Lauren Goodger facing mothering controversy – and she's not even a mum!

Lauren Goodger has faced backlash after posting a picture of her baby nephew sucking on a dummy on Instagram! But don’t worry, the former TOWIE star has hit back – reminding everyone that he is ‘only a baby’!

The 29-year-old shared the pic last weekend while taking care of her cute nephew and niece, but one picture in particular annoyed seemed to annoy the reality star’s fans: of two-year-old Teddy sucking a dummy.

She shared the picture with the caption ‘my beautiful baby nephew x’.

My beautiful baby nephew x

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One person raged: ‘He’s too old for a dummy! It looks terrible. Dummies are proven to cause lisps and damages teeth! It has nothing to do with kids being different.

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‘My son got weened off his dummy before the age of 1! I’m not saying that’s the age u should start weening them off, but sooner the better… Big no!’

However, the star has defended herself in her column for new! Magazine, where she writes: ‘Oh my God! I had such a backlash over this photo I posted of Teddy with a dummy. I know he looks older, but he’s only two.

[GIF] Lauren Goodger

‘And you can’t put an age on these things – all kids are different. It was like I gave it to him during the day while he was running around playing. It was about 6:30pm and he was tired. It’s a comfort thing.

‘Some children suck their thumbs, so what’s the difference? He’s only a baby. If it makes him happy, I’m not going to deprive him.’

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It also doesn’t help that it’s not actually Lauren’s child so not sure why people are giving her grief…

Still, it’s a hotly contested issue. What is the appropriate age to ween a baby of a dummy?

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