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Kristen Bell Waits for Kids to ‘Stink’ Before Giving Them a Bath

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard at a red carpet event
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Are stinky kids the latest celebrity parenting trend?

On Tuesday’s episode of The View, Kristen Bell joked that she and hubby Dax Shepard wait for their daughters — eight-year-old Lincoln and six-year-old Delta — to give off body odours before giving them a bath.

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“I’m a big fan of waiting for the stink,” the Good Place alum said with a laugh. “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. Honestly, it’s just bacteria; once you get bacteria you gotta be like, ‘Get in the tub or the shower.’”

Shepard added, “We bathed our children every single night prior to bed as their routine, 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?’”

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The revelation, which has generated countless headlines since the episode dropped this week, comes on the heels of another recent “stinky kid” celeb moment.

In July, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher joined Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast and admitted that they only bathed six-year-old daughter Wyatt and four-year-old son Dimitri when they were visibly dirty.

“If you can see the dirt on them, clean them,” Kutcher said. “Otherwise, there’s no point.” Kunis jumped in and added that she even takes a relaxed view of washing herself due to not having “hot water growing up as a child [in Ukraine], so I didn’t shower very much anyway.”

But before you judge the parenting skills of these famous faces, it’s worth noting that the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that kids between the ages of six and 11 bathe only once or twice a week — or whenever said kid gets really dirty from playing outside.


We’re not sure it’ll make us change our minds about our bathing habits, but we stan an honest celeb.

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