Stella Pompeo Ivery’s Birthday Treat: Cake!

10/06/2010 at 02:00 PM ET
Diane Bondareff/AP

When Stella Luna Pompeo Ivery turned 1 last month, she celebrated the big day with a special treat: her first bite of cake.

“She’d never had cake before,” mom Ellen Pompeo told PEOPLE Tuesday at Huggies Every Little Bottom launch event at Babies ‘R Us in New York City.

“She doesn’t really have a lot of sugar, just only in fruit. So the cake was a pretty big deal because she’d never had anything that sweet before. She had little bites.”

And what’d Stella think? “She loved it,” the Grey’s Anatomy star, 40, laughs. “[But] she’s not going to have it again until next year!”

While Pompeo spends many hours on set as Meredith Grey, Stella stays home with proud — and very capable — papa Chris Ivery, the actress says.

“He’s such a good dad … he adores her,” she adds. “He really takes pride in not needing me for things. When I’m at work, he lets me know that I don’t need to call and check in on him. He’s fine.”

The couple, who quietly wed in 2007, make sure to set aside alone time in the evening.

“Stella goes to bed at 7 o’clock every night like clockwork, as scheduled and then you have the whole night,” Pompeo explains. “We play checkers.”

Will she let Ivery win? “Never!” laughs the actress.

– Mary S. Park

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Lis on

She seems a bit too strict about sweets. Maybe she was exaggerating, but this isn’t the first interview where she makes a point to say that Stella can’t have that kind of stuff…

izzy on

i don’t get why people are so against sugar. it’s fine in moderation. hopefully stella isn’t the type of person who’s going to binge as soon as she makes her own choices regarding food

Kamy on

Babies aren’t to eat sugary food before the age of 3, people might find her strict, for my part I find her responsible.

Giving sugary food to babies is so easy for parents who don’t take their time to give healthy meals to their child, Ellen seems to have the envy to teach her daughter good feeding, I don’t see anything wrong.

Anonymous on

i think she is being a little rediculous…i mean shes gonna bring her daughter to someones bday party and not give her cake? my son is 3 and all that going to bed at 7 o clock will not last long my son was the same way and it changes. i guess every first mother is causious of there child but i am sure when her daughter gets to be 2 yrs she wont care as much.

Jen DC on

Um… She’s a *baby*. There’s no need for her, BEFORE THE AGE OF 1, to have the kinds of foods processed sugar comes in, such as sodas/pops, candy, ice cream or cake. Babies can only hold so many calories; why waste them on processed sugar?

Ellea on

I get that Stella is only 1 but, Ellen Pompeo seemed to have issues with food WAY before her pregnancy..and i’ve heard her talk about stellas diet way too often and she’s only an infant. Hopefully she doesn’t push those issues on her kid.

Ashley on

It’s difficult enough keeping your little ones away from too much sugar when they are older, so why start giving them the stuff when they are babies? She’s only 1! She’ll get enough sugar later in life so I think Ellen has the right idea. Love this family.

brannon on

Love that she only gives her sugar on special occasions. Kids don’t NEED it and I will never figure out why so many are angry if kids don’t get it ….

Mrs. R. on

She’s being responsible.
Why SHOULD a baby have sugary treats?

It’s a whole lot healthier to teach your child to eat fruit for sweetness instead of candy or cakes or things like that.
She’s probably not going to refuse her daughter a cupcake at another child’s birthday party, but even if she did… it’s not that big of a deal.

I never let my kids have sugary treats before their first birthday either! Babies should be eating ONLY things that are nutritious, not empty junk calories! My 3 YO STILL asks for fruit for dessert. It wouldn’t even occur to her to ask for anything like ice cream or a cookie. Cookies and all other sugary treats are a once in a while treat for fun, not something for every day.

jessicad on

I must agree with Ellen! My daughter didn’t have sweets until her first birthday either, it’s hard trying to find a balance between healthy and strict though. I’m definitely afraid if I restrict her too much she’ll binge later in life, so I try to give her healthy options and teach her by showing her my healthy relationship with food. I think Ellen has a great body and a great attitude!

mommytoane on

Its true, kids aren’t supposed to have large amounts of sugar before 2-3 years of age. So its not that uncommon. Each parent does things differently. Some indulge their little ones with pounds of candy every day. Others use candy as more of a treat. Either way, excessive sugar isn’t good for anyone. In moderation its fine…whats moderation you YOU might be different than someone else. Either way, sounds like a wonderful birthday. :)

renee on

jessica Alba is the same way about sweets and brags that two year old Honor has never tasted candy, I think that is harse.

