Blake Lively fans are voicing their support for the new mom and husband Ryan Reynolds after the Internet went wild this week over her Father's Day Instagram photo.
After the 27-year-old actress posted a photo of Reynolds holding daughter James in an infant carrier, parenting critics came out in force.
Not because Reynolds is easy on the eyes, and not because of the tongue-in-cheek text accompanying the pic, playfully insinuating that Reynolds might or might not be James' biological father.
No, it was because of the way Reynolds was holding James in the carrier — very low on his chest, with her feet hanging straight down and her head not even visible.
"Poor baby looks so uncomfortable and unsafe. Please have hot hubby read the instruction manual," one person wrote in a comment that has now been deleted, according to Today.
However, fans — and parents who have made their own mistakes — showed their support for the family.
"Oh goodness people! They are brand-new parents! Weren't we all at some point?! Heck, aren't we still?! Every child changes the game on us every three months and we have to learn new things!," writes Instagram user @renzanity.
"Hey, guys, let's be supportive. I can't count how many times I did things wrong with my 1st. Thumbs up to you for baby-wearing. I almost drop my daughter trying to figure out how to buckle those darn things," writes @steffrey_e.
Many parents know the struggle of fitting babies properly into labyrinthine carriers, and fortunately there is a handy acronym for keeping Baby safely secure: TICKS.
Tight: Your baby should be close to your body so that
he/she can't slump down.
In view at all times: You should be able to glance
down and see your baby's face.
Close enough to kiss: Your baby should be high
enough and close enough to your chin for you to kiss
him/her on the forehead or face.
Keep chin off the chest: There should be at least one
finger's space between your baby's chin and his or her chest
to allow him or her to breathe easily
Supported back: Your baby's back should be
supported in a natural position, ideally with his or her tummy toward you in an upright position or with his or her bottom at the deepest part of a pouch or ring sling.
Press gently on their back — he or she shouldn't uncurl or
move toward you.