How to get your toddler to wash their hands with as little fuss as possible

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How to get your toddler to wash his hands

If your toddler is anything like mine, washing hands can become a daily fight. 
My little guy loves water. He loves baths. He loves the pool. He hates washing his hands. 
These are some things that have worked for us. 
  1. After he is done using the bathroom, I immediately ask him if he wants warm water or cool water to wash his hands. This sometimes catches him off guard and he picks one and turns the water on. 
  2. As soon as we are by the sink, I ask him if he wants to make small bubbles or big bubbles. Again, this catches him off guard and he decides and then we make a big deal of the bubbles. 
  3. When his hands are dirty from mud or paint, I tell him that we need to wash our hands and see the water turn colors. If it’s mud, we make a big deal of how the water is dirty. If it’s paint, we name the colors that the water is turning. 
  4. Candy Jar for cleaning hands. We got a jar and filled it with mini M&Ms. Each time that he cleans his hands, he gets a “clean hands treat”. 

My point is, try making the behavior fun. Find out what is a good motivator for your child and make a big deal out of it. 

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