Julie Delpy: 'I Love Everything' About Motherhood

07/16/2009 at 12:00 PM ET

The best parenting advice Julie Delpy has gotten since having her son Leo six months ago came from her father.

“He’s like, ‘Don’t protect him too much. Get him a little dirty. Leave him in the yard a little bit,'” the actress tells PEOPLE. “He’s a French dad, you know what I mean? He’s like, ‘Get them a little dirty so they protect themselves from germs.'”

Julie, who turns 40 in December, may try to heed her father’s laid-back advice, but one of her favorite activities with Leo – her first child (whose father is her boyfriend, German composer Marc Streitenfeld) – is bath time.

“I love Weleda bath soap,” says the French star of Before Sunrise and 2 Days in Paris. “It makes him smell like … a little baby.”

The actress-screenwriter-director spent her first night (ever!) away from Leo dining on filet mignon, broccolini and string beans and mingling with other Hollywood powerhouses at the Buzz Girls Creatives Dinner, a private fete for women in the entertainment industry held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood on July 14th.

“I love everything about it,” she says of motherhood. “I love breastfeeding. I love looking [down] at him. He looks like a little koala bear. It’s so cute.”

And Julie’s favorite baby gadget? A video baby monitor mounted on Leo’s bed.

“I can just open my eyes and see his little face,” she says. “I love watching him. I’m such a ‘paranoid, worried-about-my-baby’ person that it’s perfect for me.”

Julie, who is diving back into screenwriting and developing several projects after taking some time off post-birth, says she and Marc got Leo used to sleeping in his own room at about 4 ½ months old. “But I love to be able to see him all the time,” she says. “Otherwise, I miss him.”

Source: PEOPLE

— Alexis Chiu

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Meream on

I didn’t know she got pregnant. She is a wonderful actress.

kai on

^^I didn’t know either! And I didn’t know she was 40. I don’t know anything.

lol@”It makes him smell like a little baby”

Elli on

I didn’t know that, too! Just checked pics of her boyfriend and now I would be curious to see the little baby boy – must be quite a cutie…!!

Cece on

Ms. Delpy seems to keep a very private profile. I always liked her in French cinema. And I have to agree with her that Weleda products are wonderful. I used them when my children were born in Switzerland – from diaper creams to soaps they use natural botanicals and can be found here now, usually in specialty stores, but I saw them in Walgreens too!

Anne on

Thanks for the cliché about frenches Julie !!!

Great to read about her and agree with her, Weleda products are wonderful!

Sophia on

I adore Julie Delpy! I loved her in 2 Days In Paris. I didn’t even know she’d had a baby though. Her and her partner are a gorgeous couple, I’m sure little Leo is a cutiepie🙂