We have 48 hours of stuck-in-the-house time as the Big Winter Storm blows through the area.Â â€œBigâ€ is relative, as weâ€™re only 50 miles from the US/Mexico border, but local resources are stretched to the breaking point, so there you are. This is Part One (see Part Two)
Never leave a baby or toddler unattended, even for a moment, with any amount of water.
- Strip baby to diaper.
- Fill a shallow container with water. I even put a few drops of dish soap into the water,* since I knew my daughter wouldnâ€™t drink it but would enjoy the bubbles. If you think your baby/toddler will try to drink the water, you can skip that step.**
- Place the shallow container on a towel in the middle of a non-carpeted floor.
- Add cups, floating objects, and adult supervision and you get Insta-Joy.
* I totally did not add dish soap just so that when it spilled on the floor and my son cleaned it up, Iâ€™d have a really clean floor.
** Even ingesting it, I donâ€™t think the dish soap will hurt her in small quantities.Â Iâ€™m basing this on the fact that my mom used to â€œwash my mouth out with soapâ€ for cursing and nothing is wrong with me. With me. With me. With me. Damn it.