Kim Kardashian posted a photo of her fourth child, Psalm West, immediately drawing criticism about the items inside the crib.
Today.com reported that the photo, which was removed 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
Another said, “Congratulations!! However PLEASE consider removing all that bedding and soft base from the crib. A baby should sleep on a firm, flat surface.”
Said another person, “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!!”
Experts told Today.com that their comments were correct.
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
“Younger babies up to 4 months of age are at the highest risk for sleep-related deaths,” Dr. Lana Gagin, a pediatrician at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, told the outlet.
She said that doctors “recommend strict safe sleep practices up until 12 months of age.”
Gagin recommends that parents shouldn’t use products that are designed for cribs, either. That includes stuffed animals, pillows, blankets.
“Parents need to avoid using any soft objects in the bed, and this includes crib bumpers, blankets, pillows, soft toys (and baby positioners),” Gagin said “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,” she told Today.com. “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.”
“He’s here and he’s perfect!” she also wrote on May 10, adding: “He’s also Chicago’s twin lol I’m sure he will change a lot but now he looks just like her.”
After the child’s name, Psalm, was revealed, Laura Wattenberg, founder of namerology.com, said that many more American parents are choosing unusual names, opting out of giving their children 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.”
There were 15 newborns in 2018 with the name Psalm, she explained.
“It’s part of a trend toward creativity that’s seen lots and lots of parents turning words into names,” Wattenberg said.
Kardashian’s three other young children are named Chicago, Saint, and North. “Kim and Kanye seem to work hard to give the siblings names that have similar ‘character,’” she 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.”