The dad of two took to Instagram late last week to share a shot of himself on a jet ski with his 1-year-old. Here's the scoop on how and when it's safe to bring your L.O. out in the waves on a boat or personal watercraft.
As Pink's husband and a celeb dad of two, Carey Hart knows that anything he posts on social media is sure to attract all kinds of comments, from the most complimentary to majorly critical. But his latest IG post was so potentially controversial that he even addressed the "parent police" in his caption.
On Friday, April 27, Hart took to Instagram to share a shot of himself on a jet ski with his 1-year-old Jameson. "Jameson and I idling around yesterday in ft. Lauderdale," the former professional freestyle motocross competitor wrote. "Short ride since he was getting splashed and not to stoked. Don’t worry parent police, he is safe and I put him right back in his bubble when we were done."
In addition to the fact that they were just idling, Jameson is clearly wearing a life vest and sun hat for his protection.
Hart ended up attracting quite a few supportive comments. “Isn't it funny how many people will find that it's their duty to tell you how to raise your kids,” one commenter wrote. "I was raised out on the water and think its great you are getting them used to it.” One added, “Everyday average folks take their kids, nieces, nephews, friends kids for joy rides on ATVs, seadoo, etc and post pictures, and I am sure they don’t get as much negativity as you and @pink do… people need to mind their own business." Another shared, "No wonder kids are addicted to technology! Here Carey is having fun with his son and you’ve got helicopter parents/people going 'oh no, quick put him back in the bubble wrap.' These are parents getting their kids outside and having fun!"
Of course, the photo is one that could make even the most laidback parent a bit nervous. But it sounds like Hart had the recommended safety protocol down pat. According the U.S. Coast Guard, you should wait to bring your L.O. out on a boat—including rowboats, kayaks, motorboats, and sailboats—or personal watercraft until he or she weighs at least 18 pounds and can wear a snug-fitting personal flotation device (PFD). The average baby weighs 18 pounds at about 7 months for boys and 9 months for girls.
Props to Hart and Pink for keeping it real—not to mention adventurous!—as celeb parents.