Ryan Reynolds admits he was carrying baby James all wrong

The actor came under fire for the way he'd put James in his baby carrier, but puts the error down to a new dad mistake

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Being a new parent means making lots of mistakes. Trouble is, if you’re a Hollywood movie star, everyone sees your mistakes – and criticises them. It’s meant Ryan Reynolds has had to go on telly to admit to his recent baby wearing mistake, calling it a “first-time dad” error.

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What went wrong?

Two weeks ago, Ryan’s actress wife Blake Lively posted a picture of Ryan carrying their 6-month-old daughter James on her Instagram page. “Happy Fathers Day!!!” she commented, adding “#ILoveYouSoMuchItsSilly.” 

As we reported, fans were quick to comment that his baby wearing technique was all wrong – criticising the new dad for positioning James with her legs unsupported and her feet sticking straight out the bottom. She was also positioned very low – the safest way is for you to be able to easily see your baby’s face. 

“The baby’s not properly secured in the vessel that I’m wearing there,” Ryan admitted on the Today show. “And you know, I’m a first-time dad and that is not the first mistake I’ve made. And I can guarantee you it won’t be the last.”

When asked if he’d learned from the public’s feedback he said: “Sure, absolutely.”

Not wishing to look too ‘new dad’, he explained he’d used other carriers correctly (how many do they have?). “[But] I’d never used that particular carrier before so…Every other time it’s been perfect,” he said. Oh yes. 

So how should baby James have been positioned in the carrier?

  • At 6 months old, she should be carried in a froglike position with her legs spread out at 90 degrees. Having her legs dangling straight like this can lead to hip dysplasia
  • Her head should be visible to Ryan – as a parent, you want to be able to clearly see your child’s face and make sure your baby’s airway is clear at all times
Photo: Instagram / Blake Lively

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