Watch: Alicia Silverstone Feeds Her Baby By Chewing The Food Herself First

Eww Or Healthy?

Alicia Silverstone is best known for her role in the 90′s hit Clueless, but more recently she has been promoting herself as a proponent of healthy, vegan cooking and animal rights activism. Alicia has an 11 month old baby named Bear Blu, and this week she posted a video on her website, The Kind Life, that shows her feeding her child. The act of feeding a baby wouldn’t ordinarily provoke such attention, but in this case, it has gone viral because Alicia feeds her child in a pretty extraordinary way, she feeds him like a baby bird. She chews his food, and then deposits the mushed up morsels in his mouth. You HAVE to watch this video!

This is the picture Alicia posted on her website on Tuesday along with the video.

I just had a delicious breakfast of miso soup, collards and radish steamed and drizzled with flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon. Yum! I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his. It’s his favorite…and mine. He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating. This video was taken about a month or 2 ago when he was a bit wobbly. Now he is grabbing my mouth to get the food!

Okay…. you HAVE to check this video out. I am dying to know what other moms and dads out there think about this. I know that parenting is an art, and of course there is no right or wrong way of going about it, but this just seems so off to me IMHO. I am not a mom though, so I don’t know if I have the right to comment. The image though just makes me go ‘Ewwww!’ Firstly, it makes me feel queasy because it looks like mom and child are kissing, and secondly, it just doesn’t feel hygienic to me. I could very well be wrong though..

Since the video has gone viral, health and dental organizations have commented on it. Delta Dental of Iowa tweeted, “You can pass dental disease!”… “Bacteria are passed when items contaminated with saliva go into a child’s mouth.” I am also still wondering why in the world Alicia would post that video online. Was this just a publicity stunt? I am SUPER KEEN to get your thoughts on this one… I am sure there will be lots of opinions out there!

Watch the home video Alicia posted on her website…

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  1. Christy

    As a mother to 3 children I have to say this is disgusting!I made my own baby food with all 3 with a food mill so there is no excuse for this so there is no need to prechew his food at 11 months he should be on finger foods like cheerios and stage 3 foods with textures.By doing this she isn’t giving him the skills to learn how to use a spoon and fork as most babies at that age learn.

  2. Nick

    Eww… Bitch ever hear of a food processor?

  3. Tara

    Ugh, yuck. Humans didn’t evolve with this. Why do lefty crusty parents decide that they are smarter than evolution, medicine, and common sense? This is stupid.

    • Krissy

      This is one woman. It is completely incorrect to say that this is something that “lefty” parents do. Not sure what politics has to do with this either.

  4. LA Lola

    I’m not so concerned about the hygenics from mom to child (probably builds immunity) but the actual act is weird. Especially given that she states the baby is developing he habit of expecting food out of other people’s mouths and almost demanding it.

    It reminds me of this mom i used to work with who breastfeed her kid to the age of 6. He would just walk up to her and demand a boob, no matter where they were, and would start lifting her shirt. Totally inappropriate!!!

  5. Amanda

    This is not ok. I am a mom of two and I think she is doing her son a dis-service. Being spoon fed helps a baby experience textures on his own. It’s a part of a baby’s exploration.

  6. Joon

    I’m a mom of two and try not to judge too harshly on other parents’ choices, but this is just way too gross for words. There’s no reason to feed your almost 1 year old this way, and like other people have said, he’s not learning the skills he needs to feed himself. Birds don’t have hands; humans do.

  7. Mario C. Ramos

    Omg, I’m taking a biology course in college and I cannot stop thinking of all the bacteria that woman is passing to her adorable son, and just the thought of the psycological damage she might give to him… I can’t even, that kid isn’t disabled or has any problem for digesting his own food… This will only teach him to be more dependable of his mommy :|

  8. Aimee

    I’m a mom and I think ewww. I would *share* food with my kids, like share a spoon eating soup, or ice cream or whatever, or let them have a bite of my sandwich, but out of my mouth? Yuck, no way. I’m even fairly hippy in my parenting, and try not to judge other people’s choices, but this totally squicks me out.

