Other people's babies……

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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1965 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My daughter is a mucky pup and most of her toys go throuh stages of probably being able to walk out of the toy box by themselves. However I deep clean all her toys every few months and would never send her to someones house with dirty clothes.

I guess it was probably just an oversight. Its funny how parents really do not notice mess and dirt their kids cause until someone else points it out (usually my MIL).

I have to admit cleaning my daughters toys is something I hate doing and I guess a few germs are a good thing right?!  

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2050

MrsEME:  I’m guessing you don’t have kids yet? Their stuff gets dirty. The parents probably have to prioritize what’s worth the time and what’s not really that big a deal. I guarantee you they did not bring dirty stuff expecting you to clean it. They probably brought whateverr they thought would help you and the little one have a relatively fun time. I’d try to be compassionate rather than judgemental. I learned very quickly that how you THINK you’ll do things with your kids and how you end up doing things are very different.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Perhaps you could keep a few spare items at your house to use when he visits. Make them his special cup/bottle etc that he only gets to use when you look after him. If anyone asks just say you bought them so he would have something to look forward to using when he visits. 

My mum bought DD her own cuttlery and drinks set to use at her house and DD loves drinking out her her special cup she only uses at her nannys house. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MrsEME:  “Who doesn’t wipe a food tray down when they are done using it?”<br /><br /><br />Pretty much every parent whose house I’ve been to. High chairs are always caked in food and dirt. 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

turnanewleaf:  Seriously? I’ve been babysitting since I was a teenager, and at one point nannied my moms bfs 3 kids (1, 4, and 6) while also babysitting a 2 year old. I never left the high chair caked in food, and I was a 19 year old taking care of 4 kids. 

I’m not anywhere near the cleanest person in the world, but I would feel disgusted with myself if my babies high chair was caked in food and dirt. 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

MrsEME:  Exactly. You dont have to keep the entire house spotless, but it only takes a minute to take a wet wipe to clean food off of something.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

turnanewleaf: That’s the nastiest comment I’ve ever read! I’ve never known any of my friends not to clean off trays and high chairs. Just because people you know do this doesn’t make it right – caked on food and dirt doesn’t happen in my circle of friends. 

 

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

librarygirl85:  You’ve lived quite the charmed life if that’s the nastiest comment you’ve ever read.

Seriously, just about every house I’ve walked into with booster seats or high chairs, the trays have left over food them. Not a smear of jelly or banana here or there. No, it’s clear they didn’t bother to wipe it down at all after a meal. 

I’m talking primarily my clients here, so thousands of people whose houses I’ve seen. All demographics, all incomes, all parenting styles, all varying levels of neuroses. 95% of kiddy breakfasts aren’t cleaned off the tray til just before dinner, and 95% of dinners are left until the next morning. 

When did I say anything about it being “right”? Or wrong, for that matter? Yeesh. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MrsEME:  I think it would be more likely that people are tidying up before you arrive than it’s the norm just where I live. I see peoples’ homes  most often after they’ve left for work and have not done any cleaning during their morning rush. Everyone eats and rushes off – cups, plates, bowls, baby food trays, all strewn across the kitchen.  

I live in a major Canadian city, so it’s not like we’re talking crazy cultural differences or living standards here. 

I agree they make more work for themselves letting that stuff harden all day, but people do this with their own dishes and cookware alllll the time. Myself and my damn oatmeal bowls included. 

I’d guess your BIL/SIL just have less shame than most folks, who would indeed at least give it a quick clean before sending it to your house. But in actual real, normal, busy Monday to Friday life? It is not at all abnormal to let that stuff sit there all day. For the most part, people are kinda pigs. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Yea no. Dirty food and drink items/utensils is asking to catch some sort of illness. My son gets one water sippy for the day that I wipe down after snacks so food isn’t on it. He gets a new sippy of milk at every (3) meal. I definitely wipe down his high chair of it’s caked but always his tray. 

 

I would ESPECIALLY never drop him off to be watched with dirty clothes and items. You’re supposed to make it easy for them.  

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