Elvie Learns to Wash Her Hands…with Minnie!

We have always wiped Elvie’s hands and face off for her when they were messy, or if she needed them cleaned before eating. I’m not sure why, but it didn’t occur to me until recently that she might be ready to learn this skill. Before, part of our issue was that it was hard for her to balance in front of the sink, but now she is standing beautifully and can support herself to remain upright with her core strength if we are holding her in our arms. She is ready, and though it’s not necessary just yet, I want to give her plenty of time to practice and have fun with it before the day comes that I’m calling out, “Elvie, did you wash your hands? Please wash your hands!” I wanted her first hand washing experience to be super fun, so I ordered some Minnie Mouse Foaming Hand Wash from Method. I pulled the big step stool up in front of the sink and enlisted Jarod’s help. Here’s how it went.

  • Elvie's first time to wash her hands!

    Elvie's first time to wash her hands!

    Will she like it? We’ll find out!

  • Pushing up her sleeves

    Pushing up her sleeves

    She’s excited! This is a new adventure!

  • Start by turning on the water.

    Start by turning on the water.

  • She has to get her hands wet?

    She has to get her hands wet?

    Suddenly she’s not sure about this.

  • Really, Elvie, it's not so bad.

    Really, Elvie, it's not so bad.

    Take your time; you’ll like it eventually. You can make big messes at the sink! Doesn’t that sound good?

  • Time for soap!

    Time for soap!

    The Minnie Mouse bottle looks interesting to her.

  • Rubbing her hands together.

    Rubbing her hands together.

    It’s harder than it looks!

  • Getting better at it, and liking it a little bit.

    Getting better at it, and liking it a little bit.

  • She doesn't like so much help.

    She doesn't like so much help.

    She can do it herself!

  • Yay! She's really good at this!

    Yay! She's really good at this!

  • What do you mean she has to rinse the soap off?

    What do you mean she has to rinse the soap off?

    She does not like the hands-under-the-water part.

  • Time to dry!

    Time to dry!

    She’ll dry her mouth, too, just in case.

  • Hooray! She did it!

    Hooray! She did it!

    Good job, Elvie.

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