The Moment When…The Baby Washes Her Hair with Hand Soap…in Public


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The moment when the baby used hand soap as shampoo…in public.

Yup. That happened. And trying to clean it up in public was a disaster. Especially because I was in a hurry to drop her off to get to a dentist appt ointment that I had already rescheduled twice.

I love my kids and talk often about how independent they are. And little SB is no different. But I also realized how horrible two in one body wash and shampoos are. Cause I know what happened was she assumed the hand soap was just like the wash at home.

I try to multitask with three kids. So I thought I loved the baby wash and shampoo in one combo. Until today.

I had a dentist appointment last week; just a normal teeth cleaning. But trying to come kidless is a joke. So I thought I had it under control when I was lucky enough to get SB in hourly care for my appointment at the last minute. I decided to double check my reservation for her early that morning only to discover they had no reservation. Of course they freaking don’t. Because that would mean I would actually get to take care of something for myself. But I assured them I was not waiting care to sit at home. I did have a valid reason. They were kind enough to get her in.

So about 30 minutes later I drop her off. Where now they tell me she is missing a signature on a piece of paperwork. But they have had this paperwork for two months- and just now tell me it’s wrong? Of course it has to be that day. So after they realize they do have the paperwork; I am running extremely late.

I rush SB into her room and ask her to wash her hands. She is pretty good at it. They have little baby sinks and I help her turn on the water and she goes at it while I’m unloading her bag. She stops and signals for soap. I put some in her hands and ask her to wash. And she does…her hair.

I guess I was shocked at first because it was a good 10 seconds before I stopped her. And her head was covered in amazingly soapy bubbles. I yelled “stopped” and of course scared her into tears. And then I have to figure out a way to get the soap out. Because adding water would just make it worse and there was so much I would need to give her a bath. So I did what any mom would do (please tell me you’d do this!), I took a paper towel and blotted her hair dry. Her hair was a little crunchy after, but nothing a bath that night wouldn’t fix.

Lesson for the story? Don’t use a 2-1 wash for kids. It will just confuse them later in life!

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