Embrace Baby Messes With Dreft

Kids and babies are messy. As a new mom, I always tried to keep my son as neat and tidy as possible. I would constantly stress anytime his clothes became covered in messes. I dreaded dinners that included spaghetti sauce or anything that could drip all over his clothes. Eventually I learned, just as most moms do, that messes are not only inevitable, but a great way for babies to grow and learn! Thanks to Dreft and bibs, my babies could learn, have fun, and we can embrace those messes!

Embrace Baby Messes With Dreft

A Dreft survey with Wakefield found that 87 percent of moms frequently encourage their children to pick activities that are unlikely to get them messy over ones that are, even though 81 percent agree that their child learns more when they make a mess and 89 percent agree that children are happier when they make a mess!

Embrace Baby Messes With Dreft

Now being a family of five, we thrive on creativity and having fun, which usually ends in some type of mess. Whether its mud and dirt from outside, or simply playing with our left over food, messes are a byproduct of everyday life. But getting messy doesn’t always mean its going to be a messy clean up. As I invested so much time and energy protecting my oldest son’s clothes, I quickly learned that his mess didnt necessarily mean his clothes would be ruined! Thanks to Dreft, I was easily able to pass along all of my son’s clothes to his younger brother! Dreft Active Baby detergent helps remove 99 percent of baby food stains and other outdoor messes, and Active and the Newborn line are still formulated to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s sensitive skin!

Embrace Baby Messes With Dreft

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The Dreft #MessiestBabyContest Twitter Party will take place on Monday, November 14th from 9PM-10Pm EST. RSVP for a chance to win great prizes including an iRobot Roomba http://bit.ly/2f1Djbj.

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Dreft Event in NYC

On October 25th, Actress Molly Sims got a little messy with the little ones and helped Dreft launch their nationwide search for Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby at the Dreft Messy Play Date Party in New York City. With two children and one on the way, she understands the value of messy play and has embraced the messy journey of #amazinghood in her own personal life!

Model and actress Molly Sims hosts Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby Play Date to help Dreft launch its nationwide search for America’s Messiest Baby, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in New York. For more information, visit www.dreft.com or the brand's social media channels on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Dreft), Twitter (https://twitter.com/Dreft) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/dreft/). Parents can enter to win Dreft’sAmerica’s Messiest Baby Contest for a chance to have their little one featured on the cover of Parent’s Magazine by submitting a photo of their favorite messy baby moment at www.parents.com/dreftmessiestbabycontest or posting their photo on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #messiestbabycontest.  (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Dreft/AP Images)
Model and actress Molly Sims hosts Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby Play Date to help Dreft launch its nationwide search for America’s Messiest Baby, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in New York. For more information, visit www.dreft.com or the brand’s social media channels on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Dreft), Twitter (https://twitter.com/Dreft) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/dreft/). Parents can enter to win Dreft’sAmerica’s Messiest Baby Contest for a chance to have their little one featured on the cover of Parent’s Magazine by submitting a photo of their favorite messy baby moment at www.parents.com/dreftmessiestbabycontest or posting their photo on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #messiestbabycontest. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Dreft/AP Images)

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dr-hes-headshotDreft partnered with Dr. Dyan Hes, Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics, who shared some great “messy baby” tips including:

  • Throwing practice: 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.
  • 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, such as Dreft.

 

In our house, we use food as a great way to learn. By placing a few pieces of blueberries on the high chair tray, my babies learned to sign for “more” when there were no blueberries left. We also used food as a great way to count and sort! Of course, an all-time favorite was writing letters in the macaroni sauce on there tray too! My baby Princess can easily be named the Messy Baby Queen. Between chasing her two older brothers and trying to copy their every move, she’s quickly mastered the art of gracefully making a mess!

Embrace Baby Messes With Dreft

This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Dreft. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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  1. shelly peterson says

    Just let the little ones enjoy themselves and have fun even if they get all messy and just clean them up afterwards. That was Dreft is there for, to help get their clothes all clean. .

