When you have a baby, one of the most fun parts is bath time. That little tub filled with bubbles with all of the splashing around- it’s fun for everyone! Fast forward a few years, and getting your kids to take a shower or brush their teeth is a kin to trying to get a cat to take a bath. No one wants their child to be the smelly kid in class, but convincing them of how important it is to brush their teeth and wash their body can be equally tricky and frustrating. To a kid, hygiene can seem like a hassle and a complete waste of time; and while teaching children that practicing good hygiene is essential to their health and well-being can be a daily challenge, it is an important one. Thankfully these 7 tricks to teaching kids good hygiene habits will make your journey to having an independent, sweet-smelling, and squeaky clean kid a little less difficult.
1. Begin With The Basics
Hand washing is one of the most important hygiene practices we can teach our kids. You want to ensure you teach your kids the basics: reminding them to wash several times daily, especially after using the bathroom, using soap and water (preferable to alcohol-based hand sanitizers), washing for an appropriate period of time, and rinsing at the end. Hand sanitizers are good in a pinch, but not as effective as good old fashioned hand washing. To encourage children to scrub for an appropriate amount of time, try having them sing “Happy Birthday” while they wash. Sing it with them. It’s fun!
2. Make it a Little More Fun
Turn blowing a runny nose into your best horn impression. Use those shampoo suds to turn their hair into a mohawk or bath bubbles into a beard. Do a dance while brushing teeth each morning. Buying products that have their favorite characters on them can make things more fun as well.
Kids love having their favorite characters with them when they are brushing their teeth or taking a bath, so that’s why I love that Suave® has a whole kid’s line that is not only gentle on the eyes, but has my daughter’s favorite Frozen characters right on the bottle! The new Suave Kids® line offers head-to-toe gentle products that are specially formulated for kids. Suave® is the #1 kids’ haircare brand so it’s definitely a brand I trust with my kid’s gentle skin. The new Suave® Kid’s line has the best of both worlds: their products are full of gentle cleansing ingredients and also come in a fun packaging so the Suave Kids® Disney collection will make bath time a playful adventure for both kids and parents!
3. Lead By Example
Let your child observe your own routine. Invite them into the bathroom while you brush your teeth, comb your hair, and wash your face at night. Remind yourself aloud within their earshot to wash your hands before preparing dinner. If they see you taking care to wash and brush, they will be more likely to follow suit. This is super important with your older daughters and sons too- it is super important to teach your tweens how to take care of their skin when they are young!
4. Explain WHY They Need Good Hygiene Habits
Depending on your kid’s ages you can explain the science behind WHY we need good hygiene. You can explain a little about the concepts of health, wellness, and disease. Kids can understand that sicknesses, like the cold or flu, can be prevented by spreading so easily by effective hand washing.
5. Make Use Of Visual Or Interactive Resources
For younger kids, using a chart, graph or app can help them to remember what to do and make completely a task more fun. There are plenty online or you can make one yourself. Hopefully if they use it enough when they are little, by the time they are a tween, they won’t need as many reminders.
6. Give Them the Right Tools
A great way to engage children in their own grooming is to pump up the excitement for the task by making sure they can do it “all by themselves”. Teaching kids to brush their teeth on their own (with you “checking” at the end), and learning how to take their own showers or baths is a big part of growing up. This is easier when you pick tools that are designed for little hands so they don’t get frustrated.
Just as important as making your kid’s cleaning routines fun, you have to be sure it is functional as well! The new Suave® Kid’s collections are all tear-free and dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. They are available in easy to use pump bottle or squeezable tube which is SO important for kids! If they can pump the shampoo and conditioner themselves, they are more likely to want to wash their hair! These products are perfect for everyday use and are made with fun, fresh scents that will leave your kids clean from head to toe and smelling great- will very little fuss!
My daughter just loves using her new Disney Frozen bath products. They are so easy for her to use all by herself and smell terrific! Some of our favorites are the NEW Disney Frozen Elsa 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner in Berry Flurry, which cleans with a rich, creamy lather and rinses off easily leaving hair feeling soft and clean – all in one step! It also has a yummy strawberry scent that she just loves. For her body, we like the Disney Frozen Olaf 2-in-1 Shampoo + Body Wash in Icy Grape. It is made with a fun, fruity scent that will leave my little wild child super kids clean from head to toe and smelling great. I love how the shampoo, conditioner and body wash are both in an easy-to-use 28 oz. pump bottle too! Lastly we are sure to end our bath routine by helping to tame her flyways with the NEW Disney Frozen Anna Detangler Spray in Sparkle Berry- which also smells fantastic!
7. Make It Apart of Your Daily Routine
We all know that children thrive on routines and incorporating good hygiene, like hair and teeth brushing, is no exception. As they start to perform these tasks daily, they will hopefully begin to accept them as part of their daily life. They may even surprise you and remind you when you’ve forgotten an important part of the hygiene routine!
Help your little ones become more independent by teaching them how to take care of their body and instilling a great bath and hygiene routine. Teaching these skills young will make it easier when they are older and really begin to fight you on taking a shower! With some simple practicing, and buying products that are easy and fun to use, your kids will be well on their way to becoming able to take their own showers and baths! Be sure to check out where you can buy the Suave Kids® Disney collections by checking our their website too.
What are your favorite bath time routines?
Disclosure: So happy to share this blog post I created as a Suave Kids partner. The Disney, Frozen and Star Wars trademarks are used by Unilever pursuant to a license agreement with The Walt Disney Company. All rights reserved.