  9. Hannah

    I have a baby turning 1 so similar age. There are some foods she can’t gum but for the most part she is sitting feeding herself, breaking the food down herself.

  10. Z

    I’m a mom. That’s unhygienic and inappropriate. Years ago I babysat a toddler who wanted cookies so much that she would lean over to take a bit of the cookie if it was still sticking out of your mouth. It was cute for about 30 seconds but when it became obvious that our laughter encouraged her to try it again, we quickly realized that we needed to nip that behavior in the bud, which we did. Alicia’s just encouraging really bad behavior that will only get worse w/ age. :p

  11. shannon

    How do you think humans fed their children food before the invention of forks and spoons? How do you think some children that young are still fed? Personally, I see nothing weird or gross about it. There will come a time when he has more teeth and can break things down better and she will put an end to this method. As long as he is healthy and thriving there’s nothing wrong. Would I feed my own children like this? Probably not, but that’s just me.

    • Megsterg

      They used their hands. Even if they chewed the food first, they didn’t spit it mouth to mouth to them. WTF.

  12. Shannon

    Can’t afford a food processor huh? The mama bird thing kinda grosses me out

  13. Suzie Z

    This is nasty. Your mouth has so much bacteria etc – it’s just not healthy. I think I’d gag trying to feed my kids this way! You either use a food processor or here’s a thought – your kids don’t eat some foods until they are able!!

  14. Beth

    @Shannon They used hands before the invention of utensils. I’m close to positive no one fed their kids this way, not even prehistorically.

  15. Sfmom

    I’m pretty crunchy as far as parenting goes…but yeah. All I can think about is how dirty our mouths are. Total bacteria frap.
    There are tons of awesome methods for making healthy baby food at home and this just seems totally unnecessay. Not to mention…what about boundaries? At what age does she stop letting her son French kiss her for food? (and I say that as a babywearing, extended breastfeeding, cosleeping hippie mama so I am not trying to throw rocks at attached parents or anything)

  16. Gal Capone

    It’s odd to say the least. Gross? I don’t think so. Some mothers chew food and take it out of their mouths & feed it to their small children. This just takes it a step further. Moms also pick up a pacifier and suck on it to clean it before giving it back to a baby. Same premise. No one says that’s gross. As for bacteria-it can’t be worse than the kid crawling around on the floor where countless shoes have tracked gawd knows what in then putting hands, toys, etc in his mouth. *shrug* Meh. Her kid.

    • Jenn

      Yea, I definitely don’t clean a pacifier with my mouth, that’s disgusting. It’s called bring extras or wash it.

  17. Niki

    “Firstly, it makes me feel queasy because it looks like mom and child are kissing…” Wait, are moms not supposed to give their babies kisses???

    • Shavonne

      I think Melissa said this because it looks like they’re making out, not just a normal kiss between parent and child.

  18. Jenn

    Um, why? My 11 month old eats solid foods himself. Although if I’m eating he’ll come begging to have what’s on my plate because I usually feed him my stuff.

  19. CHASE

    One word: disgusting.

  20. Jamie

    Okay, I do think this is kind of gross but seriously, some of these comments are a little extreme. I highly doubt Alicia will still be chewing his food for him when he’s 16. Having two kids myself sometimes I just do not get why people get so bent out of shape over other people’s parenting…

    • Megan

      I agree, it’s not my cup of tea but to each his own. I don’t see how this is going to cause significant psychological damage. The kid’s already going to have to learn to stand up for his name after all! The only thing I keep thinking about is the dental health thing (I’m a dentist) – I have no idea if she has gum disease or high levels of cavity-causing bacteria (which do not decrease even if she has all the money in the world to fix cavities as they arise) but if she does then she is passing it on to her son.

  21. rOXy

    It’s icky, gross and probably causing her son to have “mommy issues”. This might qualify for over-parenting.

