Baby Caught 'Drinking' Beer at Baseball Game

Rant 5

beerMoms, it should go without saying that when you're celebrating your favorite baseball team's big win, you should keep the alcohol to the adults. But based on the kerfuffle over a beer-drinking baby caught celebrating the Oakland A's division title win, apparently it needs to be said. To the mom who was spotted on TV, seemingly serving up a Bud Light to her baby, a word?

You're just asking for trouble.

The beer-drinking baby, or at least the baby with a beer bottle to his lips, was caught on-screen behind a Comcast sports reporter doing an interview. The mom's face is turned away from the camera, but you can clearly see she's holding the baby, and an arm wearing the same color shirt as mom and awfully close to her body is holding the unmistakable blue beer bottle to the baby's lips.

Do we know that there is beer in there?

Of course not. It could easily have been water. Or nothing at all. In the midst of celebrating, people do silly ... and often stupid things.

I don't see any reason to crucify this mom without proof that she was putting her baby in actual harm.

But ....

A HUGE BUT for you.

Usually when these sort of "OMG, can you believe she let her baby drink that?" stories come out in the news, it's because a parent was dumb enough to make their silly antics public. A photo shows up on Facebook or a mom stands in a crowded room directly in front of a television camera ... and let's baby suck on a beer bottle.

Whether it's empty or not is (almost) besides the point. The point is, she's allowing the world to think that she serves her baby alcohol.

That's the part that bugs me. She's not ashamed to be thought of as the mom who lets her baby drink! At least the rest of us have the good sense to only do pranks like that in private (kidding, kidding ... or am I?)!

The point is -- maybe there was booze. Maybe there wasn't. But mom did this out in public. She opened herself up to criticism. And, well, it was stupid. Stupid if there was beer in there because, duh, babies should not be drinking beer! Stupid if there wasn't beer in there because, duh, you just made everyone watch the A's post-game celebration wonder if your baby is an alchie.

Do you think this is an example of bad motherhood or just stupidity? Would YOU do it?

 

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nonmember avatar mommy320

Or the bottle could be empty? Or the bottle could have had the lid on it. I have a 6 month old who defiantly has a mind and mouth of his own. More often then not hes attempting to put his mouth on whatever is in my hand. Water bottles, straws, BEER bottles...please get over yourself chick its not like hes necking a 40. The bottle is upright any person with common sense could figure out he was just sucking on it

nonmember avatar mickey

The bottle was unopened, the baby was sucking on the lid. I saw the interview video. I think the baby grabbed at it 1st w/out her knowing but when she noticed she thought it was funny so held the bottle and had another women take a picture with a phone. Then she noticed the camera & said what looked like "is that on?" and turned around so her back was to the camera. So NO the baby wasn't drinking (maybe there were traces on the exterior since liquid was being sprayed everywhere at different points of the celebration.) That being said I think it is a bad idea to have kids around alcohol and she should be protecting her baby from bad things not pretending to have them do them.

Sarah Cazier

We live in a nation full of prudes! The first time my hubs took our son out without me was to a family gathering at his parents house. Son was 4 or 5 months old. It wasn't long before my in laws were texting me photos of my son 'drinking' beer, 'playing' poker and 'oogling' girls. Its funny because its ludicrous! Did I mention I sent my son in a onesie/pant set I made for him out of one of hubs beer shirts?

nonmember avatar Jenn

She's not ashamed to be thought of as the mom who lets her baby drink!

and

But mom did this out in public. She opened herself up to criticism.

are the two most ridiculous things I've read this week. I can't imagine what you'd say about someone like myself, whose child was having small sips of alcohol from about six months.

Get over your Puritanical fear of alcohol, America.

nonmember avatar jill

Well goes to say what happens when you leave a woman in charge with a baby

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