I don't really mind it to much, but sometimes, I wonder if it actually is possible to keep toddler clothes clean. Any tips? comiseration?
I don't know why I didn't think of it before, as I used to sun their cloth diapers to get rid of stains - but I forgot when it came to colored clothing.
Mine get dirty outside, too. I just had to strip the 3 yr old at the front door after he dug in dirt for an hour and was filthy. I carried him straight up to the shower, and threw the clothes in the wash.
Some kids are just extra messy and attracted to dirt! LOL.
As for outside stains... We have "outside" clothes. Well, most of our clothes are outside clothes. We only have a few that AREN'T mud-friendly.
For example, tonight my DS was snacking on some red peppers before suppper. Grandma was over and suggested she change his shirt but since we were at home and prepping for a BBQ outside, I just looked at her sideways (she's the one I got the "kids can't have fun and stay clean at the same time" line from originally!) and said he's just going to get worse from here! Which he proceeded to do in fine style. But I'll treat his clothes, and either they'll come clean or they won't. No biggie. And DS? Well, he gets a bath every night after dinner for a reason!
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When the three older ones were infants, they ate wearing only diapers. A quick sink bath each and dressing in the clothing from before the meal and we were off. Now they are older and don't tend to spill their food as much, but they do find all sorts of ways to be filthy by breakfast time.
If it's very muddy outside, they put on slush pants over their undies and then hang them to dry so that we can just bang off the mud for later use. They hate the feeling of slush pants over pants.
With blueberries, I put a sleeveless undershirt on our youngest for the duration of the meal, so that I don't care at all whether that comes out in the wash. Naked would be fine, but it's too cold up here for that except in the summer, when they all like to be shirtless anyway.
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For an easy, cheap smock, get a button-up shirt a couple sizes too big at the thrift store.
One glance at dd's wardrobe and you'll know that I haven't actually managed to get around do doing anything of the sort myself.
Denim seems to hide stains well so I've been trying to dress DD up in that for park trips
I second the smocks idea!
I also use DS's (3y) hand me down t-shirts to put over dd's (1y)clothes
And he is a very messy eater. So, he eats in just a diaper.
We also have plenty of clothes that are for getting dirty, and just a few that are for going places where we don't get dirty, like church, or getting pictures made in, etc.
Once when he was younger, way younger, probably 7 or 8 months old, we went out to eat after church with a bunch of friends, and they all thought we were crazy for changing him out of his church clothes into his "dirty" clothes before he ate. : ) But you gotta do what you gotta do.
i love the smock idea!!
My 3 1/2yo is in the stage where he HAS to wear the same outfit for like 5 day. He takes it off to bath and sometimes puts on jammies, otherwise I try to get it washed for the next day, but I have tons of pictures of him in the same ugly outfit that he loves sooo much. lol
I also try to steer away from white and light colored clothes as sometimes it is hard to keep them looking good.
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Then if the stain won't come out, (I love SA8 incidentally) it's not a huge investment loss.
I agree w/ Polliwog, higher end clothing does have better stain resistability. Another reason I love thrifting.
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