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As new moms staring down at our peaceful infants, it’s hard to imagine the messes they’ll make once they really start moving. We almost picture mini versions of our adult selves, eating with utensils by two, keeping those clothes nice and clean with their perfectly places bibs and never, ever getting into mischief. After all, our babies are highly advanced, don’t you know?
Then the toddler years strike and reality hits. Toddlers are amazing, wonderful, inquisitive, active and messy! Today I’m sharing a few real-life laundry situations that you probably aren’t expecting to encounter as a new mom, plus my favorite tips on how to deal with them!
Tips for Dealing with Your Toddler’s Crazy Laundry!
Laundry Every Day!: As a mom of 2, I could actually do laundry everyday if I really wanted to (but who really wants to?)! Between multiple dirty bibs and dribbles of food that land on my littlest one’s clothing, my laundry pile has increased. My son just started crawling and is now pulling himself up on everything, so the knees of his pants get super dirty when we are playing outside. Thankfully Dreft Stage 2: Active Baby Liquid Detergent comes to my laundry rescue and gets those stains out! I like to toss in Dreft Blissfuls In-Wash Scent Boosters as well for an extra boost of scent, and it is like he never made those mud pies outside (until the next time!)
Holiday food stains: With the holidays upon us, and my son eating everything in sight, there are bound to be more food stains on Christmas Day than any other day. Between cranberry sauce and smooshed in mashed potatoes, I am not worried about how to get the stains out of his nice holiday clothes. I just have to remember to get the pics before we eat!
The Incredible Growing Baby: I have seen this with both of my kids and it has nothing to do with clothes shrinking in the wash or dryer. One day my son wears a super cute outfit for the first time, gets it dirty (as active babies will do). Yet a week later when I put the same super cute outfit on him again, he has grown out of it! You hear it all the time but you just don’t quite understand what it means when people say ‘kids grow up so fast’ until you have your own, and he has only worn the outfit once. Thankfully, Dreft keeps it nice enough that I can pass it on to friends with younger babies!
The case of the missing sock(s): You may have experienced this phenomenon with your own socks, but with kids, it is like the sock fairy prefers little kid socks! Before kids I had a few socks go missing, but not like I have with little ones. I feel like I have to have backups on standby! I solved this problem primarily by washing the kid’s socks in a bag made for the washer. Good thing someone clued me in on this laundry must-have before I spent a small fortune on kid’s socks!
There will always be laundry to do. Make it a little less of a chore by using Dreft Stage 2: Active Baby on your baby’s clothes (or your entire family’s clothing!) When laundry isn’t taking up your time trying to get stains out, you have more time to spend watching your little ones grow!
23 thoughts on “5 Real Life Laundry Situations You Never Think About Until You Have a Toddler!”
My girls are all 16+ but I do remember all the bathroom messes with potty training. Never did I think potty training would be so …..gross! lol Thanks for your cute tips.
I do not have children, these photos are terrifying, LOL!!! I have a ton of nieces and nephews and godchildren, but you see the messes are their moms problem, not mine! :-)
Look at your little man and that look on his face! He’s SO cute! Anyway, today is laundry day around here. :) I’ve always wondered about people talking about missing socks. I’ve never had that problem.
I do not miss doing laundry everyday! That is one thing both my kids had in common.
I do not miss the days of my toddler getting so dirty! But, now I have a teen and he gets a whole different dirty.
This is the truth. I never realized that I’d have to practically have to do laundry everyday until I had children!
Dreft was a life saver for all our messy baby clothes! It had a nice scent too.
As of a family of 7 I do laundry everyday which is no fun. =( One of my kiddos is a toddler of course. I will have to try this Dreft.
Story of my life, I do a lot of laundry as a mother of a toddler and an active boy.
Doing laundry is my least favorite household chore. I had tons of laundry when my children were growing up. Now, I still have a pile of larger sized laundry because they are all grown. Although I no longer deal with stain removal, it is the sweaty smell I would really want to get rid off, so I would have to check out Dreft’s in wash scent boosters.
Missing socks is a big one for us. My daughters are always missing socks. When I do laundry we always seem to be missing a sock. I’ll have to try that bag and hopefully we won’t lose many anymore. I think it’s more because my daughters take their socks off and never seem to put them in the hamper like they should.
Laundry has never been the same since having kids. I always have mismatched socks and tons of laundry daily!
I haven’t used it yet but, want to learn more. Checking it out!
I love the smell of Dreft!! Reminds me of when my nieces and nephews were babies!! They smelled so sweet!!
Dreft sounds like a great product. I will have to tell my friends with little ones about it.
So adorable! Sometimes I wonder if laundry is worth it at the rate that they grow! hahahaha
These are so true. It’s crazy how many more loads of laundry you do when you have a kid in the house!
It is amazing how fast babies can get dirty! I thought babies were clean creatures until I had one!! It was shocking!
I actually do not have children and I actually do laundry quite often anyways. I love having clean fresh towels in our bathroom, so I wash them every second day :-)
My biggest laundry discovery when I had kids was just how fast the little ones grow. Growing fast equals clothes that just magically don’t fit one day.
My little man grew SOOO much so quickly we had to buy new clothes and diapers. There are so many surprises that come with babies, but wonderful surprises!
He’s a cute little guy for sure. I love his facial expressions. Dreft was a lifesaver when my kids were little. My son was a messy eater and got food everywhere.
My little guy grew at the most amazing rate in his first year & outgrew stuff almost immediately, which is odd because now he’s super tiny for his age.