Toddler Parenting Tip – Taking the War out of Washing Up

I don’t profess to be an expert on toddler parenting.  Like most of us, I figure it out by trial and error.  For ages now, I’ve been struggling with one seemingly simple toddler parenting task: washing up after meals.  You see, Norton hates anything to do with getting his diaper changed, particularly wiping him off.

After lunch, Norton was just covered in his food.  He’s usually a relatively neat eater and uses his spoon and fork, but this time…  Ugh.  He actually managed to get it in his hair.  He was caked in sauce.  Then I got an inspiration.  Norton has recently discovered that he loves “washing” his hands.  It’s not really a proper washing up so much as running his fingers under the water, but it keeps him distracted.  When he came running at me with orange goo all over, I knew that the last thing that I wanted was for him to touch anything in my house.  I’d usually give him a bath when he was this big of a mess, but Eudora was insisting on being held and played with.  There really was no time to give him a bath right then and there… but letting him run around and yuck up the house wasn’t an option, either.  So I cheerfully told him to go to the bathroom and wash his hands.

It worked like a charm.  While he was standing on his step stool and running his little hands under the water, I grabbed some baby wipes and cleaned the food off of him.  Amazingly enough, he didn’t scream, cry, or fight.  It was just okay.  I managed to completely de-gross him, and I did it without a single scream, cry, or scratch.

What kind of surprise toddler parenting tips did you stumble upon through trial and error?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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