Hygiene factors to consider when bringing home a newborn baby

Nothing is as important as family and healthy living. Except of course, introducing a cute, cuddly and plain euphoria inducing newborn baby as a new addition to the family. This post will give you some tips on what to consider to ensure your home is hygienically protected for the newborn.

It is imperative that we help protect our whole family through basic cleaning routines. Just like at work or at school, your home is also prone to germs; especially on surfaces and frequently touched places like door handles, taps, toilet flush levers and seats, switches etc. We can practice good family hygiene habits, but it is important that we help those who are dependent on us to create healthy and safe environments; our kids, and more exciting of these are our newborns. Your priority as a parent should be the health of your children. Here are easy and fast to remember family hygiene tips that will make your role as a parent and new mommy easier.

Hand Washing

Washing your hands is a crucial part of healthy hygiene. Washing your hands with soap and water then drying them with a clean towel can’t be stressed enough. Hand washing should include a basic routine of washing before and after making food or eating or even feeding your child; after using the bathroom or changing your baby’s nappy; after coughing; before and after giving medication and after touching your pets..

Nappy Changing

Minimizing the risk of transferring germs during nappy changing is very important. This includes ensuring that your changing mat is clean; clean and disinfect nappy changing areas before and after use and most importantly, remember to wash your hands. It is important to keep in mind to never change a nappy on a food preparation area and get rid of the used nappy in a nappy bin.

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Hot water is known for killing germs. But if you prefer using lower temperatures of water, using a disinfectant is imperative. Your baby’s clothes and towels need to be washed regularly, preferably at a high temperature. Once again, wash your hands after doing your laundry.

Baby Equipment

Sterilizing everything you use to feed a baby is the best way to protect him/her. This however needs to be preceded by washing with hot water and paying attention to the places where these items are stored and extra care should be paid to the parts of the equipment that have direct contact with the child’s mouth. You will also have to wash your hands meticulously after this.


You can never do too much to ensure your baby’s health and development is not jeopardized, in these early stages. These tips may seem like a bit of hard work, but you can put some posters or fridge magnets or anything that will help you remember these family hygiene tips. Be it in the laundry room, in the kitchen, in bathrooms and in the baby’s bathroom. Such reminders will help you keep your baby safe. You can also get creative with these and share with us.

This article is sponsored by Dettol, for more health and family hygiene tips visit their website. Make being a mom a pleasure.

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  1. 2014-07-21 / 07:42

    Informative Love those pics of the new little people

  2. 2015-04-20 / 19:23

    I am with Stacie. When I was younger… much younger than she is and lots of years ago. We knew to keep our hands clean, but things sure have changed.

  3. 2015-04-20 / 20:02

    This is a great article! When bringing a baby home you have to be careful with germs since they’re immune systems are so young. These are great things to remember!

  4. 2015-04-20 / 20:15

    I remember being so careful when I had my first baby. I washed everything and made sure my hands were clean! I was so paranoid about her getting sick!

  5. 2015-04-20 / 20:35

    Love this! Yes, you have to be careful about how you take care of your hygiene when a new baby is around.

  6. 2015-04-20 / 21:40

    Yes, great article. And definitely things to consider when having a newborn baby in the house- I feel like I was clueless with my first 🙂

  7. 2015-04-20 / 22:07

    Great tips especially for those new Moms out there. When our kids were little, we are so paranoid that they might get sick, since the cleaning, sterilizing, and everything.

  8. 2015-04-21 / 00:27

    These are thing every new parent should definitely think about. It’s a lot of work but keeping things safe for the baby is worth it.

  9. 2015-04-21 / 01:40

    I remember when I had my first child and was afraid to give him a bath when he was newborn. My mom had to give him his first few baths because I thought I would break him. 🙂 These are all great tips!

  10. 2015-04-21 / 01:41

    Everyone is always so focused on the actual baby that they usually forget about the “behind the scenes” stuff like these. Thanks for the reminder!

  11. 2015-04-21 / 02:22

    I can remember bringing home our son. His birthday was just the other day and it always reminds me of that day.

  12. 2015-04-21 / 02:45

    Such a great and useful post! I’m going to share it with my sister, she is pregnant ^_^

  13. 2015-04-21 / 03:16

    This is great! So many new parents will find this helpful! I could have used it as a new mama at 18!

  14. 2015-04-21 / 05:20

    This is a great list that you’ve put together – to which I’m sure a lot of parents, especially new parents, will appreciate. And people, with no kids like me, will learn from this too.

  15. 2015-04-21 / 05:21

    Such great tips. My neighbour just had a baby 2 weeks ago. I can’t wait to see him again, little sweet buds.

  16. This is such a great post – especially for family members that want to visit baby!! As the mama, I was uber on top of keeping baby, the house, and the rest of the family clean, but I found that sometimes family didn’t realize how important minor things like handwashing and stuff are.

  17. Lauren
    2015-04-21 / 07:40

    I loved this post! I kinda wish my baby was a newborn still..I miss that stage!

  18. Fi Ní Neachtáin
    2015-04-21 / 12:20

    These are all so important and all things I took into account when bringing my son home. He’s now 2 and I’m still washing my hands over 50 times a day!

  19. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    2015-04-21 / 16:39

    I think a lot of new parents don’t realize the importance of keeping their home as sterile as possible for a newborn. These are some great tips for them and everyone else!

  20. 2015-04-21 / 16:42

    I don’t like germs at all, so a lot of these tips I would apply in my house, even without a newborn in the house! I have a weak immune system, and these tips would help others with the same condition!

  21. 2015-04-21 / 19:45

    All that bottle cleaning! I highly suggest that anyone who uses bottles get one of those bottle trees.

  22. 2015-04-21 / 20:51

    These are great tips. My friend is expecting i will have to show her your post.

  23. 2015-04-22 / 16:18

    Good hygiene is crucial, especially when bringing a newborn home. They’re so susceptible getting sick easily.

  24. courtneylynne
    2015-04-22 / 18:46

    Great Post!!! This is something I wish I would of read when I brought home my daughter! I was clueless on everything and Google was my bff for info lol

  25. These are all really great reminders. Newborn babies a very susceptible to germs so it’s important to do what we can to prevent them from getting sick.

  26. 2015-04-22 / 19:02

    I made sure my son’s baby equipments were sterilized before using and made sure the room was clean all the time. I was kind of OC like that. 🙂

  27. 2015-04-23 / 04:50

    This is a must read to all new mothers out there. Hygiene is very important. Glad you shared this one.

  28. 2015-04-23 / 17:01

    Such a great article! There are so many ways to keep germs away from baby and this is a great place to start!

  29. 2015-04-23 / 22:59

    I was so nervous about this stage in our life! My little one had to go back to the hospital after we brought him home, so I was extra careful!

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