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.

5 ways cartoons are good for children’s development

Screen time - 5 ways cartoons can benefit child's development

Watching cartoons can actually benefit your child – if you choose the right programmes.

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Screen time - 5 ways cartoons can benefit child's development

Watching cartoons can actually benefit your child – if you choose the right programmes.

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Screen time - 5 ways cartoons can benefit child's development

Manny parents are concerned that their kids spend too much time in front of the screen, but believe it or not, TV can play a healthy role in a child’s development, provided you carefully curate what your little one is watching and control the amount of screen time they get every day.

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“The right content in moderation can be good for children’s intellectual, social and emotional development,” says Charlie Wannell, head of marketing at Mediamark, the media sales representative for Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

According to Charlie, some of the positive ways age-appropriate, high-quality, cartoons can influence children include the following:

  • Imparting lessons about life: Good children’s stories, whether in print or on screen, offer children valuable moral and life lessons—from the importance of teamwork and cooperation to developing a positive self-image to why they should eat healthy food and constructive ways of resolving conflict or feelings like anger and sadness.
  • Exposing kids to people and places beyond their day-to-day lives:  One of the major benefits of television is that it can transport children to different places and times, showing them people, parts of the world and experiences they don’t have access to in their daily lives. This can give them an understanding of the animals of the Amazon or how people live in China or France, for example.
  • Sparking creativity: Far from being a passive experience, good children’s television is interactive and can get kids’ imaginations going and stimulate their interest in a wide range of topics. This may range from inspiring them to draw their favourite characters to coming up with their own stories to trying out a sport or hobby they saw on a programme.
  • Promoting healthy role models: Watching characters they relate to resolving challenges and conflicts can help build your child’s self-confidence.
  • They can learn lessons in kindness and resilience, from positive cartoon role models.
  • Providing an outlet for play and laughter:  Time for play and laughter with friends and family are important. Children also need to relax and relieve stress − especially if they spend most of their day away from home at school or playschool.

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Charlie says to ensure kids get the most benefit from TV, parents can:

  • Sit and watch with their kids at times and discuss the content. It’s a great way to help them learn to think analytically about media and other people’s behaviour.
  • Nurture positive interests from TV. If your child becomes fascinated with dinosaurs or Roman history from a show, research some facts together on the internet, or take relevant books out of the library.
  • Encourage kids to watch in moderation. Many experts say an hour a day of screen time should be the limit, and encourage a balance of watching TV with time playing outside and exercising.

“Screen time is an influence that is hard to avoid in today’s world,” says Charlie. “But parents can shape this influence for the better by helping their children to have wise viewing choices and make sense of what they see.”

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