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Another day, another Duggar caught in a car seat controversy

Mere days after she was “outed” for, um, blowing bubbles to entertain her baby, Jill Duggar has fallen foul of the parenting police (special branch: Facebook) yet again.

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It’s yet another Duggar car seat controversy. So only the 417th in the last three months then…

Remember last week when the straps on little Israel Dillard’s car seat brought out the haterade? This time, the Counting On star and her husband Derick Dillard have been smacked for their placement of their 1-year-old son’s seat itself. They posted a picture on the official Duggar family Facebook page of the family of three on their way home to Arkansas after almost a year living in El Salvador.

Several fans/haters have pointed out the irony in the caption written by Jill’s parents, in which they thank God for keeping Jill, Derick and Israel “safe while they were on the mission field,” and suggested that little Israel doesn’t, in fact, look very safe at all in this particular picture.

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The issue is that Israel’s seat is facing forward, which goes against the laws of many states, who recently tweaked their car seat regulations. Pennsylvania recently became the fourth state to make it law for children aged 2 and younger to ride in rear-facing car seats. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ride in rear-facing car seats until they are 2 years old or reach the height or weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the seat.

However, many fans jumped to Duggar’s defense, noting that at present, Arkansas law only required children who are 1 year or younger to be in rear-facing car seats. Since Israel turned 1 year old in April, his parents aren’t technically breaking any laws.

To reduce the risk of harm, it’s sensible for parents to avoid using forward-facing car seats for as long as possible. But until we’re all absolutely sure that Jill Duggar is breaking the law, can we just cut her some slack? It’s not as if there won’t be hundreds of people ready to put her right if that does happen, right?

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How great it must be to be a perfect parent who never makes any mistakes. Thanks, people of Facebook, for making us feel like inadequate parents at every possible opportunity. But any chance you could take a break for a while?

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