According to the World Health Organization (WHO), proper handwashing is seen as a homemade vaccine, which is both simple and easy to implement. Just by washing your hands, several infectious diseases that have been occurring in the community will be prevented. Therefore, it is crucial for everyone to wash your hands frequently, including your baby. However, a lot of parents finds it struggling to guide their child to wash their hands. It may need more effort rather than a plain explanation to make them clean their hands. So if you are having this trouble, here are 10 fun ways to encourage your baby to do hand washing
1. Use Foaming Soap
Everyone loves playing with soap bubbles, including both children and adults. Your child will have so much fun when making all sorts of soap bubbles but still keep their hands clean at the same time. You may even find your baby constantly making excuses to wash their hands more!
There are several foaming soaps on the market that you can choose from. Even better, you can make foaming soap by yourself and you can include your baby in the work. Doing this will make your kids love to wash their hands more as they want to use their own products. Make sure that the soaps materials are suitable for your baby’s skin and keep an eye on any allergic reaction.
2. Sing A Song While Doing Hand Washing
It is ideal if your baby washes their hands for 30 seconds each time. Though it may be a short time it will be enough to kill the bacteria that are on your baby’s hand. Thirty seconds are enough for a short funny song. Therefore, you should guide your baby to wash their hands and sing a song that they love. The song can be from their favorite videos, cartoon, or any popular kid songs. Either the ‘Alphabet song’ or ‘This is the way we wash our hands’ if sung twice, take around 20 seconds. It’s lots more fun if parents sing along too! Ensure children thoroughly dry their hands using a clean towel after washing. Doing this will make handwashings much more enjoyable for your kids. In addition, you should change the song constantly for each handwash to keep it interesting. If you and your baby love creativity, you can try to make your own family’s melody. You can try to add some gestures like hand-clapping or whistle into the melody so it will be more interactive and easier to remember.
3. Use Glitter To Teach Your Childs About Germs.
Young children are often resistant to washing their hands cause It is hard for them to understand things that they cannot see. So if you just tell them that their hands are full of bacteria and germs, they won’t listen to you. Therefore, using glitter is a concrete way to teach your kids about germs and the importance of washing hands. Start by sprinkling a bit of glitter onto your child’s hands. Explain that these glitter specks are like germs, which can make them sick. The germs are very small and they stick to you and get passed along. After that, have your child touch different surfaces and shake hands with other people. Doing this will show them how the germs (glitter) spread in their surrounding. Finally, let them wash their hands and see how the germs are washed away. Your child will much more able to get the concept of germs and bacteria. As a result, they will do handwashing regularly to keep themselves healthy.
4. Bubbles Game
Children love creating different shapes and soap bubbles will grant them unlimited possibilities. You can teach your baby to blow soap bubbles through their fingers by forming their soapy hands into a circle. Shortly you won’t be surprised to find them spend like half an hour at the sink each time.
5. Establish A Daily Routine
Establishing a daily routine that including handwashing is very important. Try to guide your baby to wash their hands every day before and after eating, after playing outside, or before sleeping. By doing this regularly in a period of time, your child will get used to it right away and you don’t need to spend a lot of effort to make your baby wash their hands.
6. Use Your Baby’s Favorite Baby Soaps for Hand Washing
Unlike adults, so do children who love colorful things and soap. A fancy cake of soap can be an attractive addition to children’s handwashing activities. Try funny fruit-smelling soaps or ones that feature their favorite characters
7. Make Boring Hand Washing More Lively
Your baby will learn to do things by mimic your actions. Handwashings is no exception. So make sure that you wash your hands regularly. However, to keep it interesting, you can make different noises for each handwashing step or perform a hilarious dance after the end. In the eyes of children, parents look lovely and interesting to do these things!
8. Use a Hand Washing Chart
Have a hand washing chart near the sink so your child can mark down each time they wash their hands. Once the chart is filled in, honor their work with a small, agreed-upon reward.
9. Explain the harmful effects of germs but in the funniest way possible
We often make mistakes in underestimating a child’s knowledge. You can still convey what you want to let your baby understand through interesting explanations or attract the interest of the child. So, instead of giving a dry lecture, show your baby videos or pictures of the harmful effects of bacteria or instruct him to wash his hands.
10. Give the baby the task
Give them a toy and ask them to clean it every time they wash their hands. Advice is that you should choose a toy that can be washed and dried immediately. Just like that, you will be surprised to see how happy children are when they clean their toys and their hands at the same time. In addition, you will not have to worry too much about dirt or bacteria clinging to these
Here you go, now you have our 10 fun ways to encourage your baby to wash their hands. Do you have any other activities to help kids do handwashing? Please share them to us in the