Julie Delpy: 'I Love Everything' About Motherhood
The Before Sunrise actress gushes about getting her 6-month-old son dirty – and cleaning him up
The best parenting advice Julie Delpy has gotten since having her son Leo six months ago came from her father.
“He’s like, ‘Don’t protect him too much. Get him a little dirty. Leave him in the yard a little bit,'” the actress tells PEOPLE. “He’s a French dad, you know what I mean? He’s like, ‘Get them a little dirty so they protect themselves from germs.'”
Delpy, who turns 40 in December, may try to heed her father’s laid-back advice, but one of her favorite activities with Leo – her first child (whose father is Delpy’s boyfriend, German composer Marc Streitenfeld) – is bath time.
“I love Weleda bath soap,” says the French star of Before Sunrise and 2 Days in Paris. “It makes him smell like … a little baby.”
The actress-screenwriter-director spent her first night (ever!) away from Leo dining on filet mignon, broccolini and string beans and mingling with other Hollywood powerhouses at the Buzz Girls Creatives Dinner, a private fete for women in the entertainment industry held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood on July 14.
“I love everything about it,” she says of motherhood. “I love breastfeeding. I love looking [down] at him. He looks like a little koala bear. It’s so cute.”
And Delpy’s favorite baby gadget? A video baby monitor mounted on Leo’s bed.
“I can just open my eyes and see his little face,” she says. “I love watching him. I’m such a ‘paranoid, worried-about-my-baby’ person that it’s perfect for me.”
Delpy, who is diving back into screenwriting and developing several projects after taking some time off post-birth, says she and Streitenfeld got Leo used to sleeping in his own room at about 4 ½ months old. “But I love to be able to see him all the time,” she says. “Otherwise, I miss him.”