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September 3rd, 2011, 04:24 AM
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Once we have all done our business and it is time to wash hands is when I really run into trouble. Not one of my kids can reach the sink. Even if I turn on the water they still can't touch it. I must lift each child to wash their hands. During this process I clean 1 or 2 kids and then find out that as I am lifting number 3 or 4 to wash his/her hands, the first two have now touched disgusting things in the bathroom and I am now back to square one. I do try to wash in order of most reliable which is Reagan first. But the next 3 are pretty much guaranteed to touch something and with my back turned I end up catching them after the fact.

I try to be relaxed about it and I will just grab some hand sanitizer if I can find it in my bag, but I wish there was a way to actually leave the bathroom with 4 clean kids? I don't care what they touch before we wash hands it's just keeping them clean once we have washed up.

Bathrooms are so tiny and so crowded most of the time, and I am in such a rush to get outta there. Maybe if I gave the kids each place to stand and told them to stay still, but they always end up being in someone's way.

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September 3rd, 2011, 07:54 AM
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Hand sanitizer and baby wipes. I can remember phases like that and we would just leave the bathroom where I would wipe them down with a wipe and squeeze a little sanitizer in their hands. Once home we would go for a full wash, the truth is they are gonna be ok from a little bathroom germs. I mean I hope so cause a few of mine were known to lick the floor on occasion
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September 3rd, 2011, 08:22 AM
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I haven't really run into this problem since I've only ever had two at a time that couldn't reach, so take my advice w/ a grain of salt. What if you keep some wipes in your purse like m2m10 suggested and then have the kids who are finished hold onto them. They can either stay busy continuing to clean their hands or you can try to teach them to only touch things with the wipes.
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September 3rd, 2011, 08:28 AM
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I just don't care that much. I wash my own hands all the time, but I don't fool with them. A baby wipe will do before you get home. They get good baths at night.
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September 3rd, 2011, 01:55 PM
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I've got three who can't reach; I do my best and use isagel as soon as we leave the bathroom. I keep the stuff in my van, too

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September 3rd, 2011, 07:25 PM
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thanks that makes me feel better. I am just gonna relax about it. I had a floor drain episode and then reagaR missed the potty and peed on the floor, so the other kids played in the pee-puddle while I cleaned up Reagan episode. not fun but those are rare occurrences.

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September 3rd, 2011, 07:43 PM
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i always carry sanitizer on my keyring so thats what wyatt uses in public. at home, soap and water.
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September 5th, 2011, 09:18 AM
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I know that problem all too well. I have started having DH take at least 2 of the kids in with him if he is with me. Otherwise, I make the kids stand still after washing their hands. However, I still carry hand sanitizer b/c someone will inevitably touch something gross.
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September 5th, 2011, 03:27 PM
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I rarely go out without hubby but I told him this week I'm not going with him in public anymore if he doesn't help with that. He says he doesn't know how to take the boys My youngest at the moment is a boy and is too small to pee standing up so my husband freaks out at having to have him sit. It takes forever.Thankfully my kids are passed the touching everything stage in the bathroom but i am a germ freak and I give them sanitizer alot when we're out.
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September 6th, 2011, 09:20 PM
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Baby wipes and hand sanitizer!

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September 7th, 2011, 06:36 AM
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I like Cortney's advice about the baby wipe.

Or you can have Raegan and a buddy wash first, then have Raegan help them dry their hands together while you wash the next batch. At four she should be able to do it and happy to be the mature big helper. I have also been known to sit Clara on the counter when the bathrooms have those.

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September 14th, 2011, 04:51 PM
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None of mine can reach either (my 5 year old is a shorty LOL).. I get 2 of them washed up and hands dried off and then have the two of them hold hands while I wash up the others.
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