'There's no shame': Kristen Bell reveals how she toilet trained her five-year-old

Photos: Instagram / Kristen Bell
Photos: Instagram / Kristen Bell 

Kristen Bell has always been open about the trials and tribulations of parenting, recently opening up about the difficulties she's had toilet training her five-year-old daughter.

Bell admitted in May that her and her husband actor Dax Sheppard were struggling to get their youngest daughter, Delta, to use the toilet and that she was still using overnight nappies.

The couple said they didn't have any trouble toilet training their older daughter Lincoln, saying on her podcast 'Momsplaining with Kristen Bell' that they "merely suggested that she use the toilet in the other room and [she] never wore another diaper beyond that"

Unfortunately, it wasn't as easy the second time around.


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Talking to 'Today's Parent',  the mother-of-two said they have been waking the five-year-old up around 11pm to use the bathroom, jokingly saying 'it's like putting a zombie on the toilet'.

Sheppard agreed, adding "yeah, we put a wet spaghetti noodle on the toilet once a night."

After talking about her daughter's toilet troubles, Bell says she has no interest in being 'mum shamed', saying every child is different and does things at their own pace.

"The Twitterverse was kind of mum-shaming me, which I'm not interested in," the actress told Today's Parent. "So I kept responding with the same thing: 'Every child is different,' which they are. 


"Yes, I have a five-and-a-half-year-old who still sometimes wets the bed and that's OK! She's getting there".


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The 39-year-old actress says she thinks its normal for kids to wet the bed, saying that there's nothing to be ashamed if their child isn't hitting the same milestones as other kids.

"Yep. I think it's really normal and no one should feel ashamed if their kid has an irregular pattern for potty training," she said. "And if you want to try this 11 o'clock make-them-pee trick, great, there's no shame in any of it."

"Sometimes it takes kids until they're even older than five! But I've never met a high-schooler who pees their pants all day. It's going to stop at some point."

The couple said despite cabin fever setting in during lockdown, they've loved being at home and spending so much time with their daughters.

"We've had so much time with the girls and that part has been really heavenly" Sheppard said, with Bell agreeing.

"It's been so good having this much contact with them while they're young" she added.