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It’s one of those things that you really have to experience in order to join the conversation. And even then, since every child is different, your advice should be considered, but not necessarily followed. And sometimes, despite your solid preparations and best intentions, everything gets thrown for a loop. And if you’re really unlucky, something will happen and you’ll have to start all over again.
I’m talking about potty training, of course.
I probably potty trained my first son later than I should have, simply because it was easier to change his diaper than go through the motions of getting him on the toilet seat (he’s resistant to change; I’m resistant to accidents on my Berber carpet). The truth is, I didn’t stress about it – I had never heard of a 16-year old wearing diapers, so I was fairly certain that eventually, he would get there.
That’s why I’m not here to offer foolproof potty training tips… there’s no such thing! However, I would like to share a few helpful suggestions from Kandoo Kids, my favourite brand for keeping kids clean.
1. The Basics: Each child is different but the general age range to start potty training is 18-24 months. Start by making positive associations with the toilet early on, such as showing your child how you sit on the toilet to go “potty”.
2. Routine: Establish a routine that encourages your child to use the potty throughout the day.
3. Patience: Since potty training takes time and every child is different, an abundance of patience is necessary… and a little laughter is helpful too.
4. Stay Positive: Even if nothing happens, help your child feel good about the process with positive reinforcements such as singing songs, clapping hands or give them stickers.
5. Washing Hands: Encourage healthy habits from the start by teaching kids how to wash their hands.
Earlier this month, I shared my best tips for keeping kids clean over the summer months. I trust Kandoo Flushable Wipes and Personal Care Products and Boogie Wipes for the task. Well, now it’s your turn to share – for a chance to win a Kandoo prize package valued at $150!
Inside, you’ll find Flushable Wipes, Boogie Wipes, Kandoo Body Wash, Kandoo Hand Wash, Boogie Mist and Kandoo Bubble Bath. To enter, simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck everybody, and stay healthy!
My kids dont like to stop their play to wash etc but i try to make it routine and fun to wash after bathroom before eating and they have a bath every evening after a hard days play outside but the key is to start young and be consistent and make it fun they will remember :)
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It’s hard to keep them clean through out the summer, but I enforce that they wash their hands after playing with the dogs, after going to the washroom and before they eat, and everynight they have a bath to wash away the rest of the days dirt!!
I usually keep a moist wash cloth or wet wipes in a baggy, a pack of boogie wipes on hand and give them a wipe down when needed as they buzz by!I remind them to wash hands after doing their business,pet the dogs and always before they eat. A quick bath at night helps them sleep
I keep a package of wipes handy- if at the least I can do is give a quick wipe down – that helps! And just try to encourage hand washing as much as possible!
bath andwashing hands
Lots of hand washing during the summer months and taking showers and baths on a daily basis.
Lots of hand washing, and always carry sanitizer.
make sure the wash hands before and after they eat
We always remind them and have me wash up before meals and after playing outside
I always make them wash their hands. They always drink lots of water and eat fruits and veggies!
I always carry wipes on me everywhere we go! they really come in handy especially after park playtime :)
We are encouraging our kids to keep washing their hands and not put their hands in their mouths. I always have wipes in my bag too!
I find the handwashing habits we work on throughout the year stick with him during the summer. And I have wipes everywhere!! Car. Purse. House.
Between home & daycare my daughter has learned how to wash her hands properly, it helps that we both re-inforce it! I also keep wipes with me most of the time.
Lots of hand washing and sanitizers.
Lots of regular handwashing!
Lots of handwashing and baths every night before bed! Summer is short so you might as well let them get dirty and have fun!
Hand washing is part of our daily routine and now with new babies popping out ;) we also enforce using anti bacterial soaps, wipes and sanitizers! We wash our toys and sanitize anything that goes into baby’s mouth! We would love to Boogie with the grandkids! :) tysm
It’s definitely a challenge no doubt! I like to always keep wipes and Kleenex and an extra set of clothes when on the go in case of disasters! I loved the Berber carpet/16 year old joke, made me laugh so hard I needed a potty break! Many thanks for a fantastic giveaway! Perfect for my Grandchildren who still pretend that they’ve washed their hands!
Make them wash their hands often especially after coming into the house from outside and before meals.
Constant hand washing
I keep my granddaughter clean, by having her wash her hands after she use the washroom and before she eats. Seh takes a bath everynight.
To keep clean and healthy over the summer months we stick to the same routines. Wash our hands when we come in from outdoors, before eating, after eating. I remind my daughter a lot to try to keep her hands out of her mouth but it’s hard with wiggly teeth.
