"You have to have a lot of faith that you will be able to keep them safe and not mess them up too much," he says.

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Updated December 02, 2020 08:15 PM
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Becoming a father can be a daunting prospect, but as David Arquette prepares for his baby boy on the way, the actor is not letting the stress get to him.

“I’ve done it once so there’s not that fear that a first-time parent has because you just don’t know what to expect,” Arquette, 42, told PEOPLE after the TCAs panel at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. on Sunday.

“Animals across the world have babies and they know how to take care of them instinctually. Us humans get so in our heads about it all but as soon as the baby comes it is just instinct.”

But Arquette – who is already a parent to his daughter Coco, 9, with ex-wife Courteney Cox – admits that becoming a father is a life changer and he is making sure to schedule his work with his girlfriend Christina McLarty‘s due date in mind.

“I had to make sure they could get out in time long before my baby would be born,” says Arquette of his four-week shooting schedule on location in Puerto Rico for seasons 2 and 3 of his Crackle show Cleaners.

Arquette is also looking forward to some extra bonding time with Coco during her final months as an only child and plans on having her join him on location in the coming weeks.

“Whenever you get to do that you have to take them out of school for a few days, but it’s such a great bonding experience because she gets to see what we do on the set,” he says. “It’ll be a really good time.”

And when it comes to possible trips with his new bundle of joy, don’t expect Arquette to play things too safe with his newborn.

“You have to have a lot of faith that you will be able to keep them safe and not mess them up too much,” he says.

— Patrick Gomez

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