Isn’t it amazing how much life changes after having a baby? Life with kids is often considerably less spontaneous and more scheduled – it requires a lot work and responsibility. But, it’s not all bad when you consider the tradeoff (i.e. the kids) and the fact that my life is far more organized than it was before I had children. To prove this point, I am going to share a little secret with you – before my husband and I became parents, we didn’t own a proper kitchen trash can or vacuum cleaner.
So strange, right?
I won’t bore you with the details (it was his fault), but we were young and a bit stuck in our nonsensical ways. Not owning either of those essential household items today would never fly – toddlers are messy little humans and require an entire arsenal of cleaning supplies.
From the infant stage to where we are now (almost four-years-old), there are countless messy firsts. The first taste of food to the first finger painting experience and every mealtime since requires a cleanup.
As a parent, I strive to enjoy the moment, not the mess. And to combat the ever-present mess, I’ve always turned to Bounty Paper Towels, 2x more absorbent than the leading ordinary brand. My personal favorite is the ‘Select-a-Size’ version, which is perfect for makeshift napkins and customizable cleanups on aisle all-over-my-apartment. Bounty is also more absorbent and the roll lasts 50 percent longer – an important feature for a toddler who prefers to “clean up” her own messes from time to time.
I had the opportunity to attend an event sponsored by Bounty, a “Messy But Memorable First Birthday Bash” with an appearance by celebrity mom Kristin Cavallari. I brought the baby to the adorable event, which featured an array of “messy firsts” such as finger painting and smash-cake-decorating. Cole stuck his little hand into the paint and created his first art project – it was so fun and of course messy! The event had me excitedly scheming about the kids’ birthdays coming up and how as the host, I can focus on the special moments if I have the most efficient cleanup supplies.
Raising small children is an undeniably messy endeavor – just as it should be. If you arm yourself with the right tools, like Bounty (and maybe a vacuum cleaner), you quickly realize that messy doesn’t necessarily equal bad!
(This post was sponsored by Bounty. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting The Baby Bump Diaries.)