Let Your Kids Get Messy! They Wash Up Easily! #MessiestBabyContest

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You are only a child once in your life, so let your little ones enjoy it. Nothing wrong with letting your kids get messy! They wash up easily!

Let Your Kids Get Messy! They Wash Up Easily

My kids have all had their messiest moments and I am sure there are way more to come, especially with my 3-year-old! Well, actually with my 8-year-old too, because she LOVES stomping through anything muddy!

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Plus, letting kids get messy actually helps babies/kids learn! It is true! Science confirmed that playing in the dirt and mud is fun for the littles! It actually helps soothe, calm and relax children! So, when your kids want to go outside and play, let them go! Encourage it! Let them jump in those mud puddles and make mud pies. I did this when I was younger and had SO much fun doing it. Kids clean up easily! Just put them in the bath!

Let Your Kids Get Messy! They Wash Up Easily

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! It is no wonder, right? I certainly enjoyed getting messy when I was young, didn’t you?

Even Dolls Get Fed And Get Messy (SIGH)

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If it is the clothes you are worried about getting dirty, don’t. Those can wash out clean too, promise! Brush off those cake stains and grass stains off those little clothes and enjoy every moment, while letting Dreft attack those nasty messes! Dreft Active Baby detergent helps remove 99 percent of baby food stains and other outdoor messes, so mom has nothing to worry about!

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Dreft is one detergent I have always had in my laundry room cabinet. Why? Because it is gentle on babies/kids skin and it cleans really well. No more stains or messes on clothes! No more worries about those things. Just focus on the fun things like getting down and dirty with those little ones!


I love the ‘baby scent‘ that Dreft has and that Dreft products are specially formulated to be hypoallergenic, gentle on skin and tough on stains. I also am in love with the new Dreft Blissfuls which are scent-beads. They are safe on all fabrics and can release freshness for up to two weeks!

What Does Dr. Dyan Hes’s Messy Baby Tips!


Dr. Dyan Hes, Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics has some great tips for us moms! I have  included two of my favorite, below!

  1. 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.
  2. Splish, Splash in the Bath:Bring fun toys and activities into the bath and let your child splash around and have fun.Make sure to use warm water (vs. hot)and use a mild cleanser to keep skin soft and itch-free. Gently pat skin dry and end with an after-bath moisturizer to seal in moisture and protect baby’s soft skin.

Dreft Messy Baby Contest

Dreft America’s Messiest Baby Contest!

I also want to mention that Dreft is excited to launch the Dreft America’s Messiest Baby Contest! They are inviting families to submit photos of their favorite messy baby moments, I know you have a few! You can submit these photos for a chance to win prizes like being on the cover of the May issue of Parents Magazine!! How cool would that be?!

How Do I Enter?

You can enter to win Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby Contest by submitting your photo to www.parents.com/dreftmessiestbabycontest or by posting your photo on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag: #messiestbabycontest! Winners will also receive a supply of Dreft laundry for their messiest baby/kid moments! Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby Contest is currently live. The submission deadline is November 30, 2016.

Model and actress Molly Sims hosts Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby Play Date to help Dreft launch its nationwide search for America’s Messiest Baby, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in New York. For more information, visit www.dreft.com or the brand's social media channels on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Dreft), Twitter (https://twitter.com/Dreft) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/dreft/). Parents can enter to win Dreft’sAmerica’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. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Dreft/AP Images)

Molly Sims!!


Don’t you just adore her? I do! It was so fun to see on October 25th (my birthday!!), actress Molly Sims got a bit messy with her little ones! She helped Dreft launch their nationwide search for Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby over at the Dreft Messy Play Date Party in New York City! Sure wish I could have attended!

Molly Sims  has two adorable children (and one on the way!!), so she certainly understands the value of messy, fun play. She has embraced the messy journey in her life. That is the way to do it, Molly! Good job!

Twitter Party Fun!!

Dreft Messiest Baby Contest

The Dreft #MessiestBabyContest Twitter Party will take place on Monday, November 14th from 9PM-10Pm EST!! Would love to have you RSVP and join us! There are some really great prizes including an iRobot Roomba!


