Alicia Silverstone shares about feeding her baby bird-style

Former “Clueless” star Alicia Silverstone has an unusual mealtime routine with her 10-month old Bear Blu that is she is sharing on her website TheKindLife.com.

Silverstone, who promotes healthy, vegan eating and has written a book about it, shows herself on her blog chewing up food and then dropping it into her little guy’s mouth. (You can see photos of it on the link.)

From the New York Daily News:

” ‘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,’ she wrote on her lifestyle blog.”

” ‘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.’ “

“In the accompanying video, Silverstone, 35, munches on food from a bowl before having Bear Blu eat the pre-chewed food from her mouth..”

” ‘He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating,’ she wrote about how much her baby loves getting food from mommy.”

(Saturday Night Live had a skit where the parents did that to an adult child. Does anyone else remember that?)

I guess it’s to give him nutrition from food he’s not ready physically ready to process yet. I think moms probably routinely will bite something into a smaller size and then hand it to their toddler to eat. I’ve definitely seen that and probably done that. It’s the chewing and dropping mouth-to-mouth I haven’t seen.

So what do you think? Have you ever fed your child bird-style? Would you? Do you have any different eating habits with your kids?

90 comments Add your comment

FCM

March 28th, 2012
12:44 pm

I am not taking feeding advice from someone who names their child Bear Blu

RJ

March 28th, 2012
12:48 pm

Does becoming a celebrity make you a crazy?! I mean first someone eating placenta and now this. That is a totally gross thing to do. I have NEVER done it. Get a Baby Bullet and call it a day. I will be making my DD’s food when she’s ready for solids, but I won’t be chewing anything up and then putting it in her mouth. That’s just gross!

Me

March 28th, 2012
12:52 pm

Perhaps she starred in “Clueless” for a very, very good reason… Hmmm…

fred

March 28th, 2012
12:57 pm

walt in macon

March 28th, 2012
1:04 pm

I remember the great Saturday Night Live skit for the restaurant “Pre Chew Charlie’s!”

GregInAtl

March 28th, 2012
1:07 pm

On some level its really perverse and yet another suport column in th ewussification of Americans. Cant even chew his food at 10 months. Wow.

Rob

March 28th, 2012
1:09 pm

yes, the skit was PRE-CHEWED CHARLEYS, it was a take off of a resturant called Good Time Charleys, it was hysterical….where the old people had their steaks chewed by the staff and then fed to them, ….

charlene

March 28th, 2012
1:10 pm

I’m in awe. In awe of the ego it takes to think others should watch her chew food and then feed it to a child. Just. Wow. I think my IQ dropped a few points just from reading this article telling about it, no offense TWG.

Kat

March 28th, 2012
1:12 pm

Perhaps her acting career has gone so far downhill that she feels her vegan book (which could be a good thing) and this odd-to-me choice of feeding styles will make her relevant once again?

I’m with FCM on this one.

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RobertFaust

March 28th, 2012
1:15 pm

Her husband handles the pre-nursed milk.

Cammi317

March 28th, 2012
1:15 pm

WTH?????????? I don’t want to read anything else about the bizarre eating/feeding habits of celebrities. CLEARLY they have lost their minds. The child is 10 months old, I am sure that he can chew quite well on his own! I am just waiting for the stories when he starts school about how he tries to eat out of the mouths of his classmates……NASTY!

decaturmamaof2

March 28th, 2012
1:16 pm

GregInATL — uhm a 10 mo old usually has NO TEETH (or maybe just a few incisors – definitely no molars).. .how would YOU like him to chew? Ewussification? (Not being a proponent of the pre-chew method, but your comment was a bit ignorant!)

El Sombrero

March 28th, 2012
1:32 pm

This behavior is certainly understandable if this 10 month old is the offspring of Ms Silverstone and Big Bird.

