Whether you're a new mom, a veteran mom or a mom-to-be, we're all too familiar with the notion that everyone always has an opinion when it comes to how you raise your children. No matter what the circumstance, there never seems to be a shortage of people who eagerly want to share their two cents about the "right" way and the "wrong" way to be a proper parent. Of course, some sound advice can actually be quite helpful but more often than not the unsolicited nitpicking from onlookers leaves us feeling frustrated and judged beyond belief.
Let’s be honest – we all want what’s best for our children and anyone who calls that into question has some serious issues they need to contend with on their end. Navigating your way through the ups and downs of parenthood can be challenging enough without constant kickbacks from people who insist they know better because they’re already been there and done that.
While it can be seriously difficult to get unwanted feedback from friends, family, and even co-workers about your decisions as a parent, it must be especially challenging to be a celebrity and face criticism from total strangers on a constant basis. It seems whenever a star shares a seemingly innocent snapshot of their children, someone always finds a way to tear them down by calling their parenting into question. Being unnecessarily shamed is a serious struggle for parents everywhere, and even celebrities are no exception.
We’ve all been there - here are 15 celebs who were targeted for their baby photos.
15 Coco Austin's Glamour Shots
First-time parents are often eager to share every little detail about their new baby with anyone who’s willing to listen, and Coco Austin was definitely one of those extra-excited new moms. The model and wife of rapper Ice-T endured a long struggle to get pregnant, and when she finally had her daughter, Chanel, she couldn’t wait to finally gush all about her little girl. Coco was so enthusiastic about sharing her beautiful daughter with the whole world that she even created Twitter and Instagram accounts for the newborn when she was only one day old. On the social media platforms, Coco shared snapshots from her daughter’s first photoshoot where she was adorned in diamonds and an array of elaborate outfits.
Of course, it wasn’t long before Austin became a target for mean remarks about how she’s a poor parent for exploiting her baby. Some people took issue with the fact that little Chanel wasn’t even a day old and she already had over 200,000 followers. While the backlash had gotten pretty brutal, Coco laughed off the suggestion that she was doing anything wrong, while her husband took to Twitter to defend his wife, saying, “Are Coco & I exploiting our daughter because we’re posting her Baby pics?? You gotta be kidding me…” Just a hunch, but we don't think any outside influences will have the power to stop Coco and Ice-T from showing off their daughter anytime soon.
14 Jwoww Slammed For Sun-Exposure
What could possibly be wrong with this picture of a little boy and his dad spending quality time together? Well for Jenni Farley, better known as “Jwoww,” she found out just how hot the heat can be from people who like to cast judgement via social media. When the Jersey Shore alum decided to share this adorable snapshot of her husband Roger holding baby Greyson by the pool she probably thought that everybody else would find it equally as endearing. However, not long after the picture was posted Jenni was met with backlash for allegedly not putting enough sunscreen on her son during the hot summer day.
Of course, it’s nearly impossible to conclude that the child wasn’t properly equipped with sunscreen just by looking at one photo, and on top of that the little guy even had a hat on to shield him from the sun. Tired of being the target of baseless claims that called her parenting into question, Farley fired back. In a lengthy Instagram post, the star stated, "Not even sure why I am even doing this but I feel like schooling people on my previous post. First off, my son is two months and in a salt water pool up to his belly. Probably for a total of three minutes. But second is where I need to really educate trolls. My son actually does have sunscreen on. It's the same concept as diaper cream. Probably even better than the crap s--t you lather your children in."
13 Katie Price's Baby Bottle Battle
Let’s be serious for a second…does anyone really know the exact point in time where you’re supposed to rid your child of a bottle? Every parent and every child is different, but Katie Price became a major target of controversy after she posted an adorable picture of her two year old happily holding a bottle in one of her hands. The British model clearly thought nothing of posting the picture of her daughter to social media, but instead of getting likes Price was faced with tons of baseless backlash about how she’s a failure as a parent.
Because the toddler’s sippy cup still had a bottle-like top on it, followers called out Katie’s parenting skills, saying, “Some people don’t care about the facts they will still give their children’s teeth a poor start in life. It’s nothing more than lazy parenting”. Others accused the star of being unaware of the dangers that come along with childhood tooth decay and lectured her on the benefits of taking away the bottle all together. No matter what the circumstance, someone always has to be a critic. Instead of directly firing back to her shamers, Price went on to share another photo of her kids indulging in breakfast – complete with bottle-top sippy sups full of juice. Cheers to that!