One person is going to win a “Messiest Baby” prize package, which will include:

  • $50 AMEX Card
  • Dreft product


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, after I email them, or a new winner will be chosen. I am not responsible for lost or stolen mail.













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  2. Very messy incidents in the kitchen! Applesauce everywhere!

  3. Terry Stevens says:

    The little one I watch has lots of messy moments including the day he smeared spaghetti in his hair, on his clothes, all of the high chair then proceeded to through the plate of food on my carpet.

  4. Yes! My daughter just had a very messy moment. It was her baptism, when all of the sudden she turn around on the bed and poured all the milk she was drinking right on her baptism dress. One hour before going to church. We had to run to the store and buy a new dress for her. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway.

  5. No kids, but I can be pretty messy when I eat spaghetti.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  6. Vikki Billings says:

    It usually happens anytime she goes outside because no matter how many times we say no, she always finds water and dirt…its always a mess.

  7. Seyma Shabbir says:

    It seems like all the time. My sons are like me and when we eat we use our hands and make a mess. The messiest was when we let our 1 year old try ribs to chew on! LOL

  8. Paol Trenny says:

    My kids love mississippi mud pies in our kitchen but real mud.

  9. kids love pasta-messy

  10. Two words: stomach flu!

  11. Yvonne Delgado says:

    like everyday 🙂 but when they were smaller they would do the cake thing mess, play doh, and spaghetti. My son once got into the markers and wrote all over himself and the walls.

  12. Austin Baroudi says:

    My daughter always has the messiest moments on her birthday! S he always ends up wearing her cake and getting it everywhere she goes!

  13. my children had many messy moments at meal time

  14. My daughter during a diaper change projectile pooped when her diaper was off. She wasnt very old, and she was my first. It was a mess- she was happy. I was a wreck 🙂

  15. Amy Deeter says:

    My Child Have A Messy Moment when he eats any type of tomato sauce. What a mess

  16. Mary Gardner says:

    All of my children had their messiest on their first birthday and again anytime we had spaghetti.

  17. My son gets messy eating a chocolate ice cream cone every time. He even gets it in his ears

  18. My son had messy moments with sauce.

  19. My kids try to be pretty neat when they eat. We have big messes with arts and crafts. I banned glitter after the glitter apocalypse of ’09.

  20. My daughter’s messiest moment was when she was eating spaghetti & decided to play with her hair! It was a mess, for sure!

  21. Many messy moments between food and diaper explosions. I don’t think there isn’t a kid out there without several messy moments.

  22. Yes, she rubbed mashed potatoes in her hair. That was so messy.

  23. Her messiest moment was when we let her feed herself for the first time – it ended up all over her instead of in her mouth!

  24. Allison Swain says:

    When they had their first pasta. Thanks for the cool giveaway!

  25. Jennifer Rote says:

    My babies messiest moment was always their first birthday cake.

  26. Our messiest moments seem to be when we are having a meal.

  27. My kid gets messy with spaghetti

  28. I have no children of my own. But, my cousin can get messy when eating her spaghetti.

  29. I’m currently expecting my fourth and I’ve seen just about all. Spaghetti sauce, diaper blowouts, icing, grass stains and paint.

  30. vickie couturier says:

    the first big mess was his first gerber teething cookie,,,that was 42 yrs ago when they were big and hard ,,,he had gummed that thing to one big mushy mess

  31. Jennifer Hess says:

    with 4 kids in sports its mud and sweet!!

  32. We have had ALOT of messy moments chocolate ice cream was the worse with my grand baby

  33. I think eating cake and spaghetti are the messiest!

  34. My granddaughter gets super messy whenever she finger paints.

  35. My favorite messy moment was my daughter and youngest son getting all pretty with kids makeup and body paints!

  36. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    My kids, who are now in their 40’s, had a very messy moment when they were 2 and 4-they smeared themselves head to toe with Vaseline, then poured baby powder on their heads-there has never been a moment messier than this!

