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!
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!
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!
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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!
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Dreft 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!
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.
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. .
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.
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.
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!
I love to do crafts with my kids and we have a fun time finger painting drawing. playing with bubbles.
My tip is to designate a certain area to do the messy activity and have the kids help clean up at the end.
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.
we like to have messy fun with Playdough
You can have messy fun with non-toxic products as well as things that are good for the environment… green products if you will.
Playing in the sand box is our messy fun.
Edible Finger Paint is fun!
I think having something under the high chair and chairs to catch messes makes for easier clean up.
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.
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.
Have your messiest fun outside that way you don’t have a huge mess to clean up!
MY DAUGHTER LOVES TO MAKE MESSES. I JUST LET HER PUT ON HER PLAY CLOTHES AND PLAY 🙂 THEN IT IS BATHTIME 🙂
Lay a big white sheet designated for making a mess on! All the colors and stains will be fun to see!
Anything involving food is messy fun!
My tip is to give the kids arts and crafts supplies and let them be creative.
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. 🙂
I commented on your IG This boy #love #son #myheart post!
Have wipes on hand to clean up the mess!
Having a clean up plan in place before the mess happens really allows me to just let it happen.
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.
We have a great time during meal times -although always a mess – we tend to laugh all the time
My tip is to not be too uptight about messes.
We love baking, playing with flour is messy fun.
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!!!
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.
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!
Just have a good cleanup afterwards or before naptime.
I put a plastic shower curtain on the floor before we has messy arts and crafts fun.
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.
We love to spray shaving creme on a table and draw and make letters and numbers.
We love driving our cars through shaving cream “snow” and seeing the different tracks each car makes!
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!
Spread out a plastic mat under them and let them enjoy themselves
playing in the mud is fun.
Have a special set of clothes for ‘messy fun’ so it doesn’t drive you crazy every time 😉
Take the mess outdoors or use tarp to cover the floor and other areas you want to protect
Make sure you have a camera near by! 🙂
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.
When doing a messy art project putting a tarp or canvas on the floor can be helpful.
Paintings always a fun messy time.
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.
We love to make arts and crafts, daughter loves finger painting the most!
Use a worn, unwanted shirt for messy projects.
painting is fun and messy hand prints and feet prints are fun and just make sure they dont get on the sofa ahhahaahha
We like to have messy fun outside in play clothes or inside with washable products!
My son loves making little messes with arts and crafts.
The best time to get messy is at your baby’s first birthday.
Dont allow the fun crayon bathroom crayon artwork to stay on the tiles. They will stain!
My best tip – let the kids and fun and clean up without a fuss.
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!
Always have cleaning supplies handy!
don’t get upset and get into a bubble bath pronto
It all washes out (except maybe sharpies :)) so just have fun
Have lots of paper towels close by!
My best tip is have messy fun outside.
Put down a drop cloth and let them play. Creativity and messiness can be cleaned. Fun moments will be treasured a lifetime
go outside for messy fun and wear old clothes.
Playing with flour is messy fun.
Having your child’s first small birthday cakes makes quite the mess and with us having twins, we had double the mess.
let them enjoy throwing and having fun, the mess is no big deal.
We always have a bib ready and use Draft when we end up with stains!
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.
We like to play in diapers, good thing we live in FL!
Having paper towels and wipes on hand and just let the mess happen:)
Edible finger paints are fun.
Lay down a tarp or some type of junk towels- that way you can just throw it out when you are done being messy.
If weather allows, take the mess outside.
Washable finger paint is always fun but one of my go to, totally fun mess makers is finger painting with chocolate pudding.
HAVE WIPES AND SUPPLIES ON HAND.
Get out and have Fun!! Let dreft Clean up the mess! make mud pies…splash in muddy puddles!!!
Have your messiest fun outside
snapping photos when they get spaghetiios all over their face..lol so cute
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.
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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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Let them get their hands dirty with finger paints or even chocolate pudding to paint.