Wednesday, November 2, 2016

#MessiestBabyContest: Get Featured on Parents Magazine Cover + Giveaway

disclosure: This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Dreft. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Do you have a messy baby? Like really really messy? I know you're laughing now. We all have those funny moments where we give our babies their food and next thing we know, it's all over them. Our youngest does it all the time and I've captured quite a few photos of her being ridiculously messy that it's ridiculously funny except for the clean up part waiting for me in the end.

If you have a messy one, read up on why you should encourage it and while at it - snap a picture and join Dreft's American's Messiest Baby Contest for a chance to be featured on the cover of Parents Magazine and win a supply of Dreft products. You can also join our giveaway for a chance to win $50 AMEX card and a Dreft product. And if that's not enough, iRobot Roomba is also up for grabs, read up below.

Do you stress about the mess? I sometimes do but for the most part, I just let it be, something I've learned to let go over the years with 2 kids.


Do you know that in a survey of moms, 87 percent said they frequently encourage activities that are unlikely to get their kids messy over ones that are while 88 percent indicated they let their kids play in only a diaper specifically so they don’t get their clothes messy. And it’s shocking that 80 percent are actually throwing away clothes just because they feel it’s not worth washing the mess out. Throw away clothes? Wow!

Full of surprises!

Dreft wants to encourage parents to embrace the mess, because studies have shown us that it’s beneficial for children’s cognitive and motor skills development. Sensory play – whether at dinner time in the high chair with pureed peas, or outside in the grass and dirt – are learning environments. It can even help them become faster learners!

Seventy-three percent of moms in their survey indicated that their favorite picture of their child is one of their messy moments, it's definitely one of mine too. I remember to well when I left yogurt to our daughter for the first time and came back after doing the dishes with a baby covered in yogurt. Instant face mask or what? LOL!

I went to do the dishes and came back to this. OMG! Haha. And she looks like she is so proud of what she did, haha.

We can all agree that babies are messy, but did you know that studies show that smashing, throwing and playing with food actually helps babies learn?* And science has confirmed what kids seem to instinctively know – that playing in the dirt and mud is fun! But did you know that it actually helps soothe, calm and relax children! In short, playing with mud can make kids happier!** No wonder my daughter throw out her toys and scatter it like seeds and is overjoyed about it while I'm dying at the sight of it. I guess I'm going to continue to let her be. What we need work on though is making her clean up after.


Dr. Dyan Hes, Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics, partnered with Dreft and shared some of her tips to bring out your baby's messy side and embrace that being messy has its developmental benefits: 

  •  Count the fun and use your fingers: Use your little one’s food as a fantastic way to learn how to begin counting. When snacking, start counting with your little one and encourage them to use their fingers. Also, this is a great time to use food to help them learn how to properly grasp things. It will take time and practice so let them get a little dirty with their food and practice, practice, practice! 
  • Throwing practice: Throwing food can definitely be messy, but did you know it helps with their development? Little ones are also still developing object permanence, which means that they don’t know that when they throw things, they won’t come back to them. So throwing food or dropping in on the floor can actually help them learn this basic lesson in physics! Maybe just lay a mat on the floor to protect carpet or allow for easy clean up. 

Worried about the mess on the clothes? We relied on Dreft since Day 1. We were very worried about our babies getting rashes but we were safe with Dreft. Dreft products are specially formulated to be hypoallergenic, gentle on skin, tough on stains, and with a fresh baby scent. 
  • Dreft Stage One Newborn's hypoallergenic formula is gentle on newborn baby’s skin
  • Dreft Stage 2 Active Baby is specially formulated to tackle stains after baby starts eating solid foods and crawling all over the place. 
  • New Dreft Blissfuls scent-beads are safe on all fabrics and can release freshness for up to two weeks. 
Teaching the lil' one to do laundry with mommy.


On October 25th, Actress Molly Sims got a little messy with the little ones and helped Dreft launch their nationwide search for Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby at the Dreft Messy Play Date Party in New York City. With two children and one on the way, she understands the value of messy play and has embraced the messy journey of #amazinghood in her own personal life!

Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby Contest submission deadline is November 30, 2016. Parents can enter by submitting their favorite messy baby moment at parents.com/dreftmessiestbabycontest or by posting their favorite messy baby photo to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #messiestbabycontest. 


There will be a Dreft #MessiestBabyContest Twitter Party taking place on Monday, November 14th from 9PM-10Pm EST. RSVP to attend http://bit.ly/2f1Djbj so you can win really great prizes including an iRobot Roomba!

Thank you lil one. All those messes you did were actually funny. 


One lucky reader will win: $50 AMEX card and Dreft Product

To join, simply follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter below. Winner chosen via Random.org through Rafflecopter. Entries will be verified. 

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  1. When he eats food, he's only 2, so hasn't master using cup, spoon, and fork :)

  2. He gets messy when eating for sure especially with spaghetti.

  3. My son is such a messy eater! I think more food gets on him or the floor then in his mouth lol

  4. My son gets messy when he eats pasta

  5. My grandson gets messy whenever he eats! He can somehow turn any food into a messy food!

  6. My daughter gets messy when she smears her food all over her face and throws it everywhere!

  7. My baby gets messy when she eats.

  8. While he's eating is the worst mess that he makes.

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  10. When the kids were little they would get so messy eating spaghetti.
    They liked to play with it.
    thank you

  11. My little guy is just starting to eat some foods on his own. It gets very messy LOL

  12. My niece gets messy when she "helps" her mom cook.

  13. When she ate with her fingers she got messy.

  14. My daughter got messy while eating in the high chair the most. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. My son gets messy doing almost everything. Especially when he plays in the backyard. It is almost like he rolls around in dirt.

  16. eating spagetti is the messiest

  17. Dinner time! We had Chinese take out last night and his noodles were everywhere!

  18. Dinner time! We had Chinese take out last night and his noodles were everywhere!

  19. Morning cereal is always messy.

  20. I don't have a baby, but my nephew gets really messy when he plays outside.

  21. Eating is the messiest activity. Thank you for the giveaway!

  22. No baby, but I have to watch out for spaghetti....
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  23. My baby gets messy no matter what she does - eating, drinking water, playing outside, finding lotion that I swear she couldn't reach. I need to learn to take pictures of her messes I guess!

  24. eating spagetti is the fun!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. No baby anymore, but my kids still get messy with when they eat and wipe their hands on their shirts. I still use Dreft for all our clothes, haha

  26. I will share a photo on twitter


  28. My daughter gets messy no matter what she does. I intact let her get messy and enjoy every single stage she is is going thru. One day my grandmother told me that when children get messy they tend to grow healthier than other kids and now studies had shown that this statement is 73% true. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway.

  29. when in the results of winners?

    1. The $50 Gift Card has already been announced. But if you mean the feature on Parents Magazine, that one will come out in February next year! Good Luck!


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