He’s been a dad for mere weeks, but Andy Cohen has already learned the first lesson of parenthood: Everyone’s an expert.
The Bravo host welcomed son Benjamin Allen via surrogate on Feb. 4, and has promptly been criticized for taking his newborn on a plane and letting his dog near the little one’s toy. Now the parent shamers are back to chastise Cohen over a photo the new dad posted of Benjamin sleeping in his crib.
The baby boy is photographed in a snug swaddle — which helps calm babies because it replicates the feeling of the womb — as he snoozes in his crib. It’s a precious pic that has elicited countless heart emojis and adoring messages. It’s also elicited countless critiques and safety warnings.
Some commenters are wading in to complain that the baby’s crib setup could be unsafe. Parenting experts typically advise that cribs be free of toys, pillows and loose bedding to prevent suffocation and lessen the risk of SIDS.
“Please take the pillows out of his crib!” read one comment, apparently referencing the padded baby book strapped to the crib.
“ABC: Alone, on their back, in an empty crib,” added someone. “Get all that extra s*** outta there.”
“I can imagine you may have had unsolicited advice but just to mention he needs to be in a smaller crib then later move to the cot,” a commenter chimed in.
Others complained that the sheets weren’t tight enough, suggested he use pillows to support the baby’s neck or slammed swaddling as “bad.”
Cohen’s fans had his back, however, with many noting that the baby was being safely supervised.
“Ignore all of the unsolicited advice and enjoy your baby boy!!!” a supporter wrote. “You’re doing amazing, sweetie.”
“The baby can’t even move!” fired back another fed-up follower. “Leave him alone!”
“It’s passive-aggressive to offer advice about a baby to the parent who didn’t ask,” read another comment. “One said take all the crap out of the crib, another said the sheet wasn’t tight enough. That assumes he’s stupid. He’s so capable and has the best help you could never even dream of. It’s also called parent-shaming. So keep it to yourself, unless specifically asked.”
“I wonder if because you are a gay parent you are getting all this unsolicited advice as if you don’t already have a mom who is giving the same advice!” mused a follower. “A kid would be so lucky to have a fun, warm, loving person like you as a parent.”
Commenters can at least agree on one thing: When it comes to swaddling, Cohen nailed it.
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