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Teaching your son to wipe: The most important step to finish potty training
Graduation from potty training can take up to a year or longer, but it is all leading to the same clean result. It’s always worth it to see your big guy use his throne instead of his diaper. Once that happens you know it’s time for that important, final step: teaching kids how to wipe.
Potty training is just not complete without learning how to wipe. This stage, the overlooked stage, the “cleanest” stage, if you will, is a very important part of potty training boys.
We all know how messy our little ones can be, especially when they don’t wipe properly. It can lead to a ton of problems like skid marks in his underwear, or other health issues.** It’s important to properly teach kids to wipe themselves so they can avoid these issues and live a healthier life.
When should the process start?
Knowing the right time to start teaching your toddler to wipe is key. When you start to notice your cub has the right coordination to reach his own bottom and hold onto the toilet paper, it’s time!
If you can, try to teach him before he starts school. Pre-school and kindergarten teachers are unlikely to assist children in the bathroom. No one wants their son to come home uncomfortable and without a clean behind.
What you’ll need
First and foremost, Charmin Ultra Strong. When potty training boys, you need some quality toilet paper. Charmin Ultra Strong will get him cleaner* and will make the job of getting clean, easier.
Next, always have Charmin Freshmates flushable wipes by his side. It’s a little extra insurance that his little behind will be nothing but Charmin Clean!
Now let’s get into some tips on how to teach a child to wipe his behind!
How to teach your kid to wipe like a champion!
Wiping is a crucial part of staying clean. It's always important that he wipes until it is all gone. This will let him avoid problems like an irritated and itchy behind. Mom or dad can do the first wipe, but have your son try and do the second, and third, and fourth, and you get the picture.
Here are the best tips to get your little ones wiping on their own:
Tip #1: Just the right amount of TP
Pull enough sheets to reach from your wrist to your elbow. After you have the right amount, have him fold the sheet to cover his palm so hands always stay clean.
Tip #2: A clean sheet means a clean behind
Always have them check the paper after wiping. If it is not white and clean, it’s time to wipe again. Grab some Charmin Ultra Strong and repeat step 1 until that TP is white and clean! After #2, especially for boys who get impatient about wiping till they are clean, Charmin Freshmates can help him finish up. But still remember to check if the flushable wet wipe is clean before leaving the scene of the crime.
Tip #3: One last mirror check
Some kids find checking their cheeks in a mirror helpful to really make sure they are clean, which is always encouraged. If they’re all clean, you’re good to go. But not before you have him wash his hands with soap and warm water. Have the little guy sing the ABCs while he washes to make sure it’s been long enough.
If you want your son to follow along to these tips, print out our Wipe, Wiggle, and Wash eBook!
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**Disclaimer: We may be TP experts, but us bears are no health experts. This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have questions about a medical condition, if your symptoms persist, are more serious or are not related to cleanliness, please consult your doctor or other qualified health professional.