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 can say goodbye to when you become a mom

10 things you can say goodbye to when you become a mom

Registered midwife and mom Pippa Hime shares the top 10 things she misses most from her child-free days.

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10 things you can say goodbye to when you become a mom

Registered midwife and mom Pippa Hime shares the top 10 things she misses most from her child-free days.

The post 10 things you can say goodbye to when you become a mom appeared first on Living and Loving.

10 things you can say goodbye to when you become a mom

Becoming a mom is so much more than just having a baby. It is the start of a love you never imagine existed. But, having been a mother for a good four and a half years (the half is important), I have come to realise that there are many things from my life before kids that I have had to kiss goodbye.

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Here are the top 10 things I miss the most:

1. Long lunches that extend to long nights out

There are no more Saturday lunches with girlfriends that result in a quick outfit change to go dancing all night.

2. The long lazy lie-in

I long for a Sunday morning in bed with nothing to do but roll over and catch up on sleep, or read a few pages of my book or the newspaper.

3. Hot tea

You never really appreciate a cup of hot tea until you have kids. In fact, I am sure they invented microwaves simply so moms could warm their cold cups of tea four or five times before drinking it.

4. Bathing alone

I am yet to have a relaxing bath without one or two of my children jumping in too. And with them comes a whole bunch of bath toys. And pee. I long for a pee-free bath.

5. Making it through the 8pm movie

TV action past 9pm results in me fast asleep in a super-uncomfortable position where I wake up annoyed that I have sacrificed actual sleeping time in bed.

6. Sleeping through the night

Even if the kids manage to sleep through the night without needing to wee, having a scary dream or losing their favourite toy, I still wake up. It seems my internal clock is set to baby mode for the rest of my life.

7. Skipping supper

Weekends usually involved a late-afternoon meal, which meant supper that night was never a big deal before I had kids. Coming home from a late lunch on a Sunday and still needing to make a well-balanced dinner is a tough one.

8. Going to the beach to relax with only a book, bottle of water and sunscreen

Now beach time requires packing a bag for a small vacation and being covered head to toe in sand.

9. Last-minute plans

These no longer exist. Unless you live with a 24-hour babysitter, you are required to plan well in advance to make everyone happy.

10. Eating your own meal

I can’t remember when I actually had a plate to myself. Whenever I sit down to eat anything, from toast to a roast dinner, both my kids attack my plate like they have never been fed before.

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