8 Messes Made by Toddlers That Make Mommy Want a Drink

Adriana Velez | May 3, 2012 Being a Mom

toddler paintI get misty-eyed sometimes when I go through pictures of my son when he was just a toddler. Those sweet chubby cheeks, that feathery hair, his little ways. But there is one thing I have absolutely no nostalgia for: The messes. We had some gigantic toy disasters, especially after play dates. But as parents of young devils know, the messes can get a lot deeper than that. And a lot harder to clean up.

Take a walk down memory lane as we recall some of the worst toddler-made disasters in our lives.

That time she poured baby powder all over everything. That time he got into your glitter. The toilet paper bonanza of 2009. Or that fateful day when you thought it might be fun to paint together. Ha! It was not. SIGH. Aren't you glad you didn't have to clean up these messes?

  • Painting


    Image via Emily Butler

    My friend Emily tried to do a little painting with her kids. She says the mess was a whole lot worse than it looks here.

  • After the play date


    Did we have another kid over for a play date, or did a hurricane just blow through this room?

  • Melting chocolate bar


    This was right after we returned from a trans-Atlantic flight. While my husband and I unpacked, our son found one of the Swiss chocolate bars and then fell asleep with it still in his hand. It was fun cleaning the melted chocolate off of that quilt.


  • Confetti


    Confetti at an indoor birthday party. Don't recommend.

  • Fun with toilet paper


    Image via abbybatchelder/Flickr

    This isn't my photo, but my son has definitely pulled this trick before. The toilet paper extravaganza. Whee!

  • Couscous


    I never knew how tricky it is to clean up couscous until my son spread it all over the freakin' kitchen. We stopped serving him couscous for a few years after that.

  • Glitter


    That time when my son got into the glitter and spread it all over the dark blue rug? Awesome sauce.

  • Baby powder



    Image via Lindsey Johnson

    Lindsey's daughter got into the baby powder and sprinkled it all over her baby brother -- and everything else in the world.

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