As anyone who has read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy knows, a towel is "about the most massively useful thing" anyone can have. Here in Florida, smart Mommas know that beach towels are not just for spreading out at the beach or drying off kids at the pool. Instead, they carry one in the stroller or in the car at all times. In fact, the beach towel can take on many super roles.
In a stroller, a beach towel can serve as:
• A shade for a sleeping baby.
• A blanket if it gets chilly before the fireworks are over.
• Roll it up and you've got a pillow.
• Spread it out and it's a blanket for a picnic or nap on the ground at the park.
• Fold it up a bit and it's a cushion to sit on the curb for a parade. Or a pad to kneel on to save parental knees.
• It'll clean up a big spill, wipe off a little binkie, or clean up a boo-boo with a little bottled water.
• And just in case you forget the real thing, it can be a handy diaper changing pad.
In your car, a beach towel becomes:
• A seat cover: handy for sandy, wet or muddy bottoms.
• A blanket: Drape it over the kid who gets cold with the A/C on.
• A pillow: Roll it up and tuck it where needed.
• A cape: Carry along a couple of large safety pins and it is a superhero cape for a younger sibling when the carline wait is just too long.
• Morning dew stopper: Wipe down a slide or a swing during early visits to the park.
• A tablecloth: Cover a picnic table or park bench that's not clean enough.
• A cabana: Hold it up and a kid can change behind it.
• A toga: Wrap it around a kid whose clothes have met with mishap.
• A car sickness savior: Let the nauseous one hold it and use it until you get to a better place to deal with the issue. Then throw it away. Yes, they're washable, but they're also fairly inexpensive. You deal with enough as a parent. Toss it. And shop for some more at the end-of-summer sales.
Jan Brackett can be reached at 893-8833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.