This is Sixtine’s updated care of self area. It is located in the bathroom, by the sink. Sixtine absolutely loves washing her hands – I don’t know many children who don’t – but she is pretty excited by the water pouring exercise! My little demoiselle loves her new jug! She still needs some guidance (open tap/ close tap / pour water / soap hands …)  but I am thinking that she should be able to do it completely unassisted relatively soon.

Would love to see your care of self areas if you have one! I have a friend who has a cut up plastic bottle on her tap which makes it more accessible for her toddler to wash her hands by herself! It is genius! I also know a little boy who has his own sink.

How does hand washing work in your family?

16 thoughts on “Care Of Self: Hand Washing

    1. Sixtine et Victoire Post author

      Hi Beth,
      Sixtine loves the banana flavour and Victoire has a different set with raspberry I believe (or strawberry?)
      I ordered directly from them – I got 15% off by signing up to their newsletter! Love their products!

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  1. Anne

    This is lovely – once again the idea for a separate basin is brilliant. :) We have two bathrooms – one downstairs and one upstairs. The downstairs bathroom has a pedestal sink, so there’s not much room for anything more than soap. Elise has a stool that she can pull out, and the sink is small enough she can reach the faucet to turn on the water – although she has yet to turn it off! The upstairs bathroom is where Elise bathes, so I have been trying to arrange things for her independence. She can’t really reach the faucet to wash her hands, so I’d love to see that plastic bottle idea! I’ve also been thinking about getting something like this from amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Prince-Lionheart-Faucet-Extender-Galactic/dp/B00DPFJ5SK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1393541587&sr=8-2&keywords=faucet+extender

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    1. Grow grow grow

      We have two of these Anne, and they’re great! Although they get dirty very quickly and I can’t get them to their original cleanliness state :( Even the dishwasher can’t do much for them.There’s mould in the crevices so I think the design can be improved. We take them off when we want some drinking water as I wouldn’t want to drink water that has touched these things!

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  2. Mars M.

    What a beautiful set up, Deb! When I was designing the layout for our house, I really made sure there was an indoor-outdoor area for water activities. I can’t wait to set up hand washing for my own child soon! Can July come any sooner (that’s when I’m due!!! First baby, so exciting!)!!!

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  3. Jen

    Hi! This may seem very obvious, but would you mind explaining how the hand washing is done in steps? I have a very petite 25 month old and she can’t reach the taps, so I would love to know how we can help her to wash her hands independently. Btw I just discovered your site from howwemontessori and excited to check it out! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Sixtine et Victoire Post author

      Hi Jen, thank you for your kind words!
      It is not “that” obvious obviously :) No worries at all.
      1. We usually fill her pitcher for her (in advance or not/depending on the situation) and give it to her.
      2. She pours the water into the little basin.
      3. Lathers soap and rubs it on her hands.
      4. She puts it away.
      5. She rinses her hands in the basin.
      6. Empty basin in nearby sink.
      7. Dry her hands with cloth.

      Hope this helps Jen! And welcome! Deb

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