Celebrity kids need security. And I’m not talking about large and strong men who are part of their security detail. I’m talking about their emotional security.
One way these Hollywood kids seek comfort is with the array of inanimate objects that they cling to like their bottles, pacifiers, thumbs and blankies. These items are de rigueur for the baby set, but once a kid is over about 2 or even 3 most of these things should be a thing of the past. But, if you had a gazillion photographers in your face each and every day you’d cling to something…anything… too. You really can’t blame them for clutching onto whatever they can when living in their celebrity fishbowl. Here are four ways they seek comfort and what celebrity kids are sucking, clutching and drinking.
Suri Cruise’s handler (i.e. mom) made the mistake of letting her out in the open with her bottle recently. She’s nearly four and many, especially in the blogosphere, have been critical of this preschooler continuing to use a bottle for her milk. Most would probably agree that by now she should have moved on to a cup. An expert weighed in to US a while ago saying:
“She should have been weaned off the bottle by the time she was one year old,” said Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician and co-author of Food Fights. “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 straw. That development comes pretty early.”
Many doctors don’t back pacifiers at all, and some are fine with them but in moderation. And part of the moderation is that if they use one that they stop using a paci at an appropriate age – some experts say when the baby is about six to ten months whereas others say before the age of two is fine. Experts have said that one reason why children may stick with a pacifier is due to stress or emotional upset. And sadly, celebrity kids may experience more of that due to their gypsy lifestyle and the constant attention whenever they leave the confines of their homes. Some celebrity kids who’ve stuck with their pacifiers past the baby stage include: 3 ½ year old Kingston, Violet Affleck, Matthew McConaughey’s son Levi, Britney Spears’ son Jayden and Katie Price’s daughter Princess Tiaamii.
Blankies are big. And when those celebrity kids are shrinking in front of cameras, often they are seen clutching a soft nice blanky. The Jolie-Pitt kids, for one, really like their blankies. Especially Zahara and Shiloh, those two girls have often seen out and about not unlike Linus with their security blankets dragging to the floor. Research has shown that a child’s blanket can help them adapt to new situations, and when you travel as much as the Jolie-Pitt crew does, having something familiar, soft and secure is probably key.
Not only do the Jolie Pitt girls Zahara and Shiloh cling to their security blankets but they also have a tendency to suck their thumbs. It’s a behavior that is generally related to babies and can cause problems down the line, “Thumb sucking does not cause permanent problems with the teeth or jaw line unless it is continued beyond 4 to 5 years of age. As it turns out, somewhere between 85% and 99% of children have finished thumb sucking spontaneously before this period.” So Zahara at age five is still sucking her thumb, do you think the Angie and Pitt should worry? Also spotted sucking their thumb recently is Denise Richard’s youngest daughter Lola.
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