Tiffani Thiessen: We Have ‘Built In’ Babysitters

11/18/2011 at 04:00 PM ET
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Since becoming parents, date night is no longer get ready and go for Tiffani Thiessen and husband Brady Smith.

Fortunately, the couple don’t have to look far for a set of hands that are always happy to help with 16-month-old Harper Renn.

My mother. My father. They’re perfect and they’re built in,” the actress, accompanied by Smith, told PEOPLE while enjoying a “night for just the two of us” during Tuesday’s launch of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

“We actually put [Harper] to bed ourselves, so she has no idea that we’re not home.”

Between her White Collar role and raising her daughter, Thiessen, 37, admits the balancing act can be tough; Her mother and Smith, however, make it all doable.

“I’m not doing it alone. I have my mother who helps out a lot with my daughter, and I have my husband,” she explains. “They make it so much easier for me to be able to … work and to do the things that I want to do, and to be able to spend as much time as I do with [Harper].”

And with all the extra time to spend with her toddler, Thiessen is thrilled to have witnessed many of her baby girl’s latest milestones.

“She’s running now, not walking. She walked around 10 months, which is somewhat early. She is now running, and she’s only almost 17 months now,” she shares.

“She’s babbling and saying tons of words here and there. ‘Mama’ was her first word and then ‘Da,’ not ‘Dada,’ but ‘Da.'”

Harper has also learned to put on her shoes and socks — but still needs a bit of help from Mom!

“She doesn’t choose, she just puts them on,” Thiessen laughs. “Boy, that would be interesting if she actually chose them herself. She’d have one Croc and one tennis shoe. It would be hilarious.”

— Anya Leon with reporting by Reagan Alexander

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M on

I agree, family nearby is such a blessing. My mother and grandmother can usually schedule their lives to give my husband and I a date night or one on one time to do special activities with each of our four children. Occasionally they will even take a child or two for a few days while we relax, clean house, and focus our energies on the child(ren) at home.

I am well aware that we are lucky, lucky, lucky and my life as a stay at home mom could be much harder if I had to bring all four kids to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, etc. I also love the rich relationships my children have with their grandparents and great grandmother.

Cortney on

Tiffani is just gorgeous in that pic!

Sarah K. on

Best possible baby-sitters. You can trust your parents will love your baby just as much as you do. Lucky Tiffani!

Anne on

She is very lucky indeed – we are a military family and have not been close to family since we had our 2 boys. It’s such a blessing and I hope it’s one that people do not take for granted!

L on


Parents that can trust their parents to babysit are very lucky. Not everyone has that type of situation. 😦

Tee on

I really and truly believe that it takes a village to raise a child. I’m glad that Tiffani has family to help her out. She is giving both her child and her mother a great gift by allowing them to spend that time with each other.

Anna on

Such a blessing to have family close by when you have little ones. I dont think I would ever be able to leave my baby if my parents didnt live near. Its a true lifesaver. Tiffani, motherhood has made you more beautiful than ever.

Andrea on

She still looks the same as she did on Save by the bell!

canada girl on

I have been a fan of hers for a very long time! They make a very nice family!! I have seen pics of her daughter and she is beautiful like her mom

Yetunde on

My mom helps with mu 17 month old too. It is truly a blessing and incredible piece of mind when the grandparents help with the baby. Mine started walking at 9 1/2 months

Marilyn on

Tiffani is a gorgeous mom! Not into the Hollywood scandalous news – EVER!!!! She has stayed with her head above water and, as well I can say for ALL of the amazing 90210 characters. Never a bad name for any of them, except Shannon Doherty – who was not a fan favorite to begin with!!!!!!!!!! Congrats Tiffani

Shannon on

She looks great! Family is the best.

Zuzu on

Plus don’t you loooooove her work on White Collar? Go Tiffani!