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.

Messy play with dough, slime and sand

This play requires close supervision to ensure your child doesn’t put these substances in his mouth or eyes. Wash hands after playing. By Kirsten Davids

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This play requires close supervision to ensure your child doesn’t put these substances in his mouth or eyes. Wash hands after playing. By Kirsten Davids

The post Messy play with dough, slime and sand appeared first on Living and Loving.

With an older toddler who understands to keep the slime in the tub and out of his mouth, you can start to explore different textures in messy play. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself enjoying it too – all these recipes make stuff that feels lovely to play with, and your little one will love experimenting alongside you.

ALSO SEE: 3 fun messy play ideas for toddlers

Slime

This is the slimiest slime ever. It drips and drags from fingertips, oozes and squeezes from fists. If your little one is in need of a swamp for his collection of dinosaurs, look no further.

You will Need

  • 75g cornflour
  • 120ml baby shampoo
  • Green food colouring

Method

  • Put the cornflour and baby shampoo into a bowl and mix together until smooth.
  • Add the food colouring and mix again.

Top tip
Don’t overwhelm your tot with too many toys and tools to use with the goo. He’ll be happier to play with two or three things. Swap them for different objects when he starts to lose interest.

Messy play with slime

Cloud fluff

This super-soft dough smells amazing and feels even better. You’ll love this one too − although it’s dry to the touch it will leave your hands feeling moisturised and your cuticles in tip-top condition!

ALSO SEE: Easy microwave playdough recipe

You will need

  • 175ml baby hair conditioner
  • 250g cornflour

Method

  • Put the two ingredients into a bowl and mix – the dough will take a minute to come together.
  • Knead for a further minute until smooth.

Top Tip
Knead in a spoonful of glitter to add sparkles to your cloud fluff.

Messy play with cloud fluff

Oobleck

Have you ever read the Dr Seuss classic, Bartholomew and the Oobleck? It’s the tale of a king who gets annoyed at the rain in spring, the sun in summer, fog in autumn and snow in winter. When the royal magicians make sticky green slime called Oobleck fall from the sky instead, he learns not to moan – after a boy called Bartholomew saves the kingdom from the goo, of course. And this recipe for Oobleck makes some very odd goo indeed. Move your hands through it slowly or pour it, and it’s a slimy liquid. But squish or squash it together, or hit it, and it’s solid. Make it and your toddler will love it – and read the story too!

You will need

  • 300g cornflour
  • 225ml water
  • Green food colouring

Method

  • Place the cornflour in a bowl and pour over the water and food colouring.
  • Mix until there are no lumps – you’ll have to mix slowly so it stays liquid.

Oobleck

Clever sand

Pinch a few handfuls of clean sand from the sandpit to make this. All the other ingredients make it easy to mould, so your little one will enjoy pressing it into pots to make mini sandcastles. It’s fun to add food colouring to the water before mixing. Try making two colours, so they gradually mix to make a new colour as your tot plays. This can be stored in an airtight container – spray on a little water if it dries out between plays.

You will need

  • 1 litre play sand
  • 110g cornflour
  • 1 tbsp baby shampoo
  • 200ml water

Method

  • Put the sand into a large bowl and mix in the cornflour.
  • In a separate container, mix the baby shampoo and water.
  • Pour the liquid into the sand mixture and mix well.
  • Add a little more water if you need to, until the mixture starts to clump together.

Clever sand

Top tip
An old shower curtain spread on the kitchen floor makes a great surface for messy play: it contains the mess and it’s fast and easy to clear up afterwards.

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