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Even the Beckhams Have a Hard Time with This Toddler Issue

If you can believe it, David and Victoria Beckham's youngest daughter Harper is now 4 years old. That's right. The precious only girl of the soccer superstar and style icon is now well into her toddler years—walking, talking and being pretty awesome.

And she's still using a pacifier.

Cue the parenting critics now.

When recent pictures surfaced of an ever-stylish Harper with a pacifier in her mouth, the parenting universe went wild debating if Harper was too old to be using this common soothing device. And like all parenting issues, there are two camps: The first camp believes kids should be able to use them as long as they want and ditch them when they're good and ready; the other side, including many experts, believe 4 is way too old for a child to be comforting themselves with a paci.

But really, does anyone else's opinion really matter when it comes to the care and comfort of our own children?

RELATED: Expert Tips on How to Ditch the Pacifier

Protective dad David Beckham leaped to his daughter's defense by posting a picture of the sensationalized Daily Mail story that started it all—which went so far as to have experts say Harper would grow up with speech delays. He commented on his Instagram, "Why do people feel they have the right to criticize a parent about their own children without having any facts ?? Everybody who has children knows that when they aren't feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best and most of the time it's a pacifier so those who criticize think twice about what you say about other people's children because actually you have no right to criticize me as a parent ..."

And you know what? We couldn't agree more.

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