Thursday, June 4, 2009

I want to know..

There are some things I have been wondering lately and thought - what better place to put them than on my blog?

  • Have you ever used Mederma or any scar reduction cream? I have a really ugly scar on my back from where they removed a mole last fall and I would just like to lighten it. It's really dark pinkish/purple and well, like I said, just ugly! Any tips?
  • Do you use Oxyclean or any product like it? With an almost pre-schooler and a toddler on the loose you can bet we have stains galore on our kids' clothes. I know they're kids and that's what they do, but I'd love to be able to salvage things so they're not always wearing stained clothes. I also want there to be a higher resale value for them when they've outgrown them. If you do use a stain removal product, please let me know what you use and how you use it.
  • Got any great tips on how to rid an almost 3 year old of a pacifier? Graycen has become too dependant on her pacifier (which she didn't pick up until Parker was born) I know we'll need to replace this with another comfort item I just don't know how to do it. She screams in the middle of the night if she can't find it and will not go to sleep without it. HELP!

Thanks for your help!

11 comments:

Carren J. said...

Do you treat the stains immediately after the clothes are removed? I found that when the kids were little, if I threw them in the dirty clothes bin, then treating the stain just before putting them into the washer.. did not work well... but to treat the stain when I took them off of the child.. worked out better.. If you have then I am thinking that just trying different treatments until you find the one that works...

I just live with my scars...sorry never have tried any of the things out on the market...

LutherLiz said...

Not sure about the pacifier or scars but so far we use the dreft stain remover and it has gotten every stain out so far...including parent stains. Another mom gave it to us as a gift and swears by it and so far i'm impressed.

Elizabeth said...

My just-turned-three year old still uses his pacifier too. I decided to let him keep using it to sleep, but he has to leave it in his bed. No using it during the day while he is playing or watching TV. It's worked well for us so far and really, who cares if they use it at night? I wish I had something that comforted me so completely like it does him!

Stacey said...

I've tried oxyclean and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I usually end up getting annoyed with the amount of powder I spill everywhere trying to get to a little stain. I've used Zout for several months now and have been very happy with it. I usually pretreat the stain right away if possible.

As for the pacifier, Abby was just over 3 when we got rid of hers. She understood the concept of "pretty" things at that point. We eliminated all but one pacifier in the house over the course of a few weeks. Then she traded her pacifier for a beautiful, pink grown up girl bracelet. Nights were a little difficult at first, but she had a few stuffed animals to snuggle with and if she wanted the pacifier back, she had to give up the bracelet. Whatever you do, good luck!

Katie Osborn said...

I have used oxyclean and like it. However, it's a bit of a process, and have also heard of it not working sometimes. But I am still using it. And pre-treating the stain gives the best results.

Have a friend who used to swear by mederma--I've never used it but she said it worked on her scar.

I like the idea of giving her something else--like a bracelet or something similar.

Amelia Sprout said...

Oxyclean and dreft stain remover, soak in oxy if needed. Just about nothing I can't get rid of. Oxyclean in every load. Love that stuff. Love love love.

Emily said...

I'm not impressed with Oxyclean. I've just tried to keep bibs on Anna when she eats, and have her eat at the table- not always easy! I can get most dirt-type stains out with soaking with regular laundry soap. Food is much more challenging!

As for the paci, we were tough. We took it away cold turkey, the first few nights were rough, but she sleeps so much better now. I wrote about it on my blog, but we had her throw it in the garbage, telling her that the garbage man took it to give to babies who need it. That worked for us. Trading wouldn't have worked, Anna isn't attached to stuffed animals or blankies.

Anti-Supermom said...

I will be watching the responses - I'm horrible with stains, maybe if I didn't let them sit in the laundry basket and took the time to pre-treat.

Soupy said...

I"ve heard using vinager and a small amount of laundry soap - soak in this mix in water for 20 min prior to washing- it got food coloring out but I haven't tried it on anything else (yet) otherwise oxyclean is so so for me. Haven't used mederma- so no tips there :0)
as for the paci- I'd limit it to one location for now- since it's a soother for her and eventually maybe cut the tip so there is air in it then have the "paci" fairy come and take it one night and leave a gift?

Rebecca said...

I don't find that Oxyclean lives up to its ads, and it makes Frank's skin break out in a rash. Booo!

Pacifier?! Yikes. We planned to "lose" Bel's when she was just over two. Then we really did lose it. That was the end of that. She cried a bit the first night and was fine after that. I don't know if this route works for all kids, though, especially kids who are a bit more sensitive. (I don't not a fan of leaving my kids to cry away for hours because I decided they were ready for a milestone.)

Good luck, and let us know how each of these turns out! I'm especially curious about the scar cream.

Anti-Supermom said...

I'm being lazy and it's late but...

you are the winner of the Twilight Sea Turtle - how cool is that?!

Last time I had to mail something to Canada, so I'm happy to be mailing it in state - and bonus, I know you.

Email me back with your address and I'll send it on it's way.