Augusta

March 28th, 2012
1:33 pm

I for one do not give a rats ass what the idiots in Hollywood do or don’t do with their children. They are not role models for parenting. Hey if you want to chew up your food and spit it into baby’s mouth, be sure to get pictures……so the child can have some proof to show their therapist!!!!.

Besides, anyone who names their kid Bear Blu has bigger issues. I don’t look to Hollywood for parental advice. If I need any, I’ll go to my mom!!!

Paco

March 28th, 2012
1:34 pm

As long as she isnt chewing and vomiting Ostrich burgers into the babys mouth is should be ok…otherwise this could be considered cannabalism.

tammy

March 28th, 2012
1:36 pm

This bird like behavior will foster, when an adult, this childs eating of earthworms, grubworms and using neighborhood bird baths.

Captain Stubbing

March 28th, 2012
1:37 pm

She sounds like a birdbrain.

Dr Weiner

March 28th, 2012
1:41 pm

So who is the Emetophiliac here?

Canguy

March 28th, 2012
1:41 pm

Not sure why she thinks this is an actual good thing or why she thinks the general public wants to know…Im really curious as to why so many celebrities have an obsession to name their children by scanning through a dictionary and picking whatever comes up first…Apple…Bear…Tucan. This is not a sign of originality. If they think they have to be original or creative change their own name and not put this on their children who did not choose to have wacky parents.

Voice of Reason

March 28th, 2012
1:42 pm

Alicia Silverstone starred in a movie called, “Clueless,” and the Aerosmith music video titled, “Crazy.”

You know everything you need to know already without me even mentioning that she was also in the worst Batman movie ever.

Toothless Timmy

March 28th, 2012
1:44 pm

I wish someone would do this for me.

COmmonsense

March 28th, 2012
1:51 pm

Hi! I’ve been a celebrity in the 1990s, I wrote a book about vegan eating, I’m the mother of a 10-month old boy named “Bear Blu”, that totally makes me qualified to advise you on how to feed your babies! How far those has-beens will go for some attention?

Tanya from Lawrenceville

March 28th, 2012
2:01 pm

OKAY, what’s wrong with chewing your baby food? I chew my baby food for them and they are 10 months too. Just Sunday my twins wanted some crackers and I chewed the cracker up for them and gave it to them. Whatever y’all! Also, I’m a vegetarian… just an step away from being an vegan!

And this is news WHY?

March 28th, 2012
2:04 pm

My kids are now 26 and 24 and we did this for them back in 1985 onward – so, contrary to some “yuk” comments on here today, this is NOT a new phenomenon – next topic please!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 28th, 2012
2:06 pm

Last poster is correct — it is not a new practice — called premastication and done through much of the world and in ancient world — more on the practice at this link …

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/alicia-silverstone-practice-chewing-baby-food-highlights-premastication-article-1.1052084

Jeff

March 28th, 2012
2:14 pm

FCM (and others) are dead on.

This reeks of a 7th grader doing anything to get everyone to pay attention to them. Fortunately, I stopped paying attention to 7th graders…..ummm….about half way through 7th grade.

Voice of Reason

March 28th, 2012
2:30 pm

Just because it has been done for a long time does not mean it is not still incredibly stupid.

jarvis

March 28th, 2012
3:03 pm

KInda makes me wish he hadn’t been wearing that bungee cord in that Aerosmith video.

World Traveler

March 28th, 2012
3:06 pm

Last poster is correct — it is not a new practice — called premastication and done through much of the world and in ancient world — more on the practice at this link …

Again… who cares? We have these things… called “blenders” and “food processors” and “knives” and “forks” and “spoons”… that do not require us to physically chew food for our children. I suppose that if I was in the third world with none of these things, I would not find a problem chewing food for my children.

In the third world, people also crap in back of the house, bathe monthly, don’t get vaccinations, etc, etc. They have an untrained elder woman deliver babies. In the ancient world, when life expectancy was 30-40 years, girl children were married and started having children as soon as they achieved menses.

Simply citing third world/ancient world practices does not justify them in the first world/modern world.