12 Jessie James Decker’s Potty Training Problems
When you have over two million followers, there's bound to be more than a few people who are overly eager to share their opinion - especially when it comes to someone's parenting. Jessie James Decker can surely relate, as she knows all too well how frustrating it can be to share a cute photo of her kiddos only to be met with criticism. The country music singer once shared a sweet picture of her young daughter, Vivianne, sitting on the potty and to her chagrin the image was flagged by her followers and eventually removed by Instagram. Naturally, the proud mama wanted to show off how well her daughter was progressing with a major childhood milestone, so she must have been floored when her photo was deemed "inappropriate" by the social media platform. Decker retaliated by sharing one of Kim Kardashian's nude selfies along with the caption, "Soooo this is appropriate but my daughter going potty on her potty with nothing showing is flagged as inappropriate??? Wow Instagram. Wow." She tried to re-post the potty picture for a second time only for it to get deleted again before she finally took to Twitter with the snapshot...where it finally wasn't in danger of being taken down.
11 Farrah Abraham’s Inappropriate Innuendo
While many parents unintentionally post pictures of their children that somehow end up getting backlash, we can't help but question Farrah Abraham's intentions when she shared a photo of her daughter at the park accompanied by a super inappropriate innuendo. The attention-seeking Teen Mom star is known for stirring up controversy, and we're pretty sure she knew exactly what she was doing when she Snapchatted a picture of Sophia hanging on a pole with the caption, "So this is why the playground is popular - oh boy." Given Farrah's ties to the adult entertainment industry, her commentary shouldn't be all that surprising, but there's still something seriously wrong with sexualizing an innocent gesture made by a seven year old. Needless to say, Abraham was condemned for her tasteless social media post, with thousands of followers writing things such as "CPS please take this baby away!" It seems like whether it's positive or negative, any kind of attention helps Farrah fulfill her desperate need to be famous - even if it's at the expense of her own offspring.
10 Jessica Simpson's Bikini Drama
If there’s anyone all too familiar with being scrutinized on a regular basis, it’s got to be Jessica Simpson. For years, the singer has been the subject of cruel jokes regarding her weight but now that she’s a mother of two, people have started gossiping about the way she chooses to parent her young children. Following the birth of her first child in 2012, Simpson debuted a brand new body after shedding the excess baby weight she had acquired during her pregnancy. For the first time in what felt like forever, the star finally was receiving praise in the media, but her joy was short-lived because it was only a matter of time before people found something else to badger her about.
During an appearance on Katie Couric’s talk show, Simpson shared a picture of her four month old daughter Maxwell wearing a yellow crochet bikini. Of course, Jessica saw nothing wrong with the way her little girl was dressed. After all, she was just a baby and what could possibly be the harm in dressing her in swimwear? Sure enough, not long after the episode hit airwaves Jessica was targeted for the “suggestive” way she presented her daughter to the world. Jessica endured intense backlash for the photo, as some deemed it to be “disturbing” and “totally inappropriate”. Seriously? When all is said and done, what Maxwell wears is entirely up to Jessica and her husband and nobody is in a position to judge how another parent chooses to dress their child.
9 Kourtney Kardashian's Joy Ride
People love to poke fun at the Kardashians at every turn, and if we’re being honest, they kind of make themselves an easy target. When it comes to being overexposed and vain, the Kardashians are guilty as charged, but when it comes to how they raise their children, you might want to think twice before pointing fingers. Anyone who’s seen an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians knows there’s no question about how much Kourtney loves her kids. The mother of three has always been a dedicated mother who does what she can for her children, but her parenting was called into question after a recent Instagram post generated some bad buzz. The reality star shared a picture of two of her children, Penelope and Reign, sitting on the hood of a lavish Mercedes G-Wagon.
It’s no secret that Kourtney’s car costs a pretty penny - $122,000 to be exact, and many had accused her of carelessly flaunting her wealth while using her children as props. Kourtney’s social media post came in the wake of her sister’s infamous Paris heist, and fans were extra concerned about anyone in the family showcasing their extravagant purchases for fear of becoming targets of future robberies. On top of that, there were a few haters who gave Kourtney a hard time for even sitting her kids on top of the vehicle at all after warning of the dangers that would come along with falling off. Regardless of your opinion on the Kardashians, it’s pretty clear to see that Kourtney’s social media share was as harmless as they come.
