(BPT) - The forecast for this year’s back-to-school season is looking good! Taking a little bit of time to prepare now will help to set the kids up for success all year long, and ease everyone’s nerves. Here are six tips for parents to help ensure a smooth transition back to school and a new year full of unforgettable memories.

1. Don’t let the snooze button rule!

It's easy for kids to fall out of their typical routines during the lazy days of summer, but you can work out any sleep issues ahead of time by adjusting your child's schedule well before the first day of school. This could mean changing bed and wake times, having meals earlier in the day, and limiting screen time at night. This way, it will be easier for your kids to get up and going on the first day of school!

2. Germ-proof their backpacks and lunch bags

Sharing is caring, except when it comes to germs. Help kids keep germs at bay and their hands tidy by packing hand wipes in their backpack and lunch bags. This could be the difference between peanut butter smeared assignments or staying home sick for a week! Wet Ones® Hand Wipes are a portable way to wipe off dirt and messes from hands, and kill 99.99 percent of germs. Plus, they come in two fragrances, Fresh and Citrus Scent, to encourage kids to keep those fingers squeaky clean.

3. Turn classmates into playmates

Keep the fun summer vibes going by arranging a few playdates with fellow classmates before school starts. Go one step further and request the class list from the teacher ahead of time to try to connect with new classmates that your children will be spending the upcoming year with. This will help build social bonds and boost the classroom community before school even starts.

4. Back-to-school starts before the first day

Your child's school probably has an open house or back-to-school event before the first day. Make it a priority for you and your kid to attend these events as it's a great way to build excitement! Students get to meet their teacher, see their locker, and find out where they'll be sitting. Since they’ll know what to expect in advance, they'll be ready for the big first day back. If you're busy or out of town this day, reach out to the teacher to see if you can come in at a different time.

5. Get back in school spirit

B-A-C-K T-O S-C-H-O-O-L, what does that spell? Messes, messes, everywhere! Although it’s great to drum up school spirit by cheering on your favorite fall sports, you’ll also be dealing with the snack aftermath. Whether it’s popcorn on the bleachers or ice cream after practice, be ready for any unexpected messes the event may bring by having Wet Ones® Hand Wipes on hand. Wet Ones® come in 3 convenient sizes (travel packs, individually wrapped, and canisters) so stash them in the car, your purse, or your child's duffle bag for a fresh, clean start anywhere. They’re easy to pack whether it’s for a big match or a fall cookout. Visit WetOnesGetaway.com for an exclusive Ibotta offer to stock up on Wet Ones® for all your fall activities.

6. Ward off the back-to-school scaries

Before school starts, make a point to talk to your kids about how they're feeling about heading back to the classroom. Are they excited, worried, nervous? And why? Have an open, empathetic conversation and share how you felt when you were young going back to school, so they know it's normal to have a mix of emotions. Then figure out a plan for any negative feelings so your child is mentally prepared for a great first day back.

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