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As joyful as having my youngest son potty trained during the day can be, getting him to the toilet is only part of the learning process. He’s rocking the mad dash to make it to the toilet most of the time and is ecstatic to have graduated to his super hero underwear. But, the rest of what it takes to have good hygiene in the bathroom is still under instruction. A recent trip to Walmart for Cottonelle Clean Care toilet paper and a Cottonelle Clean Care Flushable Moist Wipes dispenser is getting us on the right road.
What I’ve found is that there can be a few stumbling blocks for him. He’s not unique as I had other boys go through the same things. First is the hesitation to do their own wiping. And, in some ways, who can blame them if a big person is willing to do that sometimes nasty task. Secondly, there’s the whole creation of a different kind of mess in the process. This tends to happen when the thinner toilet paper I’ve been ‘told’ we had to use for our septic system starts to rip. Or, a little residue transfers to the underwear. Talk about a stinky mess. Yuck, yuck and yuck!
Now, I know I’m not the only one thinking about what it takes to have that good hygiene and how to teach your kids. Just this past month (June 28th to be exact), the ladies on The Talk were chatting it up. They shared about their own care routines and the importance of staying so fresh and so clean. You can see that segment here:
Teaching Good Hygiene in the Bathroom
(1) Find the supplies that will work best for your needs!
As I mentioned, my ‘other half’ has insisted on the paper thin generic toilet paper he grew up using as being the only one safe for the septic system. Times when we’ve needed something a little stronger for wiping a youngster’s booty had us reaching for baby wipes and having to bag them before placing in the garbage. After hearing about Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper and Cottonelle Fresh Care Moist Wipes being septic system safe, I knew I wanted to branch out and try something different.
(2) Don’t send your young child into the bathroom alone.
Preschoolers (or even a slightly older child in a rush) can be notorious for not even noticing some of the messes they generate. As tempting as it is to let my youngest make due on his own, we still try to have a big person accompany him on bathroom runs. Otherwise, you might find a whole lot of mess to clean up! (Just don’t ask me how I know that one!)
(3) Help your potty training child learn how to use the ‘tools of the trade.’
Any parent knows that young kids will use WAY more toilet paper than they need to get the job done. Use this opportunity to teach them how many squares they need at a time. Your wallet and quite possibly your house (as a backed up toilet is not fun) will thank you in the long run. Plus, you’ve just found a way to reinforce counting with them. Also, guide them in when to use the Cottonelle Fresh Care wipes so they can leave the bathroom super clean.
(4) Keep extra supplies at the ready.
I like to have an extra toilet paper roll close to the toilet just in case the last person to use the bathroom neglected to change the roll. And, the Cottonelle Fresh Care wipes dispenser I picked up fits perfectly on the back of the toilet. You can’t get more convenient than that.
(5) Make sure hands are washed before leaving the bathroom!
Hand washing is such a simple thing, but surprisingly there are many people (including adults) that neglect this quick way to have improved overall health. The preschool years are a perfect time to drill this important step into their brains so it becomes second nature. Even though J will be 4 later this year, I still will help him when needed to really scrub his hands. Busy kids (especially boys) would rather do a mad dash of their hands under the water. Teach them to sing a short song which gives them at least 20 to 30 seconds of hand washing time. (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, the Birthday Song, or a stanza of Old McDonald Had a Farm will get you the time you need.)
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What are some of your tips or tricks for teaching kids good hygiene in the bathroom?
What are YOUR thoughts after watching the segment from The Talk on their own hygiene routines?