8 Mariah Carey - Son Too Old For A Pacifier?
It’s easy to see why some celebrities decide to shield their children from the public eye all together, because the pressure to be perfect at all times is just too much for little ones to deal with. After having an unpleasant experience following an innocent Instagram post that included her two kids, Mariah Carey might be having second thoughts about allowing her twins to be in the spotlight. The star shared a super sweet picture of herself and children Moroccan and Monroe cuddling up in bed for a family movie night, but she definitely didn’t expect what came next. Carey’s followers took notice of the fact that her four year old son still was using a pacifier, and they didn’t waste any time calling out the diva for her lackluster parenting.
Many people who were on the anti-binky train insisted that giving her child a passy was “negligent” and “lazy,” while others were quick to point out that prolonged usage of a pacifier can cause damage to a youngster’s teeth. Regardless of what random people on social media have to say about Mariah’s methods as a mother, it’s safe to say that her kiddos are happy and healthy, so why judge them over something so insignificant? We’re pretty sure her son won’t be sucking on a binky by the time he’s in high school, so can’t we all just let them live?
7 Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Nightmare
It seems like some celebs just can't catch a break when it comes to being the subject of ridicule on social media, and Jamie Oliver just one of the many stars to feel the wrath of his followers. The celebrity chef shared a photo of himself working his magic in the kitchen with his six month old son in one arm and a frying pan full of food in the other. While Oliver intended to capture his little guy's early fascination with cooking, he definitely didn't expect to be labeled as an "irresponsible" parent by concerned fans. Opinionated followers of the star were quick to comment that while the picture was cute, there were some underlying dangers with having a baby so close to a hot stove. "What if the pan suddenly started spitting?" questioned one commenter, while others shamed Jamie for disregarding his son's safety. Of course, everyone is always an expert when it comes to proper way to be the perfect parent, and Jamie Oliver unfortunately found that out the hard way this time.
6 Megan Fox Lets Her Son Wear Dresses
As a mother to three boys, Megan Fox surely has learned a thing or two about raising children in recent years. For the most part, the actress typically keeps quiet on social media, but every now and then she will pop up on Instagram with a photo from her private life. Like many other celebrity parents who bravely choose to share pictures of their children with the world, Fox became the subject of scrutiny when she posted a picture of one of her boys wearing a Disney princess dress. While some fans admired Megan’s ability to let her son wear what he wants regardless of gender stereotypes, others were outraged that she allowed her son to dress like a girl.
As usual, some commenters took their views to extremes when they accused Fox of being a “bad parent” by “forcing” her child to wear a dress. While Fox has been rather vocal about her desire to have a girl someday, the assumption that she’s a terrible mother because of how she dresses her boys is completely uncalled for. Anyone who has a child knows perfectly well that kids have a mind of their own when it comes to expressing themselves, and that Fox was simply helping her son feel happy and comfortable while wearing what he wants. Since the infamous Instagram photo was shared, Megan’s boys have been spotted by paparazzi donning dresses on a number of occasions, and Fox stands by her decision to dress them however they see fit.
5 Derick Dillard’s Car Seat Controversy
At this point, the Duggar family should expect to receive ample backlash for their every move since they live primarily in the public eye, but that doesn't make the constant criticism they receive any easier to take. While the Duggars are certainly no strangers to harsh judgements regarding their unique parenting techniques, those who marry into the family are in for a rude awakening when they realize just how easy it is to be attacked over posting a simple baby picture. That's exactly what happened when Derick Dillard, the husband of Jill Duggar, decided to share an adorable snapshot of his son casually sitting in a car seat. While at first glance there may be no obvious reason to slam the star for the photo, eagle-eyed fans were quick to slam the reality star for the unsafe placement of the child's seat belt. Of course, car seat safety is should be a top priority for parents when traveling with little ones, and followers were compelled to target Dillard for his careless car seat mistake. One fan commented, "Good god someone please adjust that child's chest clip. That's horrific" while plenty of others chimed in to sound off on Derick's apparent child endangerment.
