July 28, 2016 10:45 AM

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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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