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.

All Natural Mosquito Protection for Your Yard

It's that time of year again. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the mosquitos are attacking. My family spends a lot of time outdoors this time of year between water play, gardening, and eating meals on our back porch. When we first moved into our current home, I remember ...

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It's that time of year again. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the mosquitos are attacking. My family spends a lot of time outdoors this time of year between water play, gardening, and eating meals on our back porch. When we first moved into our current home, I remember ...

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It's that time of year again. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the mosquitos are attacking. Between water play, gardening, and eating meals on our back porch, my family spends a lot of time outside during the warmer months. When we first moved into our current home, I remember going outside to pick up pears from our pear tree and literally running back inside because the mosquitos flocked to me as soon as I walked out the door. I carry a natural bug spray with me wherever we go during the spring and summer months, but I often forget to apply it to me and the kids when we are just out and about in the yard. I started doing some research on natural mosquito protection for our yard and found out that my friend over at Mosquito Squad actually offers a garlic based mosquito treatment. We've been trying it out this year and have been super pleased with the results. I love that I don't have to worry about synthetic chemicals around my garden or kids, but I still get the protection that we need. 

Here's a little more about the all-natural treatment: 

1) The all-natural, garlic based treatment is applied to the areas of our property where mosquitoes are known to hang out. After initial application, there is a faint garlic smell that dissipates after a few hours. 

2) They come to my house every two weeks to apply the treatment and it provides 70% elimination (the synthetic version provides 90%). This is huge because there have been more and more reports of people being infected with the diseases that mosquitoes and ticks carry (i.e. lyme, rocky mount spotted fever, etc.). 

3) It is safe for our kids and our garden (yay for edible herbs and veggies!) and helps reduce the amount of pesticides that we carry into our home from the yard.

Our yard went from being a place that we didn't want to spend a ton of time in during the summer, to a place where we can hang out and enjoy time with one another. 

If you live in the Triad (NC) area, Mosquito Squad of the Triad is offering 20% off to my readers. A six treatment package is regularly priced at $439 and you'll receive 20% off that! And let me also say, the customer service at this location is wonderful. Hugh Jones and his team really care about their customers and I can't recommend them enough. Their service is also 100% guaranteed and you get your money back if you aren't satisfied for any reason (https://www.mosquitosquad.com/faqs/). 

Use the link below for an easy sign up and with the code NATURAL at checkout to receive 20% off the natural treatment packages. 

Sign up: follow this link 

And don't forget to purchase my all-natural bug spray to carry with you when you are out and about!

{The gorgeous images in this post are by Emma Frances Logan Photography}


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