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.

Learning through play initiative launched in South Africa

Scientific research consistently shows babies and children are constantly learning, connecting, and engaging with their surroundings through positive, playful experiences.

The post Learning through play initiative launched in South Africa appeared first on Living and Loving.

How to soothe those stitches down there

A tear down there can be extremely uncomfortable. Try these nine remedies to help soothe stitches to your perineum. By Kim Bell

The post 9 remedies to help soothe those stitches down there appeared first on Living and Loving.

9 common baby teeth care questions answered

We answer your pressing concerns about caring for your baby and toddler's teeth and gums. By Tammy Jacks

The post 9 common baby teeth care questions answered appeared first on Living and Loving.

Browse Kimbino

By using one simple website, you can now easily find all the specials you need from your favourite retailers, saving you precious time and money.

The post Free up your time with Kimbino appeared first on Living and Loving.

Pregnancy symptoms - when you don't know you are pregnant

How is it possible not to realise that you’re pregnant? Read on to find out. By Lisa Witepski

The post When you don’t know you’re pregnant appeared first on Living and Loving.

Should you pierce your baby's ears?

How safe is it to pierce your baby’s ears? By Lisa Witepski

The post Should you pierce your baby’s ears? appeared first on Living and Loving.

Baby milestones: the role of colour in your child’s development

From your little one’s nursery walls, to the bright hues of colour in nature, did you know that colour plays a key role in your child’s development and understanding of the world? Here’s how… By Tammy Jacks

The post Baby milestones: the role of colour in your child’s development appeared first on Living and Loving.

How to help an emotional child

Help your child get a grip on her emotions with these easy hacks. By Lisa Witepski

The post How to help an emotional child appeared first on Living and Loving.

How to do a newborn photoshoot at home

Professional photographer Veronique Mills shows you how to do your own newborn photo shoot at home with this easy tutorial.

The post How to do a newborn photo shoot at home appeared first on Living and Loving.

24 boredom busters for kids

To stop the chorus of “Mom, I’m bored” - cut out these boredom busters and pop them into a jar. When they’re bored, let them choose an activity.

The post 24 boredom busters for kids appeared first on Living and Loving.

How to create a ballerina birthday party for your little one

Let us help you set the stage for your little prima ballerina's first birthday. By Noeleen Foster

The post How to create a ballerina birthday party for your little girl appeared first on Living and Loving.

Can pregnancy affect my vision?

Your body undergoes many changes during pregnancy and you may have noticed your eyes are no exception, but how exactly does your growing bump affect your vision? By Thobeka Phanyeko

The post Can pregnancy affect my vision? appeared first on Living and Loving.

10 tips to look after your child's oral health

In South Africa, over 60% of primary school children suffer from dental decay and more than 80% of these children remain untreated for the disease.

The post 10 tips to look after your child’s oral health appeared first on Living and Loving.

TMA kids model search 2019

Your child can win a one year modelling contract plus prizes to the value of over R15 000.

The post TMA Kids Model Search 2019 – Win prizes worth over R15 000! appeared first on Living and Loving.

12 fun holiday activities for the kids that won't break the bank

No need to splurge on expensive outings these holidays. These 12 fun holiday activities are ideal for keeping little one’s entertained for hours. By Tammy Jacks

The post 12 fun holiday activities for the kids that won’t break the bank appeared first on Living and Loving.

The importance of TB treatment during pregnancy

Untreated tuberculosis (TB) during pregnancy poses a significant threat to both mother and child.

The post The importance of TB treatment during pregnancy appeared first on Living and Loving.

5 things you should do when visiting a new mom

Hooray, the new baby is finally here and you can’t wait to visit and shower the new mom and her baby with love and attention. But before you pop in, here are five things to consider. By Tammy Jacks

The post 5 things you should do when visiting a new mom appeared first on Living and Loving.

7 things that happen during labour that no one tells you about

There are things that happen during the labour and birth process that not even your best friend will share with you. Luckily, we will. By Kim Bell

The post 7 things that happen during labour that no one tells you about appeared first on Living and Loving.

Boy-girl recipe - can you choose your baby's gender?

Can you choose your baby’s gender? It is possible says experts. Sister Burgie Ireland explains how the boy-girl recipe works.

The post Boy-girl recipe | Can you choose your baby’s gender? appeared first on Living and Loving.

10 hacks for nail clipping

Breaking out in a cold sweat whenever it’s time to clip baby’s nails? These 10 tried-and-tested tips from moms who’ve been there and done that will make this task a breeze. By Nikita Camacho

The post 10 hacks to clipping your baby’s nails appeared first on Living and Loving.

Everything you need to know about banking your breast milk

Every year, donated breast milk saves the lives of thousands of vulnerable babies in South Africa.

The post Everything you need to know about banking your breast milk appeared first on Living and Loving.

What South African dads need to know about their new right to paternity leave

If your baby is due soon, you’ll be happy to hear that dad can now take 10 days off work to help you and your new baby get settled at home.

The post What South African dads need to know about their new right to paternity leave appeared first on Living and Loving.

