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Kristen Bell Only Bathes Her Kids When They “Stink”

"I don't hate what they're doing."

When it comes to raising and caring for kids, there’s no one way to do it. But there are a lot of people who have opinions on it either way. Earlier, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis had a story go viral when they feel it’s time for their kids to have a bath.

And now Kristen Bell is speaking up about it, too. She, too, is on the team “only bathe when needed.” Here’s what she said.

Kristen and her husband Dax Shepard have two kids, 8-year-old Lincoln, and 6-year-old Delta. The two haven’t shied away from telling some parenting truths that many celebrities won’t. And their bathing schedule for their kids was the latest piece of parenting advice they dropped.

Kristen and Dax were guests on The View recently, and the conversation Dax had on his podcast, Armchair Expert, with Ashton and Mila about the bathing routine for their kids came up. That interview sparked a big discussion online with people saying “ew” and others saying that they did the same thing.

Bathing, and the frequency with which people do it, is a hugely hot topic among parents and adults alike.

So Kristen shared where she stands on the subject of how often to give kids a bath, and she’s team “wait until needed,” just like Mila and Ashton.

“I’m a big fan of waiting for the stink,” Kristen said while laughing. “Once you catch a whiff, that’s biology’s way of letting you know you need to clean it up,” she continued. “There’s a red flag. Honestly, it’s just bacteria; once you get bacteria, you gotta be like, ‘Get in the tub or the shower.’”

This strategy doesn’t stray too far from what Mila and Ashton were talking about on Dax’s podcast, “Armchair Expert.”

The parents of two said that they only bathe their kids when they’re visibly dirty, something that Kristen seems to agree with.

“So, I don’t hate what they’re doing,” Kristen added. “I wait for the stink.”

Dax added that bath time used to be a nightly routine for them when their kids were little. “We bathed our children every single night prior to bed as their routine,” he said, “then somehow they just started going to sleep on their own without their routine, and we had to start saying [to each other] like, ‘Hey, when was the last time you bathed them?’”

Ultimately, Kristen doesn’t really care what other people think of her or her parenting. “You’re welcome to tell me I’m a terrible parent. I don’t care,” she said. “I’m a great parent, I think. I’m learning every day.”