T on

It always seems like Ellen has the food issues. I do agree that babies do not and should not eat sugar.. esp. before age 1, but it is the way she comes across. I feel bad for the poor kid. You can start teaching moderation and “special treats” at a young age. It really should not be an all or nothing thing. The kid will be on The Cleanse at age 5. poor thing

SY on

I agree with Kamy…my kids also didn’t have sugar until they were 1 and after that it was very limited until they were 3ish. Now we have dessert night twice a week where they can choose from ice cream, cookies, etc. in moderation. Every other night it’s fruit, yogurt, unsweetened applesauce and they never complain about not getting sugar. In fact, half the time they forget it’s dessert night and go for the fruit or cheese instead.

Heather on

While I agree that a child that young shouldn’t have much in the way of sugar, I think Ellen is a little TOO militant. My son is 2 1/2 and he STILL doesn’t have much in the way of junk, but I’m not gong to stop him from having a treat once a week or cake at a birthday party. A friend recently took him for the day and gave him ice cream for breakfast and bought him a big lollipop… and I didn’t care. People like this are at risk for setting their kids up with major food issues down the road. Don’t girls these days have enough issues surrounding body image? Just feed her the best you can and don’t sweat the rest.

halifaxhoney on

I think it’s great that she doesn’t allow her daughter to eat much sugar. Eating is for fuel for the body not eating sweets and foods high in sugar for pleasure/entertainment. Cake will be a birthday only thing in my home and carrot cake it will be! There is nothing wrong with teaching kids the correct things to eat.

Steph on

When did she say that Stella wouldn’t be able to have cake at a birthday party?? She simply said that sugary sweets wouldn’t be part of her at home/regular diet. Get over yourselves.

Shea on

I kept my daughter away from sweets and sodas, kool-aid etc until she was school age and her good eating training paid off. She has always loved vegetables of all kinds, has always tried anything new, and will 9 out of 10 times turn down junk for something healthy. She is now 15 and very rarely does she drink soda or eat garbage and because she is athletic she is usually seen with a bottle of water in her hand. She very active with a high metabolism and eats constantly but because she eats healthy snacks she is lean, trim and athletic looking and most importantly very *HEALTHY*. I think this is because her good eating habits started from infancy.

ReedFla on

Everyone’s different, Shea. I grew up with tons of sugary sweets and sodas (as well as loads of fruits and veggies). To this day I absolutely love healthy foods and I’ll try anything, too.

Emmy on

I think sweets is ok in moderation, Her daughter is still a baby though, so really she should not have had any or hardly any in her life. Its fine at parties, or else her daughter might want it even more.

Seriously though i have always kept my kids away from fizzy soda drinks, now that they are older they ask for them all the time! I still say no. I sometimes wonder if by me limited them if i have made them want it more?

ang on

I love that cake!! It is so cute!!

Lorus on

I was that way with my first. Really strict about healthy foods only and mostly organic. Then I had my second and lightened up!

I agree with the others that there is absolutely no need for sugar before the age of 1! You feed kids junk and that’s all they’ll want. I know too many kids who only eat chicken nuggets, fries, pizza, etc because they were introduced to them early. If your child only knows of fruit, veggies, and healthy foods then they won’t ask for them constantly.

Daniella on

I agree that children under three have no business eating anything with sugar except on special occasions. However, being too militant as children grow older can backfire. My aunt is a prime example: she was very restrictive with what her five kids ate & now three of the boys are grown/teenagers & sugar addicts while her daughter is unhealthily obsessed with eating ONLY healthy foods, to the point where we are seriously afraid she’ll someday become anorexic. I know that my female cousin is a pretty extreme case, but it can definitely happen if the subject of eating ONLY healthy food is pushed too hard.

sophie on

Before my mum became a midwife she was a nurse in a dentists office. Her issues with sugar stemmed from diet- but mainly it stemmed from what she saw happen to peoples teeth there. As a baby and young child my mum wouldn’t let me and my siblings have sugar unless it was a special occasion. It worked we were healthy children and so far not a single one of us has had to have fillings (we’re in our late teens earlier twenties). When I was in primary school I knew people with fillings- I think its slightly irresponsible parenting when a child needs a filling at age 7. Still it is up to the individual parent what they want to do regarding sugar… but why do children need sugar especially at age 1-2?