You can turn the terrible twos into the terrific twos

It is possible to transform the terrible twos into the terrific twos. You just need to know what makes your toddler tick.

The post You can turn the terrible twos into the terrific twos – here’s how appeared first on Living and Loving.

Why "Go to your room!" is not an effective discipline strategy

You’re frustrated after telling your toddler the same thing numerous times, but before you lose your cool, take a deep breath and consider this expert advice. By Thobeka Phanyeko

The post Why “Go to your room!” isn’t an effective discipline method appeared first on Living and Loving.

Enter now to stand a chance to win!

The post Win 1 of 3 Mom2B hampers, worth over R1 100 each! appeared first on Living and Loving.

The top 5 post-birth intimacy issues

Most birth- and intimacy-related anxieties and questions are difficult to discuss, so our experts tackled your most common post-birth intimacy concerns here. By Lynne Gidish

The post The top 5 post-birth intimacy issues appeared first on Living and Loving.

3 kids, 3 different disorders including autism - a mom shares her story

All three of Sharon King’s children were diagnosed with various disorders. Here, she gives advice on how to deal when your kids are wired differently. By Kim Bell

The post 3 kids, 3 different disorders – a mom shares her story appeared first on Living and Loving.

5 reasons why you shouldn’t feel guilty about being a working mom

Thinking of going back to work after your maternity leave? If that's what you would like to do, but are still unsure whether or not it's the right decision, here's why you shouldn't feel guilty about joining the work force again.

The post 5 reasons why you shouldn’t feel guilty about being a working mom appeared first on Living and Loving.

How to handle your child's first emotional milestones

The way you handle your child’s social and emotional milestones can have a far-reaching effect on how she handles stress and change in the future. By Nikki Temkin

The post Dos and don’ts of handling your child’s first emotional milestones appeared first on Living and Loving.

4 hacks to keep your busy baby safe

Any mother of a toddler knows it’s easier to pin down a group of octopuses doing the Makarena than make a newly mobile child stay still. These hacks may help. By Lisa Witepski

The post 4 hacks to keep your busy baby safe appeared first on Living and Loving.

6 healthy lunchbox swaps for kids

Are flavoured yoghurts, fruit juice and bran muffins a staple in your little one’s lunchbox? We turned to the experts to get the scoop on why these might not be so healthy after all. By Tammy Jacks

The post 6 healthy lunchbox swaps for kids appeared first on Living and Loving.

Introducing allergy foods to baby

So, it’s time to start solids and you’re worried about allergies. Follow our expert advice on when and how to introduce particular foods to your baby. By Xanet Scheepers

The post When and how to introduce allergy foods to your baby appeared first on Living and Loving.

Can yoga help you overcome infertility?

Studies have revealed yoga not only helps to lower stress levels linked to infertility, but also assists conception through various breathing techniques and poses. We chatted to a yoga expert to find out more. By Tammy Jacks

The post Can yoga help you overcome infertility? We investigate… appeared first on Living and Loving.

Early childhood development - 6-tips-to-give-your-child-a-better-start-in-their-education-

Parenting expert Nikki Bush says these basic building blocks will help maximise your little one's early learning at home and school.

The post 6 tips to give your child a better start in their education appeared first on Living and Loving.

6 chiropractic benefits for babies

Wondering if a chiropractor can sort out your little one’s colicky symptoms or help him sleep better at night? The truth is, there are loads of chiropractic benefits for babies. We asked a registered chiropractor to share her top six. By Tammy Jacks

The post 6 chiropractic benefits for babies appeared first on Living and Loving.

Expert tips to heal faster after childbirth

Whether you had an episiotomy or C-section, follow these expert strategies to treat those tender bits and boost your recovery. By Tammy Jacks and Kim Bell

The post Follow these expert tips to speed up healing after childbirth appeared first on Living and Loving.

The 6 stages of preschool mornings

While Insta-perfect households may have their morning routines sorted, the morning-run whirlwind remains an exhausting obstacle course for most of us. By Lisa Witepski

The post The 6 stages of preschool mornings appeared first on Living and Loving.

Help baby sleep with these top tips

Do you hold your breath every time you have to transfer your sleeping baby to her cot? Help her stay asleep for longer with these top tips. By Tammy Jacks

The post Baby sleep | 12 simple steps to help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep appeared first on Living and Loving.

Trust your parenting instincts above everything else

Three moms share why they believe trusting your instincts is the most powerful tool any parent has.

The post Trust your parenting instincts above everything else appeared first on Living and Loving.

5-ways-to-reduce-shortness-of-breath-during-the-third-trimester

Here are five easy ways to reduce shortness of breath in the third trimester. By Lebogang Madileng

The post 5 ways to reduce shortness of breath during the third trimester appeared first on Living and Loving.

When should my baby start kicking during pregnancy

At what stage should your baby start kicking during pregnancy? How often should you feel the baby move, and how do you know that everything is okay if you don’t feel anything? Gynaecologist Dr Dries Potgieter explains.

The post When should my baby start kicking during pregnancy appeared first on Living and Loving.