4 David Beckham - The "Wrong" Way To Show Love
While some parents see nothing wrong with giving their child a loving kiss on the lips, others are quick to ridicule them for the way they choose to show their affection. Professional soccer star David Beckham quickly became the target of harsh criticism when he shared a sweet snapshot of himself and his five year old daughter, Harper, sharing a smooch along with the caption “kisses for Daddy.” Although most people found that the photo showcased the love that Beckham has for his little girl, others relentlessly jabbed at the athlete for the “inappropriate” content of his social media post. Beckham was faced with an onslaught of insults from people who insisted that kissing his daughter on the lips was “wrong” and “weird”.
Many of Beckham’s naysayers deemed that Harper was simply “too old” to be getting kisses from her father while others had a more colorful barrage of insults for the star. Needless to say, those in favor of David’s parenting technique praised him for being such a loving parent. In a similar controversy, David’s wife, Victoria Beckham, was subject to the same kind of backlash when she too shared a picture of herself kissing Harper on the lips. What can we say? Haters gonna hate!
3 Coco Rocha's Breastfeeding Battle
If it seems like the age old argument of breast milk versus formula never seems to end, don’t worry, you aren’t the only one who’s tired of hearing the pros and cons of each. At the end of the day, a mother will do whatever she can to ensure that her child is properly fed, and while breastfeeding does come with a lot of benefits, sometimes the breast isn’t always the best choice for certain parents. That said, it seems like the push for moms to breastfeed has only gotten stronger over the years, and when a parent chooses a different method of feeding, they are instantly subject to being shamed for their decision. Even Coco Rocha experienced just how judgmental others can be after she shared a picture of her six month old daughter drinking formula from a bottle on social media. While the fashion model just wanted to share a simple sweet picture with her fans, she was stunned when they attacked her giving her baby formula instead of breast milk. Rocha received endless amounts of crude commentary that critiqued how she was nourishing her baby, but what her proponents didn’t know was that feeding her infant formula was something that was completely necessary. The star shared her thoughts in a lengthy post where she said her “milk went dry” and that breastfeeding was never an option because her body wasn’t able to produce enough milk. Rocha rightfully took the opportunity to school her haters by telling them “there is no perfect way of being a parent” and “I don’t need you to tell me how to be a mother”.
2 Christina El Moussa - Too Close To The Edge
Flip or Flop staple Christina El Moussa has been a hot topic in recent months due to her ongoing breakup battles with her husband Tarek, whom also conveniently co-stars alongside her on their popular home remodeling show. Divorce drama aside, Christina found herself in yet another controversy after sharing an innocuous picture of her children gleefully playing outside by the pool. While it may be hard to figure out what the problem is with Christina’s photo, multiple fans promptly pointed out that her son, Brayden, was hanging out dangerously close to the edge. El Moussa received an outour of negative feedback regarding her one year old’s position by the pool, but the star staunchly defended her decision to let kids be kids.
Christina shot back at her followers, saying, “OMG 1. It’s a beach entry if he fell in it’s only a foot high, he would be ok,” she responded. “2. It’s not his first time in or around the pool, but thanks for your ‘concern’ aka judgment 3. AND most importantly I am right there and could be to him in 3 seconds SMH at this!” Unfortunately for everyone involved, it appeared that this time there actually was cause for concern when it came to Brayden’s safety. Two months after Christina’s controversial pool post; her toddler did actually take a tumble into the pool, resulting in hospital visit and an investigation by child services. While the little boy ended up being fine, maybe Christina should have taken her fan’s words of wisdom to heart after all.
1 Kim Kardashian's Corset Conundrum
Kim Kardashian has made a habit out of dressing her daughter like a mini-version of herself, but when she adorned the fashionable four year old in a corset, it became too much for fans to handle. While a corset is typically something that an adult woman would squeeze herself into to give the illusion of a thinner waistline, Kim seemed to see nothing wrong with putting young North West in the controversial garment. Almost immediately after photos of Kim and her daughter surfaced online, people were up-in-arms ready to bash the star for dressing her child in a way that makes her look far older than she really is.
After receiving an abundance of hate commentary, Kim finally turned to Twitter to do damage control. The reality star insisted, "I would never put my daughter in a corset! It's a dress I bought that is a cotton fabric that laces up and looks like a corset! Just decoration." In a separate video, Kardashian continued her crusade against her biggest critics, saying, "I think it's really cute, I bought it from a designer and it's just fabric, people, it's not a real corset."
Sources: InTouchWeekly.com, DailyMail.co.uk, UsMagazine.com, TheHollywoodGossip.com, SheKnows.com