There's never a day off for the internet mom shamers. This time, they're coming after new mom Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. While out this week with her two-month-old son Archie, she was criticized by the "mom police" for the way she was holding her baby. The audacity of some people is truly astounding.
The mom and baby were attending a charity polo match supporting Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex. Also in attendance were his brother Prince William, Kate Middleton and Princes George and Louis. Meghan looked happy walking around with little Archie and cheering on her husband. In one picture circulating the internet, she is holding Archie upright. He seems perfectly content. For some reason, people are taking issue with the way she's holding him.
"Megan definitely needs a lesson on how to hold a baby," reads on comment on Instagram.
So one of his feet is dangling. He doesn't appear to be fussing or crying. As Dr. Jen Trachtenberg, board certified pediatrician tells TODAY Parents “There is no one right way to hold a baby. You want to make sure the baby is secure and that’s exactly what Meghan was doing. She’s holding him tightly with two arms. He’s not crying and he’s not uncomfortable.” Babies, especially at two months, don't need to be all smushed up like little burritos.
“But in general, at two months of age, there is enough head control that you don't have to constantly cradle the head," Dr. David L. Hill tells TODAY Parents.
"I am an old mom need something for his head and little socks for his feet.; and do you need someone to show you," reads another comment.
First of all, England has been having hotter than normal weather. When it's warm, you don't want to over dress babies. If Archie was previously covered in his stroller or in a carrier, putting a hat and socks on him might have made it too hot. "Dress the baby the way you're dressed," pediatrician Dr. Bruce Epstein, tells Parents.
Meghan and Archie have been laying low since the infant's birth this spring. Understandably, the new mom is still in the early days of motherhood. She is living entire life, and subsequently Archie's, under a microscope. So of course she wants to spend time enjoying her baby without the intrusion of the whole world. And with people acting like this when she does leave the house, you certainly can't blame her. Can people seriously not go one day without shaming a mother for following her instincts?