Just because mommy can handle the grotesque image of vomit doesn't mean she will deal well with the cleanup. The splat on the floor is easy enough to wipe up but the discolored clothes and soaked sheets are another matter entirely. Many a mom's first instinct is to throw it all in the wash. Let me save you a plumber's bill and months of stank by telling you to rinse as much of the mess off the surface as possible before tossing it in the bin with detergent. Take it outside and spray it with a hose or run it under the bathtub faucet. Ladies who think the stench is going to disappear into the wash tubes may be more than disappointed to discover the remnants of the baby's tummy may find their way into the underbelly of the washing machine for months to come.