Cold season is here and research shows year after year that hand washing is one of the best ways to...
Cold season is here and research shows year after year that hand washing is one of the best ways to combat germs and keep your little ones healthy. It makes sense to start early so that hand washing comes second nature to your kids. watertap.jpgAs soon as Cedar was old enough to stand we started practicing hand washing. By three years he could do fairly well himself and now he's six and I never even have to remind him to scrub up. Following are some tips that can help you get your babe on track with hand washing. Start early: Once he reaches the real opposing toddler age he's gonna fight you about doing simple tasks. Try to practice washing as soon as he can stand up. We has a short sink and a stool but you can also hold your young toddler up at the sink. Stools are a great idea because they allow your toddler to be independent. Be sure the stool is sturdy and non-skid. One bad fall off of a stool can make your child leery of the sink. Wash up yourself: Your child will do as you do, not what you say -- an old saying but true. Fun times: I used to sing to Cedar while he washed. You might also try cool dispensers and fun colored liquid soaps.Water safety: Make this a number one priority. When your babe is very young of course you'll be turning on the water. Still it's important to point out that by turning this faucet you get cold and by turning the other you get hot. Know the perfect settings for your water to make it warm but not hot and then teach your baby. This may seem like a hard skill for little ones. It is, don't expect them to be a pro for a few years but by the time Cedar was three he could handle faucets with supervision.

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