Not many new parents would refuse to use cribs, strollers, diapers, or baby shampoo, but it should come as no surprise that celebrity parents like to do things a little...differently. Whether it's using "elimination communication" to potty train a 5-month-old baby, like Giselle Bundchen, or using "pre-mastication" (pre-chewing) to feed their toddler, like Alicia Silverstone, some celebrity parenting techniques just seem downright ridiculous and over-the-top.
Hollywood is literally a hotbed for questionable advice, with many celebrities (like Gwyneth Paltrow and Kourtney Kardashian) dedicating entire blog posts to their unusual habits. I guess it's not enough for them to do their own weird thing, they want everyone else to do it, too! Many celebrity parents also advise against basic baby products that most of us couldn't live without (or wouldn't want to), but parents must always make their own choices based on their lifestyles and the specific needs of their children.
In other words, let celebs do their own thing, and you do yours. Personally, I plan on packing Goldfish in my kids' lunchbox every day for the rest of the year (sorry, Jennifer Garner, they're cheaper than blueberries and I don't have a farm in my backyard).
Here are 20 celebs who don't believe in useful baby products (that the rest of the world believes in) and like to do things a little differently.
20 Alanis Morissette Doesn't Believe In Cribs
Alanis Morissette dedicated an entire blog post to her strong feelings about attachment parenting, so I'm not too surprised to hear that she doesn't use a crib and chooses to co-sleep with her son.
“I personally believe that the attachment stage, done well, can circumvent countless addictions later in life because many of these addictions are often a temporary attempt at feeling this sense of connection," she wrote.
In addition to bedsharing, Alanis has also said that she plans to breastfeed her son until he self-weans, even if that doesn't happen until he's six. That's some serious dedication to the cause!
19 Mayim Bialik Doesn't Use Babysitters
Mayim Bialik has never been shy about her belief in attachment parenting, which (for her) requires 24-hour momming.
"It's not because we think we're better than anyone else, but it's just a personal decision that we want to be the caregivers for our kids, " she explained. "So we're making it work that way, because that's what we feel is best for our children, and everything else fits in around that. To us, nothing is more important than being with our children at any given point of the day."
Sounds sweet, but Mayim has also admitted that she's exhausted and doesn't have a social life outside of her kids
18 No Diapers (At All) For Giselle's Baby
Giselle Bundchen is a big proponent of "elimination communication," a practice in which a caregiver uses timing, signals, cues, and intuition to figure out when their kid needs to poop in lieu of putting them in diapers. God forbid they're in a public restroom without a toilet nearby, but I digress...
Giselle claims her son was "potty-trained" at 5 months old, but it seems like the parent is the only one trained in this method. God knows how many times she and Tom Brady were pooped on before they got it right!
When asked why they chose to do this, Giselle responded, “Diapers pollute the environment. Where [do the diapers] go?”
Weird flex, but ok.
17 No Regular Water For Madonna's Kids
Madonna has always been a little different, and no one knows that more than her children. Madonna is raising her kids with a laundry list of weird rules, such as "no playing with spiritually unsound toys," and "no bedtime stories besides David the English Rose" (Madonna's own book). All the kids have to follow a macrobiotic meal plan and none of them are allowed to read newspapers, magazines or watch TV. Madonna also never allows her children to drink any water other than Kaballah water, an incredibly expensive spring water that has been blessed by Kabbalah religious leaders. When Madonna and Ritchie divorced, Madonna insisted that Ritchie ensure that the kids only drink this specific water, even if it is only used to dilute orange juice.
16 Alicia Silverstone Doesn't Do Baby Food
Hold onto your butts, things are about to get weird.
Alicia Silverstone wrote a parenting book called The Kind Parent, and it's just as wonderfully wacky as you'd expect a celebrity's parenting book to be (especially one who starred in Clueless).
"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 writes. "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."
Why buy pureed baby food when you can do it yourself? Ew.
15 Suri Never Used A Sippy Cup
Suri Cruise is 12-years-old now, but do you remember those pictures of her with a bottle hanging out of her mouth at almost 4-years-old? Yeah, we do too. We're not sure if it was a weird Scientology thing or not, but it seemed like Suri Cruise would never "graduate" to a sippy cup.
"By the time kids are nine-months-old, they have the physical development and mouth coordination necessary to be able to drink out of a sippy cup or a cup with [a] straw," says Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician, and co-author of Food Fights. "That development comes pretty early."
Pediatricians also say that using a bottle past the recommended age may lead to a higher risk of speech problems, tooth erosion, and deformation.
