Jessica Alba Reveals Honor’s Need for Caffeine

09/01/2010 at 04:00 PM ET
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Mom Jessica Alba may be the busy Hollywood actress, but that doesn’t stop 2-year-old Honor Marie from needing a little pick-me-up herself every once in awhile!

“[She talks about everything] she wants or needs. She says she needs coffee in the morning and I’m like, ‘No, no, no coffee,’ so I give her water in a coffee cup,” the Machete star, 29, revealed during a Tuesday visit to The Late Show with David Letterman.

“She likes to have big girl cups and big boy t-shirts and princess dresses. It’s crazy. I didn’t even teach her that stuff!”

While she may be willing to play along with some of her daughter’s special requests, Alba insists that for the most part, she holds her ground.

“She’s very independent and likes to do everything that I tell her not to — so I have to lay down the law,” she laughs. “I’m very strict with her. When it’s time for her to eat, whether she’s coloring or doing whatever … it’s time to eat. So she freaks out and cries and then she gets a time out if she cries for no reason.”

And according to Alba, Honor has become well-versed in the household rules. “I’ll say, ‘Honor, what are you doing?’ And she says, ‘Crying for no reason.’ And then she stops because she doesn’t want to go to time out,” she says, adding that husband Cash Warren is a “softie” when it comes to disciplining their daughter.

Despite her stubborn streak, Honor has been an easy baby, due mostly in part to Alba’s secret sleeping ritual. “She goes to bed at 7 p.m. and wakes up at 9 a.m. I don’t play with that,” the proud mama jokes.

“When she was six months old I would overfeed her … when they’re really full they don’t wake up hungry. That sounds abusive!”

Admitting that her feeding routine led to a “really chubby baby,” Alba says Honor “weighed just as much at six months as she does now. She crawled, she rolled at first. She was so big!”

— Anya Leon

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Jen DC on

Ha! I constantly use the “crying for no reason” with kids. At first, parents are really put off by it because it seems unsympathetic. But I say it to encourage kids to verbalize their anger or frustration instead of simply crying about it. USE YOUR WORDS! Auntie can’t read your mind and crying frustrates us both.

That being said, I also tell wee ones that if your feelings are hurt or you are in pain that it is ok to cry and ask for/seek comfort. But there is no crying out of anger or frustration for something you are able to communicate with words or gestures. If you’re gonna cry for no reason, you get to go to your room and cry solo until you’re under control again. And it works wonders – stops crying tantrums in a snap and gets even two year olds or younger to speak up or show me what it is they want. I like it when kids are active in their own solutions…

Lisa on

I watched the interview and was laughing. So if anyone is going to judge, first youtube it because it was a humorous interview. Honor seems so advanced for her age. I really like Jessica’s parenting from what came across on the video. If a child does something bad then they have to learn the consequences so they don’t do it again, which Jessica claims to do. It’s also great that at 2 years old Honor knows when she does something wrong. I think the 6 month old “rolling” comment was hilarious. When CBB used to post pixs of Honor at that age I thought she was huge and now I know it’s because of how Jess fed her!! LOL and it’s also interesting how the body develops from baby to toddler and how the weight proportions shift because she is the same weight as she was at 6 months old. Honor is adorable and I love this family!

Mrs. R on

I am going to take the transcript with a grain of salt and assume the comment about overfeeding Honor as a baby was a joke. I remember those chubby little legs, and I thought they were adorable.

It’s an odd joke, especially with how controversial weight is with young girls and clueless parents (of overweight and underweight kids).

But I’ll take it as a joke.

Me on

Jen DC – I absolutely agree. Teaching children to verbalize and actively seek solutions to problems are invaluable lessons.

Tee on

JenDC, you put my thoughts into words perfectly! I completely agree with you. I always tell my nieces that they can cry for no reason all they want, as long as they do it on the steps where no one has to listen to it. I take into account their temperment, mood and circumstances, missing Mom, ect… but for the most part, I don’t listen to it and they don’t do it!

Hea on

Jen – Totally agree! I’m a pre-school teacher and I use the same methods and I have the same opinions.

Meesh on

I love Suri Cruise as well, but this is a nice refreshing contrast from Katie Holmes’ interview where she said “you just have to go with what the kid wants.” It will be interesting to see how these two kids turn out! I believe I’d rather have one like Honor, myself.

Shannon on

I don’t think the was joking about overfeeding Honor. She was speaking about it in a lighthearted manner but it sounded like she was telling the truth.

Anonymous on

she’s my hero as far as being disciplined and stuff. exactly how i will be as a mother. props ms. alba!

JMO on

haha normally I don’t care for Jessica or her interviews but that sounds cute and I’d have to say babies do sleep better when they’re not hungry….DUH! But to get a child to sleep 7 to 9 a.m. -you go girl!! I hope I can do the same cause I LOVE sleep!!

Lauren on

I agree with Jen and Jessica 100%. I’ve always had the exact same mindset about crying-that when a child is hurt, genuinely sad, or in pain, crying is more than okay. But if they want to pitch a fit because they’re told not to walk on something they shouldn’t be walking on or to sit at the table, they’re pitching that fit in their room where no one else has to listen and be bothered. One or two rounds of that is all it takes for the kid to get the point that in order for them to get what they want, they need to use their words.

And Meesh, Katie and Suri were the first people who came to mind when I read this. I always thought it was funny how people would insist that there was no way for us to tell that Suri is spoiled and over-indulged when both her parents have freely admitted as much (using careful wording, of course) for years. Suri may be cute with a great wardrobe, but when it comes to the type of child I’d like to raise/be around, I’ll take an Honor anyday.

Lila on

I think she sounds like a typical mom! Both her and Honor are adorable girls.

Terri on

Well maybe Jessica wasn’t actually overfeeding her, but just saying that she made sure that Honor was well fed at night. Which I understand.

Alice on

I don’t think you can overfeed a baby! When they don’t want anymore they don’t take anymore! But as Terri said I think she made sure she fed her well in the evening so she’d wake up less. Great tip I will remember it (love my sleep too!)

ecl on

Yeah, my doctor also told me that you can’t overfeed because they stop eating when they are full (no emotional eaters yet). My baby also seemed to eat a boat load, but now he’s a bit more normal.

Loralee on

thank you jessica! I’m gonna overfeed my baby before bed for sure! I want my 12hr sleep! ha!

Sarah S. on

Really, a nightly 14 hour sleep for Honor? Is it just me, or does that seem like a long time? My 2 kids slept about 11-12 hrs. a night, with a nap in the afternoon. Not being gossipy, just curious…

Sarah S. on

In addition, both my kids would get sick to their stomachs if I overfed them at dinner before bedtime. I did it a few times, but they had lots of nightmares and restless slumber. Now I know to make a sensible dinner (with not too much meat) so they can have peaceful slumber.

AVI on

All I can say is thank heavens my little one didn’t weigh at six months what she weighs now! My arms would be in even more pain…..old injuries reawakened by baby lifting….and not one nanny in sight. And, it is possible to overfeed a baby that never breastfed. Probably rare, but possible as I did see my first obese baby the other day.