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.

3 thoughts every mom has during her second pregnancy

3 thoughts every mom has during her second pregnancy

Remember, you’re not the first mom whose second pregnancy has brought up a whole lot of mixed emotions. By Lisa Witepski

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3 thoughts every mom has during her second pregnancy

Remember, you’re not the first mom whose second pregnancy has brought up a whole lot of mixed emotions. By Lisa Witepski

The post 3 thoughts every mom has during her second pregnancy appeared first on Living and Loving.

3 thoughts every mom has during her second pregnancy

Your first and second pregnancies can be vastly different – not only in the way you feel physically, but also because your impressions of motherhood have been changed by your experiences.

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Here’s a rundown of the thoughts (good and bad) that most second-time moms have had at some stage.

I’ll never be able to love another child as much as I love the one I have now.

The force of the love you feel as a mom hits you as a sheer shock when you meet your child for the first time. Most of us feel as if we’ve never experienced such a strong emotion before, so we doubt that we’ll be able to love with the same intensity the second time around. But, even though you don’t love your children in the same, because they’re such different people, you love them for different reasons. The heart really is elastic, and you’ll probably find that the more people you have to love, the more love you have to give.

What if I don’t love my child as much when an adorable newborn comes along?

Firstborns get quite a raw deal: they’re going through an incredibly difficult time, while their rivals can literally do no wrong (well, they can’t do anything much at all). So there probably will be times when you prefer the company of your placid, passive baby. But these kind of ruptures are not only inevitable; they’re also a good way of preparing your child for the conflicts she will experience in her relationships throughout her life. What matters, though, is that you’re careful to make up for the ruptures with some quality time.

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I just can’t do this.

Whether you’re a glowing earth mother or can’t wait for your pregnancy to be over, there’s no denying that it’s rough on your body. In fact, because all your muscles and ligaments have been loosened by your first pregnancy (and you’re also older), second pregnancies tend to be that much harder – not forgetting that this time around, you have to look after a busy toddler rather than being able to take a nap. It’s time to rally the forces, ask for help where you need it, and accept your limitations. That can be especially tough when you’re aware that the nature of your relationship with your firstborn is about to change and you’re trying to spend as much time together as you can before the big event. However,  a rested mom is a good mom.

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