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 rumours about toddlers you need to scrap, now!

5 rumours about toddlers you need to scrap, now!

Not everything you hear about parenting toddlers is true. Take these totally unfounded rumours, for instance. By Lisa Witepski

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5 rumours about toddlers you need to scrap, now!

Not everything you hear about parenting toddlers is true. Take these totally unfounded rumours, for instance. By Lisa Witepski

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5 rumours about toddlers you need to scrap, now!

There’s as much fake news circulating about toddlers as there is about politicians. In fact, if toddlers were to gang up and form a corporate, one of the first things they would (or should) do is appoint a killer PR team.

If they did, then parents would finally get to the bottom of falsehoods like these:

Toddlers sleep through the night

While it would be marvellous if a switch clicked in your toddler’s brain on her second birthday, putting an end to all those wake-up calls, it’s just not going to happen. When will it happen? Sadly, no one can say – some kids sleep through just after they arrive home from hospital, while others are still waking up long after their first day of primary school.

ALSO SEE: 6 tried-and-tested toddler sleep tips from an expert in the know

Toddlers are naughty

If you think parenting a toddler is difficult, try being one. They know exactly what you want, but they don’t have the means to express it. On the one hand, they’re intrigued by the world around them and (kind of) want to explore it; on the other, there’s no way they’re venturing too far without knowing that mom has their back. All these contradictions and hard-to-handle emotions are sometimes difficult to contain, resulting in the infamous mall meltdown (let’s face it, chances are you’ve often wished you could lie down and cry in the middle of a shopping queue). Your toddler isn’t testing you, and he’s not being naughty, he’s just being a kid who hasn’t quite got everything sorted out just yet.

ALSO SEE: 6 reasons behind toddler tantrums

You can say anything you like in front of your toddler

Never mind if these walls could talk – if your toddler could talk (properly), what a lot of beans would be spilled; everything from your disgruntlement with your husband to your plans for the Christmas holidays (none of which include your in-laws). Yup, she hears, and understands, everything you tell your friends in her presence – including your real thoughts about her art and manners. She remembers those comments, too, especially the ones that are less than kind – and she learns and mirrors that behaviour.

Playschool is a must

Playschool is a must – if you have to go back to work, or if your toddler needs more stimulation than you can give. But if you’re worried about socialisation, remember that she’s actually already learning everything she needs to know from you and how you behave around others.

ALSO SEE: How to choose the right playschool for your child

Your toddler needs that brand-new educational toy, stat!

Your toddler really doesn’t need all the trappings, the best or the latest. All she really needs is your time and patience.

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