We recently sold our house, and, during the many showings, I can’t tell you how many people commented on our white carpet. “HOW do you have two little ones, and maintain this carpet so well???” I’m not the most stellar housekeeper, and I don’t have a carpet cleaner, but we managed to survive infant- and toddlerhood relatively unscathed.
A big part of it, I think, is that we don’t wear shoes in the house. But bare feet would have been no match for projectile infant spit-up, times two, back in the first year of the girls’ lives.
Once our girls started to wiggle around, when they were three months old or so, I started giving them floor time in the den (on the white carpet). At the time, I’d spread a baby blanket down for them, but it wasn’t long before they started to wiggle off that.
My husband had the brilliant idea to get some large blankets to cover the floor of the den. We invested in two king-size velour blankets ($25 each at Kohl’s, if I remember correctly). Every morning, we would spread those blankets to cover the floor of the den. The velour spread very evenly, and stayed put pretty well against our low-pile carpet.
It was fantastic!
Not only did the girls have a nice, clean place to wiggle and crawl, but clean-up was a breeze.
Carrots for lunch, resulting in bright orange spit-up? No worries! A diaper blow-out just before bedtime? Not a big deal!
We would wipe up the blanket as best we could during the day, and then we’d treat the stain and run it through the wash overnight.
During naps, when the cats were likely to come out of their hiding places, I’d fold the blankets over so they could enjoy the carpet (and to keep the cat fur off the girls’ crawling space). At night, Hubby and I would fold the blankets, and our den would return to [relative] normal.
We didn’t choose white carpet for our new house, but our vigilance continues. We still have those blankets, and we spread them down for rare snacks in front of the telly (like during the Thanksgiving Day parade). If they’re not threadbare by then, I can envision those blankets serving us well for many years to come.
(You don’t think it would embarrass my girls if I spread the blankets down for slumber parties when they’re preteens…and show a short slide show of the girls on the blankets when they were tiny???)
Do you have any tips and tricks for Twin Tornado-proofing your house?
MandyE is mom to five-and-a-half-year old twin girls. She blogs about their adventures, and her journey through motherhood, at Twin Trials and Triumphs.