Pre-chewing baby’s food just fine, experts say Baby Bear Blu tilts his head, and opens his lips like a little bird waiting for a worm. His mother, actress and celebrity vegan Alicia Silverstone, invites little Blu onto her sweatpant-clad lap. He leans in. She chews, passes a morsel of food from her mouth to his, then, as the 10-month-old gums it, she turns and smiles for the camera, pleased with herself.
The practice, called premastication, is nothing new — in many cultures, including some African and Inuit communities, premastication is commonplace — but the video has gone viral and a web dust-up has ensued.