Josiah and Lauren Duggar, stars of TLC’s reality show Counting On, are being ridiculed as ‘greedy,’ ‘tacky,’ and ‘trashy’ after soliciting gifts from fans on social media.
Earlier this year, the couple announced that Lauren, 20, is pregnant once again following a miscarriage last year.
While the pair frequently refer to the little girl they are expecting as ‘baby #2,’ it will be the first they bring home and they need quite a lot of stuff — which they’re hoping fans will buy for them from a $3,250 Amazon baby registry they shared on Instagram.
Josiah and Lauren Duggar, stars of TLC’s reality show Counting On, are being ridiculed as ‘greedy,’ ‘tacky,’ and ‘trashy’ after soliciting gifts from fans on social media
Lauren, who is just 20, is due with the couple’s first child in November
They shared their Amazon registry on Instagram so fans could buy them gifts
Josiah, 23, and Lauren have a shared Instagram account, and this week they updated their bio to include a link to their Amazon registry.
The registry includes a diaper fund and an option to purchase gift cards, as well as 111 different items they want — which total over $3,250 in all.
‘Thank you for visiting our baby registry! We are so thankful and blessed for our sweet baby girl that’s on the way. As far as nursery, we are going with more of a gender neutral theme (black, white, wood),’ the couple wrote.
So far, 33 of the 111 items have been purchased, though it’s unknown weather they were bought by actual friends and family of the couple or fans and viewers of Counting On.
There are a few high-ticket items, included a $223.19 Graco FastAction Fold Sport Travel Stroller, a $249 Owlet Smart Sock Baby Monitor, and a $257.55 Baxton Studio Yashiya Mid Century Retro Modern Fabric Upholstered Rocking Chair.
For those items, shoppers are given the opportunity to purchase them outright (as someone did with the chair), or to contribute some money toward its purchase.
Buy us stuff! They asked for 111 different items totaling over $3,250, but there is also a chance to contribute a gift card or cash toward diapers
Presents: So far, 33 of the 111 items have been purchased, though it’s unknown weather they were bought by actual friends and family of the couple or fans and viewers of Counting On
Lots of stuff! Their registry includes onesies, socks, dresses, hair bows, shoes, and quite a few different blankets and swaddles
All very necessary: They also want an infant bath, shampoo, and a special shampoo rinse container
Who needs a job when you have fans? Several of the items, like three books they asked for, have already been purchased
The other more expensive items on the registry include two baby carriers, for $59.99 and $64.80, a $308.15 baby dresser, a $59.99 Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, and an $82.99 Playtex diaper genie.
Most of the other items are inexpensive when bought individually.
Their registry includes onesies, socks, dresses, hair bows, and shoes, quite a few different blankets and swaddles, an infant bath, shampoo, and a special shampoo rinse container.
They’ve requested lots of diapers, pacifiers, bottles, bibs, pacifier clips, books, detergent, baby nail files, a baby thermometer, baby hangers, and toothbrushes.
Lauren has also registered for Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream for Breastfeeding, an interesting choice to publicly request given how exceedingly private the family is about body parts.
It’s not known how many fans have actually bought them gifts, but the critics have come out to slam the couple for soliciting them.
Shell out: There are quite a few big-ticket items, like a $60 sound machine
Splurge: They’ve also asked for a $308.15 dresser, though people can contribute money toward buying it
Brand new! Though Josiah grew up in a home where the motto was ‘buy new and save the difference, they want a $223 stroller
No cheap stuff here: They’re also hoping to get a $249 baby monitor to watch their little one
Got it: A nearly $300 rocking chair was already purchased for the couple
Wow… One of the toys they are asking for is a $54.99 wooden teething set
‘My favorite part of the registry is when she wrote “(legit) Lauren and Josiah Duggar.” Which means she really wants her “true” fans to buy for them. Gross,’ wrote one commenter on the DuggarSnark forum on Reddit.
‘I wonder if because she’s so young she doesn’t realize how tacky this looks?’ asked another, while a third complained, ‘How f***ing greedy can she be?’
‘She’s even more of a pig than the others or just more blatant,’ said another.
‘Damn, son. They have a diaper fund AND 25 different brand jumbo packs of diapers on there?? Homegirl is greedy.’
Others called them trashy, ridiculous, thirsty, ‘full time grifters,’ and disgusting.
‘Legit….this is so tasteless (but normal for the Duggars so I’m not at all shocked). Make a registry if you want but don’t put it on your Instagram when you’re a public figure,’ wrote one more.
It’s also worth noting that everything on the registry is brand new — when the Duggar motto has always been ‘buy used, save the difference.’
Many an episode of 19 Kids and Counting followed the Duggars as they went thrift shopping, and on Instagram they frequently show off their thrift store buys and trips.
Calm your nips! The couple adheres to strict modesty standards and didn’t kiss until their wedding, but Lauren feels comfortable asking for nipple cream
Being pregnant’s enough? Redditors are calling the couple greedy, disgusting, tacky, and trashy for expecting fans to buy them things — particularly since Lauren doesn’t work
Keeping busy: While the Instagram account belongs to both Lauren and Josiah, Lauren seems to do all of the posting
But Lauren and Josiah — who indicated the due date as November 17 — appear to be going all-new for their first child, with at least a little help from fans.
