Busy Philipps On “Sweet” Birdie, Potty Training & Baby No. 2

We first loved her as Audrey on ‘The Creek’ – the popular teen drama Dawson’s Creek, that is. Now we can’t get enough of Busy Philipps and her wino pals on the quick-witted sitcom Cougar Town. The 31-year-old actress sat down with Celebrity Baby Scoop to chat about her “sweet” and “cuddly” daughter Birdie who is all about the potty training these days. The mom-of-one also talked about teaming up with Pepto-Bismol just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Birdie’s upcoming third birthday and plans for Baby No. 2.

CBS: Birdie is so cute!

BP: “Well, I’m obviously a huge fan!”

CBS: How is she? What is she into these days?

BP: “She’s great. The biggest thing of recent months is the potty training which she basically did on her own. I feel so lucky! When we went to Hawaii to shoot the season finale of Cougar Town 6 weeks ago, she didn’t want to wear her diapers anymore because it was too hot. So she just took them off and started using the potty. We haven’t gone back and now she’s sleeping through the night with no diaper. She actually woke up in the middle of the night, went to the bathroom, and got back in bed! I’m really excited about it! It’s the type of thing that I can only talk to other moms about. My friends without children are like, ‘Can we stop talking about your kid’s bathroom habits.’ It turns out nobody else cares [laughs]!

I’ve heard that if you’re having problems potty training your kids, just wait until the summer because it gets hot and uncomfortable and you can just have them go diaper-less outside and they’ll figure it out. But we were lucky that she just brought up the idea – she was only 2 1/2 at the time.

The other thing we’re doing is a lot of pretend-play. She’s into playing shop. So she’ll set up her toys or clothes, lined up on the floor to make a little store. And then depending on how she’s feeling, either of us will be the shopper, and we’ll go shopping with her stuff. She also likes playing school and we’re getting ready for her to start preschool in the fall.”

CBS: Do you have any party plans for her third birthday in August?

BP: “We’re doing a giant renovation on the exterior of our home. Part of it is adding a big, flat front yard that will be hedged in and will – hopefully – be beautiful. I’ve told my contractors that it has to be done by her birthday because I’ve promised her a beautiful outdoor party.

She loves the movie Tangled and we read the books from the movie – and she wants lanterns. I think I’ll hang Chinese lanterns outside and I thought a fun activity for the kids would be getting white lanterns in China Town and all the kids could decorate them with glitter and paints. And of course she wants a Rapunzel cake so I’m going to make her the Rapunzel tower for her cake.”

CBS: What are some of your favorite mommy memories?

BP: “Every day there’s something new and fantastic that happens! My daughter is very cuddly and sweet and has gotten to the point where throughout the day she’ll throw her arms around me and say, ‘I love you mommy, you’re the best,’ which is really sweet and makes me feel so lucky that I have a cuddly kid because not all kids are really cuddly. She’s a really sweet, thoughtful kid.”

CBS: Any plans for baby No. 2?

BP: “Not imminently. It’s really difficult working on a show with long hours. I was so lucky that the first year of Birdie’s life I didn’t work. I did the pilot of Cougar Town and I think I worked a total of seven days the first year of her life! I was really able to be there with her and be a full-time mom. I didn’t even have a nanny – or any help – for the first 6 months. I would like to think that with a second child I’d be able to give them the same amount of attention and time. That’s just not possible when you’re doing a network television show. We’ll see, I’m still young. Who knows what will happen in the future.”

CBS: Tell us about teaming up with Pepto-Bismol just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

BP: “Pepto-Bismol asked if I’d like to make a funny video on YouTube for Cinco de Maya. It was the perfect pairing because Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite cultural holidays. I love Mexican food, so I celebrate! They’re making these really funny videos on YouTube and I was on board! The campaign is about smashing piñatas and if you happen to have a sore stomach, be sure to have some Pepto-Bismol on hand. Which is actually something that I do keep around the house.

If you’d like to see the video that I made, you can go to YouTube and from there you can create your own perfect piñata smash by choosing a bunch of different options. There’s some pretty funny ones on there. My favorite is the turkey that explodes the pinata. It’s fun and a good thing to do if you’re sitting at your desk on Cinco de Mayo!”


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  1. Props to her for getting her daughter out of diapers — mine is the same age and is vehemently opposed to the idea so you could say I’m just a tad jealous.

  2. I am dreading potty training. My son is almost 2 1/2. I have been told it takes longer for boys. I let him keep his bottle until a couple months ago so am choosing my battles carefully;)

  3. I also really like how she appreciated the fact of being able to be home with her child for the first year. Its pretty rare for someone in her industry to recognize that if she did a sitcom full time she would not have that luxury with a second child. Pretty cool and refreshingly unselfish.

    • I agree completely. Get ready for the possible knee jerk reaction though of angry “working moms”. This is clearly a case of a woman who realized how precious this time is. She had the ability to stay with her child for a year and took it. Good on her.

  4. Love Busy! And I also love Cougar Town. Would love it if she had a second baby, but would understand if she waited a little bit.

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