Are you looking for the best baby hygiene tips to make sure your baby is clean and safe from germs everyday?
Although being exposed to germs helps your baby’s immune system learn to actually fight germs, too much exposure can lead to your baby getting sick.
Germs are everywhere, so your baby will naturally be exposed to germs.
However, leaving your baby around dirty toys, milk-stained bibs, and sweaty clothes will definitely put their health at risk.
I know you do not want your baby to look untidy and unappealing.
Follow these hygiene tips to make sure your baby is safe from germs and keep them looking adorable.
Baby Hygiene Tips For A Neat Germ-free Baby
Follow these baby hygiene tips to make sure your baby is clean and prevent them from getting sick unnecessarily.
Disinfect Your Hands Before Touching Your Baby
It is so important to always use a sanitizer before touching your baby.
If you are going to be making an effort with baby hygiene, you should not undo all your efforts by handling your little one with dirty hands.
Even if you are not from the bathroom, you could have touched a dirty surface or handled raw meat.
Avoid unnecessarily exposing your baby to germs and bacteria and clean your hands before you handle them.
Keep Nails Short
Long nails trap dirt.
Since babies love sucking their fingers, all those germs go straight into your baby’s mouth, ready to make them sick.
With long nails, your baby will always scratch themselves, especially on the face. This leaves your little one looking awkward with scratches on their faces.
Get a suitable baby nail clipper and cut long nails to avoid germs and unnecessary scratches and cuts.
Clean Your Baby’s Hands Regularly
Your baby touches everything they can get those little hands on.
After touching everywhere, your baby puts their hands in their mouth.
Because that is what babies do.
That means all the germs collected form everything your baby touches end up in their mouth.
Regularly wash or wipe your baby’s hands with a clean soft cloth to keep their hands germ-free.
Keep Surfaces Clean
Wipe and disinfect all the places your little one is more likely to touch.
This will reduce germs and bacteria.
You should still clean your baby’s hands regularly.
Regularly Wash Your Baby’s Hair
Always keep your baby’s hair clean and looking neat.
Your baby sweats, especially when wearing a hat. When there is sweat buildup, your baby is at risk of developing a rash on the head.
By cleaning your baby’s hair, you will be able to quickly spot any developing rash and act on time.
Get a small baby comb and hair brush to look after your baby’s hair. Wash the comb or brush after use.
Keep The Face Clean
If you are not giving your baby a bath, make sure you clean your baby’s face every morning and in the evening before you put your baby to sleep.
Use cotton earbuds to remove dirt from the ears and nose (be careful to not put the earbuds too far into the ears or nose), and use a cotton pad to clean the eyes.
Use a nasal aspirator to remove snort from your baby’s nose if it is too far into the nose.
Similarly, clean your little one’s face after nursing, bottle-feeding, or after eating. Use soft washcloths to avoid irritating your baby’s face.
Getting used to doing this will keep your baby’s face fresh and less likely to develop a rash.
Clean Gums After Every Feed
Teach your baby good dental hygiene habits from a young age. Even before the first tooth erupts.
Wipe your baby’s gums with a soft wet cloth after every feed or meal, when waking up, and before bedtime.
Regular Nappy Changes
Check the nappy regularly and change accordingly.
Leaving your baby to sit long with a wet or soiled nappy increases the chances of developing nappy rash and thrush.
Check your baby’s nappy when they wake up, before going to bed or taking a nap, or before traveling with your baby.
Clean the nappy area thoroughly. Avoid scrubbing as baby skin is sensitive.
Wash your hands afterward with soap or disinfectant.
Contain Strong Diaper Smells With A Diaper Bin
If you have a diaper bin in the nursery (or your room if your baby sleeps there), you will know that diapers smell and make the room stuffy.
If you can smell dirty diapers it means air in the nursery is polluted, meaning your baby is not getting fresh air.
Get a quality bin specifically for diapers. These are made to trap the smell of diapers until you take them out to the bin.
Keep The Play Area Clean
If you have set up a play area for your baby (which you should), it has to be kept clean and neat on a daily basis.
Make sure the playmat is free of dust and small dirt particles.
Wipe the surfaces of bouncers, jumpers, and playpen.
Your baby should be free to touch anywhere in the play space without being restricted because the surfaces are dirty.
Keep The Toys Clean
As with the play area, all the toys and teethers should be clean.
Your baby will definitely explore every toy with their mouth.
For that reason, clean your baby’s toys before they start playing.
Rinse toys and teethers your baby has been licking and sterilize them
Check the manufacturer’s label for guidance on how to disinfect baby toys. Some toys are not suitable to wash with water.
Carry A Burp Cloth Everywhere You Go
Out of all baby hygiene tips, this one is my favourite. And it is so necessary even though most moms miss it.
Always carry a burp cloth to wipe dropped toys and spilled or burped milk.
Believe me when I say it is absolutely necessary.
Babies drool, spit out milk, and drop everything.
Having a cloth in hand will make sure you regularly wipe saliva to avoid rash.
You will also be able to quickly catch burped milk before it reaches your baby’s clothes or other surfaces.
Keep Your Baby’s Sleeping Area Clean
Wipe the crib everyday. Use clean blankets all the time.
As mentioned before, babies drool, spit, and vomit all the time.
The blankets you used yesterday could be contaminated and harbors germs.
Do keep in mind that using blankets is not in line with safe baby sleep practices.
Blankets are not recommended as they increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
If you are using them, let it be a swaddling blanket, or a light blanket that you safely tuck and secure under your baby to prevent them pulling it over the face.
Otherwise just stick to a sleeping bag.
You should also change bedding regularly. At least once a week to be safe. Change the fitted sheet and air the mattress.
Do not reuse a crib mattress as chances are high that it could harbor bacteria from previous use.
Related: Safe Baby Sleep Guidelines
Clean The Crib Mattress Immediately After Accidents
As soon as your baby spills milk onto the mattress or there is a diaper accident (leaked urine and poop), quickly wipe it off with a damp cloth and put out the mattress to dry.
A quick reaction is necessary to prevent the mattress from getting wet and developing mould.
Use a waterproof mattress cover to reduce the risk of the crib mattress getting wet.
Change Dirty Clothes, Bibs And Burp Cloths
Dirty clothes make your baby look untidy and not well looked after.
As much of an effort it is, change your baby’s clothes as they get dirty throughout the day.
Change the bib when it gets wet, otherwise you are inviting a rash on your baby’s chin and neck.
Burp cloths also need to be changed to avoid exposing your bacteria formed from milk.
Sterilize Baby Bottles And Feeding Equipment
This one is one of the most common baby hygiene tips new moms get.
It is very important to sterilize baby bottles (if you are bottle-feeding) and feeding equipment (breast pump, nipple shields, pacifiers, etc) if your little one is still small.
Bacteria quickly develops on milk, especially when there has been contact with saliva.
Your baby’s immune system is not mature enough to deal with this bacteria, that is why you need to properly sterilize your baby’s bottles at least until they are 3 months old.
Baby Hygiene Products
Here is a list of baby hygiene products you will need to keep your baby clean everyday.
- Sanitizer and Sanitizer Bottle to refill
Maintaining baby hygiene is very important. It does not only help them look neat and taken care of, but it will also minimize the germs your baby is unnecessarily exposed to, making them less likely to get sick.
These baby hygiene tips will definitely help you keep your baby clean even if you do not bathe them everyday.