Thank You, Huggies!!!

Today we played with friends at a Splash Park in nearby Allen. It was a gorgeous day, and both kids and moms had a great time. All went swimmingly (heh heh) until I picked up Nicolas who had wandered off, to move him back toward our group. and noticed as I put him down that there was a rather strange odor about him. Oh, and what was that brownish stuff on my otherwise pristine sea blue tank?? Hmmm??? Any guesses, mothers (or fathers) of children who are not yet potty-trained???

Yep, that’s right. What a mess. It was everywhere, and he was disgustingly dirty, from waist to toes. So much for swimmie diapers and their powers of containment…

Having already shared many of my diaper wipes with friends, as there seemed to be a general shortage of them today, and being in a place with bathrooms that were yes, clean, but devoid of soap and paper towels, I began musing over my options. What was I to use to sanitize my toxic child? And myself? And even if I could get us both clean, and Nicolas into fresh clothes, what was I to wear? You see, I had packed extra clothes for all three children, but not for me. And my shirt REALLY needed to be changed.

Well, I left the two older kids in the care of some very dear friends and Nicolas and I made our way to the restroom, where we stayed for the better part of half an hour. Everything that might serve as a wipe or cleaning implement came out of the diaper bag and cooler: napkins, kleenex, the few remaining wipes, bread (no, just kidding!) and OH!! What little treasure did I find at the bottom of my bag but a Huggies Disposable Washcloth which I received in the mail about a year ago and have kept in my bag ever since, “just in case”. God bless Huggies. I’m going to go buy a box of these handy things. Just add water to this soft flannel-like cloth and you have yourself a foamy, soapy, absolutely wonderful bath for your dirty baby, toddler, preschooler, whatever.

My previously scandalously dirty little boy was squeaky clean when we were through. And he smelled pretty, too. Dry diaper, fresh clothes and he was a brand new kid. As for me, after a bit of freshening, I returned to the group wearing my five year old daughter’s school t-shirt. I was reminded of a comic moment in One Fine Day where Michelle Pfeiffer chose in desperation to wear her son’s dinosaur t-shirt into a company sales presentation for lack of anything else to put on at the time. Not that I look like Michelle Pfeiffer… But, ANYWAY, I digress.

The point of all this is that if you think you might ever have a need for a washing on the go, do take time to stop by your local Walmart or wherever, and stock up on some of Huggies’ handy-dandy disposable washcloths!

5 Comments

  1. Nils
    Sep 10, 2004

    Ew, what a story. I’ll have nightmares for a week.

  2. angie
    Sep 10, 2004

    Me too! Yuck! Long-lasting, icky nightmares!!

    I just received the free trial Huggies washcloth in the mail and I’m taking this as a sign. I’m putting it in the diaper bag as soon as I finish typing this! Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Mom/Ruth
    Sep 10, 2004

    Since Nicolas had “wandered off” when you discovered his “dirty deed,” it sounds like he was trying to be very thoughful and considerate of everyone. I think that’s really sweet!

  4. Valerie (Kyriosity)
    Sep 11, 2004

    I’m impressed by any woman who can fit into a shirt made for a 5-year-old. Well…I could too…if it were a 5-year-old hippopatamus! ;^)

  5. Tricia
    Sep 15, 2004

    Thanks folks for hanging in there with my yucky story.

    Nils, I hope the nightmares aren’t TOO bad.

    You too, Angie, and btw, good timing on receiving your precious-as-gold Huggies washcloth.

    Mommie Ruth, yes, courteous he may have been trying to be. My next goal is to get him to TELL ME when he does a “dirty deed”!

    And Valerie, thanks for the kind words and the funny…I was quite grateful that Abigail’s shirt fit. I was fortunate in that it was one of her biggest tees, a kids’ size 8 I think!