Hygiene plays a crucial component of a baby's overall care. Practicing a good hygiene is extremely important to keep your baby happy and healthy all the time.

Eight essential hygiene rules for your baby. Here are eight simple good hygiene practices to adopt when you have a baby.

  • Washing your hands with a good antibacterial soap is essential for removing harmful bacteria and germs that cause colds, flu, diarrhea and other infections. Be sure to dry your hands properly and wash your hand towels regularly. It's especially important to wash your hands before feeding your baby, after handling raw food, after changing a nappy or going to the toilet yourself, after touching pets, after touching anything dirty such as dirty nappies, rubbish or food waste.
  • You don't need to clean the house every day from top to bottom with disinfectant, you just need to pay particular attention to the surfaces that are most likely to harbour germs and bacteria. Focus on the areas that have a lot of contact with food, bodies and hands, such as bathrooms, kitchen benches, tables, crockery, cutlery and glassware. You need to be cleaning these properly. Use hot water with detergent for crockery, cutlery and glasses, while kitchens and bathrooms will need a thorough clean with a good disinfectant. Pay particular attention to taps, toilet seats, benches and door handles. Dry surfaces as well if they are not in a well-ventilated area with natural light.
  • Babies love to put things into their mouths, and toys are often the closest thing to hand. Be sure to regularly give your child's toys a clean with a good disinfectant. Wipe hard plastic toys down and make sure you rinse them thoroughly or put plush toys through the washing machine.
  • A good bath is essential for keeping your baby clean and tidy, but you need to make sure you are not over-washing as this is damaging to your baby's sensitive skin. In the first year of your baby's life a full bath is necessary only two or three times a week. Check out our step-by-step guide to bathing your baby.
  • These are three areas that need some special attention. Always keep your baby's nails well-trimmed so that they can't scratch themselves — the best time to trim them is when your baby is asleep. Be sure to use baby-sized nail clippers and not to cut the nails too short as these will hurt your baby.
  • Only wash the outside of your baby's ears, never the inside, and never insert cotton wool buds into your baby's ears. If your baby is unhappy and touching their ears repeatedly, this could be a sign of infection — be sure to get this looked at by a medical professional.
  • Clean any dried mucous from your baby's nose, as this can cause difficulty breathing. Use a damp wash cloth to gently remove the dried mucous. A nasal syringe may be needed to help remove excess mucous, but consult your baby's health practitioner before using one of these.
  • Be sure to keep your baby's eyes clear of any dried mucous. Use damp cotton wool to gently clean their eyes and seek medical attention if you notice your baby's eyes are irritated.
Bathing an infant may possibly be on the list of top 20 trickiest things of all time. They’re itty bitty, incredibly slippery, and oh so fragile. But, alas, they still need to be washed! Infancy goes by in a blink of an eye, yet some aspects of it – including bathing – seem to take […]

Baby wearing is a major lifesaver, especially when it comes to subsequent children! There are many options in the carrier/wrap/sling department and it can easily be daunting or overwhelming to pick out the perfect one for you, your baby, and your family’s lifestyle. In this article, I’ll be breaking down the best carriers by AGE […]

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of swaddling. My babies both loved it and when it comes down to me recommending things about becoming a mom for the first time, swaddling know-how is near the very top of that list. If you search swaddle or swaddling in the search bar on the Baby […]

Trying to plan something fun to do with the fam this weekend, but don’t want to go too far to have a good time? A great way to get your kids out of the house and get them excited about their community is to get out and explore your city! This weekend take advantage of […]

If you’ve been keeping up with our mini series on yelling at your kids, then you’ll know we’ve talked about the way yelling changes the development of our children, some alternatives to shouting, and how we can make sure to keep our cool as a couple. But what about when yelling is truly an appropriate response?  […]

It is officially holiday prep season mamas!! Nothing made me love holidays more than having kids, do you agree? Of course, first on the list is Halloween which means the costume scramble is on! Whether you prefer DIY, are looking for something super simple but still cute, or you are a “last minute costumer” this […]

We did it. We’ve officially begun Christmas shopping. My husband and I were out on a date and ended up at the supermarket. While mindlessly walking aisles in the Christmas décor department, my husband made a decree that from now on, when we’re at the store alone together without our kids this year, we have […]

