seat etiquette? Consult our age-by-age breakdown of AAP guidelines.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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