Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of disease. Build
healthy hand-washing habits now. Help wash your baby’s hands after every
diaper change—when you wash your own. Your baby can go with you into
the bathroom. Help him stand at the sink. Keep a stepstool, liquid soap and
a drying towel handy.
Talk about what you are doing as you wash. For example, say, “Up on the
stool. I’m turning on the water. Let’s wet your hands. The water is warm.
Now we’ll add a little soap and rub, rub, rub. The soap gets your hands nice
and clean. Now we’ll rinse off all of the soap. We’ll dry with this towel. This
is where we hang it up. Down from the stool now. I’ll close the bathroom
door behind us. Let’s go and look at a book.”
It’s fun to sing a song while washing. Try this one. Sing it to the tune of“Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Wash, wash, wash your hands. Wash them to this rhyme. Rub and rub and rub and rub, Away goes all the grime.
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