CelebBabyLover on

Steph- Well, she said “[But] she’s not going to have it again until next year!” That certainly seems to indicate that Stella won’t be having cake at other parties this year!

sgv on

“she’s not going to have it again until next year!”
:( poor little girl…i think she is too strict, imo giving once in a while something sweet to a 1, 2, 3 yrd old is fine…they are kids, and kids love sugar! :) so why not? maybe making cakes or cookies at home, like i do, so you know what they are eating.

Anyway of course this is only my opinion, i’m sure Ellen does what she thinks is the best for her daughter.

julie on

This is why most of the USA is fat: people think it’s perfectly OK to give a child this age sweets. It is simply not healthy for a growing child to eat sweets, plain and simple. And many people don’t even give their kids cake on their first birthday. I think this is perfectly acceptable, and I plan on only feeding my children natural, non-processed foods. Call me militant, but I’m young, healthy, and I want my kids to follow in my footsteps.

Hea on

I think she’s doing the right thing. A baby does not need sugary cakes and treats. It is not healthy food.

kirsty on

I must be a crazy Mom, because I still dont let me daughter drink juice! She gets her servings of fruit, from pieces of fruit! The longer you hold of juice the better, because it helps your kids not develop the taste for sweet things and drinking juice all day is really bad for you and usually way over the amount of servings you need in a day.

Tina on

Ok all you “perfect” mothers out there, get off your high horse. Someone please give a me a good reason why giving a toddler sugar is a good idea. Anyone???

Kara on

Our son will be 7 soon- he only drinks water and milk. Never had soda or juice. Our dentist couldn’t believe how nice his teeth looked. There is absolutely no reason to give children that kind of food. Stick to the organic healthy stuff- what our bodies were made to eat and they will be fine.

Leslie C on

A:This is THEIR BABY-not any of us really is entitled to an opinon about what is in her best interest.
B:Her’s is a responsible choice-for the health of HER child and in part, is likely based on the suggestions of her physician.
C:Life sans sugar-does not harm anyone-in fact-it improves their overall health.

People just need to lighten up…

Jeanne on

For all of you critical of Ellen for not allowing Stella to have sugar, take a look at the recent figures regarding childhood obesity. Need I say more? Kudos to you Ellen for being a responsible parent and setting a good example for Stella. Hopefully, the good habits that are instilled in her now will remain with her throughout her happy, healthy life!

Josie on

Eating healthy is great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also about teaching your children to make healthy choices and WISE choices. If my kid wants to eat a piece of cake, then it is my job as a parent to say, ‘ok, you can have ONE piece of cake’ or ‘you can have A scoop of ice cream’ not 10 scoops. There is always going to be ‘sweets’ around, but if you teach your child that they can have sweets in moderation, then i don’t think there is anything wrong with that. I give my 2 yr old son sweets maybe once a week, usually on the weekend, and he still loves his fresh fruits and veggies! It’s about portion control in my opinion!

Kate on

Oh for pity’s sake people. Just because she’s a celeb doesn’t mean you have the right to judge her decisions on how she chooses to raise her daughter. How would you like it if people judged everything you fed your child?

Everyone is different about when they choose to give their kid sugar or when they start their baby on cereal or if they nurse or use formula. Because it’s different than YOUR decision doesn’t make it “wrong.” It also doesn’t mean that there are “food issues.” People need to do what is right for their family. Just because Ellen’s on a hit TV show doesn’t make her any different. Chill out people.

Sarah on

My guess is that all of the people who think she should give her BABY sugar are fat, unhealthy people. That’s just an educated guess, mind you.. Babies don’t need sugar. People who load their kids up on sugar end up with obese, unhealthy kids.

canada girl on

I like Ellen alot and while I do not think that kids should eat junk food all the time I think that Ellen is being way to strict and her daughter will have issues with food when she gets older and how will Ellen stop her when she goes to a friends bday party or elsewhere. My sister does a great job with her kids, she allows them to have a cup cake or cookie but they also eat tons of veggies and their fave drink is water! I think it is more healthy for things in moderation…

MiB on

The way I interpreted Ellens quote was that she was not going to serve Stella cake until her next birthday, not that she will stop her from having some cake when she’s at a birthday party (not that 1 year olds go to that many birthday parties anyways). And why should she give Stella cake? Babies and young toddlers don’t need cakes and sweets and fissy drinks, and they won’t miss them either if they have never really been served them.

Neither my parents, nor me, my brother or my cousins were served sweets regularly until the age of two or three, and then we got some candy once a week and cake, fizzy drinks, juice or ice cream occasionaly (like at parties or holidays). No one in my family has become a sugar addict due to not having been allowed sugar as toddlers. We didn’t have candies, cake or ice cream at home, and still don’t. I didn’t start to eat sweets regularly until my early twenties, when I started having a piece of dark chocolate in the morning to stimulate my appetite so that I could have breakfast (I had to have breakfast or I wouldn’t be able to make it without food until lunch time) and my doctor actually ordered me to have some dark choclate to ward off PMS symptoms. Sweets and sugar should not be a part of the daily diet for anyone.

