The predicament is not a new one. When parents bring their newborn home, they need to be sure that they are not unintentionally putting their precious bundle at risk. One of the most important ways to keep babies healthy is to keep their environment as clean as possible.
Luckily there are some easy ways to not only sanitize bottles but also practice good hygiene.
- Leave shoes at the door – in many cultures it is accepted practice to leave shoes, and the germs they can track in, at the door. Make this a habit. Store the shoes in a cupboard near the door, where one can have house socks or shoes ready to put on at the same time. The easier it is to leave the shoes at the door, the easier it will be to get into the habit.
- Washing hands – one cannot overemphasize the importance of clean hands. Wash before you work with baby, and after touching the newborn. In fact, wash your hands as often as possible, to ensure that cross-contamination doesn’t happen.
- Setting up guidelines for older siblings – if you have older kids, have a family meeting before the new addition comes home to explain the importance of hygiene and having an environment that is clean as possible. Simple rules such as hand washing, never picking up the little one without an adult present, not sharing food with their smaller siblings and remembering that baby toys must be kept clean can go a long way to keeping everybody healthier.
- Sanitizing bottles, pacifiers, and toys – the scary truth is that some of the more dangerous diseases can live on toys and surfaces long after the carrier had contact with the items. One easy way to minimize this risk is to sanitize baby bottles, toys, and pacifiers after each use. The UviCube is a fantastic UV light sanitization option, new to the US market, that can kill as much as 99.9% of everyday germs. Simply put the items you want to clean in the cube and let the UV light eliminate the bacteria. With this method, one can even clean electronics such as mobile phones! The cube is easy to use, and a breeze to clean.
- Have 'hands off tags' - too many a well-meaning loved one have unwittingly been a carrier of an infection that could be life-threatening for tiny babies. Just Google it, and you'll find a range of colorful “Please do not touch…” tags that can serve as an important reminder – especially for preemies.
With all the important clean environment boxes ticked, it is time to enjoy that precious little bundle. All babies thrive on love more than anything else. That’s why touch is so important – just remember to wash those hands first!