‘Now it’s have people buy you stuff and save the difference,’ wrote one critic.
‘Even cheaper to let God provide for you for free by ripping off your “supporters,”‘ commented another.
Of course, it would be difficult for them to get their hands on hand-me-downs in their family: While Lauren is the oldest of her siblings, Josiah’s older siblings are all still frequently reproducing, and need to keep the hand-me-downs for themselves.
The couple may be banking on fans being extra generous after their frequent discussion of their heartbreak following Lauren’s miscarriage last year.
The couple married on June 30, 2018 and learned they were expecting a few months later — but Lauren almost immediately miscarriage during her first trimester.
In a video statement to Us Weekly, the couple stood together outside arm-in-arm and reflected on their sad news.
A woman’s place: She is one of several pregnant Duggars (pictured with cousin Amy, Joe’s wife Kendra, Josh’s wife Anna, and John David’s wife Abbie)
The couple announced that they were expecting this spring after a miscarriage last year, and are calling this ‘baby #2’
Trying again: They have repeatedly referred to the pregnancy as their second baby
‘A couple months ago, we found out that we were expecting, but suddenly thereafter, we lost our baby,’ Lauren said.
‘It really was a hard time for our family going through this right after we got married,’ Josiah piped in. ‘And all the dreams of getting to see our little one and hold it in our hands dashed before our eyes.’
‘Nobody really talks about it,’ Lauren said. ‘We just wanted to let y’all know that you’re not alone.’
Then, in May, they shared their happy baby news on Instagram, and also paid tribute to the child they lost, revealing that they had named it Asa.
‘We are so excited to announce that baby #2 is on the the way!!!!’ they said in the caption of their Instagram post. ‘It’s hard to fully express just how grateful we are for God blessing us again with another precious gift!’
‘So, as we rejoice of the life of our second sweet baby, we also remember (balloon as symbolism) our other sweet baby, Asa, in heaven. God is so incredibly good!’
They added the hashtags #MiraclesDoHappen, #babynumber2, #rainbowbaby, and #DaddyandMamaof2blessings.
Missed: Lauren (pictured after seeing a sad movie) cried on camera discussing the loss
‘I was thinking maybe I had something that had gluten in it,’ Lauren recalled. ‘It was late at night and I went to use the restroom and there was the baby. Gone’
The couple posed for pictures for the big reveal: In one, Lauren holds up ultrasound photos. In another, they pose near a balloon symbolizing the baby the lost, and in a third, they hold up a sign that says: ‘Rainbow after the storm. Baby #2.’
Caption: Josiah wrote that Lauren is still a mother and this was still her first Mother’s Day earlier this year
The term ‘rainbow baby’ is used to refer to babies conceived after the loss of a pregnancy, either through miscarriage or stillbirth.
In June, they revealed they were having a girl.
‘If she only knew how loved she is already and how many people are already praying for her! She truly is a gift… a miracle from God,’ they said.
The couple frequently discusses their ‘two’ children, with Lauren paying tribute to Josiah on Father’s Day by writing: ‘Happy 1st Father’s Day honey! I’m So proud our children have you as their daddy!’
Josiah also wished Lauren a happy Mother’s Day earlier this year, just before they announced that they were expecting again — and referring only to the baby they lost in the post.
‘I wish our sweet baby could’ve seen just how wonderful a mother you are,’ he wrote at the time.
‘Not all mothers arms get to hold their little one, or get to hear their baby’s laughs and cries. You may have missed out on these things since our baby was called home to be with Jesus, but you ARE a mother.’
Not the first time! n 2015, Jessa, 26, and her husband Ben Seewald, 24, asked fans to send gift cards to Target and Walmart when they were expecting baby Spurgeon
‘Donations’: Jill and Derick Dillard also asked fans to donate to fund their missionary trips
A history of soliciting: In 2017, Joy Anna, 21, shared a link to her brother Joe’s wedding registry on Instagram ahead of his wedding to Kendra
It’s not the first time members of the family have come under fire for asking fans for gifts or money.
In fact, several of Josiah’s siblings have published registries and solicited baby gifts.
In 2015, Jessa, 26, and her husband Ben Seewald, 24, asked fans to send gift cards to Target and Walmart when they were expecting baby Spurgeon.
In an interview published on the Duggar Family blog, which has since been deleted due to backlash, the person who runs the site wrote: ‘For readers who have asked about sending gift cards to the Seewalds, Jessa told us that her favorite stores are Target and Walmart.’
Then, in 2017, Joy Anna, 21, shared a link to her brother Joe’s wedding registry on Instagram ahead of his wedding to Kendra.
Jill and Derick Dillard also asked fans to donate to fund their missionary trips.
And according to InTouch, after 19 Kids and Counting was cancelled by TLC in light of oldest son Josh’s molestation and adultery scandals, the Duggars asked for donations from fans on YouTube.
Adding a ‘support’ bottom, they wrote, ‘Every contribution is helpful, big or small.’