Confession: I Give My Baby Alcohol

I give my baby alcohol.  On a regular basis.

(Did I just hear everyone’s jaw hit the floor?  Excellent!  Mission: Shock the Masses was a success!)

Now that I have your attention, let me tell you the rest of the story –

My 18-month-old son loves me SO much that he wants to taste everything that I drink.  Since I’m a CPA, I drink wine or beer probably three to four evenings a week.  No sooner do I open that beer or pour that glass of wine but my little guy toddles over to me and says “Mmm, mmm, mmm” expectantly, dancing from one foot to the other, barely containing his impatience.  If I don’t get the message right away, he’ll reach up for me and say “P” (translation: up).

Once I pick him up and put him in my lap, I have to be on my toes because he will LUNGE for my glass, arm outstretched.  We haven’t had any party fouls (i.e. spilled drinks) yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.

So what do I do?  I dip my pinky in my glass, get just a little droplet on my finger, and  put it in his mouth to let him taste it.  And he doesn’t hate it, which really kinda blows my mind.  But he doesn’t throw a fit when I tell him that’s all he gets, so that’s good.

At this point he usually loses interest in me, slides himself down off my lap, and goes off in search of something to throw / bang / push across the floor / eat off the floor.

And that’s it!  Not so terrible after all, eh?

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15 thoughts on “Confession: I Give My Baby Alcohol

  1. If my husband and I are drinking beer or wine, we will let our children have a sip. We have a friend for Europe and she doesn’t understand what the big deal it. We aren’t getting our children drunk. But that is America for you.

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  2. Back in the ‘olden days’ they used to give children alcohol to get them to sleep. Can you imagine?! And in Europe, children often drink alcohol (in small quantities!) with their meals. A small suck of your finger isn’t going to do any harm. My daughter tasted wine once (out of curiosity!) and she hated it so much, she washed her mouth out with…soap! (She’s 10) Hmm, give her a few more years and her opinion might change!

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    • I can attest to the Europe “thing” … having grown up in Europe, and in a gypsy family, my brothers and I where given wine, when there was wine to be had but no food … partly, I admit, because our parents where desperate to shut us up about having to eat road kill … none of us turned into alcoholics … and none of us eats road kill to this day … smiles … Love, cat.

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  3. Intriguing. My first response was to question whether doing so would encourage or discourage alcoholism, as I come from an alcoholic family. When I read the other comments, I thought perhaps my knee-jerk response was an over-reaction based on my own fears.

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  4. I’m reading this on a day where I hate alcohol more than most anything in the world, so forgive me, but I’m gonna be honest. And I know Tempest respects honesty, and I love Tempest for her honesty, even when it’s not pretty. I can’t even think straight right now because I was in bed half of the day sobbing due to an alcohol-related crisis. My Dad, who had bipolar like me, was an alcoholic who beat up my mother after getting drunk almost every night. Ever since I became an alcoholic myself a few years ago, I understood that he used the booze to self-medicate. I hate the fucking shit with a passion. It makes the people I love the most in the world turn ugly. Fuck that shit.

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  5. Sorry to go off in my last comment – obviously I was at the end of a horrible day yesterday when I wrote in to N&S, and I should have stayed away from the laptop. If I could erase my comment, I would. :( As far as letting a baby/child lick alcohol off my finger, or have some….I have mixed feelings about it. If the exposure ultimately influences the person to become a full-fledged alkie, I have to say I’m against it. If not, I’m fine with it. But who really knows the answer to that?

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    • No need to apologize!

      “If the exposure ultimately influences the person to become a full-fledged alkie, I have to say I’m against it. If not, I’m fine with it. But who really knows the answer to that?”

      I don’t see how it could encourage alcoholism, mainly because in such a small quantity, there is no experience of tipsiness or anything. It’s literally just the taste.

      I think the only reason my little guy even wants any is simply because I have it. He does the same thing with coffee, water, and whatever else I drink. In fact, if I put water in his sippy cup he doesn’t want it. But he will drink water out of my water bottle no problem.

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  6. When I was a baby my whole family used to let me taste alcohol. It’s not a bad thing at all, if you were forcing your baby to drink a whole pint of beer THAT would be bad. But dipping in your finger and letting them have the tiny bit is just a normal thing for any parent to do surely?
    I’ve grown up to be a “normal” young woman and consuming tiny amounts of alcohol as a baby hasn’t turned me into some alcoholic or deranged person! I think you are just doing something that any other parent does x

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