You’ve lots to plan for your baby’s arrival. Top of your baby checklist will be choosing a name, shopping for baby essentials, and getting the nursery ready. The fun things. But what about protecting your new baby from germs and bacteria? Read these tips on good home and personal hygiene to keep you safe.
Good hygiene for a clean nursery
When your baby comes home, until their natural immunity has developed, it’s important that everything they come into contact with is hygienically clean. This means making sure surfaces are cleaned (with soap and water) and also disinfected (using a sanitising wipe or disinfectant spray) to properly kill germs. Choosing suitable baby essentials will help.
- Make sure your changing mat is waterproof so it can be regularly cleaned and disinfected
- Choose a cot that complies with current safety standards and is easy to wipe clean if your baby is sick
Preparing for hospital
A pregnancy checklist will help you stay organised right up to the time you’re ready to go to hospital to give birth. Whether you’ve chosen a home or hospital birth, here are some things to get ready in advance.
- Your birth plan
- Dressing gown, slippers, old nightdress for labour and pyjamas/nightdress for afterwards
- Hand sanitiser
- Breast and maternity pads
- Muslin cloth
- Baby blanket
- Clothes to wear in hospital and to travel home in
Preparing for birth
During birth you and your new baby are vulnerable to germs and bacteria. Good hygiene is therefore vital to keep you both healthy.
For a hospital birth:
- Check there is a hand sanitising unit near your bed, and that everyone who examines you or your baby uses it
- Make sure visitors use the hand sanitiser when they arrive and leave
- Keep antibacterial wipes handy to clean dirty surfaces
For a home birth:
- Ensure you have liquid soap, clean dry towels and a clean basin for your midwife to use
- Choose a warm, clean room and have plenty of clean linen at the ready, plus a waterproof sheet to protect furniture
- With good hygiene as one of your baby essentials, you and your baby can be sure of a healthy start.