This is Why You Shouldn’t Leave the Baby Powder Out

I am so excited to share this anxiety success story with you today! Have you ever heard the phrase, “Never pray for patience”? Well, I had my lesson on patience today. Friends, don’t ever leave the baby powder out, EVER! I have taken pride in the fact that my children have never been into the baby powder. You guessed it, it happened. And it was a true test of this momma’s patience.
We had an experience once where our 4-year-old, got into the coconut oil when he was about 9 months old, but that’s another story.  Today, my anxiety was in check and I was able to laugh at the situation, instead of having a panic attack. (Please forgive the blurry pictures)
 this funny story will make you think twice about leaving the baby powder out. Don't ever leave the baby powder out, EVER! You know the phrase,

The Baby Powder Mess

“What’s that smell?” Our 9-year-old daughter asked.
“I don’t smell anything,” I replied.
“It smells like lotion,” she said.
“Lotion?!” I thought.
She walked down the hall and said slowly, “Oh…no! Mom, I think the boys got into the baby powder.”
As I walked down the hall towards the giggles in the boys’ room, I saw the trail of baby powder. My daughter opened the door and a puff of powder greeted her. She dropped her jaw as she simultaneously coughed.

beanbag chair covered with baby powderI looked into the room and saw 4-year-old jump from the bed onto the bean bag as he squealed with joy at the magical puff of powder that flew into the air. In order to prevent the boys from seeing the hilarity of the situation, I immediately about-faced to find a room to giggle for a few minutes. I came back to take a couple pictures for memory’s sake and scolded them gently.

boy covered in baby powder

The 4-year-old turned to the 2-year-old and said so diplomatically, “I told you this was a bad idea. Mommy is not happy about this.”boy covered in baby powder
They also loved being tickled by the vacuum cleaner, and I couldn’t help but laugh at the situation. I mentally gave myself a high five for not losing my cool. People with anxiety and depression have been described as being very close to the fight or flight response and can be triggered by intense emotions very easily. Hooray for good days, and the opportunity I was given to practice my patience! And a life lesson learned…don’t leave the baby powder out.
It was a very good day.
all the best, chandra. The Simplified Family. Helping families simplify their everyday lives.


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  1. Hectic Mom Jamie

    December 8, 2017 at 8:38 am

    This post is too funny! I totally understand the patience part! I would’ve laughed as well because sometimes when kids do things wrong it’s in fact funny. lol It looks like they had a blast with the baby powder! 🙂

    1. Chandra

      December 11, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      I heard people tell me that sometimes you have to pick your battles. I never really understood that until my children started having experiences like this. This was one of those. It wasn’t worth getting upset over or worrying too much about. It cleaned up just fine, no harm done.

  2. Lexis Hope

    December 8, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Thats hilarious, my daughter played with the baby formula and it got EVERYWHERE!

    1. Chandra

      December 11, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      Oh, no! Formula? I suddenly feel like my plight was not as bad as yours. Formula is not cheap…baby powder is less than $1.

  3. Melissa | Bubby and Bean

    December 8, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Oh man, that does not look fun! Both my kids have been into dirt in the plants and spread it all over the house!

    1. Chandra

      December 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      For this reason, I do not have house plants. Thank goodness it wasn’t too bad. Thanks for reading!

  4. Melissa

    December 8, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    oh yes…the hidden laugh, the secret smile…I’m well familiar with these when my kids get into “trouble”. Keep a straight face I tell myself, but inside I’m laughing! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Chandra

      December 11, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      I know, right? It’s so hard to keep a straight face when the situation is so funny.

  5. Jasmine - LoveLifeLaughMotherhood

    December 9, 2017 at 8:29 am

    We never use powder because of the health risks, but this is hilarious! I can relate, because my son has pulled out an entire bag of baby wipes out before, performing the magic scarf trick

    1. Chandra

      December 11, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Oh, we’ve been there with the baby wipes. Putting wipes back into a container is not a fun task. Our littlest one has done this MANY times.

  6. Chanel van Reenen

    December 9, 2017 at 9:21 am

    With two kids I have actually never had to use baby powder, so crazy! We still have a bottle from my first baby shower and this is a reminder to toss it now, lol!

    1. Chandra

      December 11, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Surprisingly, baby powder lasts forever. In my 12 years of having children and babies, I think we only had to buy one bottle of baby powder. The first one was purchased for us.

  7. sbrooks0387

    December 9, 2017 at 11:37 am

    My oldest got into the powder once, it was everywhere, i think we were vacuuming baby powder for months after. But I don’t think it even compared to the time, one of them put Balmex in his hair. Luckily that happened on hubbys watch, and he called me in a tizzy wanting to know how to get Balmex out of hair (FYI Dawn works awesome for these kind of things)

    1. Chandra

      December 11, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Eh, Balmex? That’s no fun! Oh, the joys of children.

  8. Mama Writes Reviews

    December 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Oh no!!! What a mess, lol. Yeah, I have to keep mine locked up too!

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