Don’t Get Rid Of That Infant Bathtub Just Yet…Emily Malone
We are having unseasonably amazing weather in Seattle this week. Strange too, since I know the (usually warm) south east has been bundled up on the beach, meanwhile we are digging out our dusty sunscreens and floppy hats. Friday was our first day of nice weather, and I was determined to spend as much of it outside as possible. See the thing is, the weather is wonderful, but I wasn’t quite ready for it. Our temps are usually much milder this time of year, so I hadn’t picked up any fun backyard toys or baby pools to splash around in this summer, since I figured I had a few more weeks to browse.
But I will happily take this wonderful weather, even if it means I needed to get a little more creative. We went to a friend’s house the other day and Cullen played at her water/sand table for hours. I think he would have been happy to stay all day. We know from vacations, as well as his epic nightly baths, that he’s a little fish. The boy LOVES water. So I figured there had to be a way to have some wet and wild backyard fun despite any proper tables or pools.
I peeked into the garage at our storage tubs, but figured they were all either too deep or too full of my old work clothes I can’t seem to part with. I needed something that could hold a good amount of water, but short enough for Cullen to bend over and splash in.
Enter the infant bath tub.
It’s been sitting under our bathroom counter for many long months. We kept it around for any future sibs, but I never really considered that it might have life beyond the baby baths. I brought it out into the backyard and Cullen gave me a questioning look. Really Mom?
Then I turned on the faucet and his eyes lit up. I filled it up with a few buckets full of water and tossed in a bunch of measuring cups from the kitchen. For the next two and a half hours, he splashed, poured, and dunked while I relaxed in the sunshine soaking up the gorgeous weather with my awesome little sidekick. Of course, by the end of it he was completely soaked from head to toe, but that’s what summer is all about – right? Between water, sand, and sunscreen, I’m expecting him to wear no less than three outfits a day.
I’m still hoping to get a sandbox and maybe a little picnic table to put in the yard this summer, but at least now I know it’s pretty easy to re-purpose some household things into backyard fun. Hello, summer!