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.

Dad and 7-month-old meet for the first time after being separated because of the lockdown

A family is finally reunited after missing out on the first 7 months of their child's life together.

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A family is finally reunited after missing out on the first 7 months of their child's life together.

The post Dad and 7-month-old meet for the first time after being separated because of the lockdown appeared first on Living and Loving written by Karabo Mokoena .

The global pandemic shifted a lot of things for people and directly impacted the family dynamic. For families living on separate continents and even in different provinces, living apart became a requirement. When the lockdown was implemented, people had to remain exactly where they were.

This was the reality for Mandisa and Ernestas Jancenkas who are South African and Lithuanian respectively.

Ernerstas lives and works in Lithuania and when the lockdown was implemented, he was planning to fly to South Africa for his son’s birth. Unfortunately, the world was shut down before he could fly.

Helplessness was the emotion both of them felt at this point. Their birthing plan was thrown out the window, and there was nothing they could do about it. Ernestas was meant to be Mandisa’s birthing partner, but instead, her mom had to step in. It became stressful for Mandisa and all she could do was weep.

It was an emotional rollercoaster as well for Ernestas, who felt that he was losing out on important milestones. “I can never get those moments back,” he says. He also adds that ” I was saddened that I could not help my wife during a difficult time.”

The months that followed were full of video chats and endless telephonic conversations. Their son, Teodoras Jancekas became familiar with daddy’s face.

His familiarity, however, did not make their face-to-face meet any less heartwarming and confusing. Ernestas noticed how confused his son was to see his father’s not on a computer. This was, according to him, a “hearty moment”.

The struggle was also experienced by families that were in separate provinces in South Africa, and co-parenting ones had to navigate these new challenges.

Mandisa and her husband are making plans to live together in South Africa. This experience has made them realise “the importance of staying together as a family”.

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