Bringing a newborn baby into the world is one of the most precious gifts in life. You want to provide it with nourishment and with care. Part of this care means making sure you are protecting your baby against germs to ensure that they don’t pick up an illness and become unwell. Let’s look at some essential hygiene practices that you can incorporate into your baby routines.
As a parent, it’s important to wash your hands frequently as we are in constant contact with germs and you want to avoid passing these on to your baby. However, you also want to ensure that your child has enough exposure to germs so that they build up a safe immunity to them. It’s a fine balancing act, but in general, you should wash your hands before feeding your baby, after handling raw food, going to the washroom, and after touching pets.
A number one rule of thumb is that babies love to put things into their mouths, and toys are often the first thing they will put in their mouths. Therefore, you should clean your kids toys regularly. Although many parents reach straight for store-bought cleaning products, in fact, there are many homemade solutions that are gentler as they don’t contain artificial chemicals – therefore, natural alternatives are less likely to cause allergies in your child. Lemon juice and vinegar are both excellent ingredients that can be mixed with a little water to create a useful home cleaning solution. Wipe hard plastic toys down and rinse them properly to get rid of any bacteria. In the case of plush toys, you might be better off rinsing them in the washing machine.
Safe Baby Products
When you bring your baby home you want to make sure it is in a safe environment. Therefore, baby proofing with items such as plug socket protectors and stairgates is a must that will stop you from worrying about potential accidents.
Checking a toy for safety is essential for your baby, so choosing safe baby products means ensuring protection. You should examine all toys for sharp ends or little parts like eyes, wheels, or buttons that can come apart easily.
Conducting research about hygiene and safety for your baby is something to consider as it is significant for your baby’s overall health and wellbeing. Taking the time to baby proof your home, maintain cleanliness, and purchasing safe baby products, are all good ways to protect your baby in their early years.