So, Alicia Silverstone spits ABC food into Bear Blu's mouth and the world says, "YUCK!" I have to admit, it does look gross and it's not something I would do. But it turns out Alicia did not invent Mama Premastication. And she's defending it as an ancient feeding practice.
"People have been feeding their kids that way for thousands for years. It’s a weaning process." Really?!? Yes, really. Check it out -- a study that shows people have been doing this since the time immemorial to ensure "nutritional adequacy" and support infant health. In fact, the researchers are concerned because parents (in poor communities) have stopped it. So maybe Alicia isn't off her rocker after all!
Or maybe she is off her rocker, but just a little bit. I mean, it's not like they're living in a "poor community" where Bear Blu is at risk for malnutrition. Something tells me he gets plenty of nutrition from that organic garden out back.
But I love that Alicia is trying out something funky and different. Why not experiment a little? Why do we all have to parent exactly the same way? I love that someone out there is doin' the bird feeder and reporting to the world what it's like. I want to live in a world where people experiment and try new things. I think as moms we should celebrate that.
Most importantly, from what I can tell Bear Blu (whatever, he can change his name when he gets older if he wants) is totally okay with premastication. And I think having a mom who is willing to try new and different things is great for kids.
If you can get past the ick factor, do you think Alicia's unusual feeding practice means she's a more open and creative mom?
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