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Loving, appropriate, respectful touch provides children a sense that their bodies are precious. One of the most important things children can learn in their early years is how they can expect to be treated in the world. If children are treated respectfully by being informed about what is happening to them and included in the process they will learn to expect that kind of treatment in all of their relationships. They will less likely agree to being treated hurtfully in future relationships and they will know how to treat others with gentleness and care.
- Diapering is important preparation for toilet learning. When children make the transition to the potty, it can be a big change from the passive experience of being diapered. However, if children are involved in their own diapering and self-care, even before they begin to use the toilet, they may make the transition more easily. “I remember how to pull my pants down and wipe myself. I’ve been doing it for diaper changes already!”