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Old 07-05-2011, 06:44 PM   #51
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Re: Do you let your toddlers get dirty/jump in puddles?

depends on the day and mood and amount of clothes i have with me. lol but for the most part heck yes

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Old 07-05-2011, 06:54 PM   #52
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YEPPER! Nearly every time we are in the yard or out and about our 22 month old little girl LOVES playing in the mud.... and puddles... and dirt and in the garage... helping her mechanic Daddy tinker with the car. Anything goes really. I can't blame her, we don't mind getting dirty now and then too. Gardening is fun to me... and I typically end up head to toe dirt! We try to keep her in clothes that won't break any hearts if they get ruined but honestly, at this stage of the game she is growing so fast that she has yet to wear out any clothing items. A few pairs of shoes have been destroyed. I make sure I take off anything dirty and give it a quick rinse in the sink before putting it in the wash. I spray the stains with Zout or Spray & Wash and **fingers crossed** no messes have been permanent! I say invest in a good pair of rubber boots and bring a camera!
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:07 PM   #53
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Yes! Although DS is a bit of a neat freak and doesn't really like getting dirty, even with food. I haven't ever been able to get him to play in the sand in the park.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:48 AM   #54
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Re: Do you let your toddlers get dirty/jump in puddles?

Yes. Honestly, I don't like it but I think it's important for kids to get to be kids so I try to let go of my personal issues and let them


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For sure!

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Old 07-06-2011, 01:44 PM   #56
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For the most part I do/would.

We even stopped using wool this summer because I didn't want to wash wool every day & he gets SO dirty! Cotton & blue jeans are a LOT easier to wash!

We are definitely not clean freaks or germaphobes!
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Re: Do you let your toddlers get dirty/jump in puddles?

Everyday I wash dirt, mud, bugs, grass, etc off my 2 boys! lol. Isn't that the fun of being a boy/toddler. In REALLY good clothes...no, but in everyday clothes.. ofcourse!!!

In the summer here lately I've been sending them outside in their swim trunks and a no shirt (loading them up with sunscreen ofcourse) but then they can get dirty wet or what have you all day long. Then we take them off and dry them out for tomorrow!
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I love this thread.
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Oh yes, I do. With a few exceptions.

My FIL was trying to keep DD out of mud puddles after DH's graduation when she was all dressed up. I was like 'whatever, it's over and it washes' and let her become a filthy mess.

If we don't have somewhere to be, she's free to do most things.
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Re: Do you let your toddlers get dirty/jump in puddles?

Play is an essential part of early childhood development and I believe that includes jumping in mud puddles (great use of the gross motor skill:Jumping)

There are no puddles here right now, but here is a picture of my youngest playing today.



I just attended a 5 hour training with Bev Bos (an amazing early childhood educator) and she said the top 5 toys of all time are:

Dirt
Sticks
Rocks
String
Empty Boxes
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