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.

10 things you won’t be able to do late in your pregnancy

10 things you can't do late in your pregnancy

Being pregnant may be one of life’s biggest joys, but the last few months before you give birth are going to be a little difficult. By mommy blogger Nikita Camacho

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10 things you can't do late in your pregnancy

Being pregnant may be one of life’s biggest joys, but the last few months before you give birth are going to be a little difficult. By mommy blogger Nikita Camacho

The post 10 things you won’t be able to do late in your pregnancy appeared first on Living and Loving.

10 things you can't do late in your pregnancy

You’re pregnant, congratulations! If you’re still in the early stages of your pregnancy, simple tasks are still doable, but as your pregnancy progresses you may find that there are some things you just can’t do anymore.

ALSO SEE: 10 annoying things in the last two weeks of pregnancy

Looking serious

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You’re arguing your point with your partner and would usually cross your arms for emphasis. But now your protruding belly makes it awkward for you to do so. Instead, you fumble with your arms while your partner laughs – the argument is done.

Tip: Practice your serious face instead.

Walking without waddling

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Walking becomes waddling in late pregnancy. While penguins may look cute waddling around, you don’t feel cute – you’re tired and you think you need to pee again for the 10th time.

Tip: Save yourself the trouble and judge your to-do list by how far you need to walk.

Making it through a conversation without yawning

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You yawn your way through the day and often apologise for doing it. It’s not that you find others boring, but growing a human is hard work.

Getting some beauty sleep

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After yawning the day away, your bed may feel magical as your head hits the pillow. However, your moment of bliss is zapped by karate kicks from inside your belly. It’s a long night of tossing and turning as you struggle to sleep.

ALSO SEE: How to get more sleep during pregnancy

Squeezing your feet into high heels

With all the shoes you have to try on, you feel like Cinderella… or more like all the other ladies in the story trying to squeeze their foot into the glass slipper..

Tip: Swollen feet are a problem, so opt for a pair of flip-flops that are one size bigger.

Wearing anything other than leggings

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An expanding belly brings the war of the pants. Yoga pants, tracksuit pants, maternity pants… Make peace that leggings are your best friend and unfriend anyone who tells you that they aren’t, in fact, pants!.

Picking things up off the floor

The inevitable happened, you dropped your phone on the floor. Your natural reflex of bending down and picking it up is no longer an option. You debate whether you really need to pick it up or if you can wait for someone else to do it.

Tip: Learn to master the side pick-up. Stand next to the object, bend your knees and reach out to the side.

ALSO SEE: 10 pregnancy hacks to ease aches and pains

Shaving your legs

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To shave or not to shave, that is the question for many heavily pregnant ladies. There are three options, forget about a razor; go to a salon for a wax or just wear leggings.

Driving comfortably

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Driving late during your pregnancy can be a little problematic. Your belly continuously rubs against the steering wheel while the seatbelt cuts awkwardly around your belly.

Tip: You could always hire a chauffeur or, more realistically, purchase a pregnancy seat belt. It’ll make your driving comfortable and safer.

Feeling emotionally stable

 

Your hormones are all over the show! Anything and everything will set you off. The silly toilet paper with puppies has you in tears. Someone finished the biscuits and you’re ready to break out ninja moves.

It’s OK – just blame it on the hormones and move on.

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