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Being a mom is a job that is unfortunately often met with criticism, and it’s a reality that actor Julia Stiles recently faced. First time mom Stiles posted a picture of her newborn son last week nestled in a Tula brand baby carrier that she loves. Instead of talking about the product, Stiles’ picture was met with criticism over how her baby was positioned in the carrier.

Wearing a baby backpack and her son on the front, Stiles wrote “I haven’t worn a back pack since middle school. Now I have a front pack. #jujube #tulababycarriers.” According to some critics, five-week-old Strummer Newcomb, who was born in October, is improperly positioned in the carrier.

I haven’t worn a back pack since middle school. 🤓 Now I have a front pack. #jujube #tulababycarriers

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One person wrote “The baby’s face is smothering !!!,” while other followers also commented that Stiles wasn’t following the Tula baby carrier instructions.

Many posters came to Stiles’ defense, with one writing “I’m a labor and delivery nurse and I see nothing alarming in this pic. Being a mom, especially a new mom, is hard and everyone should unite and support one another. Mom on!”

Three days later, Stiles posted a second picture, this time using an image of the rock band The Clash, who we assume the actor is a big fan of, likely naming her son after lead singer Joe Strummer. Stiles wrote “It was brought to my attention that in the previous photo I am not holding my baby correctly.”

The Jason Bourne actor went on to say that while she believes moms and dads should always follow safety instructions, she was attempting to hid her baby and maintain his privacy. “Wow, I didn’t expect that. What was supposed to be a shout out of products I like, suddenly becomes an invitation to comment on my baby, and my ability as a mother,” wrote Stiles.

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“That’s the internet for you, the carnivorous plant from Little Shop of Horrors. I was trying to keep much of my son’s image private, including, I guess, his little feet. And it was just a photo taken at home, not how I normally carry him around. Thanks for the concern, anyway. Yes, Mothers, always read the safety instructions.”

Stiles finished the post by suggesting her shamers take a break from internet trolling and spend some time dancing. “But also, Instagrammers: instead of writing snarky comments about a 5 week old, try dancing around your living room to a Clash record. It’s way more fun.”

It was brought to my attention that in the previous photo I am not holding my baby correctly. Wow, I didn’t expect that. What was supposed to be a shout out of products I like, suddenly becomes an invitation to comment on my baby, and my ability as a mother. That’s the internet for you, the carnivorous plant from “Little Shop of Horrors”. I was trying to keep much of my son’s image private, including, I guess, his little feet. And it was just a photo taken at home, not how I normally carry him around. Thanks for the concern, anyway. Yes, Mothers, always read the safety instructions. But also, Instagrammers: instead of writing snarky comments about a 5 week old, try dancing around your living room to a Clash record. It’s way more fun.

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We’re glad to see that Stiles is much closer to her 10 Things I Hate About You character Kat Stratford than we realized. While it’s good to practice safe parenting, it’s also good to practice supportive parenting.

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