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The Internet Can’t Stop Talking About Kim Kardashian’s Photo of Baby Saint in His Car Seat

Here's why it might not be a big deal.
PUBLISHED ON 06/26/2017

Kim Kardashian is no stranger to mom shaming. From the North West ear-piercing saga to criticism over recent surrogacy rumors, people love to comment on the parenting choices of Kimye. The latest thing drawing negative attention? This seemingly innocent photo of her baby boy, 18-month-old Saint, in his car seat.

Kardashian shared an adorable Facebook photo of Saint sitting in his Maxi-Cosi car seat on Saturday. But the innocent proud-mom pic soon became the subject of debate because of the car seat’s positioning.

Despite the AAP recommendation—and California law—that children under 2 should sit rear-facing, Saint’s seat is forward-facing.

A few of the nearly 1,700 comments were quick to point that out.

“It's illegal to have a child facing forward in California that is less than 2 years old. Please turn his car seat around, it's not too late!”

“He's very cute, but it would be safer for him to be back facing in his seat.”

Others came to Kardashian’s defense:

“My baby gets severe motion sickness facing backwards...I’m sure he is in a luxury automobile with at least 20 airbags. Stop judging.”

“Who says they're in California right now? Let her be.”

Wondering about that California law people are talking about? As of 2017, California joins Oregon, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Rhode Island as a state requiring kids under age 2 to sit in rear-facing car seats. The intention is to better protect developing necks and spines in the event of a car crash. The exception: when your child weighs more than 40 pounds or is 40 inches or taller—neither of which we know about Kardashian’s son Saint.

Parents of babies who exceed the height and weight limit for rear-facing car seats often cite a lack of legroom as a reason to switch baby to a forward-facing position. And car seat companies are hearing them. The Chico Fit2 infant car seat was our 2017 Best of Baby pick because it helps keep babies rear-facing longer with two rear-facing positions. And keep in mind convertible car seats can be used from birth.