BDSM (Baby-Directed Scrubbing and Mopping)
June 15, 2014 7:44 AM Subscribe
My precious little moppet is turning my house into a pigsty, and I'm getting very frustrated with playing maid. Can I contain the mess a little?
Baby Stardust is a little over 1 year. It's been a while since he's allowed anyone to bottle feed him. He insists on holding his bottles/sippy cups himself, as well as eating mostly finger-foods he can self-feed. You should see him parry a spoon of applesauce. So, for the most part, I let him handle his feeding. The issue is that he makes a huge mess doing so.
He won't sit still to finish a bottle of milk or a cup of juice. He runs all around the house with these things, sometimes with the article in question dangling from his mouth like a baby kitten from its momcat's jaws. When he gets wherever he's going he may take a few sips, then he usually flings the bottle down so the nipple leaks all over the carpet or worse. In the meantime he's coating himself with milk or juice as it dribbles all over his face. He likes to grab the bottle by the nipple, turn it upside down and wave it about, squirting milk everywhere. Also, with the sippy cups we've given him, he's able to make juice like, spray out of the cup when he throws it down. We have the type of cup that isn't supposed to let liquid flow out unless one is pressing down on the mouthpiece so I really don't know how he accomplishes this. Now, don't think he's just dropping these things. He's throwing them hard and intentionally. Needless to say I'm getting annoyed at having to chase after him soaking up spills and blotting milk out of his neck only for him to do it again in 5 minutes.
We don't give him bottles in his high chair because he won't drink them there. The chair makes it difficult for him to tilt his head back enough to get the liquid in. When we do attempt to give him drinks this way, he throws them on the ground every time we let the bottle into his reach. I've also had him wear a bib to help catch the dribbles, but that still doesn't stop the neck (and face, hands, and eventually hair, cat, furniture etc) coated in milk situation. We have a good system for catching his high-chair cast-offs (Painter's dropcloth under the chair which get shaken out in the yard. The birds seem to really like his crumbs.) but I have no idea how to address the other messes.
Right now he gets 3 bottles of milk a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He also gets 1 cup of watered-down juice. Is this just a messy-toddler phase I have to accept? I'm literally mopping the floors every other day here due to the spills and drops everywhere. It's to the point where I spend the whole of his naps times plus some of my evening after he's gone to bed cleaning up the aftermath of his meals and I cringe every time I see him walking around with a bottle. What other options might I have?