All parents know the bath time struggle!
"It's time to get a bath" are six words that are almost guaranteed to be followed up with a groan by at least one of your children, at any age (replace "bath" with "shower" when they're older). Much like sleep, kids just don't understand the luxury of a good bath! This is probably why Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis don't make sure their kids are bathed every day—they're just going to get dirty again anyway, right?
In a recent episode of the Armchair Expert podcast with Dax Shepard, Kunis and Kutcher talked about general hygiene habits, which led to a discussion about bathing their kids super often—which started when their two children, daughter Wyatt and son Dimitri, were newborns.
"I wasn't the parent that bathed my newborns. Ever," Kunis said.
And that's OK! You're not technically supposed to bathe your newborns more than a few times a week, max. Bathing them can cause their sensitive little newborn skin to become overly dry and/or irritated, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. With the exception of the occasional blowout, newborns aren't really dirty.
Additionally, babies and toddlers who aren't walking yet don't have many opportunities to get messy. As a substitute for daily bathing, simply rinsing off, brief soaks, and just wiping down with a wash cloth can go a long way for little kids.
Kutcher agreed with his wife, and also said that mentality about bathing has more or less continued as babies grew into kids.
"Here's the thing: If you can see the dirt on them, clean them," Kutcher added. "Otherwise, there's no point."
Listen, this is a no-judgment zone. Not only is it incredibly difficult to get your kids to take a bath or shower as it is, they're just going to get dirty again, right?
For his part, Shepard said that while he and his wife, Kristen Bell, were regular baby bathers it had less to do with their overall cleanliness and more to do with nailing down a nighttime routine—which is incredibly vital for many families (mine included). Baths can be soothing for babies and toddlers, and they can get them in the mode to settle down for sleep.
Every family has different preferences and different routines. Whatever works for you may not work for someone else. As long as our kids are happy and healthy, though, what's a little tiny bit of grime here and there?
- Why Mila Kunis + Ashton Kutcher do a 'no presents' Christmas ... ›
- Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher aren't planning to leave their money ... ›
- Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis Prove They DO Bathe Their Kids ›
- Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher aren't planning to leave their money to their kids ›
- Why Mila Kunis + Ashton Kutcher do a 'no presents' Christmas ›