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Babies are pretty limited when it comes to things they can play with. We worry a lot about everything they might put into their mouths. However, it has been shown that playing with food can actually help babies learn! So, put them together something edible to play with and let them go to town!
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!
We let baby get messy, and then just toss him in the bathtub! Not literally, but a quick bath (which he loves, too!) gets rid of the mess on him, and we can hose down the high chair when he’s done. Messes can be daunting, but it’s so worth it when he has fun.
We do this a lot with our baby, so today I’m sharing 4 ways that baby can play with food!
- Plain yogurt. Keep it simple and give them some plain yogurt to play around with
- Yogurt with food coloring! For a fun, colorful experience, add some color to baby’s yogurt painting.
- Just let baby play with their baby food!
- For a less messy option, put the yogurt into a ziploc bag and let baby squish it. Not as fun as the real thing, but still a cool sensory experience for baby!
Do you have a messy baby to share? Dreft is excited to launch the Dreft America’s Messiest Baby Contest. You can submit a photo of your messy baby moment for the chance to win prizes!
Dreft is part of the reason why we can let baby get messy without all the stress. We know when it comes to tackling stains, but keeping baby’s sensitive skin protected, Dreft has our back. Dreft Active Baby detergent helps to remove 99 percent of baby food stains and other messes baby get into, but Active and the Newborn line are gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s sensitive skin.
As a pediatrician AND as a mother, Dr. Dyan Hes knows that cleaning your little one’s clothes with a gentle, hypoallergenic detergent, like Dreft, is a great way to help keep baby comfortable and tackle the everyday messes.
She recommends loading up on bibs to catch baby’s messes and make clean up time a little easier, and she also says that getting baby outside, even while they are scooting and crawling, is a great way to help them learn and explore.
America’s Messiest Baby Contest
To enter to win Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby Contest, snap a photo of your messy baby (age 6 months to 2 year) and upload it here to the Parents.com website, or share on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #messiestbabycontest. Ten finalists will be brought to New York City for a professional photo shoot. The grand prize winner will be featured on the May 2017 cover of Parents. All winners will receive a supply of Dreft products for their messy babies!
AND, you can join in for the Dreft #MessiestBabyContest Twitter Party on Monday, November 14th from 9 PM-10PM EST. RSVP here! There are some really great prizes including a iRobot Roomba!
Finally, you can enter for the chance to win a “Messiest Baby” prize package, including a $50 AMEX gift card and an assortment of Dreft products, right here! Simply comment below how your baby likes to get messy! Contest ends 11/18 and one winner will be chosen!
Planning Inspired is not responsible for prize fulfillment.