  22. Donna

    Society today always seem to see things that were totally normal as gross. People have been doing this forever, how do you think people feed their kids all over the world. I used to do this with meat for my boys. You are supposed to get check for any dental problems/disease so nothing is pasted on. It’s totally normal and natural. Get over it people.

    • rOXy

      Funny, I’ve never heard of it before. It’s not normal. It’s not natural. Just because you did it does not mean it’s “normal”. There are just too many other ways to accomplish the same thing. Food processors, baby food, just to name two. I think this is more about what mommy wants and not what baby needs.

  23. Jacqui

    This poor kid is never going to live this down. She’s a famous actress and she made a blog video about this! For that alone I think she’s an a-hole.

    • @Jacqui — “This poor kid is never going to live this down” Yeah, that’s my thought, too. Not the health risks (which are minimal, I think) but the later embarrassment that Bear Blu will deal with because of his mother’s behavior.

  24. PixiesBassline

    I agree with a lot of these comments. I don’t see any real need for her to be chewing his food for him. This is something women would have done wayyyyy back in the day, like before there were spoons. lol
    But… it’s her kid and she’s not abusing him and I’m sure she has the money to pay for her own excellent dental health.

  25. cutitout

    Once a child has teeth, let them chew there own damn food. I swear, some of these hollywood moms seem to try soooo hard to be different. This is unnecessary. if you must, just throw it in the blender of food processor. Sheesh!

  26. I know you are trying to get more comments on here and therefore ask questions, but was the publicity question really necessary? Alicia doesn’t really strike me as a publicity hungry celeb who would use her own child for this purpose.

  27. yoga girl

    when u watch the film, you can clearly see the flashbulbs going off in the background…nice performance. FREAK!

  28. Megsterg

    Umm, a child at that age can chew their own food… I could almost accept this without judgement if the child was really young and she was just transitioning them to food for the first time. But there is no excuse for that at his age, it’s just weird and creepy.

  29. Jodi

    I’m a mom, and even if I were going to chew my kid’s food (say we were somewhere and the only food we had needed to be chewed and she couldn’t chew it and we had no other options) at the very least it would not go directly from my mouth to her mouth. Alicia clearly has utensils available. She can take the food out of hers with a spoon. This makes no sense unless she is trying to intentionally go to the extreme (which doesn’t surprise me, since she’s vegan). I don’t see the benefit of feeding your child this way.

  30. difference

    There is a difference between something you have never heard and something that is normal.

    I did a lot of babysitting for a number of years. Read a lot of stuff about parenting but never saw or heard of parents giving their babies tea until I moved to Europe. Companies actually make fruit and tea blends for babies here in Germany.

    I am very not into judging people for these things. She had to of known that most people would have an issue with this practice but I’m sure the kid eats on his own most of the time.

    Also, did you know in China most babies walk around with their butts hanging out? Parents some diaper their babies. They potty train them from newborn up. It isn’t uncommon to see a toddler perched on the parents knees peeing on a public sidewalk.

    Not everyone raises their kids as to what is culturally “acceptable” by people in the USA. The world is a lot bigger people.

    • Jodi

      If they aren’t containing their child’s feces then that is very unsanitary, whether it is an accepted part of the culture or not. At this point with what we know about germs, etc., some things that have been done in the past should change.

      In addition, it’s not true that “most babies” in China are dressed this way. This practice in China is becoming less common because people realize it is unsanitary.

  31. difference

    Parents don’t normally diaper*

  32. strawberry

    you know people, i agreed with someone who said previously that the world is a bigger place than you think. even if you do not agree with the methods, it’s still her choice and most importantly, the kid is not being hurt.

    you have no idea how many different ways i’ve heard of people raising their kids. seriously this is not a big deal to me, as my high school teacher’s mom raised him up with this method too. i didn’t see my teacher walking around kissing other people on their mouths for foods.

    keep an open mind, people.

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