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.

What to do with the kids 31 December 2020: Beat-the-heat in your own backyard with these treats and activities

Beat-the-heat backyard treats and activities

Sizzling hot summer days call for clever ideas that can keep you cool.

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Beat-the-heat backyard treats and activities

Sizzling hot summer days call for clever ideas that can keep you cool.

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Beat-the-heat backyard treats and activities

On a tight budget? You can still have fun in the sun with these treats to cool you down and fun water games for kids.

Treat the kids to home-made ice pops.

It’s summer, which means lazy days outdoors with the family. Make these ice pops in just a few minutes.

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Lolly licious

Watermelon and strawberry sorbet

Sorbet is the perfect cooler on a hot summer day, and this one is healthy too.

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Watermelon and strawberry sorbet

Homemade lemonade

Nothing quenches your thirst like homemade lemonade on a hot summer’s day.

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Homemade lemonade

Games

Water run

Set up a number of sprinklers in between a starting line and a finish line. Have your children try to run from one end to the other without getting sprayed by the sprinklers. Give each child a turn to control the tap, turning it on and off at random. The child who gets the least wet, wins. If you have water restrictions in your area, use water from the swimming pool if you have one.

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Water-gun tag

Get everyone into their swimming costumes and play tag. Whoever is “It” gets the water gun and tries to tag the other players with a cold squirt.

Beach ball race

Inflate two beach balls and have the children swimming along in the pool pushing the beach ball with their noses. The child who reaches the end of the pool first is the winner. If you have more than 2 kids who want to play, divide them into relay teams and have them compete against each other.

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