02 January 2006

Washable toddler manicure

Our girly-girl toddler begs us for "pretty pink toes" and fingers. She's too young for nail polish, and we're not convinced it's safe to expose her to the chemicals. So, we "paint" her nails with washable markers. She's happy, and the color comes off the next time she washes her hands.

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Perhaps we're laissez-faire, but we let the 3 year old have real nail paint on her nails, and let it wear off. It's the polish-remover I'd keep them away from.

In any case the coloured marker is an interesting idea but I suspect there's no going back now.

Watercolors work, too. Noticed my five year old painting her nails the other day with her watercolors. Harmless. Painted other bits too, like the insides of her feet. Gave me a turn to take off her sock and see what looked like an enormous bruise about three inches long and an inch and a half wide. It wiped off, so no worries, but jeez...feet?

We have found a great way to keep our kids clothes protected and free of food splashes and stains. After a recent visit to the dentist, my husband suggested that we use dental napkin clips to secure a paper napkin around our boys necks during meal times. The paper napkin stays in place and really saves me from scrubbing shirts and doing extra laundry. Having 3 boys (ages 6, 8,and 11)with stain free shirts is just a real time and money saver!

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