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What are some good ways to encourage my toddler to wash their hands after using the potty?

Hi everyone,

I have a question regarding potty training and hygiene. My 2-year-old has recently started using the potty on their own, which I'm very happy about. However, I'm having trouble getting them to wash their hands after using the potty. I understand the importance of good hygiene, especially in these times, and I want to make sure my child understands it too.

I've tried explaining to them why it's necessary to wash their hands, but it doesn't seem to be enough. Are there any tricks or tips you've used to encourage your toddler to wash their hands after using the potty? Any fun or creative ways to make it more appealing to them?

I would really appreciate any suggestions you may have. Thanks in advance!

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Hi there,

I had the same struggle when potty training my toddler, but I found a few things that helped. Firstly, I made sure the soap and towels were accessible for my toddler so they didn't have to ask for help. Secondly, I made it into a fun game by singing a hand-washing song with them or using a timer to encourage them to wash their hands for the full 20 seconds.

Something else that worked really well for me was introducing a reward system. Every time my toddler washed their hands after using the potty without being reminded, they got a sticker or a small treat. This really encouraged them to continue washing their hands on their own and made it a positive experience for them.

I hope these tips help you out! Good luck with the potty training and the hand-washing.


Hey there,

I totally understand how frustrating it can be trying to get your toddler to wash their hands after using the potty. But I found a few tricks to get my child more interested in it. Firstly, I bought my toddler a hand wash with their favorite character or cartoon picture on it. This encourages them to use it and makes hand-washing more fun.

Secondly, I created a hand-washing song that we sang together every time they used the potty. I also made it a habit to wash our hands together after doing any messy craft, baking or preparing meals, so that they automatically associate washing hands after such activities with good hygiene.

Finally, positive reinforcement is key. Whenever my toddler washed their hands correctly or on their own, I would shower them with praise and love or surprise them with a small reward. It goes a long way.

I hope these tips work for you! Don't give up, eventually, hand-washing will become second nature to your child.


Hi there,

I can definitely understand your situation since I have also gone through similar experiences when potty training my own toddler. What worked for me was using hand soap with a fun scent, like watermelon or bubblegum. My child was more willing to use the soap and wash their hands when it was scented than when it was just plain soap.

Another trick I used was to make hand-washing part of the potty routine. Many toddlers like routine and knowing what comes next, so making it a habit to wash hands after using the potty can help make it a no-brainer for them.

Lastly, using visuals like pictures of hands being washed can be really effective in teaching them the proper technique. I printed out a poster of the steps to wash hands and placed it by the sink. This helped my child remember to wet their hands, use soap, scrub for 20 seconds, rinse with water, and then dry their hands.

I hope these tips help! Don't give up, with patience and consistency, your toddler will eventually develop a healthy hand-washing habit.


Hey there,

I can totally relate to your situation as I had the same issue with my toddler. Despite explaining the importance of hygiene and the need to wash hands after using the potty, they were just not willing to do it. One thing that really helped me out was to make it a routine. I made a chart with my toddler and put stickers on it every time they washed their hands after using the potty. After a certain number of stickers, they got to choose a reward.

Additionally, I let my toddler pick out their own soap and hand towel. This way, they felt more in control and ownership over the process. I also made sure to wash my hands whenever my toddler did so they could see me setting an example.

Lastly, I started talking about the topic in a fun way. We watched some animated videos and sang songs about washing hands.

I hope these ideas help you out! Good luck in your potty training and hand-washing journey.


Hello all,

I have a tip that worked very well for me while trying to get my toddler to wash their hands after using the potty. I let my little one pick out a hand towel with their favorite cartoon character on it. This immediately got them more excited to use the towel and wash their hands.

Also, after washing their hands, I would make a big deal of how clean and fresh their hands felt. This made them more confident whenever they washed their hands and strengthened the idea of good hygiene practices.

Another trick that came up was setting a good example yourself as a parent. Children learn through imitation, and if we can show them the importance of washing hands, our toddlers are more likely to pick up the habit faster.

I hope that one of these tips works for you! As with everything in parenting, it takes patience and sometimes creativity, but it is always worth the effort.


Hi there,

I faced a similar challenge when potty training my little one. But one trick that worked for me is letting my toddler be in control of the hand-washing process. I would let my child pump the soap, turn on and off the faucet, and dry their own hands, of course with some supervision. This really got them excited about the hand-washing process and made it more of a fun activity than a chore.

Another thing that worked for me was to wash my hands together with my child until they got the hang of it. I would show them the proper technique, encourage them to lather the soap and scrub their hands for at least 20 seconds. After that, it's like they wanted to show off their new skill whenever they washed their hands on their own.

Also, having a friendly reminder didn’t hurt anyone. I placed a little note next to the sink that says "Did you wash your hands?" Even my toddler found it cute and always followed through.

I hope these tips help you out! Keep being creative and never give up.


Hi everyone,

I also had trouble getting my toddler to wash their hands after using the potty. One trick that worked for me was to use a Foaming hand wash. My toddler gets excited to see the foam and it makes it more fun for them to wash their hands.

Another thing that helped was setting up a handwashing station in the bathroom with a stool, soap pump, and a towel for my toddler. This made it easier for them to reach everything themselves and take ownership of the process.

Lastly, I used a positive language and modeling good hygiene behavior. Instead of saying "Don't touch anything until you wash your hands!", I started saying "As soon as you wash your hands, we can continue playing together." This kind of positive reinforcement helped encourage my toddler to wash their hands after using the potty.

I hope these tips help you! Hang in there and keep trying new things, eventually, you will find what works for your child.

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