Chris on

I think many of you are reading too much into the article. The article says that Stella had her first bite of cake at one and that she hasn’t had any sweets yet. Never did it say that she won’t have any in the future or at parties. BUT, if that is the choice that Ellen makes, so be it. It’s HER choice to make. And seriously, had she said the kid eats sugar all the time, you all would have been bashing her for that too. Can’t win!

Anonymous on

I’ve seen this before… parents cut sugar out of diets and get all strict with their children, and when they become old enough to make their own decision they gorge on sweets because they could never have them. She might want to remember that food isn’t the enemy, but as her child grows older and other children indulge she may very well create an enemy within her child. Kids are kids, they need to run, play, get dirty, eat sugar, and have good times… that is whats wrong with this world, everyone keeps trying to change everything.

stacy on

I didn’t give my daughter anything sugary before her first birthday either, or really until she was about three.(I did allow her to have cake at parties) We did have a mishap at a friend’s birthday when she was 2 and a half. There were M and M’s on all the tables, and she must have indulged, because she got sick! Then you wonder if they will binge later in life. My kids do have treats everyday, we don’t over do it. I have three children and the youngest had sugar way before the others. It’s hard to make the best choices. Have to have fun to. My kids love fruits and veggies and our not overweight, and they are very active.

Seriously on

Is Ellen Pompeo really 40??

Jill on

Geez! Judgmental much? People, Stella’s just turned 1. ONE!!! Most of my nieces and nephews didn’t have sweets, unless it was maybe pureed fruit, until their 1st bday either…They have more than enough energy so jackin’ them up on sugar is unnecessary. It’s not being strict or a horrible parent it’s normal….most women breast feed most of the 1st year anyway so yeah…it wouldn’t enter into the conversation anyway…

I assume most of you commenting aren’t moms and haven’t been around small children to know better but Stella’s not having much in the way of sweets and not having cake again til next year is normal.

Jennifer on

Wow! Leave the poor lady alone. She is simply telling you about how she is raising her child, not yours. I think this is so typical in America these days. We like to butt into other people’s business. If you want to give your kid sugar go ahead and if you don’t, then don’t. Just because you don’t agree with her diet or sleep routine for her child, really shouldn’t talk about Ellen’s weight issues or what a poor thing Stella is. It’s just a piece of cake, not like the child is being abused. Relax people.

Mary on

Good for you, Ellen. It’s parents that give their child cookies, cakes, etc in their first 5 years that sets up a child to crave sugar and need/want on a daily basis. More healthy choices by parents (because parents are the ones who are suppose to make the choices) will lead to less childhood obesity.

Tina on

Ellen (& her hubby) are being very responsible parents not giving her sweets at this young age. I don’t know why people think it’s such a big deal for them to not give her sweets now, she WILL eventually eat it in life, not a big deal. There are too many caregivers giving unnecessary sweet stuff to their kids, anyway.

MiB on

OK, I just had another look at my comment and maybe I should go have a piece of chocolate… But I still stand by my opinion that babies under 1 should not have cake and sweets, and toddlers under three should not be offered it unless there is a party of some kind (christmas and easter were sweet orgies in our house, and we certainly had cakes for birthdays, high school or college graduations, weddings and other big events). But of course, it helped that most of our friends were raised that way. Many did “pig out” for a while as tweens, when they could go to the shops and buy sweets themselves, but once the novelty wore off, they’d all go back to spending their pocket money on something more worthwile than candy, since we’d anyways get some come saturday.

Jennie on

Her baby her rules, I know I did not like people kissing on my babies, so……. I avoided that. At 69 I still don’t like strangers kissing on kids. LOL Love you as Meredith Gray, great part!!!

Josie on

The “cake” she’s standing next to in the photo is a diaper cake…made from the Huggies whose event she’s attending.

I’m sure her daughter’s cake was cute though.

Erin on

My son never had cake until his 1st birthday either. And now that he’s just over two we’re allowing him small amounts of sweets, on the odd occasion (birthday parties, etc.) My husband and I don’t eat a lot of sweets, so why would we give them to our son?
I’m with Ellen on this!

