Sunday, April 29, 2007

A tad bit of compulsion...

Avery is a stubborn kid when it comes to trying something new, something different. Because of her "bottom" issues that she had, when she learned to potty train easily, I left it at that. PG and I would usually wipe her, so she didn't get "germies". She has never been a fan of washing her hands, or getting her hands in the water. Even now when she gets messy, or dirty, she uses her blankie or a wipee to get clean. I have tried to show her that it's FUN to wash hands and be clean...it never worked.

I went grocery shopping the other night, and while getting some new baby food for Liv (yes, she has started on step 1 baby foods), I noticed some fun cool hand soap made by the same company that makes her bottom wipes...KAN-DOO. So I picked one up, thinking that it would just sit there on the counter and be used by PG and I eventually.


When I came home with it, I treated it like a gift to her! "Look Avery! It's your very own hand bubble soap that matches your Kan-doo's". "Ohh", she says. We went in the bathroom and set up her step stool and everything for her little 'hand washing' station. She DID wash her hands, and then she did it again, and again, and again. Then she proceeded to wash her hands just because! She said to me, "Mommy...remember how when I watch a movie, I have to wash my hands first?" And then today after her BATH, she said "Mom, my hands are still dirty with black on them", and then proceeded to wash her hands about 5 times.


I warned her that there are only 200 squirts in her hand soap so she shouldn't use it all so fast. It reminds me of the movie As Good As it Gets when Jack Nicholson plays that OCD man with the hundreds of bars of soap in his medicine cabinet...


Here are some photos of Avery after bath time washing the 'black' off her hands...I think this was like the third time she washed them....

2 comments:

Sue said...

Hey! Whatever works, right? I'm so glad you found the trick for her to like washing her hands. :)I love to see what captures their attention.

Michelle said...

I'm glad you found something that works for her!

I just read a tip the other day about this bathroom soap (this is the kind that makes foam right?) The tip was how to make it last longer and you didn't need to go buy a new one each time. Just buy regular handsoap and fill it 1/4 the way in the kandoo container, then fill it 3/4 with water. She said it was the type of dispenser that made it foamy, not a special soap.

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