Washing a car: If you don’t want to spend the money putting your vehicle through a Rube Goldberg-like car wash, you’re going to have to do it yourself (lest you drive around leaving a billowy cloud of dust in your wake). The DIY route can be a bummer. Filling a bucket with suds, hooking up a hose, and (if you’re going all out) cleaning your wheels and tires with weird chemical sprays and toothbrushes can be a real drag, especially if it’s really hot outside. Of course, if you have children above the age of five or so, you can get them to pitch in, but not everyone has the luxury of free child labor. What about those whose children are way too young to help out around the house. Babies can’t help much.
Or can they? Sure, they’re small, and they’re still developing their basic cognitive and motor skills, but can the little tykes lift a little bit of their own weight in the cleaning department? Thankfully, the dad behind the YouTube channel “How to DAD” has an answer. Maybe parents of little ones can outsource their car washing duties the same way parents of teenagers can?
How to DAD has already shown us “How to Get a Baby to Clean the House,” which you can see below. In that video, the dad gets his baby girl to do the dishes, vacuum the house, and clean the windows. As How-to DAD helpfully points out before issuing his commands, “Babies will do anything if you just ask them to do it.”
And then there’s the “How to Wash a Car with a Baby” video. “How do you wash a car with a baby?” you may ask. Well, if you follow basic directions in the video, it seems that lots of positive reinforcement does the trick. The dad here often sits beside his hard-at-work baby, giving an approving nod and thumbs-up signal every time the baby looks his way. There are, of course, some shenanigans (the baby sprays dad with a hose at one point), and the baby does need lots of help in the process. Dad has to do some over-the-shoulder advising to make sure the baby gets all the right spots, and he also takes spraying duties while baby works with the brush. At one point the baby, taking a breather from her hard day’s work, rubs the sudsy brush through her hair. And there are some clear hurdles, like height. “You will have to physically help out because they’re just a short baby and they can’t reach the high bits,” says the dad before hoisting the baby up in his front-facing baby carrier (like a baby version of one of those window washer suspension platforms). It’s all very cute. Watch the full video below.