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The baby problem: Toddlers take over front row at New York fashion week, but is it child abuse?

The baby problem: Kids take over fashion week, but is it child abuse?

Carmen Baldwin, Katie Couric, Vanessa Williams at Carmen Marc Valvo show
18-month-old Carmen Baldwin practices a runway walk before the Carmen Marc Valvo show while celebrities, including Katie Couric and Vanessa Williams, look on. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Kim Kardashian with North West crying baby at Alexander Wang fashion show
North West was not too happy again — at the Alexander Wang fashion show and her parents don't seem to know what to do. By Craig Barritt/Getty Images
North West and Kayne West at the Alexander Wang show
North West praces on the Alexander Wang runway with her Dad in a dress made by the designer that matched one in the show. Instagram/Kim Kardashian
Alec Baldwin and Carmen Baldwin at Carmen Marc Valvo show
Hilaria Baldwin posted a photo of her husband, Alec Baldwin, and 18-month-old daughter Carmen at the Carmen Marc Valvo show. Instagram/Hilaria Baldwin
Carmen Baldwin, Katie Couric, Vanessa Williams at Carmen Marc Valvo show
Kim Kardashian with North West crying baby at Alexander Wang fashion show
North West and Kayne West at the Alexander Wang show
Alec Baldwin and Carmen Baldwin at Carmen Marc Valvo show

NEW YORK — The toddlers have taken over fashion week.

At the Carmen Marc Valvo show on Sunday, Carmen Baldwin, the 18-month-old daughter of actor Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria, pranced on the catwalk beforehand, to the delight of celebrities Katie Couric and Vanessa Williams, and rested in her mother's arms during the runway show.

The toddler dressed in a red-and-black gown specially designed by Valvo that matched a look worn by a runway model during the show. Her mother posted a photo on her Instagram account and bragged about it.

While some in the fashion crowd, oohed and aahed at the antics of the baby fashionistas, I'm thinking it veers perilously close to child abuse.

It wasn't Carmen the baby's first appearance at a fashion show. She showed up at Carmen the designer's show last September when she was barely a year old.

By all accounts, the Baldwin infant was well-behaved during Sunday's show, which is more than can be said for 19-month old North West, who didn't seem to be happy on the lap of her mother, Kim Kardashian, at two high-profile fashion shows.

As previously reported, the toddler raised such a ruckus during a fashion show of her father's designs — a collaboration between Kanye West and adidas — that she had to be rushed out before the show was over.

The infant, along with her famous mom and dad, appeared on the front row again at the Alexander Wang show Saturday, and although she was better behaved, she burst into tears when she spotted a photographer with a stuffed monkey similar to one of her toys, reports US Weekly.

Wang made a special outfit for the tiniest West, including a black leather skirt studded at the hemline and bomber jacket similar to a look worn by a model on the runway.

While some in the fashion crowd, oohed and aahed at the antics of the baby fashionistas, I'm thinking it veers perilously close to child abuse. After all, Wang said his fashions were a tribute to the rock group Kiss, and his show featured blaring rock music and flashing strobes that had some adults in the audience disoriented. Is that something a child under 2 should be subjected to?

Or perhaps I'm just jealous because the young ones had a better seat than I did.