06 November 2008

A squeegee in the stroller clears puddles at the bottom of the slide

DUH! - level brilliance for those rainy-day playground visits. From Jamie:

I just heard this from another mom. We've recently had a lot of rain and she suggested leaving a squeegee in the stroller to clear the water off the slide at the park.

An OXO Good Grips mini squeegee would fit the bill nicely.

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Oh my gosh that's brilliant! I wish I'd heard of this one before our last (very wet) playground trip. I even debated sacrificing a sock to try to get rid of the puddle of murky water lurking on the bottom of the slide so the kids would stop crying (why is it that they only wanted to go down the one slide with a puddle? All the others were dry, and uninteresting...) Thanks for the sock-saving tip!

Sand is good for drying a slide too - around where I live most slides end in a sand pit. If there is some mostly dry sand (look under the slide), rub it on the slide and brush it off. Continue to do this a few times and viola! dry slide.

For those times when I arrive at a wet playground completely unprepared, I've found that a clean diaper does the trick to dry off the slides. Those things are amazingly absorbant, and if you have a toddler you're likely to have some in your diaper bag at all times.

Another thought - but it only works if you are near a beach like we are - when the slides are our favorite park are wet, we just scoop up sand from the ground, the water is absorbed, and then brush the sand off! LOL

Now this is a true hack!! Great idea!

If you're at a park with mulch that works to absorb water too. My toddler loves to "help" with this task - just pile on the mulch then wipe it off. It try to keep an old dish towel in the stroller for finishing the drying task, but mulch is great for a slide puddle.

For those times when I arrive at a wet playground completely unprepared, I've found that a clean diaper does the trick to dry off the slides. Those things are amazingly absorbant, and if you have a toddler you're likely to have some in your diaper bag at all times.

What a smart mom, though I have to admit it sort of reminds me of those pre-Giuliani days here in New York City!!!!

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best squeegee i have ever seen, would be perfect for this. I have 2 from costco and i never thought of using them on a slide next to my home.

I love your blog there are some really good ideas. I would have never thought to use a squeegie on a slide that is a great idea

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