Though my 9-year-old daughter is practically old enough (according to her) to have her own social media accounts, she is not getting one any time soon. In fact, I never once considered creating an Instagram for her as a baby, either. In my opinion, the only entity who can pull off posing as her baby on social media persona is The Honest Toddler, because she is hilarious and truthful and we don’t need anyone else to do it. She has the job covered, you guys. Plus, my daughter made it clear while she was still in the womb, stubbornly remaining there for 10 days past her due date, that she will decide things for herself, #thankyouverymuch.
However, I see the appeal of posting on behalf of your kid. For one thing, you totally control their account until they are at least 13 years old. You can fill the feed with the cutest moments from your baby’s carefully curated life, and use your own account to showcase the other wonderful things in your life, like what you’re eating. Separating what comes into your body (food) with what comes out of your body (baby) is a commendable organizational system for social media, if I do say so myself.
Though I see how someone might want this for their baby, I definitely never wanted it for mine. I have some very good, and not that far-fetched, reasons for refusing to create an Instagram for my baby, including but certainly not limited to the following: