You might feel overwhelmed and scared, especially if you are just a newbie parent. We can all agree how daunting the very act of holding your own baby is. It’s funny that with every move, we are nervous that we might not do it right. There are so many things that we have to learn. But ironically, we also have to do them hands-on in order to actually learn how to do them.
As a parent, it is our duty to make sure our little ones are safe, healthy, and comfortable. And because they are dependent on us, we have to be the one doing most of the basic personal tasks, including hygiene maintenance.
At the moment, we are experiencing a pandemic, so hygienic practices are more vital than ever.
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Wash Your Hands!
Because babies are just developing their immune systems, they are more prone to contracting germs and other microbes. And if you remember, you have sanitized, and baby-proofed the whole house before your little one even came home. However, these precautions are not just limited to your home. You also have to start the habit of being clean before doing any baby duties.
If you are sanitizing your baby’s toys and utensils, then it is only right that you also wash your hands before handling him/her or any of his/her things. Invest in a good antibacterial soap and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before drying them with a tissue.
You can also use a hand sanitizer, alcohol, or antibacterial wipes if you don’t have access to a sink. Just make sure that the products that you’re using are safe for a baby’s delicate skin. And if you are using antibacterial baby wipes, get a dispenser like this so you’ll always get a clean and fresh wipe.
It is these seemingly small habits that make the prevention of illnesses much more manageable. If we are always responsible for following them, they will be ingrained in our minds to the point that they will be like instincts to us.
How to Bathe a Baby?
Another practice that parents have surely educated themselves about is how to bathe a baby. Even though babies do not get exposed the same way as adults do, it is still essential for them to get regular bathes.
This will prevent them from developing skin infections and other potential illnesses from being untidy. Since we all have an idea of how to bathe the body, cleaning your little one’s face is probably one of your biggest concerns. But worry not because keeping that cute little face of your baby clean is quite simple.
Make sure that you are using a gentle soap on your baby’s face, but you can also use a moist cotton ball or baby wipes. And since babies are prone to getting dried mucus at the corner of their eyes, eyelids, and nose, it is important that we remove those accumulations gently.
You can use a soft cloth or a cotton ball moistened with a saline solution to remove the dried mucus slowly and softly. If you are removing dried mucus deposits in your baby’s nostrils, insert a small makeshift cotton tube gently. Remember to use a separate cotton ball or tube for each eye and nostril.
Another area that you should check is behind your baby’s ears because dirt tends to accumulate in them. But for the ear canals, avoid using cotton buds because they can irritate your baby’s ears. To remove the wax plugs that formed, you can roll a piece of cotton for cleaning the outside part of each ear. The ears are sensitive, so do not be tempted to insert potentially harmful cleaning objects in the canals.
What about the hair and nails? Your baby may not even have a full head of hair yet, but you can use a tear-less shampoo to massage his/her scalp. However, you don’t need to wash your baby’s hair every day. Afterward, use a soft brush and a towel to comb and dry your little one’s hair. When your little one’s hair is starting to be irritating onto his/her eyes, you can get your baby his/her first haircut appointment.
As for the nails, it is important that we clean them to get rid of any germs. Babies love sucking on their hands, but they’re also picking a lot of stuff. Therefore, it’s important that the nails are clean and trimmed. According to CuteLittleDarling, you can wait for at least a month to cut your baby’s nails, but make sure that you have someone to hold him/her so that he/she won’t move around during cutting. At the same time, remember not to trim the tips too short to prevent injuries and infection as well.
Lastly, you can start early on with brushing your baby’s teeth. This way, he/she can get used to the action. You can start cleaning your baby’s gums daily by wiping the inside of his/her mouth with a cloth or wet gauze. This way, when they have their first tooth come in, they’ll get used to the routine, which is brushing in the morning and bedtime.
How to Change a Baby’s Diapers
Another baby duty is doody duty. Yes, babies are cute, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are full of surprises in their nappies. However, changing diapers is something that every parent will wind up doing, whether they enjoy it or not.
It is essential to keep your little one comfortable and rash-free. If your little one uses a wet diaper for too long, the moisture in the skin can cause irritation. You can avoid this by changing his/her diapers at regular intervals, which can be every 3 hours. To make the job easier, but the new diaper under your baby before unfastening the one he/she wears.
Make sure you have cleaned your baby’s bottoms with gentle baby wipes. To prevent bacteria from spreading, start wiping from the front towards the back. And yes, you might need to lift his/her legs in case you miss some poop. Regardless of your baby’s gender, make sure you have reached every crevice. You can also use diaper cream before fastening the diaper to keep his/her skin moisturized and also soothe rashes.
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