14 Kristin Cavallari Avoids Formula
Reality TV star Kristin Cavallari has three kids with football player hubby Jay Cutler and definitely has some controversial parenting practices. Kristin once shared a homemade goat’s milk recipe that she uses whenever she runs out of breastmilk, despite the fact that the USDA actually doesn't recommend goats' milk for kids under one. People magazine originally shared her exact recipe along with health warnings, but eventually had to take it down because too many people are willing to try anything without researching it first.
13 No Vaccinations For Jenna Elfman's Kids
Jenna Elfman, best known for Dharma and Greg, appeared at an anti-vaccination rally where she warned of the dangers of "slopes that turn into doors." Yeah, I don't know.
“You open up the door of taking away parents’ rights, you open the door to a Constitutional slippery slope," she claimed, as per jezebel.com.
It seems that Jenna's pretty serious about her right to not vaccinate her kids and has even been known to start petitions on social media, advocating for herself and other parents like her.
According to jezebel.com, Jenna wrote in her petition that"There is no health crisis (unless they care to create one— wait for it....) and frankly, I’m astounded that we have to fight so hard for our parental rights as [US citizens], IN AMERICA,"
Wow, that's some pretty strong language.
12 You Won't Catch Tobey Maguire With A Stroller
Have you ever heard of the RIE parenting method? A lot of celebs dig it, including Helen Hunt, Felicity Huffman and Tobey Maguire (to name a few). The main idea behind RIE is that kids (including babies) deserve your respect and you should treat them like tiny adults. This means that (according to RIE) you can't sing them lullabies or give them sippy cups, pacifiers, bouncers, high chairs, baby swaddles, etc. In other words, you won't see Tobey Maguire pushing his son around in a stroller.
RIE can be summed up in one quote from Magda Gerber, who founded the parenting philosophy in the 1940's. “The pacifier is a plug,” Gerber once wrote. “It does stop a child from crying, but the question is, does an infant have a right to cry?”
11 No Baby Shampoo For Gwyneth Paltrow
It's not just baby shampoo that Gwyneth doesn't allow her kids to use, it's shampoo in general. The Hollywood lifestyle guru has joined the "no poo" movement, which involves shunning shampoo from their hair care regime in a bid to restore hair health. Restoring her hair isn't her only motivation, however; Gwyneth is worried about using shampoos that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. So what does she use instead? Vitamin C, which is said to help the production of sebum, a scalp oil that works as a natural hair conditioner, leaving the hair fresh and visibly clean. Um...sure, Gwen.
10 No Sugary Treats For Nicole Richie's Kids
Nicole Richie's kids are both on a strict vegan meal plan and are never, under any circumstances, allowed to have sugar. Whomp, whomp.
Nicole sat down with the ladies of The Talk and discussed her healthy, eco-friendly take on motherhood. “We don’t use battery-operated toys, we don’t use plastic. Sugar is obviously a big no-no.”
So what do they eat at birthday parties? Blueberries, apparently.
“I was at a birthday party and there was a cupcake with all this pink icing and there was a blueberry on top of the cupcake,” Nicole says, “and Harlow looked at it and her eyes got so wide and she was like ‘Ohh,’ and I was like, ‘Oh boy, here we go,’ and she was like ‘Blueberries!’ So I went to the kitchen and got her a whole thing of blueberries. And she was happy.”
9 Nicky Hilton's "No Pacifier" Rule
Nicky Hilton might not use the RIE parenting method, but she still didn't let her daughters use pacifiers, telling US Weekly that she was "thrilled" they'd never used one.
“I see two and three-year-olds walking around with pacifiers,” she shared at The Colleagues and Oscar de Le Renta’s luncheon in Beverly Hills. “I was really strict about it and neither of them like pacifiers.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the use of pacifiers throughout a child’s first year, as they may offer some protection against SIDS, but the use of "binkies" is still pretty controversial in the parenting world beyond the first year.
8 Plastic Toys? Hard Pass For Kourtney Kardashian
You won't find any Fisher-Price in Kourtney Kardashian's home!
“I love wooden toys. There’s a lot of benefits to wooden toys and puzzles versus plastic. The plastic toys could be toxic and especially when babies put toys in their mouths, it’s safer to have wooden. Wooden toys last longer, they’re more durable. They could last for generations and get passed down," Kourtney wrote on her blog.
Kourtney isn't just afraid of plastic toxins in toys, however.
