Since being fired by TLC from the hit Duggar show Counting On, Derick Dillard has been pretty active on social media. Well, he was active before, too, that’s sort of what got him fired in the first place. But now that he and Jill have a lot more free time on their hands, they’re sharing more and more of their lives on Twitter and Instagram. But, true to form, he’s not exactly using it in the best way. Derick recently posted a picture of baby Samuel, who not even a year old yet. The baby is playing with a water bottle, but the bottle hasn’t been “baby-proofed”. Eagle-eyed fans and foes were quick to call him out.
Derick Dillard posted the image of Samuel on his Instagram. We have to say, that boy is CUTE! But a lot of fans couldn’t overlook the pretty obvious problem in the photo.
Samuel appears to be strapped into his car seat, so it’s likely he was in the car when Derick took the picture. He’s playing with an empty water bottle, which isn’t weird! My kids play with cardboard boxes more than any toy they own. But there is a pretty big issue with the bottle as it was given to the little guy. In the caption, Derick says, Sam loves his new toy!” But his new toy could be potentially dangerous.
The baby was given the bottle with the lid and ring still attached, and the label still on. That’s a big no-no, and makes it a choking hazard.
Commenters were quick to pounce on the image. It’s one thing to let your kid play with whatever you’ve got lying around, we’ve all been there. But it’s so important to baby-proof anything you hand off to an infant. Especially if they were traveling in a car! It only takes a second for a wily baby to get the lid off and for it to become lodged in their throat.
Is it daddyshaming to point out a pretty obvious danger to a child? I don’t know. It’s a gray area, but I get wanting to point it out. How many parents have found themselves in scary situations (or worse) because of an oversight like this?
Turns out, dads aren’t immune to the same “standards” that get moms reamed on social every single day. Let’s hope they removed the choking hazards on that bottle once they were made aware of it.
(Image: Facebook/Derick and Jill Dillard Fans)