The importance of baby wipes.



In 23 years of changing bums I have just had the most horrific and amusing poo nightmare ever. Noah slipped off to the bathroom to do a poo, he usually hides under the table for biggies but this time took solace on the bathroom floor. 

Shortly after I’m sitting on the living room floor armed with a nappy and an instruction for someone to find the wipes so I could change his bum whilst summoning Noah….the teenager took the wipes to her room. Preparing my area with him stood patiently waiting next to me absorbed in the TV he produces his hand ‘there’s poo on my hand mum’

I knew the trauma in that split second and it registered before my eyes even met it. 

If you can imagine squishing a ball of sticky clay or maybe scooping chocolate spread from a jar then you’ll have a pretty accurate image of my greeting. 

My assumption was that his nappy had released itself under his jeans. But my priority was to sort out the hand attached to the wrist I was grasping tightly on to. 

I was still loudly delegating the kids on the importance of finding the wipes whilst giving consolation to Noah that it was ok. Bless him. I smiled sweetly. He was ok. 

‘Where’s the wipes’ 

‘I need the wipes’

‘Like now’

Where’s the wipes’ 

The wipes are located in the teenagers room. 

3 god damn wipes. Dried out. 

So I use one to get the bulk from his fingers but needed to sort out his trousers and nappy hanging on his bum before I attempted moving him to the bathroom.

Two wipes. Nowhere near enough but two wipes was the reality. We’d given up the house search. Elis refused to look in the car in just his pants (he was changing for bed when it happened) and I could not leave anyone else in charge of holding Noah’s wrist. 

At this point I contemplated using the tanning wipes Mila had produced. It was something I weighed up.

I opted for the delicate trouser removal and discover there’s no nappy. A discovery made at the point of assuming that the warm bulk in his trouser leg was a nappy in slipped down situe. To be clear, the bulk was not a nappy. 

Eden confirms from upstairs (after summing up the situation via my wails) that she’s putting the bath on.

It was a nightmare. Trousers pulled off in a teamwork effort by Elis & I, he pulled the legs from the bottom whilst I held in the air by the armpits.

Socks were covered and by that stage swilling and wringing them out in the toilet was neither here nor there. Trousers went in a carrier bag. 

The consistency was clay so his legs were not pretty. That stuff doesn’t break up in the bath. It’s a scoop job or push down the plug hole. 

Noah was happy. We made light of it. I told him I’d pooed my pants. He was happy.

Turns out he’d tried to take his jeans off to go on the toilet like a big boy but failed, thought no one  would notice I guess. Bless him. He was trying to be a big boy.

Bloody baby wipes. 

I won’t even go into the story of the ball pool soft play area…

TODDLER TIME, SLOWING DOWN

IMG_0953Toddlers are fab and it’s such a beautiful & busy age, It’s a wonderful stage full of exploration & discovery of the world around them as they take wonder in the simplest of things…splashing in puddles, finding worms, climbing into dens made under the kitchen table.
A time of learning through play at a slow speed & boundless energies & bucket loads of curiosities in tow.
But this all passes in the blink of an eye & before you know it you’re helping them into school clothes, loosening the grip on their hand & watching them as they adventure off into nursery school as you’re left wondering where those toddler years disappeared too.
So here’s our easy guide on ways to slow down & make the most of those pre nursery toddler times with some easy activities & mini adventuring that will help you make the most of every second you spend together.

By far the most important thing is to slow down, let them lead, get down to their level and try to see the world through their eyes. Take pleasure in the simplest of things and move at their pace….which quite often is excruciatingly slow & repetitive but will bring you the most rewards.
You’ll start to see everyday things that are often overlooked by our need to get things down.

*MINI ADVENTURING*
Outdoor hunts are great for turning a walk into an adventure! Make some easily identifiable lists of things to find, here’s some ideas..

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BUGS
*A worm
*A snail
*A spider
*A wood louse
Take a jar with you to put your bugs in, toddlers love filling things and will have fab fun filling it with twigs and grass….don’t forget to put a few holes in the top for your bugs to breath.

IMG_0948THINGS THAT MOVE
*An aeroplane
*A bus
*A train
*A bird

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IMG_0926You could even go on a train ride or the bus!

IMG_0940SPRING TIME HUNT
*Snow drops
*A feather
*Duck
*Pinecones
*Lambs

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IMG_0950Take a bag and bring home some of the things you find to make a picture.

