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.

Thinking of getting a pet? Here are the best dogs for kids

Best dogs for kids

The best dog breeds for babies and toddlers.

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Best dogs for kids

The best dog breeds for babies and toddlers.

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Best dogs for kids

Getting a dog is like getting another family member. Pets can be rewarding, but there are factors that need to be considered, especially if you have younger children. Here are the best dogs for kids, and some adoption options for rescue pets.

Never get a breed of dog because it is popular. Different breeds can feature particular traits and may need specific requirements. Research the breed you’re interested in and look at what dogs interact well with kids at your local park or at friends’ and family’s homes.

Generally, big- and medium-sized dogs are suited to families with younger children, as larger breeds tend to be more docile, but there are a few smaller breeds that also can make the perfect addition to your family.

Dog breeds that are good with children

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 Adoption options

If you would like to adopt a certain breed, there are breed-specific dog adoption agencies. Also check out Facebook, as most breeds have their own Facebook groups.

Here are some breed-specific adoption agencies:

  • Labrador adoption
  • Golden retriever adoption 
  • English bulldog adoption 
  • Border collie adoption
  • Beagle adoption 

For smaller breeds:

  • Dachshund rescue 
  • Boston terrier rescue
  • Jack Russell rescue 

Mixed breeds and rescue dogs

Don’t exclude mixed breeds as they can exhibit the best traits of each breed. Adopting a dog also provides a pet with a forever home.

Visit your local SPCA’s website or google “pet adoption (your area)”.

READ MORE: Introducing your baby to the family pet 

Tips on introducing toddlers to dogs

If you have a baby or toddler and are considering getting a dog, here is some advice to ensure they get along.

Toddlers are likely to pull tails, grab dog toys, and interact with your dog in ways it may not be used to. It is important to prevent this behaviour by doing the following:

  1. Teach your toddler how to pet your dog. Show her that dogs like to be petted on their heads and stroked on their bodies, enjoy belly rubs and that the tail is a no-go zone. Practise this daily and reward appropriate behaviour.
  1. Only allow your toddler and pet to interact when supervised. Install baby gates to keep your pet and toddler separate. This way they can still see each other, but also have their own space.
  1. Be vigilant. Most dog bites occur between children and animals that they are familiar with. If your dog starts to behave unusually and your toddler is annoying it, intercept immediately. Dogs only have so much patience, and if pushed to their limits, will snap or bite.



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