Kim Kardashian recently posted a photo of her fourth child, Psalm West, which immediately drew criticism from people online about the items in the crib.
Today.com reported that the photo, which has since been taken down from Instagram, had blankets, loose items, and padded bumpers in the crib.
Psalm West pic.twitter.com/F0elQd1cJq— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 17, 2019
One person had the following words for Kim, “Congratulations!! However PLEASE consider removing all that bedding and soft base from the crib. A baby should sleep on a firm, flat surface.”
While another person said, “This is how NOT to put your baby down to sleep!!! Hoping this reaches other mothers and educates on safer sleeping! The snuggle pod should NOT be used in a cot and at night time. The baby should NOT be overwrapped [sic]. The baby should NOT have a hat on in the house. The head should be allowed to release excess heat and there should be NO cot bumpers!!! Feet should be positioned at the bottom of the cot, baby not placed in the middle!!”
1. Congrats! 2. Anyone else freaking out about all the blankets & bumpers?! American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping the crib free of blankets & pillows until baby is 12 months old, as these can create a suffocation hazard. @kanyewest Just looking out for a fellow dad 🙂— Ryan Moto Kawamoto (@RyanKawamoto) May 18, 2019
Experts told Today.com that these concerned comments were correct.
Dr. Lana Gagin, a pediatrician at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, told the news outlet, “Younger babies up to 4 months of age are at the highest risk for sleep-related deaths.”
She added that doctors, “recommend strict safe sleep practices up until 12 months of age.”
Gagin also recommends that parents shouldn’t be using items such stuffed animals, pillows, blankets inside the crib.
“Parents need to avoid using any soft objects in the bed, and this includes crib bumpers, blankets, pillows, soft toys (and baby positioners),” Gagin warned to Today.com. “Place your baby on his or her back on a firm sleep surface, such as a crib or bassinet, with a tight fitting mattress with a tight fitting sheet. The crib should be essentially bare.”
Earlier this month, Kardashian wrote, “With the arrival of our fourth child … we are blessed beyond measure. We have everything we need.”
On May 10th Kim added, “He’s here and he’s perfect! He’s also Chicago’s twin lol I’m sure he will change a lot but now he looks just like her.”
After Psalm was revealed as the name of the youngest Kardashian, founder of namerology.com, Laura Wattenberg, revealed that more and more Americans are opting for unusual baby names instead of traditional names.
“A baby name is a very personal choice more today than ever before,” she told NBC News. “Kim and Kanye aren’t the only ones who have given up naming baby after grandpa.”
She explained that there were 15 newborns in 2018 with the name Psalm.
“It’s part of a trend toward creativity that’s seen lots and lots of parents turning words into names,” said Wattenberg.
Kardashian’s three other young children also have the unusual names of Chicago, Saint, and North.
“Kim and Kanye seem to work hard to give the siblings names that have similar ‘character,’” Wattenberg said. “This is true of parents I work with as well, whether they favor unusual or traditional names. I wouldn’t expect to find many Psalms in your child’s kindergarten class anytime soon.”