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.

Your ultimate breastfeeding meal plan

Your ultimate breastfeeding plan

Now that your baby is in your arms, it’s time to bond and breastfeed. Registered dietician Ashleigh Caradas shows you how to get all the nutrients you and your baby need.

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Your ultimate breastfeeding plan

Now that your baby is in your arms, it’s time to bond and breastfeed. Registered dietician Ashleigh Caradas shows you how to get all the nutrients you and your baby need.

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Your ultimate breastfeeding plan

The wait is over and you finally have your tiny baby in your arms. If you’re lucky enough to be able to breastfeed and have made the decision to do so, the process would have started just after birth when your baby had her first taste of colostrum, the specialised breast fluid that is nutritionally designed for those first few days of life.

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Your diet and breastfeeding

  • Contrary to popular belief, your diet will have little effect on the immunological and nutritional content of your milk.
    A poor diet is more likely to affect you than your baby, so it’s important that you eat well to assist in your recovery from the birth and general wellbeing.
  • While your diet won’t affect the overall composition of your breast milk, it can however affect the concentration of vitamins and minerals your baby gets. For example, vegan or vegetarian mothers can be deficient in vitamin B12.
  • Vegetarians should be sure to include sources of this vitamin in their diet, including dairy products and eggs, while vegans may need to add a B12 supplement to their regime and have their levels monitored throughout pregnancy.
  • Another area of concern for breastfeeding moms is vitamin D − especially as most infants are kept out of the sun. This vitamin is found in eggs, certain margarines and fatty fish as well as supplements. Babies born in winter are especially susceptible to poor vitamin D status.
  • Although breast milk is naturally rich in the omega 3 fatty acid DHA, women are often advised to keep up their omega 3 intake as it plays an important role in brain development. Sources of omega 3 include fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines as well as walnuts, flax and chia seeds.
  • Both pregnancy and breastfeeding take their toll on your bone calcium levels. Eat some dairy products, nuts, seeds, tinned fish with bones and green vegetables daily as sources of calcium.
  • Your baby’s growth and at least three bowel movements a day, will help you to know whether she is getting enough breast milk. This growth will be monitored during your clinic visits.

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While milk quality may not be a huge concern, your own health certainly is. Breastfeeding is a metabolic process that burns calories, so you will need to replace these through your diet in order to maintain your energy. This is also a good opportunity to hold back if you want to lose some weight.

Most women will consume around three litres of fluid per day during feeding. Water is the best source, but some teas and juices can also be included. It’s best to avoid coffee and soft drinks as caffeine can be passed through to your breastmilk and cause possible agitation in your baby. Alcohol is also strongly discouraged during breastfeeding, but if you do drink, it’s best to pump and discard your milk before feeding your baby.

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