"We use both glass and stainless steel containers instead of Tupperware for leftovers and to store food in my pantry. For the kids' lunches, we use stainless steel bento boxes. We have a whole cupboard full of eco-friendly dinner plates, cereal bowls, flatware, and cups all made of stainless steel."
7 No Gender Specific Kids' Clothes For Pink
As you can see by the picture above, Pink doesn't find it necessary to dress her daughter like a little princess all the time. Pink's parenting philosophy is pretty simple: she doesn't make assumptions about her children based on their gender.
"We are a very label-less household," the singer said in an interview with newspaper The People.
"I was in a school and the bathroom outside the kindergarten said: ‘Gender Neutral – anybody,’ and it was a drawing of many different shapes," Pink continued. "I took a picture of it and I wrote: ‘Progress.’ I thought that was awesome. I love that kids are having this conversation.”
6 No Pre-Processed Foods For Jennifer Garner's Brood
When it comes to food, Jennifer Garner opts for homemade, fresh ingredients and makes all her kids' meals made from scratch.
“My mom made all of our food…When we were hungry she would say, ‘Go out to the garden, child, I bet those tomatoes are ready and grab yourself some sugar snap peas," Jennifer told People.
The actress says that although she was once envious of her friends whose parents gave them processed, packaged food, she’s become the same sort of parent as her mom. In addition to acting, Jennifer also helped launch Once Upon A Child, a baby food brand that sources 100% of its ingredients direct from farms and has no preservatives, concentrates or anything pre-processed.
5 Kid-Friendly Art? Not In Christina Aguilera's House
This might be (NOT) surprising to you, but Christina Aguilera is not the kind of mom who hangs "live, laugh, love" pictures on the walls of her home. Christina and her husband like to hang artwork displaying their bods on the wall in lieu of "kid-friendly" pieces.
"I think it's important that he [Max] sees mommy not be [embarrassed of] her [sensuality]. I mean, he's two," Christina told Q100 Bert Show in Atlanta. "We're art collectors, [there is a lot of female imagery] around the house. Max will be growing up in a house where it's just the norm... It's only weird when you [think negatively of] it...."
4 Maggie Gyllenhaal Refuses To Use Disposable Diapers
Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie's brother, appeared on Conan O’Brien’s show and mentioned that his niece, Ramona, only wears organic, tie-on cloth diapers (and he changes them, too). She's not the only celebrity parent to get on the cloth-diapering train, however; she is joined by Dave Matthews, Amy Adams, Jessica Alba, Lance Armstrong, Christina Aguilera, and the list goes on.
So what's with this cloth diapering craze? Celebs can easily afford disposable diapers, but they are also the third largest source of solid waste in the world and advocates argue that disposables take up two percent of landfill space, adding 2.8 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic, and paper to landfills annually.
3 Christina Applegate Won't Use Tissues
Okay, this isn't to say she NEVER uses tissues, but she certainly has an interesting way of getting the snot out of her daughter's nose!
When asked what the best parenting advice she ever received was, Christina Applegate responded with, “to buy a NoseFrida!” The NoseFrida is a suctioning device you use to suck snot out of your baby’s nose YOURSELF rather than using a hand-squeeze nose suctioner or tissue paper.
"But it's so much more effective," argued Applegate. "I mean I always had that thing [squeeze suctioner] in there trying to get it out, and it never worked. But this one is magic!"
2 No Christmas Presents For Mila And Ashton's Kids
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, both Mila and Ashton admitted that they choose not to give their children any Christmas gifts. The successful couple has been very outspoken about their desire not "raise a-holes," saying "it’s a matter of teaching them from a very early age that, you know, Mommy and Daddy may have a dollar, but you’re poor. You are very poor, you have nothing. Mommy and Daddy have a bank account.”
I understand not wanting to raise spoiled children but eliminating Christmas gifts does seem a bit extreme. Mila said when kids are very young, there’s no need to get them anything because they don’t really understand, which I guess is kind of true.
1 No Parenting Books For Bethenny Frankel
Not every new parent buys a copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting! Despite being full of advice of her own, Real Housewife star Bethenny Frankel was never really interested in receiving helpful parenting tips from books or loved ones. When Bethenny's daughter, Bryn, turned three months old, Frankel remarked, "The truth is I didn't listen to that much advice while I was pregnant or after because everyone has an opinion and you want to experience it on your own."
Ironically, Bethenny shared her own parenting tips in the same interview.
"Sleep when the baby's sleeping! Sleep is way more important than exercise, that's all you need to be worried about right now."