Day 94: Stainfighting for Childhood Stains

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If you want to be a father you have got to realize that it’s not for the squeamish. Every type of bodily fluid that can possibly come out of a baby will at one time to probably come out on you.

At times like this, it’s good to remember that they don’t do it on purpose…we hope. It is also good to remember that you probably did this to someone you know and love as well when you were little.

Here are a few tips to get you through the dirty days.

1. Prevention. There are many ways to prevent messes getting on your clothing. When you’re burping the baby, always do so with some sort of burp cloth or towel laid over your clothing in the direct line of fire.

When changing diapers, don’t do a haphazard job. Make sure that the seals are tight on both sides. Change your child’s diaper often enough so that it does not leak out. There’s only so much those diapers can do. Right after feeding, don’t roughhouse with your baby. Throwing the baby in the air or subjecting it any kind of motion can lead to increased spit up.

2. Treatment. You can try to prevent all you want, but the reality is that it’s going to happen. You might want to invest in a few pairs of spare pants and a few extra shirts not that you are a father. The baby does make a mess on your clothing, wash off what you can right away under running water if possible.

The next is to treat the stain. You can do this with special detergent such as Oxy Clean or other kinds of soap. Depending on the severity of the stain, you might want to let your clothing soak in detergent and water for a few hours or even overnight. Then, wash the clothing as usual. That should be enough to combat most stains.

3. Have solutions ready for the road. You will not always be able to take off your shirts and throw it in the laundry. In these situations, it’s best to still try to get off as much as you can, but also to carry some sort of portable stain fighting product. You can buy these that can fit easily in your pocket or purse how are you to treat the stain immediately and watch it later.

Above all, you just need to keep a good sense of humor. Though it may not seem so moments, incidents like this often become funny when you look back on them.

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