Bringing a baby into the house is both an exciting and frightening adventure. Parents spend most part of the pregnancy period gathering information and making sure they have everything prepared for when the little bundle of joy comes home. One of the key aspects that parents think about is how to keep the house as clean and sanitized as possible, to keep the baby away from any nasty bacteria that could cause them harm. While covering the house in a sterile bubble is neither possible, nor recommended, there are a few things that parents can do, in order to create a clean setting for their newborn.
Sterilize Bottles and Pacifiers
Before usage, make sure feeding bottles and pacifiers are sterilized, in order to prevent the baby from ingesting any kind of germs. You do not necessarily have to use an electric sterilizer, as you may have heard, but make sure to use a special dish soap that eliminates germs and bacteria. If you do want to boil the bottles, you don’t need a fancy machine to do so. Simply place the bottles into a pot of boiling water and keep them for 5 minutes. Afterwards, remove them with tongs and let them air dry.
Clean Baby Items Regularly
Clothes, sheets, car seats and everything your baby regularly uses should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. This keeps bacteria away and creates a safe environment for the baby. This doesn’t mean, that you need to wash the bedding twice a day and change the baby’s clothes every hour. However, cleaning the mattress and washing the sheets once a week is extremely recommended to prevent dust and bacteria from forming. Make sure to wipe the stroller handles frequently, as they can be subject to a lot of outside germs. Most top rated car seats for infants have detachable covers that can be thrown in the washing machine, to help you clean up faster.
Wash your hands thoroughly before holding the baby, as adults can carry bacteria that they are immune to, but can put the baby in danger. In the first few weeks, a lot of friends and relatives will want to see the newborn, so make sure you ask them to do the same, before getting in contact with the baby. If you are on the go and don’t have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer and wipes. If you have other children, teach them to do the same before holding or playing with their sibling. Explain to them that the baby is more sensitive, just as they were when they were infants.
Dispose of Dirty Diapers
You will probably want to have the main changing station in the baby’s nursery, which is extremely recommended. When changing the baby, make sure you dispose of dirty diapers immediately. Place them in bags before disposing of them, to prevent bad odors and bacteria from going into the air, especially in the nursery. Clean the diaper bin regularly and make sure you always keep it covered. Make sure to wipe the changing mat after each change and spray it with antibacterial spray as well.