Brave Dad Ryan Reynolds Admits Bad Babywearing Wasn't His First 'Mistake'

We don't really need another reason to adore Ryan Reynolds, but the fantastic actor and new dad has managed to give us one anyhow. Reynolds spoke out about his recent baby-carrier photo that went viral, and what he had to say might surprise you.


You may recall that on Father's Day, Reynolds' wife, Blake Lively, posted a photo of the new dad and his infant daughter on Instagram. The image received a lot of attention, not because it was so cute, but because 6-month-old James was not correctly positioned in her baby carrier. Reynolds recently sat down with Matt Lauer and he isn't apologizing for what he did. Instead he had this to say about the incident: 

The baby's not properly secured in the vessel that I'm wearing there. 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.

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We've all seen the photo and cringed, some of us because we worried about the baby James's hip placement or her head being so far down in the carrier, others because we feared she might slip out of the carrier completely. But James wasn't injured, and Reynolds continues to show that he's got a heart of gold to match his devastatingly handsome face by acknowledging his mistake rather than defending how he used the carrier.

Celebrities are under scrutiny in every aspect of their lives. Certain situations, like a sweet Happy Father's Day message, should grant them a comment-free pass. Reynolds doesn't owe the world an explanation about the details of his life, particularly over something as private as how he's raising his daughter. While it's nice to see him admit that even celebrities make mistakes as parents, really, none of us should be judging him, as parenting and mistakes go together like macaroni and cheese.

Is there really anyone who can say they've never goofed as a parent? Whether it's something harmless like running out the store with your baby's shoes on the wrong feet, forgetting to burp them and winding up seeing the same bottle twice, pulling a onesie up instead of down after a diaper blowout, or not knowing that the lever to loosen the car seat straps is under the front edge of the seat, we all make mistakes.

The difference is that we average Joes get the luxury of not having our mistakes discussed and dissected by anyone (except maybe that annoying college friend on Facebook who thinks she's Super Mom). As long as no one gets hurt and you can realize your mistake and learn from it, then you're doing the best you can as a parent, and that should be good enough for anyone.

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Taking care of another human has a gigantic learning curve and we've all had our whoopise moment. Thanks to Reynolds, maybe we can go a bit easier on ourselves knowing parents are all in the same boat.

What were some of your new parenting oopsies?

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