9 Reasons Ashton Kutcher Is Totally Nailing Parenting
The hunky dad, who shares daughter Wyatt Isabelle with wife Mila Kunis, has got this parenting thing down—just in time for baby #2!
1. He was a hands-on dad from the start.
In an interview with Conan O'Brien just a month after daughter Wyatt Isabelle was born, the new dad said he'd spent the first few weeks at home, helping partner Mila with baby duty. "We're really privileged that we have time and can afford to take time. We don't have a nanny or a night nurse or anything. It's just the two of us," he said. And Kutcher was proud to say he'd already honed his daddy skills. "I've learned the little things that will calm the baby down. So, I feel like I'm a baby whisperer now. I like to give the baby to my friends and let it cry for a second and be like, 'Let me just take this.'"
2. He’s starting a daddy-diaper-changing revolution…
Kutcher was all about diaper duty from the get-go. "When [Wyatt] was born, I was breastfeeding and [Ashton] said, 'That's your connection, I want to change every diaper,'" Kunis told the UK’s Telegraph. But the new dad soon learned the challenges of changing diapers in a public men’s restroom:
In a follow-up post, Kutcher said it was clear the idea of genderless diaper-changing stations had “struck a chord,” so he decided to take action. He started a Change.org petition asking two major retailers, Target and Costco, to lead by example and "initiate a company-wide policy to provide universally accessible changing tables in their stores." The petition quickly got more than 100,000 signatures and sparked a national conversation.
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3. …and he wants to ban gender stereotypes altogether.
"I would like my daughter to experience a world where gender doesn't dictate one's responsibility or limit one's opportunity," Kutcher told his website, A Plus. “Having changing tables in men's rooms is just a tiny step in the process of rectifying legacy gender discrimination. Men who are aware of this bias want to participate equally in the child care process and our society should support that. It's time to get our hands dirty."
4. He’s already locked down Internet domain names for Wyatt.
It took a while for the tech entrepreneur and Kunis to decide on their baby girl's name, but once they did, they ran home and grabbed all iterations of the moniker across the Web, including WyattKutcher.com and WyattIsabelle.com. "We've got the Twitter handle, the Instagram, everything you could possibly get," Kutcher told Conan O'Brien. "I don’t want a porn site with my daughter’s name on it!"
5. He formed a dad band and wrote a song called “I.M.A. Dad.”
And it's hilarious. Sample lyric: "I don't play games, 'cept for peek-a-boo. When I talk about my baby girl, I don't mean you."
6. He totally understands toddlers:
"She's actually crossed that threshold," he told Ellen Degeneres. "You know, the first year you spend just trying to keep them alive. And then after that you hit a point where your job is to keep them from killing themselves." He continued: "Like, it's not just about 'I gotta keep it surviving'," he said. "She literally tries to kill herself on a regular basis. Like she doesn't realize—that's a cliff and that could be dangerous! She'll just jump off the thing. You think that they would come with instincts around fire and large falls, and they don't!" Yup, the struggle is real.
7. He’s got a kid-friendly sense of humor.
8. He gives props to his partner, Mila Kunis.
"The most amazing thing about having a baby is my partner, Mila," he told Ellen Degeneres. "She's the greatest mom—I can't even! Like, I go to work every day and I come home and she's perfect. And it just seems like everything went amazing. And I know that something probably didn’t go amazing, but she never tells… it’s unbelievable. She’s incredible.”
9. He’s already perfecting his #dadhacks.
When your kid's box of Crayons falls apart, what's a dad to do? Post about it on Instagram, of course:
And then grab the tape!