Sunday, October 2, 2016

2. Be Prepared for Puke

Today, I'm going to share a life lesson that I learned the hard way in my parenting journey: always be prepared for puke.

This might not be universally applicable, but it certainly has been for me. Lucy has been a puker since the day she was born. Because she was my first baby, I just assumed that was normal. I learned to pack extra clothes and an abundance of burp cloths in my diaper bag. (Sidenote: Gerber pre-fold cloth diapers make the best burp cloths if you have a pukey baby.)

As she got older, though, the puking didn't stop. She just kept spewing - in restaurants, in grocery stores, in the car. So I upped my puke-preparedness. Here are my top 5 tips.

1. Keep a change of clothes in your car. I have a bag in my car with a full outfit for each of my kids, including undies for the potty trained ones, diapers for the others, and even extra shoes. Make sure to switch out outfits when the seasons change. And check them periodically to make sure they're still the right size for your kids. (Although in a puke disaster, even ill-fitting clothes are better than puke-saturated clothes.)

2. Keep an extra shirt for yourself in your car. Because when a kid is puking in public, you'll do everything in your power to catch it, and it will inevitably get on you. I feel like you can wipe puke off of jeans, but it will soak right through your shirt, and that's just nasty.

3. Keep plastic grocery bags in your car. I keep a bag in my console, in my glove box, and one back by Lucy's carseat. When she starts whining that her belly hurts, I can chuck a bag at her and hopefully prevent puke from coating every surface in my car.

4. Put a grocery bag in your purse/diaper bag, too. I can't tell you how many times we've been sitting in a restaurant or walking through the mall when Lucy started doing her tell-tale belly clutch and whine. Being able to whip that bag out of my purse for her to puke into is so much easier than running around frantically searching for a trash can.

5. Invest in "belly medicine." Pepto Bismol makes a chewable children's version that works wonders for my kids' sensitive stomachs. As soon as they start crying about a belly ache, I give them one of these as puke-prevention. (Never give kids Pepto Bismol meant for adults as it contains aspirin.)
Hopefully your kids have stronger gag reflexes than mine and you won't actually have to use these tips, but it never hurts to be prepared! Also, it should be noted that Lucy definitely has some allergy/gastrointestinal problems that are not normal, but most of these helpful hints are useful for messes of any kind, not just puke-related ones. :-)

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