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Not to take the fun out of devising your own experiment, but the fine fluid dynamics physicists at the Splash Lab (at Brigham Young University) are trying to figure out how to prevent urinal splash-back right now! Fluid dynamics scientists (calling themselves the "wizz kids") set up a water tank and nozzles (emitting colored water) to mimic the natural ...


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First, any fast moving stream of anything with mass is going to splatter when it hits something else -- it's really all about the angles (source & target) and velocity as to where it goes during the impact. Toilets are shaped differently, too, with some longer, shorter, taller, etc. You're potty training though -- not refining bathroom skills. Most ...


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With our 3.5 year old son, we do this by making sure he knows that he won't get to do the next thing until he puts away his toys. Want to watch TV? Put away your toys. Want to eat some snack food? Put away toys. Play hide and seek (his favorite game) or get thrown onto the bed? Put away your toys. Once he believed us, that he wasn't going to get away ...


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A few people have touched upon this (he says sarcastically) but the best way to reduce it is by sitting down. An increasing number of men are sitting when they use the toilet as it's supposed to be more hygienic (as there isn't urine all over the place). I beleive Sweden and Japan are a couple examples of this. Failing that, don't tell him where to aim, but ...


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Bleach is really harsh on cloth diapers and sure your diapers will be "germ free" but bleach can really hinder the absorbency of the fibers because it can degrade them. The most common and effective way people try to remove the stains from cloth diapers is sunning them to dry. The sun acts as a natural bleach. That site talks about adding lemon juice, ...


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I have a slightly different take than the answers I've read here: listen to the child - "there are too many toys" - have you taken a look around? I bet you've got a lot of toys, and I bet your child needs almost none of them. My kids (1, 2, and 4) love to play with a toy for 1 minute, then chuck it, and move on. It makes a tremendous mess. However, they ...


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Whenever possible, throw them out. You can't, unfortunately always do that (well you can, if you're ready for the consequences of being responsible for ducky's untimely demise). I did this, which worked. Submerge the toy in a 70% solution of rubbing alcohol. Squeeze it quite a few times Repeat this process in hot (as you can tolerate) soapy water Repeat ...


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I decided to go and hunt down an answer for this because although so far we have managed to keep playdough in the kitchen, which has a wooden floor, it is bound to happen sometime. So, the official line from Hasbro is: “When attempting to remove PLAY-DOH compound do NOT use hot water or cleaning solutions of any kind. To remove PLAY-DOH compound from ...


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We use Seventh Generation products and their Natural Baby Laundry Detergent. It is not tested on animals. There was a consumer who was worried that their products are tested on animals, not by the company, but by a 3rd party (see link). However, Seventh Generation responded by saying that they use existing test data which was received when they licensed ...


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Toddlers eat dirt and survive, sure. But infants haven't built up a solid immune system to deal with random dirt, so avoiding unnecessary exposure would be wise. I'm sorry but I would agree with your wife. The problem is that a kitchen cloth is actually often not very clean because it's often not rinsed well between uses and isn't replaced often enough. ...


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Instead of a weekly job fit only for Hercules, we incorporate clean-up into our daily bedtime routine: clean up, brush teeth, shower/bath, pyjamas, bedtime story, nighty-night. It's not negotiable, it's communal (we all help clean up), and it's supervised (he can't play anymore once clean-up starts), so it goes fairly smoothly and is usually over in ...


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According to a recent study, the optimal way to reduce toilet splash (besides sitting down) is to: drop a few pieces of tissue into a toilet bowl to soften the blow. For a urinal: stand slightly to one side, and aim downwards at a low angle of impact


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It helps if cleaning is a standard part of every activity rather than a big event. For example, you can make a rule that she can't play with a new toy until the previous toys are put away. If she can't grab a new toy until she's cleaned up, then she only has to clean up one toy at a time. If she isn't already in the habit of cleaning up, it may take her a ...


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make this activity fun for her. Make up some game: Like who will gather three red toys faster? or what toy should go to what box? or take a big bag, draw a funny face on it and tell your baby - "this is mr. ToyBag. He likes toys. Lets give him some. would you like this pink truck, mr ToyBag? I see you like it a lot" Another way, tell her that toys want to ...


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Any time, really - no transition work was needed as they saw that we preferred showers so obviously they wanted the same thing. We started ours from around 18 months as they really enjoyed the spray. What we would typically do at that age is just take them in with us - and they can learn to close their eyes and tip their head back to avoid bubbles in their ...


