Bringing a baby into your home for the first time can be one of the most wonderful experiences of your life, but it can also be one of the most stressful. You now have someone to worry about 24/7, so you should do everything you can to ensure you have less to worry about! Follow these few simple tips for an idea of various ways to make your home even safer for your baby’s arrival.
Clean, clean, clean. Before you bring your baby home, you should essentially do a spring clean, regardless of the time of year! Give carpets a particularly thorough vacuum and scrub, as a lot of dust, dander and other allergens tend to build up in them easily. Babies aren’t born with a very strong immune system – they build up over time – so it’s very important to reduce the risk of allergens as much as possible before bringing your baby home.
You should also disinfect all surfaces in your home, particularly in the kitchen and in any areas the baby is likely to be often. You should disinfect anything your baby is likely to be able to grab! It’s vital to ensure your baby doesn’t come into contact with any dangerous germs early in his or her life, as a weak immune system may not be enough protection.
Another thing to consider is replacing your curtains. Curtains are a haven for dust and allergens, and they’re difficult to clean. At the very least, you should consider putting blinds up in the nursery. Just make sure any cords are kept out of reach of your baby.
Something for your guests
A must is to ensure all sinks are equipped with hot water, soap and clean towels. You should make sure any guests that come to visit wash their hands thoroughly before being allowed to hold your baby, as you don’t know where they’ve been or what they’ve been doing! This is especially important if you’re going to be allowing children into your home to meet your baby, as kids are renowned for running around, investigating things and getting dirty! And don’t forget to wash your own hands regularly too, of course.
A different kind of cleaning
Keep a good supply of cleaning products stashed with your nappies and changing table. You should make sure you clean your changing table every time you use it, giving it a thorough wipe down. You can use these same cleaning supplies to regularly keep nearby surfaces clean too.
Feeding items should be cleaned very regularly – ideally after every use. They should definitely be given a deep clean before being used for the first time. Anything that’s going to be going in or near your baby’s mouth should be cleaned with hot water and baking soda (chemical cleaning products can be too abrasive and harsh for your baby) often. This includes things like bottles, dummies and breast pumps.
It’s not all about cleaning though! You also need to make sure you’ve got the right furniture and equipment set up to keep your baby safe. Choose a cot with good reviews online, if possible. You’ll want something with bars narrow enough that your baby won’t be able to fit through. Make sure you buy several sets of sheets for it too, as you’ll probably be cleaning them often! I guess it is all about cleaning!
By following these basic guidelines you’ll ensure your baby’s kept in good health for the first few months of his or her life. But remember, it’s possible to be TOO clean. Your baby will need to encounter some germs to develop a good immune system. Use your common sense, don’t go too crazy, and you should be just fine.
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