Bad Moms Confessions: Kristen Bell Once Fake Slept After Her Baby Awoke

07/28/2016 at 10:45 AM ET

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Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell know that when you live with young children, sometimes you do whatever it takes to get a little extra sleep.

The Bad Moms costars recall mornings when they both let their parenting guard down a bit so they could stay in bed. Bell, who is married to Dax Shepard and mom to daughters Lincoln, 3, and Delta, 19 months, was in a related situation recently when the family stayed in a hotel.

“[My baby] woke up at 6 in the morning and my husband, the toddler and I all pretended to be asleep for probably 30 or 40 minutes,” the Veronica Mars alum, 36, tells PEOPLE.

“And finally, I hear the baby reaching towards my purse and going, ‘Mama, mama … bar, please, please. Bar.’

“I got up, handed her the Greens Bar — it’s a healthy bar she can eat — I opened it up, gave it to her in the crib and went back to bed. And we all woke up around 8.”

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Applegate, 44, joins in by recalling one particular morning when she was sick in bed and her 5½-year-old daughter Sadie came into her room at 6 a.m. to ask if she could have ice cream for breakfast.

“A few days ago, I was so tired — I’d been sick for like three months,” she tells PEOPLE. “I just said, ‘Yeah, can you reach it?’ ”

These real-life moms join Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo in the comedy about a group of moms who decide to stop trying to be the perfect parents and instead let loose and have a little fun.

“None of these things are bad,” Applegate says. “We’re in survival mode half the time.”

Bad Moms hits theaters Friday nationwide.

Mia McNiece

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Anonymous on

I’ve done that too🙂 My sons crib was in our room, right next to our bed. Sometimes I would wake in the morning and he would be sitting up just staring at me through the bars. If I closed my eyes right away to fake sleep, he would grunt at me.🙂 I miss those days.

megan on

Brilliant idea, giving a 19 month old food to eat alone & going back to bed. Poor child is lucky she didn’t choke while her parents snoozed

bbb1975 on

I think every parent has done this at some point

megan on

Guess Christina must be pregnant again, since she tried to explain away that “sick for three months” remark by blaming preschool germs

angie on

That’s a funny story lol.