By now, everyone knows that regular exercise is something we’re encouraged to do. But it isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds! It’s hard to make time for it, it’s hard to stick with it, and it definitely isn’t always the most fun use of our precious time. Hopefully in sharing some of my exercise […]

Pregnancy is the perfect preparation for parenthood, in my opinion. Why you ask? Well, one day, you find out you are pregnant and you suddenly have a whole bunch of new things you need to remember to do to take care of yourself while you carry your babe inside! Don’t eat this, do take that, […]

Do you want to know something that I completely took for granted prior to becoming a parent? Long drives without children. Actually any drive without children. I mean, I completely love my two girls BUT it sure was nice to not have someone screaming about wanting to listen to the Aristocats or get out of […]

Manners matter for our littles, but they especially matter when we are hanging out with people other than mama and our baby sister. Babysitters They were chosen by you to make sure your kids are safe and cared for in your absence. Treating them with disrespect, not listening to their instructions, or talking back is […]

Are you a mama that stays at home with the littles and works at home on the side? If you are, then you know all about the struggle of finding time where there is NEVER enough time. So how do you make time to get your work done while being a full-time mama? Here are […]

You have a positive pregnancy test and have been to the doctor’s office to hear the heartbeat, so you know there is a baby inside of you! BUT, aside from the possible first trimester pregnancy symptoms, you aren’t feeling anything that reaffirms what your tests have told you. Every mom dreams to feel their baby’s […]

I took an Adult Roles class in high school. Many topics were covered in this two-trimester-long class, one of which was child safety. I distinctly remember my teacher telling a story specifically about yelling. She told us that one day, her and her young son were leaving the grocery store and her boy didn’t bother […]

Motherhood is something we tend to spend a lot of time preparing for. There are things to learn, items to purchase, houses to prepare, appointments to attend, and so much more. The truth is, caring for children isn’t always a walk in the park, and once it is time to put your preparations into practice […]

A young boy in my neighborhood recently had a surgery performed. His mom and I are good friends and she has been very open about telling many people and getting other parents informed of this particular condition. I certainly didn’t know about this, so figured I’d share this information here to continue educating parents on […]

When we’re talking to our kids about what we need them to do or how we want them to behave, we can sometimes get frustrated and say things that can hurt long term. Instead of letting our frustrations get the better of us and insisting that we can do it faster, better, or nicer, it’s […]

Pregnancy is beautiful and miraculous, but it can sure bring with it a whole slew of awkward or embarrassing symptoms! Below are 11 commonly reported or complained about issues that come up while a bun is in the oven! Bowel Issues Many organs in the body suffer a bit from having to share so much […]

Even though the relationship with your spouse is the most important, it almost always takes a backseat to the never-ending tasks of parenting. Our kids expect a lot, and whether you’re working all day or you’re taking care of the littles at home all day, getting drained is the name of the game in this […]

We’re in the middle of a little mini series all about yelling. Brooke recently wrote the first post in this series talking about the affects yelling has on your children. This post will focus on alternatives to yelling at or to your child. Calm down In the words of Daniel Tiger, “If you feel so […]

Feel like your pregnancy is never ending? Ever tried to add things up and get the feeling like you’ve been pregnant a lot longer than 9 months? Especially when you have 100 doctor appointments leading up to the delivery. Well, the truth is that pregnancy is actually ONLY 9 MONTHS LONG. It’s not a surprise […]

It’s no secret that grandparents play a special roll in the journey of raising children. They add an irreplaceable dynamic to the family and they tend to treasure their grandchildren above nearly everything else. As a quick tribute to the love and support that grandparents provide, here are a few of the greatest things about […]

No matter how hard we try to keep our cool with our kids 24/7, we’ve all lost it and yelled. Whether you’ve asked your toddler to put their shoes on for the 100th time or your kids won’t stop tackling each other, sometimes our kids can turn us into absolute monsters! How do they know […]

My oldest child took off for preschool for the first time this week. It was incredibly exciting and pride-filled, but there was definitely some bitterness to the sweet occasion due to the fast speed that this milestone approached. This got me thinking about some major firsts I’ve experienced as a mom, which, of course, goes […]