Michelle on

Tina here are a FEW good reasons why not to give kids sugar:

1. spiking sugar levels and crashes screw up metabolism rates;
2. cavities
3. childhood obesity
4. Childhood onset diabetes
5. a negative view of healthy foods
6. bad nutrition and lack of proper eating habits and vitamins

If you all think that the no sugar rule (for the 1 year old) is harsh, let me share with you the fact that my mom never had crap food in the house. I didn’t have mac & cheese from a box until I was in law school (that’s age 22/23) and I won’t eat it now after trying it. How people feed their kids this as a meal is beyond me. We did not have candy or sweets in our home. We got 2 cookies for dessert on a “cheat” day or maybe a scoop of ice cream. We had McDonalds as a reward only. Our school lunches had apples and carrot sticks instead of cookies and chips. To this day I can’t eat a lot of sweets because I get a tummy-ache; in fact I can’t even eat an entire chocolate bar!
My friend’s kid doesn’t have sweets at home either and she’s 9 now. Her mom has gestational diabetes and the kid is prone to childhood diabetes because of it. When she was 4 or 5 I bought her OJ once without knowing and had to try to get it back from her to dilute it with water so her sugar levels wouldn’t go bonkers. She gets to eat a bit of cake at a bday party or a couple pieces of candy, but nothing crazy and I think that’s healthy.

Nikki on

Kara- Your 7 year old has never had juice? How on earth have you managed that? I understand not giving them stuff like that as an infant but why not at this age? Hes 7! think about yourself as a 7 year old, would that have been awesome, only milk or water! Jeeze! I think its a shame that people are so extreme about childrens diets! My daughter is 3 and she has something sweet occasionally, but luckily she generally chooses fruit or cheese. I think strictly limiting every little morsal your child eats is going to backfire when they are old enough to make their own food decisions. How will you control what they eat at school, friends houses, and so forth. They will want to binge on junk since they cant have it at home. Teaching them things are ok in moderation is better than completely eliminating them!

Jules on

“My guess is that all of the people who think she should give her BABY sugar are fat, unhealthy people. That’s just an educated guess, mind you.” – Sarah

That might be the most uneducated thing I’ve read in these comments!!! Sarah, don’t try to sound smart. It isn’t working…

Nikki on

Sarah, tht sounds like more of and UNeducated guess. I think its extreme to not ever give your child any sort of sugar! While im not suggesting she give her baby 10lbs if sugar everyday (nor am I noticing anyone else saying that) im saying whats so terrible about letting a child have something sweet every once in a while? Do you have children, dont you remember being a kid yourself?! Watching them try new things as a parent is exciting and fun, why not add some good stuff a long with the healhty stuff? Its a good balance, and part of life. Children dont become obese by having something sweet on special occasions, they become that way by giving it to them constantly and givng them a video game instead of telling them to go play tag! oh and for your info…. im NOT fat nor is my sister and we were raised by a stay at home mother who does CAKES for a living.

KH on

There is nothing wrong (and really everything right!) with limiting our children’s sugar intake. I grew up in a household with unlimited junk food. My oldest brother and I have both had weight issues (mine are gone since I eat the polar opposite of the way I was raised), and my middle brother is now an insulin dependent diabetic. So sugar away dissenters. I’ve lived what it does to your children.

I don’t buy junk food on the whole. I live by Michael Pollan’s philosophy that it’s ok to have cake or cookies once in awhile, as long as you’re willing to make it at home from scratch. My kids don’t even really like most sweets. Especially those from a store. Blech!

jackie on

Am I the only that sees the bigger picture here? She’s not even HOME with the kid…puts in long hours being an actress and the baby is home with dad.

Meg on

Hey Jules, you don’t sound none too smart either! Sarah is right; I agree that there are a lot of fat women on here, maybe with fat kids too, who think it’s harsh not to give kids a lot of sugar. Some of you moms simply can’t face reality; that’s why this nation is so obese.

Jackie on

Why on earth would a baby be eating cake before a year old? My son will be having his first few bites of cake on his first birthday. Cake is not what babies are supposed to be eating. It’s not even what adults are supposed to be eating. It’s not about being strict, its just thinking about what is appropriate for a baby’s little organs to process. Simple is better. :)

Taz on

Sophie,
As a Dental Hygienist for over 30 years I agree that sugar should be limited in a growing child…but there are other reasons that children need fillings besides being given to much sugar…Some teeth form improperly and that can lead to decay…there are several conditions that can cause caries also…enamel and dentin diseases can require a lot of restortive work in children very young. It’s not just all about sugar. Yes there is “baby bottle” caries where parents put sugary drinks in the bottles and then let the kids fall asleep with that…but now days you see that less and less.

