Alicia Silverstone’s Gross Baby Feeding Method Is Cry for Attention -- We Hope!? (VIDEO)

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Alicia Silverstone Bear BluRemember when Alicia Silverstone was that actress from Clueless who didn't mind going naked for PETA. Hold that thought. Cherish it. Because once you hear how the mother of 11-month-old Bear Blu feeds her child, you're never going to be able to look at her the same way again.

In possibly the most disturbing video I've seen in weeks, Silverstone has shared with the world her habit of chewing up her kid's food, and then regurgitating it into his mouth. I'm trying to come up with something nice to say, and ...

Sorry. I've got nothing.

It's weird. It's disgusting. And in a world where you can pick up a food processor for $50 at Target, it's unnecessary!

So why the heck would a mom do this? Maybe she wants attention? I'm hoping?

It has been awhile since we've heard much from her, and the video of feeding time at the Silverstone household showed up on her website The Kind Life along with a description of the mommy/son meal, and her insistence that the little guy loves his eats so much that he busts his little butt to crawl across the room and get a taste.

I don't actually doubt the latter part. Most kids become very fascinated with what their parents want around that age. By 8 months, my daughter was more or less insistent on eating whatever my husband and I were dining on, and she wanted to feed herself. As a working mom who didn't have time to make her own baby food (congrats to those of you who do; I hear it's fab, I just didn't have time), I was relieved.

But I never worried that I should be chewing up her food so she could get it down. Why would I? I'm raising a baby human, not a baby bird.

And because of the beauty of opposable thumbs, I was able to hit my kitchen drawers to make feeding my kid easy. I grabbed a knife or my kitchen scissors -- the world's best invention by the way -- and scattered the food in front of her. She ate her food. I revelled in the delicious freedom of actually being able to eat my own food while it was warm instead of having to be at her beck and call before I got to take a bite out of my eats.

Wait, maybe that's it? Maybe she's not crying for attention so much as she is help. Maybe Alicia is one of those moms who just can't bear that baby Bear is becoming less dependent on his mama? If that's the case, honey, trust me, there are better ways to keep your little mama's boy tied to your apron strings!

Watch Alicia and Bear eating breakfast:

Now come on folks, isn't that a mom crying out for help? Can you think of some better ways for this momma and son to bond? She needs help here people!

 

Image via thekindlife/YouTube

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BriLee BriLee

Many cultures do this. Usually not at 11 months but I know moms that are afraid to give their 1 year olds anything but purées so how is this different? Personally I do BLW but my MIL used to chew her children's foods.

Sammy... SammyMama

Eh.  I don't think it's that weird.  Although I do remember reading a piece recently saying we're not "supposed to" share silverware or a toothbrush with our kids so we don't transfer dental-related bacteria to one another.  The author of that article would probably not approve of this.  :)  I'd say as long as it doesn't become some weird thing (ie the only way the kid will eat well into toddler-hood or something), who cares?  She's clearly smitten with her kid and he's thriving.  Much more than some kids have!

nonmember avatar q

The best way to keep your kids close is to let them grow and fly. When you're not suffocating them, they'll stay close on their own, because they feel safe but not stifled, and have nothing to pull away from.

nonmember avatar Lord K

Bleh! Once again, some people are forgetting we are in the 21st century, where baby food and food processors are around everywhere!
We're not a pre-industrial society, where once mothers needed to do this for their toddlers, as a kind of in between before eating full solid foods.

zandh... zandhmom2

You don't have to share silverware...they make baby size silverware or they can pick it up with their fingers. I certainly would never do this not only because I find it gross but I don't think you are helping your child learn good small motor skills.

Jespren Jespren

There is nothing weird or gross about this and just because we *do* live in an 'industrialized era' doesn't make the 'old way' somehow tabboo. Many cultures do this, nor was it uncommon in American culture just a few generations back. Plenty of parents today even do it on occassion when they find a need. Yes, the current trend is to be afraid of passing 'dental bacteria' if you share silverware or food with your kids, but it's *also* true that adult saliva helps aid digestion and introduces helpful bacteria into little immature guts. This isn't gross, sick, weird, or a cry for help, it's a mom being a mom. The ability to do something in a hands off manner (oh my gosh just puree it!) doesn't necessitate the use of that manner.

Brandy Love

I don't think this is such a big deal.  So what?  It's not abuse or anything.  Get over it. ha ha.  

Erica Copeland

Gross, probably to some, but come one. Settle down, invoking her PETA past, and making this a political or psychological issue is a wackadoodle move itself!! Come on...it's easy. Maybe lazy, but not intentionally harmful or in any way a "cry for help"...that makes me laugh. Get a grip!!!

nonmember avatar momofa3yearoldd

Oh shut up and get of your high horse. I've seen worse things than this. I am sick of this site blowing things out of proportion. Leave her and her child alone...

nonmember avatar LindySez

Food processor available...if it wasn't then I could see how, in some cultures, this might make sense, but they usually still have a motor and pestle...so still, no excuse. This is just gross, like someone spitting in your mouth...he's not a bird.

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