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.

Tiger parenting: The pros and cons

Pros and cons of tiger parenting

Amy Chua first brought the concept of tiger parenting to the world’s attention in her memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. But, what exactly is a tiger parent?

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Pros and cons of tiger parenting

Amy Chua first brought the concept of tiger parenting to the world’s attention in her memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. But, what exactly is a tiger parent?

The post Tiger parenting: The pros and cons appeared first on Living and Loving written by Lisa Witepski .

Pros and cons of tiger parenting

Are you especially strict – more so than the other moms in your circle? Do you place higher demands on your kids, because you want them to do well? You could be a tiger mom. Tiger parenting, according to educational psychologist Ashley Jay, is a form of parenting that’s “authoritarian and somewhat intrusive”. It’s characterised by strict rules, with parents pushing their kids to do well in all areas, from schoolwork to extra-murals and behaviour.

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The good

All parents want their kids to be stars, right? So, there must be some positives to tiger parenting. Ashley says some potential benefits include the fact that it may encourage self-discipline in kids and help develop a strong work ethic. It may also teach kids to challenge themselves, help them get to grips with problem solving, and encourage them to focus on intrinsic motivation rather than external rewards.

The bad

There are negative aspects to this parenting style too. Especially since it can make kids very self-critical and undermine their self-confidence. Ashley notes that kids may also become afraid of making mistakes, and may blame themselves for not being able to be perfect in everything they do. “This intense focus on perfectionism can lead to symptoms of anxiety and depression. It may even reduce their belief that they are able to accomplish goals. “Tiger parenting may result in poor coping skills, leaving children dependent on others,” she says.

The ugly

Ashley reports that children who are parented this way show “maladaptive outcomes, such as depression, anxiety and poor social skills. “The research also indicates that tiger parenting tends to set enormously high and unreasonable expectations for children, and that there are negative cognitive and emotional effects to having overly demanding goals.”

What this means for you

If you realise you’re prone to pressuring your kids, remember to prioritise your child’s emotional wellbeing over achievement. Rather focus on building resilience when it comes to coping with schoolwork and the associated stress, Ashley advises. “Make a point of spending quality time with your child that doesn’t revolve around school schedules or extra-mural activities. This emphasises the importance of good time-management skills while allowing for fun and relaxation as well as homework. Finally, it’s important to widen your definition of success. Valuing creativity, individualism and emotional intelligence as well as educational achievement is more likely to lead your child to become a happy and thriving adult.”

More about the expert:

Ashley Jay is a qualified Educational Psychologist having completed: A Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has also completed a Post Graduate Qualification (with distinction) in Gifted Child Assessment & Education through UNISA. Ashley co-owns and operates The Norwood Therapy Centre from where she runs her private practice. She also consults part time as the Educational Psychologist at King David Minnie Behrson Pre-Primary School. Learn more about Ashley Jay here.

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