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 paper crafts to keep your toddler’s imagination active

Paper crafts for toddlers

Help your toddler make these fun crafts. By Noeleen Foster

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Paper crafts for toddlers

Help your toddler make these fun crafts. By Noeleen Foster

The post 3 paper crafts to keep your toddler’s imagination active appeared first on Living and Loving.

Paper crafts for toddlers

Paper offers a wonderful, safe way for you to get creative with your child. Best of all, it’s something you probably have lying around the house already.

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Benefits of making crafts:

  • Builds fine-motor skills
  • Enhances hand-eye coordination
  • Expands cognitive skills.
  • Encourages creativity and play.
  • The understanding of how things work, or fit, together
  • Number and colour association.

Octopus plate

You will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Dry penne pasta
  • Paint
  • Permanent marker
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper punch

Method

  1. Paint the pasta, which is a great chance for your little one to get his fingers dirty and learn colours.
  2. Thread the pipe cleaners through the holes and secure them by twisting the ends together.
  3. Thread the pasta onto the pipe cleaners, all the while talking about the colours of the pasta.
  4. Draw on a smiley face.
  5. This octopus can be built and re-built as many times as you like. It’s the perfect toy to bring along to a waiting room, or when you need to keep your kids busy for a while.

Octopus plate

Fire-blowing dragons

You will need:

  • Empty toilet rolls
  • Mini pom-poms
  • Glue stick
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors

Method

  1. Prepare the toilet rolls by getting your child to paint them.
  2. Glue on the larger pom-poms for eyes and smaller ones for the nostrils.
  3. Cut long triangular strips of tissue paper for the fire.
  4. Glue the base of the triangles onto the roll, overlapping as you go, until you have enough tissue paper to make it look like fire.

Fire blowing dragons

Paper giraffe

You will need:

  • A4 yellow paper
  • Brown paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Marker

 Method

  1. Help your toddler roll thin, narrow cones from the yellow paper.
  2. Using scissors, trim the bottom of the cone so it can stand on a flat surface.
  3. Tear long, thin strips of brown paper and then tear these strips into small squares.
  4. Glue the brown squares onto the cone.
  5. Draw a simple face onto a scrap of the yellow paper.
  6. Cut out the face and glue to the top of the cone.

Paper giraffe

 

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