Proper Hygiene For Your Baby

Updated: Mar 3

baby happily taking a bath in a tub

One of the most important things to think about as a parent is hygiene.

Babies have immune systems that are still developing. As such, you want to do all you can to shield them from things like bacteria and dirt.

Now, most parents already know how to do that in terms of keeping the baby himself clean. You likely already know to wipe, wash, and bathe your tyke.

But what about the other things he uses regularly, like the baby chair or baby car seat?

Here, we'll help you out with that. In today's article, we've listed basic baby hygiene tips that can keep your baby and three of his most important belongings clean and healthy!

Proper Hygiene for the Baby Chair

baby eating food while seated on a high chair

This is definitely something you need to clean often.

Your baby eats while sitting on it after all, so the potential for crumbs, waste, and bacterial buildup is high.

The first thing to do is just to check the manufacturer's label or product literature for instructions.

Most of them explain how to clean each baby chair there.

Otherwise, you can follow some simple rules.

Wash anything that is removable and washable; wipe down and disinfect all else.

As for frequency, clean everything from the seat up after each use. The only exceptions would be washable straps or covers: unless they're very dirty, you can save them for monthly washing.

Everything else on a baby chair can be cleaned weekly.

This is assuming normal conditions, by the way. You'll have to clean instantly if something happens to get them suddenly very dirty.

Proper Hygiene for the Baby Car Seat

baby sleeping peacefully in her car seat

The baby car seat is pretty easy to clean. However, remember to take photos of it before disassembly or you may forget where everything goes later!

Once that's done, start by vacuuming it. This will get rid of any crumbs or dust on the surface.

Next, remove the fabric covers and wash them according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Afterwards, use a gentle detergent and water to clean and wipe straps, buckles, and the seat itself.

Our tip is to use only a little detergent to make things easier. If you get a lot of suds, that makes it harder to remove later.

Using warm water can also help you loosen dirt.

Use a soft cloth dipped in the soap and water mixture to wipe and spot-clean, then use clean water on another cloth to wipe away any soapy residue.

You can disinfect too, but make sure there's no trace of the disinfectant before strapping your baby back into the seat.

Proper Hygiene for the Baby Crib

happy mother and baby beside the crib

This is another item that can become very dirty quickly.

Babies are bundles of joy, yes, but they're also very leaky creatures.

There's a lot of potential for things like spit-up, drool, and urine to get on the crib.

Start by removing the bedding and mattress from the baby crib.

Then, vacuum it to remove dust. You can also use a bristle brush on some cribs to remove grime.

After that, you can use a mild soap and water to clean the crib.

Try to avoid using strong cleaners. If you must use them, ensure that every trace of them is gone before putting your baby back in the crib.

For the bedding, use unscented and hypoallergenic detergents. This can minimise the chances of your baby reacting adversely to it, say by manifesting an allergic response or rash after contact.

As for the mattress, you should follow manufacturer's instructions for safety.

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