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.

Honey Pot Nurseries focus on hand washing and water conservation

Clean hands for indoor and outdoor activities with KiddiSynk Children at the family run chain of Honey Pot Nurseries in South Liverpool spend a great deal of time out of doors as they are currently working towards becoming an eco-school – and part of this project has involved looking into water wastage.  “We have recently installed […]

Clean hands for indoor and outdoor activities with KiddiSynk Children at the family run chain of Honey Pot Nurseries in South Liverpool spend a great deal of time out of doors as they are currently working towards becoming an eco-school – and part of this project has involved looking into water wastage.  “We have recently installed […]

Clean hands for indoor and outdoor activities with KiddiSynk

In some playrooms the access to the bathroom can be inconvenient for handwashing. This led us to looking for a more accessible option for our children. We found KiddiSynks. These enable children to wash their hands without having to leave the room. It also acts as a constant reminder to wash their hands. The KiddiSynks have also been purchased for our garden areas. Children at the family run chain of Honey Pot Nurseries in South Liverpool spend a great deal of time out of doors as they are currently working towards becoming an eco-school – and part of this project has involved looking into water wastage. 

“We have recently installed water butts in our gardens so that we can use the rain water to water our plants” said Ashley Williams-Day, the Quality and Training Manager at Honey Pot.

Honey Pot Nurseries recognise the importance of teaching hand washing

Solving bathroom access issues for the children

Washing facilities at some of Honey Pot’s nurseries were difficult to access. The preschool facility was keen to improve this situation – and discovered the Teal KiddiSynk a robust, highly mobile hand washing unit designed specifically for children.

These provided some added bonuses for the nursery, being designed for use both indoor and out – and they use very little water, which ties in with their eco studies.

“The children learn about the importance of handwashing and when the most important times for these practices are” continued Williams-Day. “Staff act as role models in handwashing, which enables children to copy these hygiene routines.

“In some playrooms the access to the bathroom can be inconvenient for handwashing. This lead us to looking for a more accessible option for our children. We found KiddiSynks.

“These enable children to wash their hands without having to leave the room. It also acts as a constant reminder to wash their hands.

“The KiddiSynks have also been purchased for our garden areas.”

Children was their hands indoors and out with a KiddiSynk

The nurseries all have an excellent reputation and were judged Outstanding by Ofsted at each of their last inspections. The nurseries also continue to maintain a 5/5 food hygiene rating and this commitment to high levels of hygiene is replicated throughout the playrooms.

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Teach hand washing to children – with a portable unit that goes anywhere they do!

Hand washing is the most important lesson a child can learn and acquiring it is an essential lifelong skill. A Kiddiwash Xtra or KiddiSynk portable hand washing sink can be positioned right next to the sand pit – helping to ensure that children dramatically reduce the risk of infection as they finish play.

The Kiddiwash range of warm water hand wash units are perfect for smaller hands – and are ideal where a portable solution is required.

Whether you require a larger wheeled unit such as the KiddiSynk, or the ultra portable Kiddiwash Xtra, you can ensure that all children in your care are able to wash their hands whether inside or out.

Children learning to wash hands at Honeypot Nursery


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