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My toddler is at a stage right now where all she wants to do it play with her food. She eats a bite then plays with a bite, eats a bite then plays with a bite. This can go on and on until she decides she’s done. Usually I don’t have a problem with her finishing her meals. She just wants to play her way through them. I know I’m not the only mama dealing with this situation and I know in time it will pass. In fact, most days I just sit back and let her have her fun. These childhood moments are fleeting and I still catch myself wondering how it’s possible she’s already two years old. So instead of worrying about the mess on the floor or the mess on her outfits, we embrace it.
These moments make for some of the cutest pictures and there’s no denying she’s having fun. The smiles and giggles tell me everything I need to know.
In a few more years, I know I’ll look back on these moments and wish we had them again. In the meantime we’re just enjoying being two and all the messes that come with it. Over the last few weeks, I’ve learned a few things to help combat the mess and let her have her fun.
First, I keep a hand held vacuum nearby so I can quickly and easily vacuum up any messes that land on the floor or her seat.
Second, suction bowls are a mom’s best friend. They keep the food on her highchair tray with less on the floor. Right now we’re loving these Babie B Suction Baby Bowls. They’re great for on-the-go too. The lids keep her snacks contained until we’re ready to eat them.
Third, I always make sure I have Dreft on hand. I don’t even have to worry about the messes she makes on her clothes since I have Dreft. I’ve used Dreft since my almost 12 year old was a baby. I rely on Dreft Active Baby to help remove 99 percent of baby food stains and even outdoor messes from her clothes all while still being formulated to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s sensitive skin.
Dreft wants other moms to embrace the mess too so they’ve launched the Dreft America’s Messiest Baby Contest. They’re inviting families to submit photos of their favorite messy baby moments for the chance to win prizes, including the cover of the May issue of Parents Magazine! With Dreft, parents can stop worrying about the messes baby makes and instead enjoy all the memorable moments they have to share with their little ones. For more information on the contest and how to enter visit parents.com/dreftmessiestbabycontest Winners will also receive a supply of Dreft laundry detergent of course.
Dreft has partnered with Dr. Dyan Hes, Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics, to share the following tips to bring out your baby’s messy side and embrace that being messy has its developmental benefits
- Count the fun and use your fingers: Use your little one’s food as a fantastic way to learn how to begin counting. When snacking, start counting with your little one and encourage them to use their fingers. Also, this is a great time to use food to help them learn how to properly grasp things. It will take time and practice so let them get a little dirty with their food and practice, practice, practice!
- Throwing practice: Throwing food can definitely be messy, but did you know it helps with their development? Little ones are also still developing object permanence, which means that they don’t know that when they throw things, they won’t come back to them. So throwing food or dropping in on the floor can actually help them learn this basic lesson in physics! Maybe just lay a mat on the floor to protect carpet or allow for easy clean up.
- Load up on bibs: Bibs are a great way to capture those messy food moments. Once your little one is done with meal time, throw the bib in the washer with Dreft Active Baby to easily tackle the mess so you can do it all over again. The mess went way beyond the bib? No problem—throw that outfit in the washer too.
- Dress baby right and care for the fabrics: When you expect a mess, dress baby with a fabric, such as cotton, that can easily be cleaned up effortlessly. When it comes to fabrics, it’s also extremely important to seek out a gentle and hypoallergenic detergent to care for the items that touch baby’s sensitive skin. Wash baby’s items with a specially-formulated product such as Dreft, the #1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s skin that has been trusted by parents for over 80 years.
- Splish, Splash in the Bath: Bring fun toys and activities into the bath and let your child splash around and have fun. Make sure to use warm water (vs. hot) and use a mild cleanser to keep skin soft and itch-free. Gently pat skin dry and end with an after-bath moisturizer to seal in moisture and protect baby’s soft skin.
- Get outside: It’s great to get your little one outside to learn and embrace nature and all it has to offer. Little ones tend to start creeping (pulling their bodies with their arms) before crawling and this can get their clothes quite dirty. This is all part of their learning process though, so feel free to let them explore and point out animals, plants, and the various sounds they may hear in nature so your child starts learning new concepts while having fun!
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WIN A DREFT PRIZE PACK
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