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The baby’s bottom holds a special place in our cultural lexicon of “things that are adorable”. Those sweet little curves, that smooth skin. Think about a baby’s bum in the abstract, and it is easy to forget what comes out of it.

But ask a new parent and they’ll probably tell you more than you’d care to hear about the incessant functions of the baby’s bottom. Thankfully, these days, there are ways to deal with the mess, and the easiest among them is the humble baby wipe.

But baby wipes are not only our number one tool for number twos. As most parents will tell you, you acquire them for one very specific cause, and end up using them on everything. They’re not just good with bodily fluids, they’re also top-notch makeup removers, window cleaners, spill catchers, snot-swipers, mini floor mops and — when there’s no tap in sight — hand cleaners.

Whether you buy them pre-moistened in a plastic pack, or make your own damp fabric swatches, having a supply of moist cleaner-uppers on hand is so convenient, you’ll use them long after that adorable bottom has grown (too soon!) into a less-than-poetic butt. And if you forget to pick up baby wipes at the store and don’t have a supply of homemade wipes on hand, don’t worry! Simply cut an old T-shirt into squares, or grab a few J Cloths, and simply moisten them with water. If you have it, add a drop of alcohol-free witch hazel and a drop of pure castile soap. See Diaperwrecker.com for recipes that use various household ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

So thank you, baby wipes, for making our messy, wonderful, lucky lives just a little cleaner.

The things we’re grateful for linger long after the turkey’s been digested. To remind ourselves that celebrating life’s little joys is really where it’s at, The Loop’s calling out the everyday things that give us heaps of pleasure. Starting October 10, we’ll publish one new story daily about a thing, moment or experience that gives us the warm and fuzzies.

You’ve probably got plenty to be thankful for, too, and we want to know about it! Share what you’re most grateful for on Facebook here or via Twitter using the hashtag #12DAYSOFTHANKS (we’re @theloopca) or join the conversation on Hubub. Happy Thanksgiving!