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What are some good ways to teach my toddler about personal hygiene during potty training?

Hi everyone,

I am a mother of a 2-year-old toddler who is in the process of potty training. I am looking for some tips and ideas on how to teach my child about personal hygiene during this process. I want to ensure that my child learns good hygiene practices and is able to keep himself clean and healthy. Any suggestions on what I can do to teach him about washing hands, wiping properly, and keeping the toilet clean? I would appreciate any advice or ideas you may have.

Thank you!

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Hi there!

When my daughter was going through the potty training process, I found it helpful to involve her in the hygiene routine. I would let her watch me wash my hands and explain why we need to clean our hands after using the potty. Then, I would encourage her to wash her own hands while singing a song or counting to 20 to ensure she was washing long enough.

I also showed her how to wipe properly, emphasizing the importance of wiping from front to back to prevent infections. I would check and make sure she was wiping properly, offering gentle guidance when necessary.

To keep the toilet clean, I would ask her to help me flush the toilet and put the seat and lid down afterward. I also taught her to use toilet paper to wipe the seat if needed and to dispose of the paper properly in the trash.

Overall, teaching good hygiene practices during potty training took time and patience, but it was worth it in the end. Good luck with your little one!


Hi all,

I have a 3-year-old son who recently got potty trained, and we faced some struggles to teach him about personal hygiene throughout the process. However, we managed to make changes to our approach and made it more fun and interactive, which helped us teach our son in a better way.

We got a musical hand-washing timer and attached it to the bathroom wall near the sink, which enhanced our son's interest in hand hygiene. Also, we created stories and songs that would stick in his mind about cleaning himself after using the bathroom. It helped him to remember the routine consistently.

Furthermore, we used educational books and cartoons that teach children about potty hygiene to make it more interactive and fun. For instance, we used 'Elmo's Potty Time' - an animated show with an episode on 'cleanliness'. The show's episode helped our son understand and learn the importance of maintaining personal hygiene while using the potty.

Overall, I believe that including interactive methods while teaching toddlers about personal hygiene during potty training can be quite beneficial. You just need to get creative with it!


Hi everyone,

I am a mother of a 2 and a half-year-old daughter who is in the middle of potty training. When it comes to personal hygiene, we have found that modeling good habits has been the most effective teaching method.

We make sure to always wash our hands before and after using the bathroom and before handling food, and we encourage our daughter to do the same. Whenever we go to the bathroom together, we make sure to explain what we are doing and why.

In addition, we have taught our daughter how to use wipes properly, and we make sure to demonstrate how to wipe thoroughly from front to back.

Finally, we keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on hand and encourage our daughter to use it intermittently when needed.

We have found that modeling good habits is an effective way to teach children about personal hygiene. It is important to remember that children learn by example, so making sure that you are a positive role model is essential.



As a mother of a 4-year-old daughter, I can relate to the struggles of teaching hygiene during potty training. However, we found that incentivizing good hygiene practices can make a big difference.

We created a sticker chart in the bathroom to encourage our daughter to wash her hands properly and to wipe herself independently. Every time she successfully completed the task, she was rewarded with a sticker to put on the chart. After a set number of stickers, she would receive a small prize or a treat.

We also included her favorite character-themed hand soap and toilet paper to make the experience more engaging and enjoyable for her. It helped to reduce our daughter’s resistance to hygiene routines and made it feel more like an activity she enjoyed doing.

Therefore, I recommend incentivizing hygiene tasks to make learning easier and more fun. It helps to create a positive association with personal hygiene habits, which is essential in the long run.

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