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Continuing on in this series, I’ve decided to talk about one of those tasks not many enjoy, but is necessary – laundry. I’m hit or miss on the laundry routine, as in sometimes I don’t mind and other times I wish it didn’t need done. Nonetheless, doing laundry is still an important life skill that Baby Boy is learning.
Baby Boy’s tasks include helping put any randomly (mis)placed clothing in the laundry basket and “carry” it to the washer. For us, this means going through the entire house, as our washer and dryer are in the garage. Thankfully, this is another task that Baby Boy enjoys helping with. In fact, more recently, Monkey Boy even says, “Wait Momma” or “Don’t go Momma”, if it seems I’ll be taking the basket without him.
Once we get to the washer, he always wants to help put clothes in, which means he really only throws a few items (mostly) in the washer. Yet, he’s happy to do so. And, furthermore, I let him!
Does it take a few extra minutes to get the laundry and start the washer? Of course. After all, he is 2 and has the attention span to match. Plus, I have to repeat myself a few times. Still, his participation is important.
Since we don’t bother with separating and using different water temperatures, laundry may not be as complicated as others’. All of our stuff, with the exception of diapers, are washed on cold and together. This is a choice we make based on energy conservation, as well as our laundry soap.
As for washing cloth diapers, those are rinsed in cold, washed in hot with soap, rinsed in cold again (at least twice).
After the wash cycle is over (or I remember), Baby Boy can then help by getting the clothespins and taking them outside, so we can hang the clothes to dry.
Sometimes, he hands me pins when I ask, other times he wanders about the yard. And then there are times when he wants to hand me the clean clothes. Except that his concept if hanging them to dry is a much quicker process than it actually is. So, we’re still working on him slowing down and only giving me one item at a time.
There are times, especially in winter, where we use our dryer more, and when we do, Baby Boy helps by pushing the clothing all the way in and closing the door.
And again, once I remember, he helps to take them out and put them in the basket for folding. Of course, then he needs to help put his things away.
That’s our laundry routine and how Baby Boy both helps and learns an important life skill, at the same time.
How do you handle laundry? Do you let your toddlers help with the laundry? If so, how?