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.

Why we love “Elliot from Earth” – The new series from Cartoon Network

Why we love “Elliot from Earth” – The new series from Cartoon Network

The new series from Cartoon Network is about to become an instant hit. “Elliot from Earth” had moms and kids hooked from the first weekend, here’s why we loved it.

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Why we love “Elliot from Earth” – The new series from Cartoon Network

The new series from Cartoon Network is about to become an instant hit. “Elliot from Earth” had moms and kids hooked from the first weekend, here’s why we loved it.

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Why we love “Elliot from Earth” – The new series from Cartoon Network

Elliot, his mum, and his best friend Mo (a dinosaur) enjoy some epic adventures in space. The series sees the three main characters take an unexpected journey across the universe to discover why they were brought there in the first place.

Along the way they meet a whole host of friendly cosmic creatures who all exist in harmony – a valuable lesson for kids to learn.

Not only is Elliot’s relationship with his mum something that gives the show a unique angle, we also love how it highlights inclusivity as they meet up with different creatures. Everyone lives in harmony!

“Elliot has found a passion he shares with his mom, and together they explore things in and out of this world. It encourages a sense of adventure and imagination for both kids and parents, and with Elliot’s empathy and fearlessness, anything is possible, “ says All4Women parenting writer, Karabo Mokoena.

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Elliott’s mum, Frankie is a geologist, who has spent the past few years studying a strange rock she discovered!  Frankie’s logical, scientific approach to things doesn’t mean she never acts impulsively. This is opposite to how Elliot sometimes reacts. His impulsivity leads the curious youngster into some sticky situations.

What we love about Elliott From Earth:

“I love the thrill of adventure the series offers as well as how their little imaginations flourish with each fascinating episode. I love that Elliot’s mom is the real superhero in this programme – we need more messages like this!” says All4Women entertainment writer Megan Pillay. “Also kids learning about things like science and space are great too!”

We love the theme of friendship, and how it shows kids that friendships can be between all types of creatures from all over the universe and that we can all live in harmony.

“I love the comedic edge to the show, it may be set in space but mom and kid issues are super relatable and they seem to have a great understanding of each other,” says All4Women current affairs writer, Naadiya Adams. “Elliot’s curiosity for things is refreshing, and in a world where racism is rife it’s lovely to see so much harmony among different creatures.”

We love the sense of adventure and creativity in each episode which takes the friends to different corners of the universe. It encourages kids to dream, be creative and connect with others even if they are little bit shy at times.

“The fact that Elliot From Earth is from the creators of The Amazing World of Gumball made it an instant favourite for my son from the start,” says All4Women fashion writer, Andile Mthimkhulu. “Getting to explore the world with your mom by your side is probably every kid’s dream. Elliot From Earth makes this dream a reality for kids and their moms too and teaches valuable lessons while having a whole lot of fun.”

Along with the cartoon characters, there’s a good sense of comedy – which can be appreciated by moms and kids.

“Get the moral of the story without a long lecture,” says All4Women health and recipe writer, Zethu Sithole. “We love how Elliot shows empathy and learns to understand and love all the different creatures he meets on his adventures. A plus just for me is that his mom is practically a superhero just like the rest of us moms.”

The new series will roll out across Africa on Saturday, 13 March 2021 @ 09:35 CAT.

Cartoon Network Africa is available on DStv, channel 301, and GOtv, channel 67 

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