POLL: 63% of parents admit to 'waiting for the stink' before bathing their kids

POLL: 63% of parents admit to ‘waiting for the stink’ before bathing their kids

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By Elizabeth Elizalde // SWNS


The average American parent isn’t like a celebrity: they actually bathe their kids.

The survey of 1,002 nationally representative Americans, conducted by OnePoll on Aug. 9, asked respondents about their and their kids’ bathing habits, as well as their thoughts about several Hollywood celebrities who aren’t fans of showering every day.

The data showed that 69% of parents of children ages 0 to 9 bathe their kids more than they do themselves. That may be because 84% said bath time is a “crucial” part of their child’s daily routine.

However, celebrity couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have different perspectives on bathing their children.

The couple recently made headlines when they revealed on ABC’s “The View” on Aug. 3 that they wait for the “stink” before bathing their kids, Lincoln, 8, and Delta, 6.

“I’m a big fan of waiting for the stink,” Bell said. “Once you catch a whiff, that’s biology’s way of letting you know, you need to clean it up.”

The couple followed suit after Kutcher and Kunis went on Shepard’s podcast “Armchair Expert,” saying they only clean up their kids when “you can see dirt on them.”

“Otherwise, there’s no point,” Kutcher said.

While 63% of parents agree with this celebrity approach toward bathing, a quarter (25%) disagree.

Thirty-five percent of parents prioritize bath time for their young children by sticking them in the shower seven or more times a week, especially when they’re sweaty (37%) and smelly (32%).

Meanwhile, the adults surveyed weighed on Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Jake Gyllenhaal’s bathing habits, with 51% saying it’s an absolute must to shower regularly.

Thirty-one percent believe it’s not necessary to shower daily, and 35% of those who think cleanliness is vital said they shower every day.

Only 15% do so every other day, 8% of respondents shower once a week, and a mere 4% like to soap up more than twice a day.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is also a fan of taking multiple showers a day. The “Fast and Furious” star shared on Twitter on Aug. 6 that he bathes up to three times a day.

“Nope, I’m the opposite of a ‘not washing themselves’ celeb. Shower (cold) when I roll outta bed to get my day rollin’. Shower (warm) after my workout before work. Shower (hot) after I get home from work. Face wash, body wash, exfoliate and I sing (off key) in the shower,” Johnson wrote.

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