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15 Messy Toddler Photos That Prove Being Dirty is Good, Clean Fun

I’m hardly a big fan of messes. In fact, I’m like a walking definition of insanity: I follow my kids around the house all day, picking up after them, at which time they take what I’ve put away and throw it back on the floor.

I’m also a bit of a germaphobe and would generally prefer to live my life inside of a giant condom alongside my kids so as to protect all of us from the gross bacteria that lurks out there in the very unclean world.

However, when it comes to eating, I let my kids go at it. Probably because bath time follows supper time. OK, definitely because bath time follows supper time. But whatever. It’s their time to let loose, have fun, and, you know, eat, if they’re so inclined. Making messes is good and healthy when it’s the right kind of mess.

Take a look at some of my favorite dirty disasters:

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  • Magical Messes 1 of 16
    Magical Messes
    Turning dirty into happy with the wave of a spoon.
  • The Red Sauce Mess 2 of 16
    The Red Sauce Mess
    The distinct red sauce that only comes from a can of SpaghettiOs.
  • The Birthday Cake Mess 3 of 16
    The Birthday Cake Mess
    Happy First Sugar Day!
  • The Mess? What Mess? I Don’t See a Mess Mess 4 of 16
    The Mess? What Mess? I Don't See a Mess Mess
    Do you see a mess?
  • The Chocolate Ice Cream Mess 5 of 16
    The Chocolate Ice Cream Mess
    You missed a spot.
  • The It’s Not Dinner Unless I Make a Mess Mess 6 of 16
    The It's Not Dinner Unless I Make a Mess Mess
    It may not look so messy right now, but rest assured it ain't over until she gets it up her nose and embedded in her hair follicles.
  • The My Mom Can’t Believe I Made a Mess in THIS Dress Mess 7 of 16
    The My Mom Can't Believe I Made a Mess in THIS Dress Mess
    Although it did reaffirm for our family the principle of never spending more than $15 on any single article of clothing for a child under the age of 12.
  • The What? I’m on Vacation. Leave Me Alone. Mess 8 of 16
    The What? I'm on Vacation. Leave Me Alone. Mess
    No photos, please.
  • The I’m So Cute It’s Hard to Get Made at My Mess Mess 9 of 16
    The I'm So Cute It's Hard to Get Made at My Mess Mess
    So you're saying you can even see a mess when those blue eyes are over there, so bright and so beautiful?
  • The My First Oreo Mess 10 of 16
    The My First Oreo Mess
    A blissful mess, indeed.
  • The Yogurt Mess 11 of 16
    The Yogurt Mess
    Good to the last drop.
  • The Popsicle Mess 12 of 16
    The Popsicle Mess
    Sticky summery fun.
  • The Don’t Mess with This Mess Mess 13 of 16
    The Don't Mess with This Mess Mess
    Yeah, so what about it?
  • The Thanks for the Valentine’s Chocolates, Grandma, Mess 14 of 16
    The Thanks for the Valentine's Chocolates, Grandma, Mess
    Next time could you please send a new sweatshirt, too?
  • The First Solids Mess 15 of 16
    The First Solids Mess
    A classic.
  • The Surprise! The Mess is Actually on the Floor Mess 16 of 16
    The Surprise! The Mess is Actually on the Floor Mess
    Now you see it, now you clean it up, Mom.

Photo credits: Meredith Carroll

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