JOD

March 28th, 2012
3:10 pm

What the? I have said that for most of the posts lately. Everyone who said these celebs’ egos are off-the-charts is right on. It never occurred to me to chew food up and spit it into DD’s mouth. If she wasn’t ready to chew or ‘gum’ tiny pieces (cut up with a knife for Pete’s sake), she didn’t eat it. Isn’t that what baby food is for?

RELL

March 28th, 2012
3:23 pm

this is common in other countries …no big deal why is everyone getting so uptight about it. its her kid.

free

March 28th, 2012
3:38 pm

decaturmamaof2 :GregInATL — uhm a 10 mo old usually has NO TEETH (or maybe just a few incisors – definitely no molars).. .how would YOU like him to chew? Ewussification? (Not being a proponent of the pre-chew method, but your comment was a bit ignorant!)

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they can’t eat a steak…but should be able to mash veggies from soup (mine did at that age) with their hardened gums. i think this is what greg was talking about.

Tex

March 28th, 2012
3:48 pm

filthy skank. She looks hideous.

CLEMSONDUDE

March 28th, 2012
3:53 pm

You got to be kidding?…Poor kid.

bigdawg88

March 28th, 2012
3:57 pm

Wow, didn’t know this was something new. I’ve seen it done many times, before the child has teeth. It’s not that big of a deal. I’m sure she doesn’t give him all of his food that way, just some things that he would normally have trouble chewing himself. In my family when the kids get their teeth in then it stops.
Now if she had a 2 year old and was doing it… call the men in white suits!

Fred ™

March 28th, 2012
4:02 pm

She is finer than frog hair, but that is dumber than dog squeeze. Yeah, in ancient times they may have done it, but now we have these things called FOOD PROCESSORS. Hello? Weirdo?

But what can you say? Vegans are political activist weirdo’s anyway who can not survive except in the highly industrialized society that wee have today.

Spanky

March 28th, 2012
4:05 pm

I imagine it would all look like oatmeal…you’re welcome! Don’t know exactly wich is grosser/more gross/whatever..pre-chewing the food, or the food itself. Check Please!!

Alicia Silverstone is, well...

March 28th, 2012
4:07 pm

…wait for it…Clueless (how come nobody else has said this? – although “Me” almost had it said)

CKM

March 28th, 2012
4:09 pm

Bleck!! Boy, do I feel sorry for this kid’s future dates. Date: “May I try some of what you ordered?” Future Freak Man: “Sure come here.”

kimmer

March 28th, 2012
4:14 pm

Couple of comments:

As several has mentioned already, this is not something new on the horizon. I remember hearing my grandmother talking about doing this as a matter of everyday life in her day (rural south, turn of the century).

Secondly, when you think about it, the risk of giving a child prechewed food is probably not much different than letting them drink a body fluid (breast milk). Its really just the yuk factor and my beef with it is thinking the rest of the world cares, or really wants to see this in action anymore than I want to see someone have a bowel movement or change a diaper.

wrestler

March 28th, 2012
4:15 pm

She is a fox but I would never want to have kids with her. I am a meat eater too so my “vegan” taste for her would not be so tasty.

mamaj

March 28th, 2012
4:19 pm

No, this may not be new or news, but it just makes my stomach flip. If you have to chew a child’s food for him, is is possible that the child is not ready for that type of food yet? And did anyone consider the things that may be, or have been, in adults mouths and the different bacteria that may be in them?

Southern girl

March 28th, 2012
4:22 pm

ah heck, give that baby some grits and eggs… needs no pre-chewing! These people are so out of touch …

ok Oprah..

March 28th, 2012
4:25 pm

sigh………

wrestler

March 28th, 2012
4:26 pm

I guess she doesn’t shop at stores that sell BABY FOOD. YOU DON”T NEED TO CHEW THAT STUFF. I think Gerber should sue her……

Lucy

March 28th, 2012
4:26 pm

Quilty!……I bird fed all my kids when they were babies. I don’t think it’s wierd at all.