To not want to send DD to nursery in stained clothes

(93 Posts)
PartyFops Thu 05-Sep-13 20:11:04

I am so fed up with DDs (2.3) clothes getting ruined at nursery, she only goes 3 times a week and I would say at least 50% of the time she comes home with stains on her clothes that don't wash out.

Its either paint or food, today I threw away 2 dresses as one had orange down the front and the other one had blue paint all over the front.

I'm not annoyed with the nursery, as I know its DDs fault rather than theirs, but I really really dont want to take her to nursery in stained clothes.

I don't send her in expensive stuff but still its costing me a fortune!!

Just to add, I dont mind a little stain, but the ones this week completely ruined 2 lovely dresses.

rant over! grin

RedHelenB Thu 05-Sep-13 20:12:34

Send her in stained clothes!

hettienne Thu 05-Sep-13 20:13:00

Don't they have aprons for painting?

PrincessFlirtyPants Thu 05-Sep-13 20:13:20

YANBU - nursery is expensive enough!

How about buying her one of those aprons that cover her arms for when she's painting?

MortifiedAdams Thu 05-Sep-13 20:13:25

Get yourself to primark and buy four tshirts and four pairs of leggings - use these for nursery and just keep rotating, stains or otherwise.

Anything you want to keep nice, keep home.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 05-Sep-13 20:13:26

I had preschool clothes for DS. He went in those staines and all.

How is it her fault, she is two!

forevergreek Thu 05-Sep-13 20:13:41

Do you spray with vanish, scrub in cold water then wash in machine on cold wash with vanish?

I have never thrown away an item of clothing from stains as always out using above method

As a side, surely nursery should be putting smock/ aprons on when they paint? Ours have school smocks they wear over clothes the whole time they are there

PrincessFlirtyPants Thu 05-Sep-13 20:14:08

X-posts, hettienne

cathpip Thu 05-Sep-13 20:14:21

And this is why I have nursery t shirts and jumpers, I could not care if they are stained as it saves the other clothes....

Its bloody frustrating.

But just do not send her in anything at all which you actually care about. DD's wardrobe is leggings and t-shirts bought in bulk from sainsburys. They wash well and amazingly only chilli and green paint have got the better of me.

As for getting stains out. Cold water and fairy liquid, scrub and rinse and scrub and rinse.

christinarossetti Thu 05-Sep-13 20:15:17

If the clothes are washed, than they're clean so perfectly wearable.

At least you don't have to look at them all day if she's at nursery, was my philosophy.

BrokenSunglasses Thu 05-Sep-13 20:15:24

I'd want to know what it is they are putting in their food and paint that won't come out with a bit of stain remover!

scarlettsmummy2 Thu 05-Sep-13 20:16:10

My daughter is at private school, when she was at the nursery attached, absolutely all the children wore old, stained clothes, even those whose parents (not me sadly) could afford designer without a second thought. Cheap and cheerful!

Fakebook Thu 05-Sep-13 20:16:10

You threw away two dresses for being stained? Don't you know what vanish is? Or ACE?

Just send her in stained clothes, it's not a fashion show.

Maryann1975 Thu 05-Sep-13 20:17:01

YABU to throw out clothes because they have a stain on them. What a waste. I also hate putting the dc in stained clothes but know that nursery is a place where I can't control what they are doing so put them in suitable play clothes rather than best dresses.
The clothes are washed and clean, so send her back in them. I bet half the staff won't notice and the other half will have children of their own and know exactly what your up against with regards stain removal.
You could ask about why dc isn't wearing an apron for painting though.

dietcokeandwine Thu 05-Sep-13 20:18:00

Can completely understand your frustration (surely they have painting aprons etc although it doesn't sound like it!) but at the same time - why are you sending her to nursery in 'lovely dresses'? confused

Agree with Mortified. Go to Primark (or H&M, Sainsburys etc) and get her some cheap tops and leggings. Work on the assumption that anything worn to nursery will get trashed, and keep her lovely stuff for non nursery days.

1) work on your stain removal techniques ;-) (seriously, i just keep washing some stuff and hanging it in the sun, it will eventually shift)

2) i was exactly the same! with my first. by the time I got to the third I was just looking for him to be dressed quite frankly lol.

3) nurseries are stupid with the painting aprons! at the ds's nursery they asked them if they wanted an apron and apparently couldn't make them wear one if they said no!!?? wtaf?

exexpat Thu 05-Sep-13 20:23:02

I thought everyone sent their children to nursery in their oldest, cheapest, third-hand clothes, precisely because they do get stained, ripped, lost and so on?

When mine were that age I think they only had a couple of outfits each that weren't scruffy, because two and three-year-olds are basically mess-magnets, in my experience.

I still send DD (10) to school in stained summer dresses, because they still do art projects with stuff that won't wash out, and I'm not going to buy new uniform every month.

LIZS Thu 05-Sep-13 20:23:45

Orange like tomato sauce comes out in the sunshine.

PoppyWearer Thu 05-Sep-13 20:25:12

My DCs have always gone to nursery in stained clothes. I buy bundles of second-hand clothes from eBay as nursery clothes. The clothes might not be my exact taste, and some are stained, but I don't have to look at them all day, do I?

I then have other clothes for non-nursery days.

PartyFops Thu 05-Sep-13 20:25:21

The 2 dresses I threw away had huge stains on the front, both the size of the palm of my hand. They had been washed twice with ariel strain remover and stain devils in a 50degree wash (maybe thats the problem!!!). They are still only in the the bedroom bin upstairs so maybe I will try again with some washing up liquid and a cool wash.

I only meant that its her fault as she can be a little minx and get the paints out when its not painting time and shes a very messy eater. I was really only saying that I dont really blame the staff.

I have got loads of cheap leggins and t shirts, but its been so warm this week she has been wearing her summer dresses, (may as well as it will be cold/wet next week) .

littlemisswise Thu 05-Sep-13 20:27:15

Most paint we used to use in Nursery came out with non-bio. Purple was the colour that was a PITA.

I think you need to look at how you are treating the stains before you wash the clothes.

MortifiedAdams Thu 05-Sep-13 20:27:22

H&Ms summer dresses are 2.99. Binnable if needed at tjat price

I've learnt not to send DD in clothes I care about to her current nursery. Her old nursery took great care of her clothes, but so much so that I doubt she really did much painting - more a carefully controlled splodge of paint and then off to do something less mucky. I am a bit sad about a few of her clothes that got ruined - but they did warn me. We have just stocked up on H&M basics for nursery. I am a bit sad that I can't indulge in my shopping habit for nice clothes for DD now as she doesn't need cute little outfits as much.

And I really don't think that you should consider it a 2.3 year old's fault for getting their clothes stained - I think she is way too young to look after her clothes.

forevergreek Thu 05-Sep-13 20:28:44

Hot wash fixes stains. Need to do cold to start with

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