Kristen Bell: Why We’re Keeping Pictures of Lincoln Private

10/31/2013 at 03:00 PM ET

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This October, there’s lots to celebrate in the Bell-Shepard household!

Earlier in the month, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard tied the knot following a three-year engagement, with the House of Lies actress telling PEOPLE, “I can officially call him my husband, which is pretty awesome.”

But the partying is set to continue with Halloween just around the corner, particularly as it will be daughter Lincoln‘s first.

“This has been a major topic of discussion because we don’t want to blow it,” Bell tells PEOPLE of how her family will coordinate costumes.

“We have friends that have really, really just nailed their costumes with their kids in the past, so we’re feeling a bit of pressure … There’s a lot of things being thrown out in the household and I haven’t yet decided on one.”

One thing for certain, however, is that the holiday will be more meaningful with Lincoln, now 7 months, involved — a concept Bell applies to every aspect of her life, including being on set.

“She comes to visit a lot. It’s really fun to be able to bring a baby around because it always makes everyone smile,” she says, adding that finding a work/life balance hasn’t come hard for her. “It’s really just renegotiating your time. I haven’t found it very difficult because I like my baby. She’s my best friend.”

Part of Bell’s decision to put her daughter first also includes keeping her image out of the spotlight — she and Shepard do not share photos of Lincoln.

“Our daughter is not a public figure. We chose to be, we volunteered to be in this business and she did not,” says Bell. “I feel it’s very important and my number one job as a mother to protect what her interests might be. She might grow up to be very shy and she might not want her picture anywhere. This lifestyle might make her very uncomfortable and I think it’s my duty to protect that.”

Unaware of her parents’ celebrity status, Lincoln is simply enjoying her infancy.

“Being a baby is kind of her latest milestone,” says Bell, who’s partnered with Neutrogena Naturals and The Nature Conservancy to encourage water conservation in the month of October as part of the Every Drop Counts campaign. “She still puts everything in her mouth and hangs out like a blob, which I suppose could be adequate descriptions of Dax and I on any given day.”

— Kiran Hefa

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AKChick9 on

I think that it is a wonderful thing that they aren’t advertising their baby like she is an accessory or something. Its so nice when celebrities want to leave it up tho their kids on whether or not they want their pictures out there for the whole world to see 🙂

Jennifer on

I respect that they don’t want their child in the spotlight. And in a perfect world it would be nice if the child could in fact choose if they want to be a public figure, the fact of the matter is that it’s just not practical. Not this day in age. Not in the age of paparazzi and internet. I wish them the very best in keeping her out of the spotlight. I really do… but I sincerely believe they are fighting a loosing battle.

Ivy. on

I think one of her House of Lies co-stars accidentally posted a picture of Kristen and Lincoln on Instagram last week. I was looking through my feed and spotted it, but it was deleted about an hour later. The baby is quite cute. She’s got Dax’s face shape but all of Kristen’s features.

traxie on

Yeah, unfortunately this comes across as a red flag to the paparazzi to harass them. I’m not from America so I hadn’t realised they were such big stars that they would need to do this. Of course, it’s their right to do so but for minor celebrities it always seems a bit pretentious to make these big statements. Although maybe being C-listers makes it easier to control access to your children – unlike say Brad and Angelina who would have had no chance raising their kids out of the public eye.

maryhelenc on

Good for her. I wish more celebrities felt that way.

Julie on

So glad to hear about celebrities that want to keep their children out the spotlight. Good for you Kristen!

Katie on

I applaud them for trying to keep their daughter out of the public eye, and acknowledging that they put themselves out there to be photographed and followed around by the paparazzi. But the issue I have is that she (and other various celebrities) say that they are public figures, not their children, which isn’t correct. Because they are out in the Hollywood eye and have chosen that life for themselves, they in relation chose it for their children too. Don’t become and actor/actress and then all the sudden want privacy for your kids. That’s not how it works. Maybe you should think about these things before following your dream and becoming a huge public figure.

Mommy on

What will they do when the paps get the kids photo?? Make her like MJ’s kids?

Brooklyn on

I think that’s all and well, but when you don’t and you’re both such public figures, aren’t they going to have more problems with paparazzi trying to get that first picture or a picture? If you give them one, they might not be on your case so much.

TooCute on

Good for them. I enjoy when celebs share pictures of their children but I DO respect when they choose not to.

pammie16 on

Bravo, Kristen and Dax…you certainly have your priorities in order!

wqwe on

this family just shot up a billion points in my book. Well said!!!!

Claire on

Not sure why, but I get the feeling sometimes that Kristen Bell is probably a little haughty and pretentious in real life.

LC on

I can respect that – but I still want to see her! Bet she’s adorable.

dudley doright on

if she wanted to keep her private life private, with no pictures of family…that’s ok…but seems silly to talk about it to a magazine, that millions of people read…to say that u r not going to reveal pictures…..don’t show or talk about it.

dawn norris on

good for them

pammie16 on

Bravo, Kristen and Dax – You certainly have your priorities straight…Lincoln is lucky to have such wonderful parents!

Nancy on

I love this girl. Very grounded and full of joy. I respect her reasoning for not having pics of her babe all over the place. Good for her and Dax!

tina on

Smart girl.

Deni on

“Her baby is her best friend”? What a weird thing to say. I hope she doesn’t continue that attitude when her child gets older.

Anyway, I give her kudos for keeping Lincoln out of the spotlight. She’s correct, her child didn’t ask for this lifestyle and the paparazzi should respect that.

Carrie M on

Although I would love to “ooohhh and ahhhh” over a baby photo, I totally understand her decision and I admire it. I wish others would follow suit.

Jill on

wow…traxie…C-listers? You really aren’t from here. Maybe they don’t have paps chasing them like Brangelina, but she never said they did. She said they aren’t “sharing” pics. That means voluntarily offering them up to the masses. And yes people do care…they are such a fun and well known couple and this just made me love them more.

Anonymous on

Good for them! I couldn’t agree with this sentiment more, and this applies to more than just celebrities. I keep pictures of my child completely private (no Facebook or Instagram). We should all try to respect the privacy of kids.

Grudge on

If they want their daughter out of the spotlight then they shouldn’t discuss about her either. I think that’d be the safest thing to do.