Two years ago we caught my then 2-year old daughter slathering herself (and the rug, and the covers, and the bed) with Desitin cream. My resulting distress was recorded in what has become my most popular blog post by far. Apparently, this is not an uncommon problem with 2-year-olds. I’m glad the post has helped others in their quest for cleaning and to help them realize they’re not alone.
Now, it’s 2 years later. My daughter is 4. She learned her lesson that night 2 years ago and hasn’t made a mess with Desitin since then (of course, we learned our lesson as well, and kept it away from her, mostly). It has been awesome to be able to trust her and not deal with this kind of clean-up anymore.
Apparently she’s not over her obsession with greasy substances, however.
Her older sister has had a cold lately and has been blowing her nose a lot. Her nose has gotten pretty raw from all the tissues. It seems to help to rub a little Vaseline on her nose, so we’ve been doing that. The younger one felt left out (sometimes it’s tough being the little sister), so we’ve put a little under her nose, too, from time to time. Harmony has ensued.
She had been sent upstairs to take some newly-purchased toilet paper to the bathroom. She was going to come back downstairs to watch TV with me. After a while I wondered where she was, realizing that I hadn’t heard her at all in about 20 minutes. I went upstairs to find her standing in the bathroom with her face, arms, chest, and even one leg covered in Vaseline. There was also some in her long hair. The previously slightly used jar was 3/4 gone. There was a long line of toilet paper hanging off the sink, also covered in Vaseline. The toilet paper left on the roll was obviously unrolled and re-rolled… and the Vaseline fingerprints on it left no doubt as to the culprit.
Under intense questioning she claimed she needed to cover herself in Vaseline because her hands, face, and leg “hurt.”
Did I mention she was still dressed? She put the Vaseline on under her clothes.
I don’t know what it is with this kid and slimy, greasy substances, but I think she’d be very happy to be entered in a greased pig contest — as the pig. Nobody would be able to hang on to her.