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My little man is now 18 months! Can you believe it?! He’s walking, talking (lots of “no, Mama!”) and full of mischievousness and devilment. He is such a little rascal!
We are still dealing with his dairy allergy (< tips on dealing with that) – along with random other allergies to mango, banana and avocado – but he is an excellent eater and loves his soy milk.
Now that the weather is nice, Cian loves to be outside playing with his trucks (the trucks say “gup, gup!” his version of “beep, beep!”) and we throw in a little finger painting action every so often.
Since his allergies mostly result in eczema, a dry skin condition, we are very careful to avoid anything that may exacerbate his already sensitive skin. That means no scented or dyed products lotions, potions or detergents.
It’s not just allergic toddlers that need a free & clear detergent either. This mama breaks out like crazy any time her clothes come in contact with scented, dyed laundry detergent. No scented dryer sheets for us sensitive skinned folks either – all® free clear dryer sheets are the only dryer sheets you will find in this house!
All is not just for those of us with eczema, either. I bet you or someone in your family suffers from seasonal or animal allergies. all® free clear removes 99% of everyday and seasonal allergen including cat and dog dander, dust mite matter, ragweed, grass, and tree pollen.
Our doctor has suggested that we bring Cian to see a pediatric allergist around the time he turns 2. Apparently allergy testing is incredibly unreliable in babies – and a little less so in toddlers – but we will see what insight the doctor has.
For now I’m happy that we have his eczema under control. Thanks to all® free clear liquid detergent (which was recommended to us by Cian’s pediatric dermatologist and was awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association for having no dyes, perfumes, certain chemicals, and irritating residues) I can let my baby be as messy as he wants with his finger paints and not have to worry that I will have to use harsh detergents to get his clothes clean.
It also works well on stuffed animals that get thrown down the toilet. Is that a boy thing?!
My Tips for a Successful Messy Toddler Finger Painting Session
You will Need:
- Toddler finger paint in various bright colors
- Paper plates
- large paper (I like watercolor paper because it’s thick and the paint won’t soak through)
- a flat surface to work on
- Non Adhesive Shelf Liner
- Set up your painting area. This can be on a table, an upturned plastic pool (that’s what I did) or even on a concrete surface.
- The Non-Adhesive Shelf Liner will act as a mat under all the painting messiness. It’s the perfect painting mat because you can cut it to size, they sell them at the dollar store and the paint washes right off!
- Squeeze out the paint on paper plates. I like one color per plate.
- If this is the first time your toddler has painted, show them what to do. Then let them GO WILD!
- Don’t worry about their clothes. Just throw all those paint covered garments into the washing machine on a cold cycle and all® free clear liquid will return them to their pre-paint selves!
I purchased all® free clear at my local Target store but it is available at stores nationwide. Continue the conversation by joining the all® free clear community and connecting with parents just like you!
Disclaimer: all® free clear is not intended to treat or prevent allergies.