I try and make it a fun activity. Who doesn’t like splashing around in the water at any time. Rewards, small ones mind you, but a reward for a great job always works well.
hand washing often, and daily baths, but try not to worry too much, summer doesn’t last long
Julie A Nicholls
Wash your hands after playing outside and using the bathroom, we keep wipes in the car for travelling.
keeping hands and faces clean. i keep wipes in the vehical, purse and home
We wash there hands over and over again and let them play in water as much as possible
Valery Victoria Crawford
Lots and lots of handwashing!
My kids each have baths every night, and I advise them to wash their hands as much as possible
Lots of hand washing, face washing and bathing daily
Lots of hand washing!
I am always prepared when I go anywhere with my grandchildren. I carry wet wipes and hand sanitizer so they get washed up often and before they eat anything and after using the washroom and in between when I can see them getting dirty.
I don’t have small kids to keep clean but do have my niece and nephew and let them get dirty at least they are outside playing and not playing video games, clothes can be washed and they can take a bath
Lots of hand washing.
Wipes and lots of them. They are handy to have while we are out and about to clean up their hands when they get into all sorts of things!
Keep their hand clean.
We take baby wipes with us everywhere we go, plus they have more baths than they do in the winter time. We also drink lots of water, and they eat a lot of fresh product for snacks. I always make sure to have a big selection of apples, bananas, berries, watermelon, bell peppers etc. in the fridge all the time.
tons of handwashing, we keep some wipes and wet cloths in the vehicles as well as my purse.
So hard to get my son to stop and wash hands.. lol. We drink lots of water and eat lots of veggies and fruit
we always wash our hands when we come in to the house from shopping, playing, etc.
No challenge here. Sophie is more of a clean freak than I am and she’s only five. She insists on everything being clean including herself.
Lots of water and sunscreen…and tons of handwashing.
We wash hands still, especially with all the playing in the dirt!
I keep wipes and sanitizer around the house and I am constantly reminding them to wash their hands.
Frequent hand washing & wipes for on the go.
Baths everyday and washing hands
I always carry a pocket pack of hand sanitizer in my purse.
Lot of hand washing and lot of outdoor play time.
I like to keep sanitizer and wipes in purse, car and back pack for ease at hand
I encourage them to wash their hands often.
I always have baby wipes in my purse. We have no babies, lol but they are perfect for wiping greasy hands & sweaty brows.
Lots of baths and when no bath available , i carry baby wipes and clean them up as well as i can with them , till were home , and lots of hand sanitizer :)
lots of baths, and pool time, but usually always a wipe down with cloths or baby wipes
I keep hand sanitizers handy.
Make sure they wash their hands before they eat or snack.
A lot of baths!
lots of hand washing or using wipes if we are out, and baths!
We are battling a bad virus over here. We make sure his contact to other kids is limited while he had the virus so they don’t get it.
i always have wipes in my purse . i cannot leave my house without them .
We do a lot of hand washing and baths. And I bring sanitizer with me
Washing their hands when ever they come inside.
Frequent dips in the tub or shower and loads of fresh fruit and veggies keep my kids healthy!
they take many baths during the summer months to wash off all the sand and lake water
Antibacterial wipes, sanitizer and LOTS of hand washing
Washing hands often
I always have boogie wipes on hand for those sticky messes,and enforce the rules of hand washing after trip to the washroom,and before eating…playing with bugs,of petting the animals…….
Have wipes handy for messy situations.
Lots of washing hands,and wipes!!
The main rule – we wash our hands often.
Lots and lots of hand washing, baths every night!
lots of hand washing and I always have my hand sanitizer with me. thanks for the chance to win Lena
We wash our hands frequently, and use wipes when we aren’t at home.
Lots of swimming…washes the dirt right away
Constantly washing our hands after being outdoors and enjoying activities.
I always have wipes in the car. When out and about we can always grab them to keep clean.
I always carry wipes on me everywhere we go
My kids shower everyday and we wash very often
My struggle is trying to keep my daughter’s fingers out of her mouth. The nasty tasting nail polish doesn’t deter her.
I bring hand sanitizer with us everywhere!
We bring wipes and wash hands often
I carry wipes wherever we go so we can wash our hands more when we are out having fun. I have them in my purse,car and day bag so we are always prepared.
I always have wipes on hand and also am constantly encouraging handwashing.
I make sure my little one always wash his hands.
Wash hands a lot!
Is it bad if I say I hope that all their swimming adds to the cleansing? lol . the normal stuff too of course!! dont pick your nose, dont lick the floor.. :)
Lots of hand washing and daily baths.
Swimming and bathing! and pretty smelling fun soaps
lots of rest, pacing themselves in the hot weather and lots of fluids
Debbie White Beattie
I love your tips and especially wash your hands because I think it’s important for kids to know why it’s important and that way they won’t be resistant to it and hopefully it carries through to adulthood