The internet celebrated with Bravo star Andy Cohen when he announced his first child, a baby boy, was born via surrogate on Feb. 4. But his followers were much less positive when the new dad posted an image over the weekend that showed him traveling on a private plane with the days-old infant.
The TV host posted a picture on Instagram Friday of him on a private plane with his son, Benjamin Allen Cohen, strapped in a papoose.
“Digging the #DadGear !!!” Cohen captioned the post.
But not all his followers were “digging” what was going on in the photo.
“Ahh too young to be in the carrier and too young to be in a plane!” one user wrote. “Too soon for a plane. Ear drums people!” Another said.
“I don’t think that is a good way to carry a newborn,” said another user.
One user still wished Cohen well despite criticizing his decision: “Too soon for a baby to be flying. Ears will be plugged & pressure may cause swelling. I really hoped you received (clearance) from his physician. God bless you both.”
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But not all the comments on the post were critical. “You look adorable!!!” one user said.
And cast members of the “Real Housewives” franchise, which Cohen produces posted positive messages. “Omg !!! I’m obsessed with this photo! I LOVED carrying my babies around like that,” Kyle Richards of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” wrote.
“This is the best,” Bethenny Frankel, of “The Real Housewives of New York,” commented.
According to an expert on the Mayo Clinic’s website, air travel is OK for most infants, though parents should take proper precautions and consult a doctor when applicable.
“Your baby’s doctor might discourage unnecessary air travel shortly after birth,” Dr. Jay L. Hoecker wrote. “Newborns have developing immune systems and air travel might increase their risk of catching an infectious disease. If you choose to travel with an infant, frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and avoid contact with obviously ill travelers.”
Commercial airlines have varying rules when it comes to how old a baby must be to fly. American Airlines lets babies as young as two days old travel their planes while Southwest requires babies be two weeks or older. Delta requires babies be at least seven days old – unless the parents can provide a physician’s note giving the newborn permission to fly.
It’s important to note that based on Cohen’s picture, he was flying private.
Source: David Oliver, USA TODAY
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