Also, I’ve never heard of a nurse being in a dental office…not unless it was something of community clinic where her job may have entailed some other types of health issues. A Hygienist is licensed and trained in nutrition and it’s part of the job to correctly council and advise patients in proper nutrition concerning the dentition.

Lori on

My 2 Boys, 21 and 18, had sugar when they were young…..and they turned out just fine. What’s the big deal?????!!!!!

Taz on

And btw, as a hygienist I let my kids have sugar…it wasn’t something that was just for a ‘special occasion’…it was incorporated into there lives…they are both now grown and have no weight issues, diabtetes, etc…if fact both of them eat like horses and are normal weight according to height…a person can have sugar…it’s all about taking proper care of your teeth and not letting the sugar set on the teeth for a long period…Brushing at least 2x daily and flossing takes care of it.

Mary Beth on

Way to go on judging someone’s parenting! It’s her choice and her daughter. And it’s a wonder why 64% of Americans are either overweight or obese. Our 2 year old son isn’t eating cake, doughnuts, cookies, etc on a daily basis; we rather him fill up on healthier options such as fruit, veggies, etc.

Amanda on

she’s the mommy- let her decide what’s best for her daughter.

I wish I would have been more strict with the sweet stuff. You are starting lifetime habits by what you feed your babies/children, why not make healthy choices for them?

You don’t NEED sugar, you do however need fruits and veggies. :)

Amanda on

You can have an unhealthy diet and not be obese, and still have health issues, skinny people have heart attacks. So to say, I eat sugar, I’m not fat— does not guarantee you are healthy either.

molly on

I think her restricting her sugar intake is a smart thing,overall. I was/am very cognisent of what I give my 2yr. old son. Yes, he gets a cookie or ice cream sometimes but he eats his veggies and fruits (and a wide range of them) as well. I think feeding sugars and processed starches to kids-especially when it takes the place of balanced and most needed nutrient rich foods, is not a good idea. The longer you can prolong giving them this “junk” daily the better off they will be.

That being said, I did revoke my strict “no juice” rule around 18mo. when he was starting to beg for the forbidden item at play dates. I realized I had to find a balance in the “real” world he would be faced with so I now give him juice only at play dates because other kids have it and make sure it is low sugar/organic variety. This way he isn’t being deprived and hopefully will know moderation. Balance and making the right decisions for your family/child is key. And that may differ from one person to the next.

I do hope that her little girl won’t be so bogged down with no this or that that an image or food disorder emerges later in life. There is a whole other issue to face later on…

Katherine on

What a ridiculous charity, this Huggies Every Bottom thing is. I’m not watching Grey’s Anatomy anymore, even though I really like it. How about supporting cloth diapering or elimination communication for the poor people you wish to help, Ellen? And for all people, actually, so we don’t continue to destroy the world with vast piles of plastic-entombed feces from every American baby? This is so irresponsible. Watching “Margarita’s Story” on the Huggie Every Bottom sit makes me want to vomit. Charity diapers allow her to buy formula for her baby. How about you help these poor people consume fewer plastic goods and breastfeed, Ellen? How about you provide them with contraception so as to not have unplanned children they cannot afford?

Katherine on

I am disgusted by Ellen Pompeo’s support of Huggies. Every Little Bottom is a cheap commercial ploy by the diaper industry to destroy the world with thousands of pounds of plastic-entombed feces per American child. Ellen Pompeo would be better off supporting reusable diapering and elimination communication (infant potty training), not just for the poor Americans who cannot afford disposable diapers, but for all citizens. “Margarita’s Story” on the Huggies ELB site is nauseating; her charity diapers allow her to purchase formula for her baby. Ellen Pompeo might also do well to promote breastfeeding and birth control.

Janey on

why should a child raised on a healthy diet want to binge on sugar later in life? I don’t understand that logic

Tina on

@Michelle I believe I said give me a good reason to give your child sugar not reasons not too. I know all the reasons not to. We are on the same side here.

penelope on

Katherine, that’s kind of a high horse to ride. Not every woman can breast feed. Not sure if you realize (women who are being treated by chemo, for instance. Some women’s bodies do not make enough milk), and formula is all they can use to keep their child alive. As for cloth diapering, well, the energy usage cloth diapers take to keep clean and sanitized actually matches that of disposable diapers. Look it up if you don’t believe me. I get so tired of all these mothers with their holier than thou attitudes.

marieke on

I think it’s harsh to just put your child at higher risk for obesity… But I guess that is acceptable in your country.

