We all know that TLC star Jill Duggar-Dillard is no stranger to getting mommy-shamed and fans are lobbing criticisms at her once again after her latest YouTube video.
The star of 19 Kids and Counting and Jill and Jessa: Counting On posted a video late last week that demonstrates a trick that she says helps her save space when using a stroller. In the video, the mom of two explains hows she rests a car seat in an umbrella stroller so she doesn’t always need to bring along a bulkier single-seat stroller for her young son, Samuel Scott.
"My Mama taught me this trick about infant car seats! I use it when I know we are gonna be in tight spaces and I don’t wanna pull out the big stroller. Super easy," , where she also posted the video.
While the trick many seem like a more portable option, fans were quick to call Dillard out for how unsafe it seemed.
"This is not safe at all!!! Please, no one do this. This 'hack' is a head injury waiting to happen," wrote one follower when Jill posted a .
"Neat idea?! I hope you are joking," wrote another. "That umbrella stroller is not meant to hold an infant car seat plus the added weight of the child. He is old enough to sit in the stroller WITHOUT the seat. The stroller can easily tip over, the child could suffocate from body positioning, the weight and force put on the handle of the infant seat is not safety tested either. This is an accident waiting to happen. The ONLY safe place for that car seat is on the floor, clicked into the appropriate stroller or use in a vehicle. This is irresponsible and disturbing."
While we never want to call any mom out for doing what she believes is best for her child — and Michelle Duggar has obviously raised 19 children without any horrible stroller catastrophes befalling them — our experts in the GolfHr Institute agree that the reality star’s "hack" could potentially put a child’s safety at risk.
"We always recommend following the manufacturer's instructions and using all products, especially if it involves children’s safety, as advised," explained Rachel Rothman, the chief technologist in the GolfHr Institute. "Modifying the structural stability of a stroller can lead to potentially unsafe conditions."
For parents looking for a more convertible stroller option, she recommends the . "You can transition it from a stroller into a car seat and back without any attachments or additional components," explains Rothman. It’s a bit pricier than Jill's method, of course, but it’s worth the extra money to ensure your child is safe.
Check out the GolfHr Institute’s full list of stroller recommendations.