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Allow the problem to solve itself. Explain that any toys that aren't picked up, get placed into the Toy Void. These toys can be given away to charity, or you could allow the child to retrieve one toy from the void whenever they successfully pick up their toys after being asked. If they don't pick up their toys after being asked, new toys will be added to ...


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I would just follow through more and not accept the "I'll remember next time" as an answer. "Well, clearly that's not working. So let's try something new. What would help you remember?" You could offer up some solutions, and let her pick one. Try it for a week. If it's not working, back to the drawing board. And, when she's agreed to do something, like if ...


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You could try a quite natural method – air it in the sun for several hours. I'd be worried, though, about really getting rid of the ingrained smoke residue (and whatever other harmful chemicals came along with it). If it's in the mattress, you'll never get it rid of it. I wouldn't even consider using the Pack-'N-Play after it has been in a house of ...


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Sunning the diapers is certainly the best (and most natural) method, but that does assume that you will have decent enough weather. When the weather doesn't allow for sunning, we add a small amount of OxiClean Free to our wash cycle. This helps to whiten the diapers and doesn't leave a residue.


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To piggy-back just a bit on what Rory said, we regularly fill a sink with 4 parts water to 1 part bleach, drop the ducks in there, squeeze them a couple of times to fill them with the solution, and let them sit for a while (usually overnight). In the a.m., we empty the solution, squeeze the water out of them, fill the sink again with clean water, repeat the ...


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You could try laundering the toys anyway if you believe that they would be suited for it despite their label. Of course don't risk it with the most precious toy... Usually though, nonlaunderable (is that a word?) toys have instructions how to care for them. That most often boils down to wiping the surface with a cloth moist with lukewarm water and mild ...


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I taught twos, threes and fours for a few years. There isn't a lot you can do about the stuffed toys except put them in the laundry every so often, but here is what I did in my classroom in regard to the plastic stuff. Keep bleach locked away somewhere. At the end of the day put a capfull in a bucket of water and throw in the toys that were licked or ...


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I agree fully with Rory's answer. But something else that was helpful is doing graduated supervision. So first it's them in the shower with you, then you sitting on the bathroom floor or somewhere in the bathroom while they shower, and then it's them in the master bathroom and you in the bedroom if you have that set up. My little sister is twelve years ...


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Infant: When my first son was still an infant, I would sometimes take him on my arm and shower with him. My wife would take him out and dry him while I showered myself. He loved the sensation of water falling on him. Age 1: We have a tub/shower combination so whenever he was done with a bath in the tub (on his own, with one parent watching from the side), ...


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anyone ever tried putting a mist of water inside the toilet bowl? Just a spray that starts when someone stands in front of it, maybe downward from the top of the back of the bowl under the rim. The droplets would knock down any splatter.


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Similar to @Balanced - I bought my kids a few kilos of lego off eBay, and when it arrived I was a bit concerned with cleanliness. Some of the bricks smelled, some were sticky, some had obviously been outside in a sandpit etc. So we filled a bath with water and some Milton (very mild bleach suitable for children's toys) and washed all the bricks. To rinse ...


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The milk fat is easily washed away, so I would rule that out. I think what you're seeing is the dried calcium of the tap water, especially if it seems powdery and can be rubbed off when dry. I think this is what user77907 means by scale. This is especially the case if your tap water is very hard. You need not worry about these deposits: according to ...


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We have three solutions to this, depending on the toy: If the toy is a must-have: A solution of Milton, or other mild sterilising solution If we can modify it a bit: drill more holes in it to get a proper cleaning flow through If it is unloved enough: ditch it In saying that, though - most of our ducks are owned by the parents, not the kids (it started ...


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First, I would suggest that you instate a rule that means the kids clean up every 1 or 2 hours so things are less daunting at the end of when it is time to leave. Another way to meet the same goal is to clean up each activity that gets done before moving on to the next activity. There should never be a situation where more than one room is messy at a time ...


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Don't let it get that messy to begin with. If you've given the kids free reign for 2½ days then it's no big wonder that cleaning up is almost impossible. We have a house rule that all toys are cleared away before bedtime. This is part of the regular bedtime ritual. When you have guests over and the clutter is much worse, I would even add another clean-up ...



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