Washing baby's hands?

Marcy - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I'm realizing I really need to get better at washing my son's hands throughout the day, at least before meals, etc, both for cleanliness and also to instill the habit of We Wash Our Hands Often. But, the logistics are kinda tough. I mean, I can hold him up at the sink and try to wash his hands under the faucet, but that's kinda awkward (esp since he prefers playing with the faucet and knobs rather than letting his hands go under the stream of water).

So what do you do? Use a bowl? Baby wipes? How do you wash your kid's hands?

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Paige - posted on 01/28/2009

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I think he will get the hang of it the older he gets. As long as you are in the routine of doing it.. it will get easier. I wash my sons hands a few times a day and he just plays with the water too...and that is probably enough for now.

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Sarah - posted on 01/30/2009

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I used to work in the infant room at a Daycare and we did much the same thing that Rebekah said.  We were required to wash hands after every diaper change, so we would hold the child with one arm/leg at the sink & wash with the free hand.  This, of course, was at wall-mount sink so it was easier to prop one leg up with the other to help support the baby.  They did play some, but if you wash one hand and then the other....they are playing with their free hand and then rinsing is easy since both hands can play in the water coming out of the faucet!  Hope you figure something out that works for both of you & reduces wet clothes & messes!

Helen - posted on 01/28/2009

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I do the superman thing with my guy when washing hands. My hand & arm supporting his chest & tummy & we fly to the sink...he seems to like it alot. We can only wash for 10sec at most each hand, must have towel ready or else I get his clothes pretty wet (from switching hands). The counter is usually quite soaked after...one more thing to clean up.

Marcy - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hmm yeah that's what I'm having trouble with, he's way too little to use a step stool and I don't think I could keep him happy for a full minute while I wash each hand, and also not feel like I'm squishing his stomach trying to hold him up the entire time.

I'm wondering around filling up a large bowl and doing it closer to the floor, though I have a feeling there would be lots of water splashed everywhere with that method...

Rebekah - posted on 01/28/2009

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I have 4 children and I also work at a childcare center. When I wash children's hands they usually use a step stool, if they're old enough, and I'll run warm water. Wet their hands and give the child a squirt of soap in their palm. Help them rub their hands together and talk about how warm the water is or how bubbly the soap is. Or you can even sing a song. (Preferably one that lasts 30 seconds.)
If the child is rather young and cannot stand up by him/herself and reach the sink, I usually hold the child with one arm and do the same as above. The only thing different is I have to wash each hand separately (30 seconds each hand). Still talk to the child about what they are doing because they are still learning at this young age.
I think you are doing a great job trying to instill the habit of washing your child's hands. It is very important to keep hands clean, this will prevent many colds and other illnesses caused by hand-to-mouth transfers.
Hope this has helped!

~Rebekah~

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