Rose on

@jackie: I’m not sure what your point is by pointing out that Ellen is a working mother. Are you implying that it’s somehow wrong? And how do you know if her hours are long – TV shows generally have more family-friendly hours than movie sets?

sophie on

Taz- I know that there are other issues it doesn’t just come from sugar alone but seeing the way these kids ate and their dental hygiene at sleepovers I can tell you sugar was a big part of their issues. In fact the majority of the people in my class had fillings and would make me feel like a loser for not.

Also every dentist I have ever been to has had a nurse in the room helping them. (I don’t know if they’re officially called nurses though, but this was in the late seventies early eighties).

Katherine on

@Penelope, I believe you have been misled about cloth diapering. Most people do laundry anyway. I rinse my diapers by hand in the toilet or sink, flush feces into the sewage treatment system on the rare occasion when my baby poops in a diaper, and then wash them with my regular laundry. Also, Elimination Communication reduces or eliminates the need for diapers. I never advocated eradicating formula, especially for those unusual cases of ill mothers, mothers with lack-of-production, etc. But a charity that provides luxuries such as plastic diapers (or formula for mothers where it is not contraindicated), thereby increasing a child’s burden on the environment even further, seems asinine to me. I’m sorry if I came across as “holy,” because I’m certainly not.

Tee on

Wow, lots of opinions here. What the heck, I’ll weigh in with mine too!

First of all, I take serious offense to the commenter who spoke about the majority of Americans being obese. It’s an extremely snotty, ignorant and prideful comment that has no real place here. I’ll admit that I know that America is considered to be one of the more overweight nations but you can’t pin the country’s “reputation” on every person.

I see nothing wrong with giving a baby cake on it’s first birthday, although I don’t see much of a reason that a baby would need cake before then. That having been said, I recently gave my ten month old niece one very small bite of lemon cake at her sister’s birthday party. That same niece is now one and gleefully smashed into her cake with complete abandon. I have five nieces and while all of them get the occasional sweet, they love their vegetables and fruits. Ashleigh’s favorite food is salad and she doesn’t have much of an appatite for sweets at all. (age 10) Crackers or apples with peanut butter is a household favorite. So are home made oatmeal raisin cookies. Pretzels. Raisins. 100% fruit juice popsicles on those hot Mississippi summer days. An occasional chocolate or sucker. They eat good, protein rich meals and eat everything in moderation. That is the key word here, guys… moderation.

As for the juice thing, we simply water it down. Our babies don’t get juice until they are a year old and then it’s half juice, half water. If we go out to eat, they get the choice of water, lemonade or, on occasion, Sprite. It’s a treat for them and treat means that it’s infrequent. (Of the four oldest girls, it rare for three of them to even want Sprite! That’s only Abigail’s favorite!)

CelebBabyLover on

Rose- I agree! Also, if Ellen DID stay home with the baby and her husband worked, I’ll bet jackie would have no problem with the dad not being with the baby! I absolutly hate the huge double-standard of working moms vs. working dads (i.e., it’s perfectly okay for a dad to work…..but if a mother works, she’s a horrible mother! I know that’s an exxageration for the most part, as most people don’t think quite that extreme, but still!).

Nikki- Take some deep breaths! Water is my beverage of choice….and has been since I was a kid. I DID have juice as a kid, and I have juice now on occasion, but if water’s all that’s available, that’s fine with me! In fact, I have never liked milk, so I was the one kid who avoided the milk cooler at school during lunch…..and guess what I drank instead? That’s right, water! And it was my choice, too, not my parents forcing me to. If I had wanted to drink juice instead, I’m sure my parents would have let me! :)

Also, when I’m a guest in someone else’s house, I usually take them by surprise when they ask me what I’d like to drink….and I say water. :)

Bottomline: I’m sure Kara’s son is fine, and most likely actually prefers water.

Tina on

I love the fact that she doesnt give Stella sugar. Where I come from (Norway), more and more kindergartens have a ban on sugar. That meant that they have fruits, sugar-free lemonade etc., but not cakes, yoghurt etc. Its also common to anly give your kids sweets on saturdays. I think its a good rule. Obesity and bad dental hygiene is, unfortunately, getting more common. SO kudos to Ellen (and Jessica).

Robyn on

Her quote doesn’t really bother me. I’m glad she’s not giving her sugar. Unfortunately, my Mexican mother-in-law shows her love by giving her grandkids as much sugar as is humanly possible. She was sneaking (I found out later) soda and cookies to my daughter at 5 months. Great.

