Hilary Duff is so enamored by her new role as mom, she keeps her newborn son’s belly button sealed in a Ziploc bag in her makeup drawer.
“Luca’s going to think I’m a freak!” the actress tells People.com about her baby’s future reaction to the confiscation.
Duff, who is also a new spokesperson for Johnson’s Baby Cares initiative, said the belly button falling off was a “big milestone” for her as a parent, hence she felt the need to reserve time in the plastic bag hidden in her vanity. “I wanted to keep it, but my husband was like, ‘No, that’s gross, you can’t keep it!’ I’m like, ‘I’m totally keeping it,’ and I secretly kept it.”
The 24-year-old and her husband, hockey player Mike Comrie, welcomed their first child, Luca Cruz, on March 20, and the singer says she’s been focused on motherhood since the experience. She also points out that, while she turns over some parenting tasks during the day, she willingly takes control of nursing duties at night.
“At night, I’m the only one that can feed the baby,” explains Duff. “I wasn’t going to make him [Comrie] suffer just because I was having to get up.”
She adds, “It’s such a wonderful bonding time…Just to have your baby thrive and knowing that you’re doing that and you’re responsible — it’s such a rewarding feeling.”
As spokesperson for Johnson’s new initiative, the actress will help to assemble 5,000 “Care Kits” that will be distributed to families in times of natural disasters. It’s a partnership of Johnson Baby products and parent company Johnson & Johnson, along with the Save the Children organization.
“It’s such a great thing to have these kits be prepared for these new moms [so they are able] to take care of their babies,” she remarks. “That’s all that’s been on my mind. The second that you have your baby, you’re like, ‘Okay, I’m 100 percent responsible for this.’”
Duff has frequently been posting baby updates on her Twitter page, where she also announced her latest sponsorship duty on April 12, tweeting, “Big News! I’m working w/ JOHNSON’S Baby on its new charitable program, JOHNSON’S Baby CARES…I love being a mom.”
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