Lauren Goodger may not be a parent – but she’s already causing parenting debates.
As we reported last week, the ex-TOWIE lady came under fire after she posted an Instagram snap of her two-year-old nephew Teddy.
So far so innocent, right? But it was the fact that the tot was using a dummy that got people in a tizz.
Of course, she received plenty of positive comments (we mean, Teddy is ADORBS), including: ‘So cute,’ and: ‘This is a lovely photo.’
But others wanted to voice their strong opinions on children wearing dummies, referencing the age that you ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ be allowing them.
Hmmm. Luckily for Lauren, she received plenty of support from her followers.
One comment read: ‘Out come the dummy police! You people going on about him having a dummy are ridic! Who cares!’
Another said: ‘If it’s not your child, it’s not your concern/problem. Kid looks happy, healthy and is obviously loved. All that matters.’
Now Lauren, 29, has had her own say.
She’s written in her new! column: ‘Oh my God! I had such a backlash over this photo I posted of Teddy with a dummy. I know he looks older, but he’s only two.
‘And you can’t put an age on these things – all kids are different. It was like I gave it to him during the day while he was running around playing. It was about 6:30pm and he was tired. It’s a comfort thing.
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‘Some children suck their thumbs, so what’s the difference? He’s only a baby. If it makes him happy, I’m not going to deprive him.’
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