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.

5 nice-to-have baby items for new moms

5 nice-to-have baby items for new moms

These baby items will go a long way in making life a little easier for new moms.

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5 nice-to-have baby items for new moms

These baby items will go a long way in making life a little easier for new moms.

The post 5 nice-to-have baby items for new moms appeared first on Living and Loving.

5 nice-to-have baby items for new moms

Having your first baby can feel overwhelming to say the least. It doesn’t matter how many tutorials you’ve seen or how many books you’ve read – taking care of a tiny baby, while everyone around you offers their opinion on what you “need” to buy, can become stressful.

Kevin Tucker from price comparison website PriceCheck has come up with a list of items that will make life a little more comfortable for new moms.

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Portable nasal aspirator

This electric portable nasal aspirator’s continuous nasal suction helps to remove the mucus in an effective and gentle way, and offers better relief compared to the traditional manual aspirator.

The Wisu Tear Less Nasal Portable Aspirator is available from takealot.com for R899. 

Portable Nasal Aspirator

ALSO SEE: Nasal congestion – how to clear your baby’s nose

Nursery projector

Help lull your baby to sleep with the voice-activated Nursery Projector and Sound System by Munchkin. Not only does this nursery projector provide a relaxing environment with four soothing sounds (heartbeat, ocean, white noise and rain), three lullabies, three Mozart songs and three dreamy images to project onto nursery walls, it also has a night light with a soft glow that’s perfect for night-time check-ins and diaper changes. You can also set the projector to trigger sounds and images in response to your baby’s cry.

Available from wantitall.co.za for R1 620.

Nursery Projector and Sound System

Formula dispenser

There’s no need to carry around a large container of powdered formula when you and your baby are out and about. With the Munchkin formula dispenser, you can prepare feeds on the go. It comes with a flexible seal designed to keep the carefully measured formula in one place. The dispenser also works really well with baby cereals, so you can prepare your weaned baby’s meal wherever you are.

Available from takealot.com for R69.


Bottle warmer

This nifty bottle warmer plugs into your car adapter and warms a bottle evenly in minutes. A digital display indicates temperature and remaining warming time. It’s designed to fit most bottles and car cup holders –  perfect for road trips or quick outings.

The Babymoov Universal Car Bottle Warmer is available from buyanyting.co.za for R434.

Baby bottle warmer

Travel system

Of course, you’ll need a stroller to move from A to B, but a travel system will get you a lot more mileage. if you’re cruising around town with your baby in the backseat, ready to start your next errand, and the little guy dozes off, you think “abort mission” right? Wrong. With a travel system you’ll be able to slide baby swiftly into the stroller in a matter of minutes.

The Chelino Speedy Black Travel System is available to rent for R419pm from teljoy.co.za

Chelino Travel System


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