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Oh to be a kid again! I remember when my little ones got messy. It was definitely a moment I had to get on camera! One day this will be blackmail.
I didn’t even get upset that my kids got dirty and messy because I knew I’d have Dreft on my side to get their outfits clean! And if you needed proof that letting your child get messy is actually beneficial to their development, a Dreft survey with Wakefield found out that 87% of moms who frequently encouraged their children to go out play and get messy over the other moms who did not…had happier kids!
Dr. Dyan Hes, Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics has some great tips for moms!
1 – 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!
2 – 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.
3 – 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!
Dreft America’s Messiest Baby Contest:
Dreft is excited to launch the Dreft America’s Messiest Baby Contest, 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 and enjoy all the beautiful and memorable
moments they have to share with their little ones.
Parents can enter to win Dreft’s America’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. Winners will also receive a supply of Dreft laundry detergent of course! The submission deadline is November 30, 2016.
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!
The Dreft #MessiestBabyContest Twitter Party will take place on Monday, November 14th from 9PM-10Pm EST. To attend, just RSVP here. There are some really great prizes including an iRobot Roomba!
And now you can win a prize right here from Savingmamasita.com!
One person is going to win a “Messiest Baby” prize package, which will include:
$50 AMEX Card
So, go ahead and give it a shot! You could be our winner! The contest is open to US 18+. Giveaway will end on November 19, 2016, at 11:59 PM PST. The winner will have 48 hours to confirm their win or a new winner will be chosen.