Jessica Alba's Big, Fat Celeb-Parenting Secret

She overfed her kid. Um, really?

Jessica Alba’s Big, Fat Celeb-Parenting Secret

She overfed her kid. Um, really?

-Jane Farrell

Jessica Alba and Honor Marie Warren

How did Jessica Alba get her daughter, Honor, to sleep through the night when the little girl was an infant?

Why, she stuffed her to the gills, of course! “When she was, like, six months old, I would overfeed her,” Alba said on the Late Show. “So when kids are really full, they don’t wake up hungry.” (Honor didn’t wake up until 9 a.m., and every parent of an infant knows how late that is.)

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Even the normally unflappable David Letterman looked a bit surprised. Alba who seemed to realize what her plan sounds like when she actually talks about it, laughs and says, “That sounds abusive!” Actually, it kind of does.

Unfortunately, the food had another effect on Honor besides making her sleep—it made her fat. She was the same weight at six months as she is now, at two years. “She was so big!” Alba says, laughing.

Apparently it doesn’t matter that kids will get more than enough food as that grow older, or that parenting might involve some uncomfortable stuff like getting up at 6 a.m. or so to feed a child. Or that there might be an eating disorder in Honor’s future.

Moms, please don’t try this at home.

Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.

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  1. Oh please. Overfeeding a six month old to get them to sleep is not that horrible. Giving your child Benedryl so that they sleep while you ‘entertain’, that is abusive. Will Honor automatically grow up with an eating disorder? No,that comes from body image problems. Mothers get told way too often that what ever problem thier kid has is Moms fault. Guess what just because she did something that someone else wouldn’t do is only illustrating that everyone is different. We would live in a better world if people would be a bit more tolerant of each other.

  2. I agree that there are degrees of abuse – Benedryl trumps food every time, but I’m not sure I like the underlying reason behind either method – it seems all a bit selfish – and where a child is concerned, that child MUST come first – every time no matter what – so you lose some sleep, get cranky and maybe even have a bad hair day – in the long run, a small price to pay – very disappointed with her –

  3. I’m not crazy about it, either. It’s not the worst kind of abuse, but it’s better not to do someothing like this. I’m honestly surprised – I thought she was more sensible.

  4. Oh, come on – did you actually watch the interview? Sounds like you just took the quotes from an article. She was talking about it as a mistake she made, she was hardly bragging or saying ‘here’s some awesome advice.’ It didn’t even sound planned – Letterman was saying his son always woke at 6:30 am, Alba said her daughter woke later and she sounded embarrassed that she had made the mistake. But we shouldn’t let things like her actual demeanor speaking about this get in the way of the rush to judge a mother as abusive, especially if she’s famous, I guess.

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