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IMG_0955BIRD SPOTTING
*A Robin
*A Magpie
*A duck
*A Seagull

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IMG_0956Don’t forget to write your lists with permanent marker pens on a piece of cardboard to make them hard wearing or laminate them to use again and again. You could also make some binoculars with toilet roll tubes and string.
*HOMELY IMPROVEMENTS*
Let them help with the laundry, they’ll take pleasure in being helpful, they can carry some of your load to the machine, they’ll take joy stuffing it into the drum or pulling it out when the cycles finishes.
Make a low washing line for them with string and let them peg out the socks.

IMG_0939Get them helping with the dustpan & brush, it may mean that the dirt you sweep is quite often brushed around the room and has to be recollected but the enjoyment they’ll take far outweighs the efforts it will take to do the job again yourself.
Make up a spring cleaning tray for them, fill it with dusters, spray bottles filled with water (if you’re brave!), rubber gloves & cheaply bought dustpans & brushes.
Pound stores are great for supplies.

IMG_0930Let them help with dinner, toddlers love to put the vegetables you’ve chopped up into pans!
Set out a tub of soapy water, a towel & some plastic dinnerware & watch them have a wail of a time washing up!

IMG_0946Give them a bucket of soapy water and a sponge and let them clean there toys in a toy wash stationor bike/car wash in the garden.

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IMG_0959*RAINY DAY WALKING*
A puddle suit is a great investment, it means you can head out in the rain and jump, splash, wade and even sit in puddles and keep dry!

IMG_0947Take out some empty margarine tubs to use as sailboats in puddles or make boats with corks & elastic bands.

IMG_0938-0If it’s windy you can take a carrier bag tied to a piece of string for some carrier bag kite flying.

IMG_0929Searching for elastic bands that the postman has dropped is often fruitful.

IMG_0960-0*MAKE DENS*
An old sheet draped over the table can make for hours of fun, picnicking underneath in a den filled with cushions & a torch!

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IMG_0942But don’t stop there! Head out to the woods with your old sheets and a packet of pegs and make some outdoor dens.

IMG_0944It really is that simple! All you need is time & the realisation that that time is played out in slow motion for a toddler and cherishing it is easy if we slow down with them, after all you’ll soon be wondering how that time passed by so quickly and wishing you had a rewind or a pause button….

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Make the most of every second & forget about the school uniforms til the last minute cos those days will whizz by in the blink of an eye too…

TODDLER ‘THINGS THAT MOVE’ HUNT / MINI ADVENTURING

IMG_5587.JPGAs part of my mini adventuring with toddler Noah, we’ve been doing some treasure hunting!
Yesterday & today we hunted for ‘Things that move’ & found some great things on our venture…
Here’s how we got on..
Yesterday we found an awesome truck!

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And today we headed to the Forest of Dean to search for tractors, trains and birds…

DSC_0611.jpgwe found tractors at a farm machinery distributor on Catbrook road, Tintern. (The tractors are visible from the woodland path that runs alongside it but we entered the sale shop to ask if we could take a closer look)

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IMG_5580.JPGwe followed our list to try and find some trains…. We ended up finding one at the Old Station in Tintern..

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IMG_5581.JPGand we even found a bird too…

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All to find now is an aeroplane and a boat….

️SNOW PLOUGH SNOW GLOBE

IMG_4582.JPGThis week we’ve been decorating in the house & whilst doing so Noah, 2, took a fancy to a couple of snow globes unearthed on the shelves, unfortunately as much as he loved them they were glass so not suitable for his chunky, not so nimble toddler hands.. So after several meltdowns because he couldn’t have them we decided to make him his own.

We used a much safer plastic container with a screw too, his digger toy, a hot glue gun and some fake snow that cost £1 for a huge bag from Poundland.

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We washed out and thoroughly dried the container and then used the glue gun to stick the digger to the container lid…we used ample glue.

IMG_4593.JPGwe then put a table spoon of fake snow in..

IMG_4583.JPGwe filled with water and screwed the lid on tightly adding glue around the seal to make it extra water tight..

IMG_4581.JPGit cost us £1 to make and was super for his toddler hands 🙂

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TODDLER CAR WASH

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We made a car wash so Noah could clean his cars and bike, we filled a bucket with warm soapy water and found a few sponges, a scrubbing brush and a cloth.

It was a very bubbly and fun activity…

Here’s how we got on..

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Noah had a great time!!