I'm a concerned mom and my 2-year-old toddler doesn't seem to be developing good hand washing habits yet. With the current pandemic situation, I am worried about his health and hygiene. I have tried teaching him a few times, but he seems to lose interest in washing his hands properly. Can anyone suggest some tips or tricks to make hand washing more fun for him and encourage him to develop good hand washing habits? I would really appreciate any help or advice! Thank you!
I completely understand your concern about developing good hand washing habits in your toddler, especially considering the current pandemic situation. One thing that helped us was using a hand washing chart that we created.
We drew pictures of the different steps in hand washing, and after washing hands correctly and consistently for a week, we would add a sticker to the chart. We set achievable goals and rewarded our daughter with a small treat or a favorite activity, which she looked forward to.
Additionally, we made washing hands a part of our daily routine so that it became an automatic habit. For example, we would wash our hands together before meals or as soon as we returned home from outside.
Finally, we reminded our daughter of the importance of washing hands and how it keeps germs away. We would talk to her about how sickness spreads and how washing hands can prevent it, which made her understand the importance of hand washing.
I hope these tips help you and your toddler develop healthy hand washing habits. Good luck!