Tips for “Spring Cleaning” Your Toddler

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” - Margaret Atwood… Ah, spring. Seriously, one of my favorite times of year. I live in central Washington, where we have four VERY distinct seasons – so spring brings a wonderful break from the snowy cold of winter. And, it means it’s time to get the garden going again! Abby adores helping grandma and I plant flowers and dig in the dirt… I actually just bought her a little Garden Playhouse, since she loves grandma’s planting shed so much. But, while we love working in the dirt, and transforming a big patch of it into something beautiful and full of color – I don’t really want us all to smell like dirt at the end of the day….

Messy kids in spring

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” - Robin Williams

Kids playing outside get messy. Kids playing in the garden get even messier – as you can see, lol. But – I think it is so important for kids to spend time outdoors, and Abby learns SO much while working in the garden. She gets to see things grow, discover funny bugs, and is surrounded by new colors, smells, and textures. What better learning environment can you get, right?

 spring flowers for toddlers

“Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.” - Bishop Reginald Heber

Yep, I have a definite flower child on my hands! She’ll wander through the flowers, careful not to trample any blooms. She loves to pick her favorites to bring into the house for me. But at the end of the day, she ends up with dirt and mud in her hair, under her nails, all the way to her toes! How does a kid even get that much dirt inside of their ears? And even if you don’t have a little gardener on your hands – spring is still one of the messiest times of the year for toddlers: They have some type of special radar system built in that guides them directly to the closest mud, no matter where they play. If you’ve got allergies in your family like we do, you need to wash off all of the dust and pollen they get covered in. And there’s so much more they get into! But, no worries – I have a few tips to help you out, keep reading to check them out.

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Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Toddler

Yep – just like the house needs to be freshened up and cleaned out for spring, your toddler will need some great new products and routines to get clean for spring too! It’s a great time to go through all of your kiddo’s products, get rid of old outdated stuff, and stock up on great new brands for spring. I am in looooove with the new Soft Cotton Blooms line from Baby Magic; it’s a blend of sweet lily and night-blooming jasmine, leaving babies and toddlers skin smooth, soft, and smelling like spring time. Here are a few tips too:

  • Bath time: I’m lucky, and have a toddler who is super excited to take a bath. But, if you have trouble getting your little one into the tub, one way to build excitement is to take them shopping for a fun new set of tub toys. ONLY let them play with them in the bath tub, so that it makes them actually want to get in there more often!
  • Bubbles: Every kid loves bubbles, right? Pour a little bit of the Baby Magic Soft Cotton Blooms Hair & Body Wash under running water as you fill the tub, to add some amazingly scented bubbles to tub time.
  • Washing Hair: Having just one product that works for washing little baby bodies AND hair is awesome. I love that the Soft Cotton Blooms leaves her hair lightly scented and so soft. It seems to really help get the tangles out too. Plus, it’s tear free, and dye free!
  • Cleaning: Even though Abby loves bath time, she can still be pretty squirmy! That means that it can sometimes be tough to clean things like ears, between those little piggy toes, and under her nails. To help with that, I let HER do some of it on her own. {Because you know one of a toddler’s favorite phrases is, “I can do it myself!”} Get a fun animal sponge or wash cloth, and they’ll be excited to scrub away!
  • Speaking of Piggies: Those little finger and toenails can be a challenge to trim, right? We do this right after bath time – I get her all dried off, and use the Soft Cotton Blooms Baby Lotion to keep her soft and smooth. She has sensitive skin, but this stuff is hypoallergenic and paraben free, so it’s safe for her to use. After getting all lotioned up, and being fresh from the tub, those little nails are super soft and easy to clip!

A few great products and a couple fun toys and tools go a long way towards making getting clean as fun as getting dirty. {Ok, almost as fun!} If you have any great tips to share too, leave me some comments. You guys are so smart, and I love hearing what works in your homes too. Being a mom can be a tough job – I need all the help I can get!

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Comments

  1. My tip would be to don’t sweat it. Your family isn’t going to know if you got the egg out of the refrigerator or if you got it straight from the chicken’s nest.

  2. I discovered that the Baby Magic site is for the new mommy to the grandmommy. Great tips and ideas.

  3. Francia says:

    I get my kids to help around…!

  4. Francia says:

    Baby Magic is not tested on animals

  5. John Hutchens says:

    frozen pre prepared meals

  6. Katherine Donovan says:

    I didn’t know that Baby Magic had balm for eczema. My grandson has terrible eczema. I am definitely going out to buy this! Thanks!

  7. Katherine Donovan says:

    Keeping it simple in the kitchen?? I still haven’t figured out how to do that ! :)

  8. Arthur Caudill says:

    I buy those little meals that you can fix in just 5 minutes.

  9. Arthur Caudill says:

    I would like to try the patty cake dustless baby powder.

  10. natalie nichols says:

    I keep it simple in the kitchen by using clean foods without all kinds of extra junk and preservatives.

  11. natalie nichols says:

    I like the healing balm for eczema

  12. golden storm says:

    I keep it simple by cleaning as I go daily

  13. katherine d says:

    I make kitchen cleaning simple by using vinegar and dawn as a cleaner – no harsh chemicals

  14. katherine says:

    love the Baby Magic Calming Baby Bath which is an easy-rinsing, tear-free formula designed to help soothe and relax your baby.

  15. susan smoaks says:

    my best tip for keeping it simple in the kitchen is to prepare as much as you can the night before. that way you are ready to go when it’s time to get cooking!

  16. debbipapay says:

    We use this for our granddaughter

  17. Carolyn Daley says:

    We keep things simple in our kitchen by cleaning up as we go so we do not have to deal with one huge mess after dinner or late at night. We try to use paper goods when possible to cut down on time with dishes. We soak hard to clean messes in warm soapy water for 5 to 10 minutes prior to scrubbing.

  18. Cleaning while cooking.

  19. Baby Magic Calming Baby Bath.

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