  2. Jessica To says

    We always liked to use a sand and water table on the back patio. It seemed really messy but was great since it was outside.

  3. Em Mahr says

    I try to accept that fact that messes are gong to happen and be prepared. I have some large bibs and a plastic mat that I put under the kids for messy activities and I use stain remover at the first sign of stains.

  4. Rosie says

    Decorating sugar cookies can be lots of fun. I have handmade aprons, but I need to change the pattern to be more covering, because guess where all those colorful icings got wiped?!! on her shirt, sleeves, etc! Yikes. oh oh, doesn’t come out good, either. Need Dreft!

  5. heather says

    My best tips for having messy fun is let the kids get dirty just have an area where you clean them up before they come into the house. Getting dirty outside is a great part of being a kid. I remember making mud pies and I loved it.

  6. Steve Weber says

    You can have messy fun with non-toxic products as well as things that are good for the environment… green products if you will.

  7. Tina W says

    The key is planning to contain the mess beforehand: lay down an old shower curtain, move the messy fun outside near a hose, whatever it takes.

  8. Jessica says

    My tip is to plan messy activities outside and leave the hose by the back door so kids can get rinsed off before they come in.

  9. Shayna Brookman says

    MY DAUGHTER LOVES TO MAKE MESSES. I JUST LET HER PUT ON HER PLAY CLOTHES AND PLAY 🙂 THEN IT IS BATHTIME 🙂

  10. Betsy Barnes says

    When my son would do finger painting, I would lay a plastic tarp on the floor and table, then just rinsed them with a hose. 🙂

  11. Dawn Monroe says

    My tip is if you know there is going to be a mess make sure your on a hard floor or cover the carpet.Have your camera ready.

  12. Laurajj says

    Oh our little one loves to paint, and we had lost his apron we used. So, we cut holes in a garbage bag for the head and arms…and it worked like a charm!!!

  13. Heather D says

    I hang paper on the shower walls and let the kids stand and paint. It’s washable paint and makes it a breeze to clean and the kids really like it.

  14. Janet W. says

    My tip for having messy fun is to have your child wear clothing that’s classified as their “it’s ok if it gets messy” clothing, and have wipes on hand and ready to use!

  15. Debbie F says

    My son loves eating pomegranates and as you know that juice stains really badly so I give him blank paper so he can draw on it with the juice. 🙂
    It’s better than drawing on the walls.
    thanks!

  16. Jessica Beard says

    As long as everyone is safe, having messy fun is worth it! This week my kids loved painting with cars. The paint was all over, but so fun!

  17. kelly tupick says

    I say let the kids be kids and just have fun with it. Sometimes i put a huge piece of plastic under the table and just let the kids go to town painting or what not and clean up the mess later.

  18. Denise L says

    Let your child be the guide. Just make sure to keep them away from anything dangerous. Other than that let them explore to their hearts content.

  19. carol clark says

    painting is fun and messy hand prints and feet prints are fun and just make sure they dont get on the sofa ahhahaahha

  20. Linda says

    My tip is to make sure that what you will be having messy fun with is easy to get off of surfaces and does not stain!

  21. Margaret S Porter says

    Put down a drop cloth and let them play. Creativity and messiness can be cleaned. Fun moments will be treasured a lifetime

  22. James Robert says

    Having your child’s first small birthday cakes makes quite the mess and with us having twins, we had double the mess.

  23. aaron reck says

    Make big space that is for messy fun that way the clean up can be quick and easy. This is so great. Thank you. We love spaghetti.

  24. Samantha Daleo says

    Washable finger paint is always fun but one of my go to, totally fun mess makers is finger painting with chocolate pudding.

  25. Maria Beas says

    My best tip is to let your children have fun and get messy. Then you can use Dreft to wash their clothes and your energy to clean up the mess. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway.

  26. Terry Stevens says

    I just put down a plastic cloth under the table as well as on the table and let the grandkids go at it for a lot of fun and stess-free time.

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