Are baby head shaping helmets honestly a step too far?

Chrissy Teigen has some opinions.

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Chrissy Teigen has some opinions.

Chrissy Teigen has never been one to shy away from confrontation, known for shutting down twitter trolls, calling out bullies and making her stance on the Donald Trumps of the world known.

Like a lot of celebrity mums, Chrissy has been a victim of mum-shaming, receiving online criticism for all manner of things relating to her parenting techniques – and Chrissy being Chrissy, is having none of it.

This week the divisive subject was head shaping helmets, something that Chrissy and John’s baby son Miles was announced to be trying just this week, reportedly suffering from flat head syndrome.

‘My baby bug got his head shaping helmet today. Please don’t feel bad for him if you see photos. He is a happy bug and we’re just fixing his flat!’ She posted to Instagram alongside a photo of Miles in his helmet.

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She then later took to twitter to announce, ‘Baby Miles getting fitted for a little helmet today for his adorable slightly misshapen head. So if you see pictures, don’t feel bad for him because he’s just fixing his flat and honestly he’s probably gonna be even cuter with it somehow.’

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Social media users still came out in their thousands however to share their thoughts, with the public opinion completely split.

Many parents shared photos of their children in their baby shaping helmets to reassure Chrissy that she wasn’t alone, explaining the good results they had got. Others however, criticised the mother, accusing her of putting her son through an unnecessary treatment.

And on closer inspection, are head shaping helmets necessary or a step too far?

The NHS reportedly don’t recommend head shaping helmets but they are common and many have found them to work. Besides, it’s Chrissy and John’s choice and that should be respected.

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‘Good morning trolls! Just a friendly reminder that you do not indeed know absolutely everything,’ Chrissy announced after receiving a tirade of abuse. ‘Miles has been seeing a physiotherapist - we didn’t just go straight to helmet. We tried muscle work and will continue. Also your flat headed kid turned out fine yes yes yes I agree.’

She continued: ’Just didn’t want you guys to see pictures and wonder. Not promoting anything. Just sharing our story! Thank you back to your bridge now.’

Most parents are praising Chrissy and John for raising awareness around flat head syndrome and uniting people in similar positions online.

Well done as always, Chrissy.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.