Saturday, June 23, 2007

Mom Tip: Getting Sand Off

Have you ever gone to the beach (or other sandy place - lakeshore, sandbox, whatever), especially with a baby, and become frustrated at getting sand all over hands & feet, face, legs, in the diaper, and you can't clean your hands off well enough to brush it off, especially when things are wet? Wipes just spread it around. The only solution seems to be a complete bath or shower, and that's not always immediately available.

Well I read a tip in a magazine and decided to try it out. Today was Hazel's friend Kaleigh's birthday party, at Manhattan Beach (which is actually in Brooklyn.) Lots and lots of sand. Hazel dug in it for two hours, and was buried up to her chest at least twice. When it came time to leave, she had sand caked to almost every inch of her, even inside the diaper. Time to try the tip.

The Secret? Baby powder.

Worked like a charm. We used it on our own hands and feet and all over Hazel. Just sprinkle it on, rub it a little, and the sand falls right off leaving clean, smooth skin. (Of course I forgot to empty her pockets before laying her in the crib for a nap, so there was sand all over when she woke up. But anyway...)

Next time you're going to the beach, toss baby powder in your bag and try it for yourself!

6 comments:

Jenifuz said...

Very good tip! Too bad I don't have a beach to try it out at!!! Maybe the park, even though the sand here is more like kitty litter! Oh well!

Shanda said...

I must have read that same tip! So good to know it works! It is always nice to feel like I have an allie in motherhood with you Kari!

Tona said...

That is genius. Another thing that works is if you happen to have room to pack a dishpan (like if you're going in the car), you can pour some water into it, and have them rinse off their feet at the car by stepping into the dishpan. The other nice thing is that if you're at a beach usually the water heats up nice in the car during the playtime and it feels all warm on the feetsies. Not so practical for stroller trips, though.

Maren said...

I tried this the other day and it worked like a charm. Thank you, Kari!

dave said...

At the beach right now, finding this tip a lifesaver!

Disco Mom said...

Hello, I know - it's amazing. I don't know how I lived so long not knowing about this. The sticky sand issue has always been a beach deterrent to me, but I am hindered no longer! Good thing, since Hazel LOVES playing in the sand, and this is the first and probably last time we live close enough to frequent the beach.

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