Soothers and Sunglasses

by Susan

I’d like to show a picture here of a stack of soothers and sunglasses, but I can’t. Not because I don’t own stacks of soothers for Sophia and sunglasses for Julia, but because I can’t find them.

Seriously. Where do they go???

I have bought so many soothers and kids sunglasses, you’d think I had a little army of toddlers and preschoolers holed up in my playroom.

But no. Just one little 20 month old who gives a soother a few sucks and sets it down wherever she might be and one sun-shy 4 year old who screams for sunglasses if the sun dares enter the sky.

I suppose I’m to blame. I ought to keep watch on each soother and pair of sunglasses and as soon as their owner sets them down, I should scoop them up and lay them in a safe place… but c’mon now? Seriously? I do have a few other things on my mind.

So, instead I do my part to keep our economy flowing by purchasing more soothers and more sunglasses.

What about you? What items constantly disappear from your home? What do you do? Do you keep buying more?

Written by Susan, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Stephanie June 16, 2009 at 7:58 pm

My son is like that about sunglasses – he MUST have them! They get left all over the house for the most part. When we’re out and he wants them off I make him hand them to me, so they go into my purse with my own sunglasses. Works pretty well, and we don’t lose as many as we used to.


2 Stephanie June 16, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Hair clippies and barrettes! They always seem to disappear into thin air. And, yes, we do buy more. :)


3 julie June 16, 2009 at 8:37 pm

i would agree about the girls hair stuff.It always disappears and yes we buy more.


4 Lindsey June 16, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Oh yeah! My one-year-old daughter’s pacifiers (one time I found one stuffed in a speaker hole so look in nooks and crannies haha), hair clippies, small toys, certain items of clothing… apparently I’m worse than the average? hehe


5 Ivy June 16, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Hair clips, definitely. Our toddler doesn’t like to keep things in her hair for more than 5 minutes (it used to be 30 sec), so I’ll find them randomly scattered around the house. I buy more when I remember to on our weekly errand trips. The other thing she scatters around are her shoes. It took me three days to find the left shoe of one pair, and while I was soooo tempted to just buy another pair, I had trouble justifying the cost for something she’ll outgrow so quickly. If it disappeared for a full week, I probably would have caved in and gotten her a new pair of shoes.


6 Sandy F. June 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Same thing with my daughters pacifiers! they vanish into thin air. but later on we find them floating in the toilet, laying in the refrigerators crisper and other random places. And my son is constantly losing his water cups! Who knows where they go, but they are always missing :)


7 Susan June 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Glad to hear I’m not alone…

I hear ya’ about hair clippies and elastics. We lose those too. Although Julia just finally let us start putting her hair in pigtails and ponytails… and neither of them will keep hair clippies in their hair for more than 5 minutes.


8 Rebecca is Thrilled by the Thought June 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Pacifiers disappear into a black hole in our house. I’m ready to wean just so I don’t have to keep buying them!


9 Rachel June 16, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Hmm…hairbows. We have a million, we lose a million and one. And I feel like I’m on a constant search for all of her “friends” (stuffed animals, etc). I feel your pain!


10 Wendy June 16, 2009 at 11:34 pm

We’ve lost and replaced so many pacifiers it’s simply unreal. I swear there must be evil little pacifier elves hiding in my house that whisk them away in the blink of an eye. Even with four people looking for them, we can never find them!


11 Land of Lovings June 16, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Baby socks. I am embarrassed to say how many times I’ve had to go out and buy all new socks for our little ones because one or both socks in a pair has disappeared into thin air!


12 living graciously June 16, 2009 at 11:38 pm


Why my 5 year olds socks also turn up missing has me baffled. No one elses, just hers~~often before they are washed and dried.

I am sure somewhere is a huge pile of mismatched socks!!!



13 Linsay June 17, 2009 at 12:05 am

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14 Pattie June 17, 2009 at 1:16 am

The item(s) that disappears the most at my house is socks…matching ones that is. I feel like I am constantly buying more!! Where do they go??


15 faerylandmom June 17, 2009 at 1:20 am

We lose hair ties and clips, and I only buy more when we really are down to nothing AND both girls are asking to have their hair in pigtails.

Do you think your 4-year-old would be able to handle one of those sunglass holder things for when you’re out and about? Maybe try a basket near the place where he puts his shoes (by the front door?) that are specially for his sunglasses?

Who am I to talk though…I’m the “sunglass loser” in this house. :-)


16 Sabrina June 17, 2009 at 11:17 am

EVERYTHING ….but if I have to choose I would say shoes and cell phone.

Shoes-The boys just wear another pair until they are found

Cell Phones-Luckily we can call to find these unless it is like Harrison’s and we don’t realize it is missing until it is dead as a door nail!!! Took us 2 months to find and all the time it was in the couch. We had looked over it and sat on it for two months.


17 Kristie Stevens June 17, 2009 at 11:19 am

Socks – my kids never have matching socks. How about shoes? And those are expensive! Seriously, how do you lose shoes? You’d think you’d notice if your kids weren’t wearing them…


18 Kaitlin June 17, 2009 at 2:44 pm

These are all so true, especially the hair things!


19 Christina June 18, 2009 at 1:01 am

Definitely the sunglasses. Another thing that constantly disappears is the chip/snack clips used to close bags.


20 Celia June 21, 2009 at 10:25 am

offhand I can’t think of any one item that disappears around here. Well, other than socks sown the drain or sucked up by the dryer. But that is just too cliche, isn’t it?

But I just wanted to say that you brought a smile to my face this morning. Perhaps because you reminded me of my own childhood obsession with sunglasses — at a time when few children ever wore sunglasses.

Keep up the good work! :)


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