Washing Baby's Hands

Question: At what age should one begin morning negel wasser on a baby?

Answer:It is appropriate to train a child to wash 3 times on alternating hands when the child is capable of doing so himself. (That is the age of higia lechinuch for this mitzva). Generally that is around 3 -4 years old.  Younger than that it is done for extra holiness levels for the people around the child, when they are afraid the child will touch food. There is a reference of holy people washing an infant's hand from the time of his bris. But that is not halachically necessary. (See O.C. #4 m.z. #7 and graz second edition seif 2.)

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