Teaching Your Toddler About Personal Hygiene

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Toddlers love to mess with things and put them in their mouths. While a little odd, there's actually a reason for this. It's a key part of their sensory-motor development and helps them to learn more about the objects that they come across as it helps them to work out how big, hard or soft something is and their shape. At the same time, it’s important that they are taught how to stay safe from germs and viruses that make us ill. Below is guidance that we’ve put together with the help of a nursery in London on how to teach toddlers about personal hygiene.

Washing Hands

Our hands go through a lot, especially when outside. Children come into contact with a whole range of elements like soil and creatures like bugs. They may not realise this and understand that they need to wash their hands. By showing them that their hands are “yucky”, you can help them to make a clear distinction between what’s clean and dirty. You can also wash your hands together when coming inside so that it becomes a habitual thing for them to do and you stop bacteria and germs from spreading.

Explain Why We Need to Wash

As well as forming healthy habits, children should also have some level of understanding as to why they are important. Germs are tiny, microscopic organisms that cause disease. They aren’t visible to the naked eye so unsuspectingly, children can ingest them and become ill. There are many children's books on germs to help you explain.

Dirty Places

It’s especially important that children take care of their hygiene after going to the bathroom and other not-so-clean places. When using the toilet there are a whole other range of cleanliness procedures to follow like how to clean up after themselves. Something that children will need to be taught as they are being potty trained and preparing for school.

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