This Mom’s Hack Is Perfect for Winter Playground Visits

Having this one item in your bag will save you time and headache.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Published December 6, 2023
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Winter is here, and while work and school may be slowing down, your little one likely has more energy than ever. As you bundle up your little one and head out to the playground to run off some steam, MomTok is making the case for a lightweight addition to your bag to make things a little bit easier.

London mom Gayle Chapman recently went viral for a very simple suggestion—bring a shower squeegee next time you head to the playground.

“This playground hack is an absolute game changer, especially in winter when you head to the playground and there’s still some rain. You can pick up one of these cheaply, and it will change your life,” the first-time mom captioned the video of her squeegeeing off rain, snow and debris from her local playground equipment.

“I’ve had this stored in the back of my head since I saw a lady do it ages ago (thank you to that woman!) so as soon as the bad weather came I got a squeegee.” Chapman noted that she “Gets a few funny looks but anything that saves me time makes me happy.”

Parents were quick to thank Chapman for the tip and add their own takes in the comments. “But if I carry one of those with me, how will I get away with telling him it’s too wet to go today,” one parent joked. “Omg! That’s genius! The towel I use ends up soaking wet and I forget it in the push chair and next time I see it it stinks,” added another.

Others chimed in, making the case for waterproof clothing or just letting your little ones get a little wet. “Why can’t people just put their kids in waterproofs!!! Let them have fun in the water,” added one user. “Or, ORR…hear me out. Kids experience mild discomfort for once in their lives,” added another.

But for many parents, a dry, warm child is a happy child. And well happy kid, happy life right?

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