  37. Susan Smith says:

    On my daughters second birthday, she got so messy eating her chocolate cake.

  38. My child’s messy moment was the first birthday.

  39. Dawn Monzu says:

    Oh Lord…I married into a very Italian family! So, when I was taught to make homemade spaghetti sauce, my kids would wear more than they ate! We would take them straight from the high chair to the bath tub! haha Great memories!

  40. Pamela Gurganus says:

    I don’t have a child, but my oldest nieces first birthday looked exactly like your first born’s first birthday! She dove into her cake head first and it was everywhere!

  41. Julie Lundstrom says:

    My son gets really messy when he eats jello and pudding.

  42. A messy moment was when my niece decided to drink kool-aid while laying down when I blinked and didn’t have time to stop her – blankets, sheets, pj’s, you name it! I wish I had Dreft!

  43. My son’s messiest moments always involve finger painting.

  44. With three kids we have had plenty of messy moments! They each had a smash cake but spaghetti nights always proved to be worse.

  45. My kids have messy moments every day, especially my son. When he’s brushing his teeth, eating dinner, or playing in the yard.

  46. My kids love it so much! Thank you for the great offer 🙂

  47. When do my twins NOT have a messy moment LOL

  48. My son got a hold of a black marker and decorated his face when he was two years old.

  49. Cynthia C says:

    My son always made a chocolate mess when he ate candy.

  50. Elizabeth says:

    My daughter is only 3 months so most of her messy moments involve spit up and diaper explosions.

  51. My son has a messy moment every time he eats pomegranates. The juice stains EVERYTHING. So i make sure to wear old clothes when he goes at it. 🙂

  52. Amanda Lea says:

    Always with the playdoh! Tiny pieces smashed everywhere….In her clothing, in her hair!

  53. Crystal F says:

    My oldest daughter played in a mud puddle while at her grandparents. She was covered from head to toe in red mud. She was super cute though.

  54. Every mealtime is a messy moment for my little girl!

  55. lissa crane says:

    Since I have three kiddo’s, I have many messy moments! My favorites are always the birthday cake all over the face moments when they were toddlers! I cherish those pictures! Since they are all still young, I know I have many more to come!

  56. My son makes a mess each time we eat pasta with red sauce. It gets everywhere.

  57. tiffany lane says:

    when she decided to take dirty diaper off in sleep…grossest thing ever

  58. Steve Weber says:

    The messiest moments are when they eat spaghetti-os!

  59. Tee Anderson says:

    Spaghetti is the messiest!

  60. Stephanie Phelps says:

    Oh my gosh everytime she eats it is a messy moment but the worst was when her granddad gave her a purple iced cupcake in a white shirt!

  61. My niece is very artistic and once painted a mural with finger paint all over my wall!

  62. Ellie Wright says:

    My messiest moment was when my husband decided it was a good idea
    to let our 2 year old son help him change his oil.

  63. My daughter is now an artist and started painting very young. So she had a lot of messy moments with her paint all over her.

  64. Gabby Anderson says:

    My son makes a mess every time we eat spaghetti it’s all over him and his cloths and the ground

  65. My little one is messy when it comes to meal time. His face and floor have most of his meal.

  66. jalapenomamamn says:

    When the kids were little they decided to mashed bananas and spread them all over their faces? Why who knows? That was our messiest moment.
    form name Barbara Montag
    thank you

  67. My son ate his chocolate birthday cake and had chocolate all over his face

  68. Yes, my grandson at his 1st birthday party and his smash cake was his biggest messy moment! He had cake and icing all over his body. It was a massive clean up job!

  69. Margaret Smith says:

    When my son eats, he makes a huge mess. Especially, meatballs and spaghetti. What a mess.

  70. I remember the first time my son tried rice cereal. He spit it out everywhere.

  71. shelly peterson says:

    My grandsons messy moment is with his birthday smash cake. He had blue frosting and cake all over.

  72. I have a picture of my son when he was younger, coated in spaghetti sauce.

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