I don't know what it was this summer, but we had an over-abundance of bumps, bruises, and owies. Like this one:
My go-to help is an ice pack. We had one of those gel ones, but it started leaking. I saw an idea for using a small rice-filled bag as both an ice pack or heat pack as needed. (Sorry I lost the bookmark where I saw it!) So, I decided to make one for each child.
I pieced the flannel tops from scraps that I had in a bag, trying to reduce my stash before moving. The backing was sewn right sides together on three sides. I turned the bags right side out, and then filled the bags half-full with plain rice...and a secret ingredient.
I added a chai vanilla spice tea bag, not that I drink tea. Rather because I dislike the smell of mircowaved rice. The type I bought had a small staple which I removed.
I then sewed the bag closed.
I now keep these bags in the freezer, ready for the next hurt, however minor. They will stay cold for about 10 minutes. If you have sore little muscles, you can heat the bag in the microwave for about 15-45 seconds, depending on your appliance. Test to make sure it is not too hot before you place the bag on yourself or your child. Thus, icy or hot, depending on the need.
What small things do you do to comfort your kids when they get the inevitable bumps and bruises of childhood?
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