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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Admit They 'Wait for the Stink' Before Bathing Their Kids

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Admit They 'Wait for the Stink' Before Bathing Their Kids

The actors said they take a bit more of a laissez-faire attitude to hygiene

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

In case you weren't aware, having a child is actually quite a difficult and time-consuming task - not only do you have to clothe and feed them, you also have to clean them. Urgh.

Well, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard revealed recently that they only wash their kids when they start to smell.

The actors were discussing parenting on The View and opened up about how they used to bathe their children much more regularly but decided it wasn't necessary.

Shepard said: "We bathed our children every single night - prior to bed is like the routine.

"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?'"

Bell added: "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."

But these aren't the only A-listers who have taken to reducing bath time with their little ones.

Last month, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis admitted that they too take a much more laissez-faire attitude when it comes to hygiene.

The couple appeared on Shepard's and Bell's podcast and revealed that they only wash their children when you can 'see the dirt on them'.


Kunis told host Shepard: "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. I wasn't that parent that bathed my newborns - ever."

Kutcher added that on a daily basis, he just uses soap and water on just his 'armpits and crotch' and 'nothing else'.

You might be thinking - but what about after a big sweaty workout?


Well, the former Two and a Half Men actor explained: "I do have a tendency to throw some water on my face after a workout to get all the salts out."

But while some of you out there might be utterly appalled at reading this, there may be something to it.

According to, it can be a good thing for children to regularly come in contact with germs, with the site advising: "Children are supposed to come into contact with germs.

"This is the only way their bodies learn how to fight off bacteria and viruses, which can cause illness, so a few germs left behind after a day's play isn't all that horrible."

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Topics: Entertainment, Mum, Dad, Parenting, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment