Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are joining fellow celebrity parents when they admit how they too believe washing kids every day, isn’t necessary!
“We bathed our children every single night—prior to bed is like the routine,” Dax said. “And then somehow, they just started going to sleep on their own without the routine, and by George, we had to start saying, ‘Hey, when’s the last time you bathed them?'”
Kristen agreed, adding, “Yeah, we forget.” To which Dax said: “Sometimes five, six days goes along. I mean, they don’t smell.”
But Kristen, who shares Lincoln, 8, and Delta, 6, with Dax, disagreed. “Well, they do sometimes,” Kristen, 41, quipped. “I’m a big fan of waiting for the stink. Once you catch a whiff, that’s biology’s way of letting you know you need to clean it up.”
“There’s a red flag. Because honestly, it’s just bacteria. And once you get the bacteria, you gotta be like, ‘Get in the tub or the shower.’ So I don’t hate what they’re doing. I wait for the stink.”
Kutcher and Kunis, who share daughter Wyatt Isabelle, 6, and son Dimitri Portwood, 4, admitted during an appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast how they don’t think it’s necessary to bathe their children with soap every day.
Cleanliness came up when co-hosts Dax Shepard and Monica Padman began revealing how frequently they shower.
When Shepard, 46, urged that Padman, 33, “should not be getting rid of the natural oil on your skin with a bar of soap every day” and instead only wash with water, Kunis, 37, and Kutcher, 43, agreed.
“I can’t believe I am in the minority here of washing my whole body in the shower. Who taught you to not wash?” Padman asked, to which Kunis replied, “I didn’t have hot water growing up as a child, so I didn’t shower much anyway.”
“But when I had children, I also didn’t wash them every day,” Kunis continued. “I wasn’t that parent that bathed my newborns — ever.”
Shepard then admitted how he and Bell used to bathe daughters every day as “part of a nighttime routine,” but stopped as the kids grew older.
“That’s how we feel about our children,” Kunis said. Kutcher added, “Now, here’s the thing: If you can see the dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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