Camping with a toddler has many challenges. But for as many challenges, there are double the rewards.Just watching them interact with nature, marveling over a “giant pine cone tree” or giggling at the scampering fuzzy tailed
tree rats squirrels, or finding delight in sleeping outside in a tent, makes it all worth it.UNTIL… 2am rolls around and a certain little one starts out sobbing, then wanting to make sure everyone is fully awake to hear her plight, transitions into a grade A tantrum. The cause of this tantrum?
“I don’t have a stuffed animal to stweep wif.”
We had been over it a million times. If she brought her stuffed animals, they would get really dirty and we would have to throw them away. That explanation worked well all day. Yeah. I guess it was too easy. At any rate, I needed to think fast before the entire campground was awake enough to pinpoint exactly which campsite housed the toddler who dare disrupted their slumber. I looked around the tent, and peeked in the backpacks stuffed along the sides. I finally spotted her pink bandana. Maybe she could use it like a blankie? Sure she could! This will be perfect and we can all get back to sleep. I give it to her and tell her to snuggle with it. She is quiet. Was it that simple? Had that worked? Is she tired enough to accept it and go back to sleep? I think so. I lay back down, toss and turn, and finally find my comfy spot, thinking she is well in her way to dreamland. Then I hear it. Quiet sobbing. I ask what is wrong. And she answers back in the sweetest, most pathetic little voice she can manage, “It’s not a stuffed animal.” I swear, that voice is mommy kryptonite! Now I HAD to fix something up for my sweet baby girl to snuggle with. I took the rejected bandana, looked at it this way and that, folded and unfolded it, grabbed it by 2 corners, which I gathered like ears, and then it came to me. I tied a knot in it for a head, and another knot for the body, leaving the two floppy ears dangling. I handed her the “bunny” and held my breath. I do believe it was love at first sight. She wiped away her tears, hugged her new little bunny, and snuggled back to sleep.
That little pink bandana was a lifesaver that night. Ok. Maybe that is a slight exaggeration. But at least we were all able to go back to sleep, and if anyone in the campground DID figure out where the wee morning cries came from, we never found out about it.
I had to remake her little bunny every night during our camping trip, and even a couple of times during the day, when she wasn’t using it for washing up, keeping cool, or wearing it as a hat.
We each had our own bandana, and we used them for many things. You can get your own Pink Camo Bandana HERE in our Pink Camo Store.
Here are some of the things we do with bandanas:
- Headband or Scarf
- Hair tie or bow
- Hat Think pirate style. Get it wet and use as a hat to cool off on hot days.
- Stay cool Wet it with cold water and wipe your brow or place it on the back of your neck to cool off.
- Wash up They are great for washing up, as they are easy to clean and dry quickly.
- Cleaning Use a bandana for dusting or small cleaning jobs.
- First aid Use as a temporary sling or bandage.
- Baby doll sling carrier for your toddler Fold it like a sling, then knot the point. Voila! Toddler baby doll wearing.
- Tot top Fold in a triangle, placing the folded side across the chest, just under the armpits, and tie in the back.
- Games Flag football, flag tag, capture the flag, etc.
- Play peek-a-boo
- A blindfold
- A sleep mask
- Napkins for a picnic, camping, or country themed party
- Makeshift belt for a child or teen
- Dust mask (think old cowboy movies)
- Carry-all Put what you want to carry in the center, then fold up the corners and tie to make a pouch.
Now it’s your turn. There has to be a ton more out there. Leave me a comment and share the different ways you use a bandana.