Reginae Carter Kissing Her Baby Sister On The Lips Ignites Passionate Internet Debate On Affection

onstage at 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Reginae Carter Kissing Her Baby Sister On The Lips Ignites Passionate Internet Debate On Affection

Real people weigh in.

Published March 12, 2019

It is no secret that Reginae Carter adores her baby sister, Reign Rushing.

ICYMI: The T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle reality star is often spotted on social media sharing sisterly moments with her mini bestie — which we all adore!

Recently, Reginae, the oldest daughter of Toya Wright, posted yet another photo on the ‘gram and, while many fans were enjoying the sweet moment of their sisterly bond, unexpectedly, things went south in the comments section when trolls began to question her choice to kiss her 1-year-old sister on the lips.  

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"I hate when people be kissing babies in the mouth," one comment read.

Another responded to the photo, "In the mouth though, introducing all that bacteria to that baby."

FYI: This would not be the first time a celebrity has been trolled by followers for kissing a baby on the lips. Last December, Gabrielle Union had to set the record straight about her choice to kiss her newborn baby, Kaavia ,on the lips.

"Hey guys I appreciate all the concern about kisses on the mouth…Kaav is healthy and I don’t even touch her without washing and sanitizing myself and everything and everyone that comes into contact with her,” Gabrielle responded on Instagram. “If you think I waited this long and went thru all this to put my baby in harm’s way… you got another thing coming.”

However, Kylie Jenner, 21, recently took to social media to share a heartwarming #InternationalWomensDay kissing her 1-year-old daughter, Stormi Webster, on the lips. Interestingly, no backlash. 

Since the subject continues to spark a parenting debate on social media, we decided to ask real moms their thoughts about kissing their babies on the lips.

Here's what they had to say:

  1. "Until they get an immune system, don’t kiss them."

    "For babies, I’m against it because babies have come in with neonatal sepsis because of kissing family members. I’ve seen [babies] with Pertussis because adults don’t keep up with getting their 'booster' shot every 10 years. People are carriers of herpes, the flu, all sorts of stuff... until they get an immune system, don’t kiss them." —Uhura

  2. "An adult should never kiss a child on the mouth."

    "An adult should never kiss a child on the mouth." —Tiffany

  3. "My daughter is 4 and I still kiss her on the mouth."

    "My daughter is 4 and I still kiss her on the mouth, because I don't see anything wrong with healthy affection expressed between a parent and child. However, I do ask her permission to teach her about boundaries, and as she grows older, inevitably it will grow awkward and I'll respect her boundaries. Once we get to extended relatives, it's a different dynamic, so no." —Natoya

  4. "I just ask that other people don’t kiss him on the lips."

    "My son is 11 and I still kiss him on the lips. I just ask that other people don’t kiss him on the lips." —Octavia

  5. "My mom still kisses me on the lips."

    "[I'm] kissing my babies on the lips until after my teeth falls off. My mom still kisses me on the lips." —Mariana

  6. "I feel like germophobia is such a western classist thing."

    "I’m not against it at all. Especially if my kids have normal immunity, but I feel like germophobia is such a western classist thing." —Smriti

  7. "As a parent sometimes you get lost in the cuteness!"

    "Not the most sanitary, at all, but sometimes as a parent you can’t help it. I mean when they are literal babies. Other family members doing that? Absolutely not. If sibling kiss on the cheek will do! In general against it, but as a parent sometimes you get lost in the cuteness!!!" -Shalaeya

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

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