Don’t ever underestimate the importance of baby hygiene. It might seem to involve more work, now but it will eventually be worth it in the long run. If you do a good job, it simply means less visits to the doctor for your baby and less worries.
Parents generally fall into two extreme categories. Some parents believe that their baby are just like any other human being, so any extra attention is a waste of effort. On the other hand, other parents panic over every little thing that happens to their baby.
There’s no need to panic over every little thing, but being careless can actually cost your baby’s life. If you have ever heard of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) then you know what I am talking about.
Don’t Clean Your Baby All The Time
You don’t have to give your baby a bath every single day. In fact, it’s recommended that you give your baby a bath once every two days. The reason is because your baby’s skin is not very good at maintaining moisture yet. Washing her everyday will actually remove the protective oil in the body and make her skin chapped.
Don’t use shampoo or chemicals if you can help it. Your baby probably doesn’t have a lot of hair to begin with. Not to mention the chemicals won’t be very good if your baby is less than three months old.
This also applies to soap. Don’t use soap with heavy fragrance or dye. It’s all about keeping things simple. Using warm water is more than good enough to clean her.
Clean and dry the creases. Creases are moist and warm which is a perfect environment to grow a lot of germs. Examples of creases would be:
- between the fingers
- buttock folds
- pelvic/thigh region
- between the toes
Clean these creases thoroughly then, use a dry cotton ball for each part. Simply wipe once with a cotton ball then throw it away. If you want to use a wipe cloth to dry her then choose something extremely soft.
Clean the umbilical cord. If she is less than three months old, remember to keep the area around the umbilical cord clean to prevent infection. Grab some alcohol pads or cotton balls with alcohol and swab the area around the cord, the cord itself and the skin that you can peel off partially from the cord.
The cord itself has no nerve endings so your baby won’t feel any pain, however your baby might still cry because alcohol feels pretty cold. If you want to see a nurse demonstrate it on video, then watch it here.
Wash Your Hands and Keep Yourself Clean Whenever Possible
This might sound obvious, but if you can help it, always wash your hands. Our hands are actually in contact with so many germs that it can be scary.
When should you wash your hands?
- Before you feed your baby
- After you clean your baby
- If you are sick (wash more often than usual)
- If your baby is sick (to avoid adding more damage to your baby)
- When you are sterilizing baby bottles
- When you are about to touch your baby’s face, eyes or nose. (Or else, don’t make contact with them)
- Before you are about to clip your baby’s nails
People will think you are being a drama queen. Maybe they are right. Some babies are fine no matter how roughly you take care of them. However, not every baby in the world are just as tough. Some babies are weaker and others were stronger. Why take the risk when you know better?
Clip Your Baby’s Nails – With Baby Tools
Clip your baby’s nails while your baby is asleep. This way they won’t keep squirming while you are cutting their nails. It’s important to cut your baby’s nails because it can easily grow fungus infections, and your baby might risk scratching themselves.
However, don’t cut too deep or your might risk making your baby bleed. However, if your baby does bleed, you should be able to stop the bleeding easily with a cotton ball or tissue. You can watch a video here to see how it looks.
Clean and Sanitize Your Baby Bottles
Sterilize your bottles with boiling water. This technique requires patience and your attention. Here are the steps:
- Set a giant pot of water to boiling
- Scrub your bottles with a brush and running water to remove any old milk or juice
- After the water boiled, lower the flame to low heat
- Remove the nipples from the bottles (nipples melt easily so don’t dump them in there to boil)
- Dump the bottles into the boiling water (don’t put the lid on or your might risk warping your bottles)
- Grab a clean scoop and a clean strainer with a metal handle
- While the bottles are in the boiling water, hold up one bottle with a clean strainer, then use a scoop to pour boiling water into the bottle.
- Next, use the scoop and strainer to pour the water. This bottle is sterilized so remove it from the pot.
- Repeat with the rest of the bottles.
- For the nipples, simply set them on your colander and dip them into boiling water quickly then taking it out quickly. Repeat several times and you should be good
If you want to see someone demonstrate how that is done, then check out this video here.