Ashton Kutcher says Mila Kunis did ‘way more than her share’ of late-night parenting

The ratio of late-night feedings was far from equal for this couple, and that’s okay. 

Ashton Kutcher says Mila Kunis did ‘way more than her share’ of late-night parenting

In a perfect world, a parenting couple would divide responsibilities equally. But, in reality? That’s just not how it works. The statistics show that while most modern dads want to do half of the childcare, they admit that’s not what’s happening in their homes.

Celebrity dads are not immune to this—including Ashton Kutcher. Speaking to fellow celebrity father Dax Shepard on his podcast, Armchair Expert, Kutcher got honest about the unequal division of late-night labor in his household. He also rightfully gave credit to wife Mila Kunis for shouldering more of the burden with those sleepless nights they experienced with 3-year-old Wyatt and 1-year-old Dimitri during the infant days.


“Because she was breastfeeding the kids, she did way more than her share,” Kutcher says. “I would say probably 80/20 because she could go and breastfeed them and put them back down when they were little. I mean, now they don't wake up at night, which is good.”

The situation Kutcher describes isn’t unusual, and it doesn’t make him a bad co-parent. (Other than the fact that, as someone with a 2-year-old who wakes up most nights, I am in awe at the idea of little Dimitri not waking up at night at just 1 year old.)

As Registered Midwife CJ Blennerhasset previously explained to Motherly, couples often want to divide late-night feedings 50/50, but more often than not one parent ends up doing most of it—especially when that parent is breastfeeding.

According to Blennerhasset, it can be hard for a co-parent to realize that they’re only doing 20% of late-night feedings, but accepting that that’s what works and helping with other forms of childcare can help. Just because he didn’t get up with the babies as much at night doesn’t make Kutcher a lesser parent or spouse.

“Partners and [family] members can find other ways to support that workload,” Blennerhasset said. “That’s okay.”

When partners do that, dads end up feeling like parents, rather than helpers, and moms are less likely to fall into the trap of maternal gatekeeping, where they just do it all themselves.

For Kutcher and Kunis, the parenting workload has already changed as the time of late-night feedings has come and gone—for good. Kunis recently revealed the couple has completed their family. “I will only have two,” Kunis said. “Right now, we’re fine. One hand, one hand. One eye, one eye. Two people, two kids.”

That sounds pretty close to 50/50 to me.

These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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