With summer coming to a close and everyone in back-to-school mode, we should be soaking up those last few weekends of great weather while we can! If you’re looking for something for your fam to do this weekend to take advantage of the sunshine, then take a look at a few of these ideas: Park […]

You’ve probably heard by now that “back is best”, but what exactly does that mean? In this article, answers to commonly asked sleep questions will be addressed. As well as a few suggestions on how to best combat some common sleep problems when it comes to infants. Why is back best? The AAP says so. […]

When you’re expecting, it can be tough to get everything into your body that you’re supposed to without driving yourself crazy in the process. Not to mention those cravings aren’t exactly doctor recommended (i.e., root beer floats and Costco pizza). So if you’re trying your best to get more fruits and veggies into your diet […]

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is when a baby dies unexpectedly and with no explanation. This can be a very difficult topic to discuss, because nobody wants to think about the prospect of a baby dying. Period. However, it is important that SIDS is continually talked about not only to keep people informed that may […]

It’s time for a battle of the travel strollers! We highly recommend four fantastic strollers that are categorized as compact, lightweight travel strollers or “an umbrella stroller on steroids.” They are the Uppababy G-Luxe, the Uppababy Minu, the Baby Jogger City Tour, and the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux. Below, we will break down some of the most sought-after features […]

Before having children, I imagined my motherhood experience so very different than what it actually played out to be. One of these differences is how much I dislike others holding my babies. I’ve never been one that has to be holding the baby in the room. I don’t dislike babies; I just don’t have the […]

Anyone else have skin that goes a little crazy when the warmer months roll in? You are not alone. Here in North Carolina, the humidity gets out of control around this time and I basically go from having dry, wintry skin to skin that is constantly sweaty and damp. I've learned a few tricks for switching up my cleansing routine and wanted to share them with you ...

More

Between cleaning up my toddler’s spilled chocolate milk all over my floors, grabbing cords out of my baby’s chubby fingers, and running errands, washing dishes, singing songs, playing tag, and everything else that I have going on during a day, when do I find time for one of the most important things I can do […]

A couple days ago, I was sitting down to plan my day and write my daily to-do list, and I had a realization! Now, for most people, this probably isn’t exactly a big “aha!” moment. But for me, it was kind of mind blowing! As I tried to choose the things that were most important […]

When I was expecting my first babe, I remember being so concerned about having enough swaddle blankets. It could have been because I was in a completely neurotic nesting phase, but it also could be because everyone tells you how important swaddling is for a newborn! But the only problem is there are about a […]

Man, oh man, do I love summer! And children make it so much better. Since becoming a mom, I’ve spent three wonderful summers (some more wonderful than others) with my kids outside, and I can already tell this one is going to be the greatest one yet! BUT, there is a super tricky aspect to […]

We’ve all heard it before “motherhood requires many hats.” Very true! But I also think just as true is the statement that motherhood often requires many bags. Of course, you need your diaper bag, the tried-and-true, with-you-every-day bag. But, when I got my first diaper bag, I ditched almost all of my other purses and […]

One of the very few blessings of having experienced infertility, having a miscarriage, and experiencing the loss of our baby girl is the friendships I’ve gained with so many sweet and special moms who have also experienced infertility or who have angel babies. These special women have been such a blessing in my life and have helped […]

When you have a little babe in your life and you’re wrapping them up the majority of the day, you’re going to want to invest in the best swaddles in the cutest prints. That’s where the Loulou LOLLIPOP Swaddle Blankets take your babe’s burrito style to a whole new level.               […]

After the birth of my second baby, I knew I needed some assistance getting my core back to normal. Especially since I’m positive I never fully recovered from my first pregnancy because of reoccurring back pain and a ridiculously weak core. So after baby number two entered the world and after I was cleared at […]

I’ve heard so many people swear they’ll NEVER let their kids eat in the car…but that’s BEFORE they have kids! Keeping those goldfish crackers and chicken nuggets out of your car is definitely much easier said than done. In fact, right now, my little boy eats in my car two or three times a week. […]

If you’re a family that’s always on the go, and needs a traveling stroller that fits your lifestyle and is comfortable for your little one during the trip, then you’ll the new UPPAbaby Minu! It’s a brand new, lightweight stroller from UPPAbaby that is going to make your traveling life so much easier! UPPAbaby is […]