Luckily, our daughter LOVES vegetables. She goes for something green before meat or cheese, even. She loves all kinds of fruits, applesauces, yogurts, etc as snacks and would probably pick that before anything else. In our house, we just don’t have the bad stuff for her to even see. Sure my husband and I have it on our own…at dinner or something, away from our daughter. Point is, my daughter has had A TON of sweets at just 18 months and still prefers the veggies and healthy foods. Moderation truly is key.

ella on

I’ve really thought about what she said and it makes a lot of sense. A child doesn’t need sugar, so if she makes it a rare treat I don’t see anything wrong with it.

J on

Meg how do you figure the women who give their kids some sugar here now and then are fat? Nobody is saying they pour sugar down the kids mouths, they said once in a while they could get a treat. That’s not the end of the world. Some women are sayng that Ellen goes overboard in making it known that she is anti sugar. Perhaps these “fat” mothers give a small amount of sugar and push good playtime and exercise, we don’t know.

As for the lady who’s kid who has excellent teeth due to no sugar. That could be any kid with exellent teeth if you teach them proper brushing habits.

JessicaC on

It’s been PROVEN sugar is fuel for cancer cells, many of you are saying kids shouldnt have much sugar until they’re 3, well they shouldnt be having much sugar at any age-period! My sister in law doesnt cook for her family, her idea of “cooking family dinners” is making tacos, and her kids are FAT and complaining of backaches, have knee and foot problems at 14 & 9!!! Neice spent a weekend with us, and I kid you not, she didnt move from my couch for 3 days! you’re only doing your kids a disservice. I recently saw my neices 6th grade class picture and was SHOCKED that 25 out of the 30 kids on her class were VERY overweight…

meghan on

I shocked that so many people are acting like Ellen has food issues because she’s not giving a one year old sugar and candy. She’s one year old!! You do not NEED sugar! Of course when she’s older she will enjoy a treat or two, but I don’t see where Stella is being deprived of anything. No wonder this country’s in the goddamn toilet. You people are an embarrasment.

MomofTwo on

I don’t think she’s being too strict at all. We limited the amount of sweets my now 5 year old ate, and I will do the same with our new baby. My older daughter just had her first sip of soda about a month ago. It was a sip, and she hasn’t had any since. No candy or chocolate until she was almost 3. Kids don’t NEED it, and won’t want it if they don’t know what it tastes like. And, there is zero chance that she is going to be a sweet binger when she is older. It’s not like we dangled it in front of her and said ‘No’. We just told her it wasn’t for little kids. Now she gets sweets in moderation, and only likes to drink milk and water. We waited to introduce juice to her until she was older, and she really just doesn’t like it. Keep up the good work, Ellen!

Julia on

I am 23 now…but for the first 4 years of my life I was only allowed to have cake on my birthday (other sweets were limited to one taste or maybe a cookie if my grandma could sneak it) I turned out fine and never over indulged. My Mom made a choice and I think it was fine. Ellen is doing what is suggested in the first few years of life. I am doing the same with my child. GO ELLEN! Love you on the show…love hearing interviews with you and now I look up to you as a mother!

CelebBabyLover on

I think sweets are fine in moderation. Also, giving a baby sweets does NOT mean they’re going to grow up to crave them! My mother gave my brother a taste of pumpkin pie on when his first Thanksgiving….and he was only five months old at the time! She also gave him the occasional bottle of apple juice when he was a baby. And guess what? He didn’t grow up to crave sweets! He actually eats very healthily. Also, guess how many cavities he’s had? Zero (if only I could say the same thing about myself!)!

So he’s living proof that juice, candy, and other sweet treats are just fine in moderation! :)

annefan on

My son will turn 3 in November and even now he doesn’t have surgery treats very often. My daughter turned one in June and had a first bite of cake for her brithday… I think Ellen is being responsible.

MG on

Just because you give your child sweets on occassion doesn’t mean they reject all healthy foods. I gave my now 2 year old daughter small amounts of sweets before she turned 1 & she’s fine. If given a choice between an oreo or strawberries, she’ll pick strawberries. She loves her fruits & she loves her veggies, & she enjoys her occassional small sweet treat. It’s about teaching moderation. She doesn’t get them everyday & she doesn’t get mass quantities of it. I would rather teach my daughter that small amounts is fine now, than to have her binge on it when she gets older.

Brittany on

Considering the US’s tendency for obesity i think she is doing just fine restricting the infants food intake. Especially since they arent supposed to have that kind of sugar. Although the kid isnt old enough to really understand at this time, she is only setting her up for good eating habits in the future. Knowing that cake is a TREAT and shouldnt be eaten in abundance is a great start.

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