preschool tushy wiping tips

Preschooler Tushy Wiping Tips {#CtnlCareRoutine}

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Avery is my first (hopefully of many) so she is the one I am learning all this ‘mom stuff’ with and potty training with her was a breeze. Like to the point of I don’t think I even played a roll in it, she made the choice one day at about 2 1/2 and never went back. We totally rock a night time Pull Up but the whole day time potty training thing was almost like an immediate switch. But I am a preschool teacher, so I knew I wasn’t out of the woods yet. There is still some wiping assistance that takes place even after potty training is over, but 4 years old has always seemed like a good time to transfer the duties and responsibility and since Avery turns 4 in a couple of days- that time is now! I thought I would share a couple of tips on how to set up your kids for success when it comes to booty wiping!

First, you have to have the right tools and I went with the Cottonelle Clean Care Routine because it was the best way for Avery to transition from wipes to toilet paper. I ran to Walmart (I don’t think you understand how excited I am to pass these wiping duties off, yes, I ran!) and picked up the Cottonelle Clean Care toilet paper and the Fresh Care cleansing cloths. The reason I like this pair is she can start with the wipe that resembles a baby wipe and then follow up with the toilet paper. Look how happy she looks in the store! Could be the birthday countdown she has been doing constantly, but whatever.

Once I had my key pieces, I wanted to create a visual system for Avery to understand that didn’t involve reading. Since she is just turning four, she can understand numbers and visual symbols but she isn’t reading so  list of steps would not be helpful for her. I put a 1 on the cleansing cloths to both symbolize the starting point and that she only needs to take one wipe. Anyone who has a preschooler probably has walked into a room where their child has taken, one by one, all of the tissues or wipes out of a container. This is a biggie! Bigger jobs can take two, but the goal is to start with one.

The, I placed a number 2 on my cabinet. This is another important tip to show Avery just how much toilet paper to use, she can pull it from the roll until it gets to the number 2 and that is the perfect amount. This is valuable because when I have come in and she has pulled toilet paper for me to use, it has been handfuls upon handfuls, or one. Yes, one single square of paper. Neither of those are very helpful, this helps her start to understand what sh should be grabbing.

The number 3 is on the toilet to remind her to flush, many kids may not need this one, but part of our routine commonly includes me reminding her to flush and since I am encouraging independence- this is that cue.

There you go, as simple as 1, 2, 3! What is even better is that right now, when you purchase BOTH Cottenelle Clean Care toilet paper and cleansing cloths in store in the month of February receive a $5 Vudu offer to use towards your next movie night! To receive the offer, all you have to do is:

  • Take a picture of the receipt showing you bought both items
  • Text or email the picture to clean@drvsusa.com

You will then receive a text or email back with a code for a $5 Vudu credit! Simple, right?! You can get more info by going HERE

Do you have any other tips for me?

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