Because my kids are teens, I was saddled with raising toddlers and the nightmare of potty training without the support of online groups, social media platforms and selfies. My kids were spared me sharing pictures of them in the bathtub, and I have very few pictures to remind me of what I looked like, sleep deprived while wearing stained yoga pants. And I never found myself fighting with people on the internet at 2 am as I breastfed my infants. Though I argued plenty with my husband at that hour.
But, once in a while, I come across a hashtag that makes me wish I still had toddlers so I could participate.
Sometimes, a trending topic makes me squeal with delight because there’s only so much cute I can handle quietly.
I give you #ObjectsForOutfits, ladies and gentlemen.
Moms and dads of the internet are cutting food into shapes that look like clothing. And then taking pictures to make it look like their babies and kids are “wearing” the objects.
And I literally can’t get enough of these outrageously ridiculous photos.
These pictures are too damn cute. Since I don’t have a toddler, my dog is in danger of becoming the subject of my own #ObjectsForOutfits pictures. #kiddingnotkidding
I mean, come on, just look at these images:
I would probably actually eat this gingerbread baby. Not really. Yes, yes I would.
I am literally unable to even with this one.
Now my daughter has to start taking dance lessons because I want to take all of the flower pictures.
Pumpkin butts are always cute. ALWAYS.
And so are strawberry baby hineys.
Chili peppers make the best little girl dresses. Who knew?
I seriously want a dress made out of watermelon. Don’t judge.
Even adults are getting in on the #ObjectsForOutfits fun. And I’m not saying that I’m going to start fashioning clothing for myself but I’m not saying I’m not, either. Because come on, beach pictures just got awesome.
I would cook with my toddler all the time if I could take pictures of him with a mushroom chef’s cap. Seriously, I really would. I wouldn’t even complain about the mess.
Yes, these photos are silly and time consuming. But they are also creative AF and I give parents a lot of credit for finding ways to infuse humor into the doldrum days of parenting. Social media can be a dumpster fire of bad news, political arguing and finger pointing over hot button issues. If we spent more time looking at pictures of babies with pumpkin butts and watermelon dresses, I can guarantee the world would be a better place.
Now, if anyone needs me, I’ll be taking pictures of my shih tzu as a taco. Or a burrito. Or maybe she can wear a flower tutu. The options are endless. Let me have this moment. I missed the boat with my toddlers, okay?
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