Myka Stauffer said she ‘wouldn’t trade’ adopted son Huxley, then ‘rehomed’ him

Myka Stauffer said she ‘wouldn’t trade’ adopted son Huxley, then ‘rehomed’ him

No backsies?

Myka Stauffer, a mommy blogger who’s come under fire this week for “rehoming” her autistic adopted son, once said that she “wouldn’t trade him for anything!” in the caption of an Instagram post.

The picture, posted in 2018, shows Stauffer cradling 3-year-old Huxley, about six months after he was adopted in late 2017. Sitting on a bed of fresh white linens, the post doubles as an ad for Dreft laundry detergent for newborns. One commenter was quick to spot the hypocrisy, writing, “This post didn’t age well.”

“This adoption hasn’t been the easiest ride,” the post reads. “We have had so many bumps along the way! But it’s by far one of my favorite journeys I have ever embarked on! I love everything about this little boy and I wouldn’t trade him for anything!” It’s accompanied by the hashtags #ad and #TheSmellofBabyhood, part of a campaign for the hypoallergenic detergent.

The sunny-side pic drew ire Thursday after Stauffer and her husband, James, announced they had placed Huxley with a different family.

“What do your ‘real’ children think? Are they afraid they will be next?” reads one comment. The couple has four biological children, and Stauffer’s YouTube bio has been updated to read “Mommy of 4.” It promises “DIYs, Organization, fitness, cleaning, lifestyle, and Day in the Life videos” to her 700,000-plus followers.

The spon-con mom is facing backlash for her decision to downsize her family, and a mob of angry Instagrammers has taken to Dreft’s feed to demand they stop supporting the Ohio mom.

“This poor boy was exploited by her using your brand. Shame on you!” wrote one commenter.

This wasn’t Stauffer’s only collab with the soap brand featuring Huxley. On the same day as the Instagram post, she uploaded a video, “5 Things I Didn’t EXPECT About Our China ADOPTION! International ADOPTION,” which offered $2 off the detergent to followers who purchased it on Amazon through her affiliate link.

“One thing I did to help our bond was decide to use Dreft baby detergent … It was really nice because Dreft baby detergent has this scent just like a newborn, so when I’m cuddling a 3-year-old baby boy I can still feel like I’m snuggling that brand-new baby,” shills Stauffer between explaining her initial struggles with rejection from her son. “I get that baby scent that I never got with my son.”

She backs up her tip with eyebrow-raising stats: “If you’re not familiar with Dreft detergent, Dreft actually recently did a survey that said 8 out of 10 parents feel more bonded with their children just by using Dreft.”

The Stauffers went viral for posting a video on Tuesday detailing why they decided to give up their China-born son, who suffers from various health ailments including brain damage. “With international adoptions, sometimes there’s unknowns and things that are not transparent on files,” a stricken James reports. Myka adds, “There wasn’t a minute that [we] didn’t try our hardest.”

She calls Huxley’s new home “literally the perfect match,” adding that his new guardians are his “forever family.”

Myka and James Stauffer.
Myka and James StaufferYouTube

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