Chrissy Teigen has thoroughly earned the mom crushes we all have on her. But with great power comes ... lots of finger-pointing and tongue-wagging. No matter what Chrissy seems to post on social media, she seems to attract criticism, shaming, or, in the most recent case, well-meaning, but unsolicited advice. The 32-year-old, who's expecting her second baby, took to Instagram on January 6 to share a shot of herself going down a slide with her daughter Luna.
"Weeeee are very skeptical of slides right now," Chrissy captioned the sweet photo.
Several commenters couldn't help but weigh in and give the model, TV co-host, and cookbook author unsolicited advice about the activity. "Just a heads up that this can break your little one's leg! I have three friends who have had this happen!" one wrote. Another said, "Adults shouldn't slide with a child in their lap. Their legs can get twisted and break. OUCH!"
In response, Chrissy replied with her signature wit, "Wish you guys would have told me about the leg thing earlier. They broke. Both of them. And everyone else's in the park broke too just from watching it happen. There are so many broken legs here (heads up photos are a one second moment in time, I was lifting her onto my lap)."
There is truth to the fact that holding your child on your lap while going down a slide may be risky. Research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition noted that an estimated 352,698 children under the age of six were injured on slides in the U.S. from 2002 to 2015. Injuries were most common among kids from 12-23 months of age, and the most common injury (36 percent of them) were lower leg fractures.
Researcher Charles Jennissen, MD, a clinical professor and pediatric emergency medicine staff physician at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine explained that while he wouldn't necessarily recommend advising against the practice completely, "parents really need to use extreme caution. You really need to make sure that you're watching and controlling the child's lower extremities so they don't catch on the side of the slide.”
Though these commenters' warnings were likely coming from a heartfelt place, it seems safe to assume that Chrissy was doing exactly as Dr. Jennissen recommends in cases like these: using caution.