Tonight was spaghetti night at the Morgan house. I think you mothers of toddlers would agree that it only takes ONE spaghetti night to learn that there are certain "rules" that must be followed in order to obtain more SUCCESS than MESS.
1. Make sure to strip the toddler down completely. Otherwise, the clothes will either be ruined or have to soak in stain remover for days.
2. Make sure any adorable cushions or covers are removed from your high chair because they also will be either ruined or have to soak in stain remover.
3. Bibs are not a necessity, because they will do no good anyway.
4. If you are Type A, you must become Type Z in a hurry. Just let them eat, and don't worry about the mess. Water and soap will work wonders. Enjoy the moment.
5. Before you get them out of the disgustingly sticky high chair, make sure the bath water is already run and ready for instant soakage, because toddlers like to touch things like walls and cabinets and decorative towels, and if the water isn't already prepared, your bathroom will be as messy as your toddler before you know it.
6. Follow your messy toddler to the bathroom. It is best to put your camera aside while you do this, as you must remain within a half-foot radius of the child to keep them from touching furniture, walls, and doorknobs.
7. You can omit number 6 if you have a hungry canine nearby, because they can provide a preliminary cleaning that no Bounty paper towel can match.
8 Have Daddy or someone else do the actual bath, so that you can take pictures of that too. It saves you from having to scrub off the grime, and from having to look at all the pieces of ground beef and noodles floating around in the dirty water. Gross.
9. Make sure the hungry canine from #7 also gets a drink of water. She'll be thirsty after her snack. Drinking from the tub or licking the side of the tub is perfectly acceptable.
10. Take LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of pictures. These are priceless memories.