Alicia Silverstone, of Clueless fame, has proudly shared on her blog The Kind Life that her son enjoys eating food out of her mouth.
Bear Blu, who will be one in May, apparently delights in pre-chewed vegan goodness:
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!
Reaction on Ms. Silverstone’s blog, and on YouTube, was mixed. Some felt the practice was natural and nurturing; others were repulsed.
Babble’s deputy editor Mira Jacob, who also writes Masala Mama, had a more moderate response.
“A lot of moms chew a portion of their baby’s food; it’s often a very natural transition. But this just looks really funny, like Alicia is making out with her son,” she said. “There is nothing terribly wrong with it, it just looks really weird.”
Most of the negative responses had to do with the “ick” factor, and an assumption that sharing pre-chewed food might be a good way to share germs.
“There are those who think that a mom chewing a baby’s food provides helpful enzymes from her mouth but it doesn’t seem like a hygienic practice. Various viruses and bacteria may be passed from mother to baby,” Dr. Jennifer Landa, M.D Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD told FoxNews.
Personally, I think this whole thing is freaking awesome. Because after watching this, everything I do today parenting-wise is going to seem completely normal.
I am pretty much certifiably bonkers, but gosh darn it, I do draw the line somewhere. And what with the autism and OCD and ADHD we have going on in this house, I never feel like our family is “typical” in any way. But this little video is making me feel positively mainstream.
Also, the next time someone accuses me of being a helicopter parent when I stop my kids from throwing mulch on the playground, I’m going to be all, “but I totally let them chew their own food!”
The video is below. What do you think? Is Alicia Silverstone an awesomely nurturing bird-mom? Or is this trip to Pre-Chewed Charlie’s the skeeviest breakfast ever?
(Photo Credit: The Kind Life)