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Dax Shepard: Being a Father Is Like Falling in Love for the First Time

07/28/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Dax Shepard: Being a Father Is Like Falling in Love for the First Time
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Dax Shepard has only been a dad for four months, but he seems to already have mastered parenting.

“I got the secret weapons — the Five S’s: swaddling, sideways, swaying, shushing and sucking,” the actor, who utilizes Dr. Harvey Karp’s method, told reporters at NBC’s Press Tour in Beverly Hills on Saturday.

Shepard, whose fiancée Kristen Bell gave birth to daughter Lincoln in March, says parenthood has been “every cliché I’ve ever heard.”

“When I look at her, it’s like when I was in 7th grade and fell in love for the first time, where it’s debilitating,” says Shepard, 38. “That’s available 24/7 if I want, which is amazing.”

The Parenthood star says the prospect of fatherhood was never too daunting for him, as he already had quite a few diaper duty experiences under his belt before his daughter was born.

“I was older when my little sister was born, so I had done this before,” says Shepard. “I had changed a couple thousand diapers already a couple million times, so I wasn’t too afraid of [fatherhood], and it’s been nothing but wonderful.”

Not even sleep deprivation is plaguing the funnyman, explaining that he and Bell have developed a schedule for taking turns.

“If you’re logical about your approach, there’s a way for everyone to get some sleep,” he says.

Now that the couple has perfected parenthood, getting married is next on the agenda — but Shepard has no plans on having an over-the-top affair.

“I’m sure it will be a quick something,” he says.

— Gabrielle Olya

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Sylvia on

I’m not too keen on this couple but I like his honesty. My husband was the same way when we had our daughter. (Baby number on the way)

There may not be a proper parenting book or owners manual for kids, but if you and your partner/husband/wife can workout a system then it’s foolproof.

Then again, every couple is different.

suzy wojo on

Exactly!! Very refreshing to see some normalcy in the celebrity world and from a man on top of that.How are so many out there that dont have this instinct to love their child.

Nancy on

Love Dax and Kristen!!! Can’t imagine hanging with them without having an extreme stomach ache from laughing so hard! Fun parents!

AM on

That is just too sweet. :-)

Sam on

I love him. My best wishes for fim and his cute little family

Monica on

Congrats and I really like them both and I only have positive thoughts and comments and wishes for them!

PS on

So true about the falling in love analogy. Dax sounds like he’s doing well as a new Daddy.

sahararain on

They are just the cutest couple ever!

Anonymous on

They are super cute and funny!

Anna on

Such a cute and funny couple!

Anonymous on

Such a cute and funny couple

Anonymous on

LOVE this couple! They are so funny

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