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Reality Star Faces Backlash for Baby Crib Photos

This isn't a mom-shaming issue; it's a baby safety issue.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
October 2, 2017
Tori Roloff and husband Zach with baby boy
Image: Tori Roloff via Instagram

Tori Roloff is lucky enough to have an excellent napper on her hands. And the star of Little People, Big World is proudly showing off 4-month-old Jackson from his crib. The problem? That crib isn’t safe.

In Roloff’s Instagram story, we see a crib full of blankets and stuffed animals.

Image: Tori Roloff via Instagram Stories

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents should “keep soft objects, loose bedding, or any objects that could increase the risk of entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation out of the baby’s sleep area.” The AAP gives examples of those items:

  • Pillows
  • Quilts
  • Comforters
  • Sheepskins
  • Blankets
  • Toys
  • Bumper pads

While soft bedding keeps you warm and cozy at night, it’s not the answer for baby because of the suffocation risk it can pose. Creating a safe sleep environment is the no. 1 way to reduce your child’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). And at 4 months old, baby Jackson hasn’t outgrown his risk; 90 percent of SIDS cases happen before 6 months.

Based on the remainder of Roloff’s Instagram story, it appears she received some comments based on the photos of Jackson’s crib. Roloff was quick to deem this a form of mom-shaming.

Image: Tori Roloff via Instagram Stories

“What I do with my kid may be different than you and that doesn’t make me wrong,” she says.

That would be true if this were about breastfeeding versus formula feeding, soothing to sleep versus cry-it-out, even parent-facing versus outward-facing strollers. But crib safety is a cut-and-dried issue. We’re not fans of mom-shaming, but we’re big advocates of sleep safety. Other parents with similar cribs haven’t been so lucky. Hopefully we can all use this as a learning.

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