TORONTO – Actress Alicia Silverstone recently posted a video on her book’s website that shows herself pre-chewing food and spitting it into her son’s mouth.
Ten-month-old son, Bear Blu, “literally crawls across the room to attack” Silverstone’s mouth if she’s eating, according to The Kind Life, the online extension of her vegan cookbook.
The video has gained much attention and tops Globalnews.ca’s current list of the Top 5 weirdest celebrity parenting tips.
1. Alicia Silverstone: PRE-CHEWING FOOD
2. January Jones: EATING PLACENTA PILLS
The Mad Men star gave birth to son Xander Dane in September 2011, and told People Magazine she went back to work six or seven weeks later.
How did she keep her energy up on set after birth? By eating her own afterbirth, of course, with ‘placenta capsulation.’
“Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins,” Jones tells the magazine. “It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas.”
Perhaps Jones and Silverstone are in cahoots on the importance of taking parenting tips from birds and mammals?
Jones says she has been popping the placenta pills each day since Xander’s birth, and also whenever she feels sad or tired.
“It’s not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!”
3. Christina Applegate: BUY A NOSEFRIDA
When Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell asked Applegate about the best piece of parenting advice anyone had given her, actress Christina Applegate responded with the tip to buy a NoseFrida.
Instructions for the tool include sucking out your child’s snot with a red mouthpiece attached to a tube-with a filter in place to prevent mucus / bacteria transfer-and moving the tube in a circular motion against the child’s nostril.
“You will hear and see the mucus coming out of the nose. A few drops of saline solution in each nostril will help loosen thick mucus before using NoseFrida,” says the product website.
Notable warnings include: “Do not blow air into the red mouthpiece while tube is placed at child’s nostril,” and “never attach NoseFrida to a machine.”
4. Kourtney Kardashian: WOOD IS GOOD
Kourtney’s Mommy Blog is a video web series featured on E!Online, where Kim Kardashian’s sister shares various tips on parenting.
Below are her reasons as to why wooden toys are better than plastic toys for children:
“The plastic toys could be toxic and especially when babies put toys in their mouths, it’s safe to have wooden.”
“And, like, if you stepped on a plastic toy, it would likely break, where a wooden toy is definitely stronger and will last longer. And plastic toys when they do break or rip apart, there can be sharp edges.”
These tips are particularly pertinent to parents who routinely feed toys to their baby, or crush them underfoot while walking through the house.
Why was this topic important to Kourtney? “Just to have the knowledge of why wooden toys, um, could be better than plastic toys in general, um, is a good thing. And just, like, everything in moderation.”
Words of wisdom for any parent.
Kardashian sums it up as follows: “Don’t forget…tip of the day is wood is good.”
5. Katherine Heigl: WHITE NOISE
While many mothers try to keep everything quiet when putting their children to sleep, former Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl reportedly does just the opposite.
“There’s something about white noise,” Heigl told People. When putting her adopted daughter Naleigh to sleep, she takes a cue from her mother, who used to leave the vacuum running in her room when she was a baby.
“Her bedroom is right over the kitchen and living room area so you can really hear us down there when we are up watching TV…I’m a big believer in it,” says Heigl.
So what would your day be like if you applied all this celebrity advice and lived like a star?
Wake up, take your placenta pill, but don’t swallow. Chew it up, then spit it into your child’s mouth. When they’re full, suck the mucus out of their nose while loudly blaring the television (this should put them right to sleep). And just remember: wood is good.
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